Today was scheduled to be another fun day…so after Connie did a bit of work in the AM we had lunch and then headed off for our hike at the Abbey Foy Moore Nature Preserve about 30 mile southwest of the campground. After a 9 mile drive just to get to the far side of the base we crossed the New River and turned onto US-17 toward Wilmington another 22 miles then arrived at the preserve. This is a low key nature preserve maintained by the North Carolina Land Trust and is adjacent to Poplar Grove Plantation which is one of those tour the old plantation grounds and house sort of places. We parked in the plantation parking lot and after figuring out where the hike started…there was a slight miscalculation in where we parked and the directions to the trail from our All Trails app which assumed we were in a different parking lot…set off on what turned out to be a 2.7 mile hike total.
Connie noticed this afternoon that she was coming down with some sort of lung crud which gave her a fever and made her feel bad…but she decided to bore on and just deal with it. We shortened our planned hike a bit since she wasn’t feeling all that great though. Not much wildlife to be seen…just a couple of turtles and a dragonfly as you can see from the photos. We spotted a couple of cardinals but none of the photos were worth posting.
Nonetheless…it was a nice walk through the woods on a beautiful, cool day and we did get a few nice shots of the walk and the pond we crossed towards the end.
We got back to the car…changed out of our hiking boots and headed back to the base. We were a little early for the opening time of the Heroz sports bar which was planned for dinner so browsed around in the Marine Exchange store for awhile then headed over to Heroz. We split a pitcher of Yuengling and 16 wings…and Connie was fading fast so we paid up our bill…all of 21.00 including the tip…and headed home. After a quick shower we sat down for some TV for the remainder of the evening.
More hikes planned tomorrow…but we’ll have to see how she feels in the morning before making a decision on whether to go or not.