On March 20, we moved to Lanier’s Campground in Holly Ridge, North Carolina. During the weekend, we drove around Topsail (pronounced Topsul) Island, bought seafood from an outdoor seafood market, and ate the seafood, which Daddy cooked at our RV.
The Hoffmans drove down to North Carolina the next week with all their belongings in their passenger van. They are staying at a condo near us while they wait for their RV to be ready to pick up.
When the Hoffmans were in North Carolina with us, we went to their condo a lot and spent time with them and ate meals together. We also went to the beach (right by their condominium) and their condominium’s outdoor pool. Aiden, Mason, and Mr. Josh went fishing in the ocean a few times and caught a stingray and whiting.
On one weekend, when the weather was warm and sunny, the Hoffmans came over to our RV. We ate lunch and dinner together outside, and afterwards, Aiden and Mason tried fishing at our RV park’s pier but caught nothing except seaweed. Mr. Josh took us to a nearby place in the afternoon, where we gathered fallen trees to turn into fire wood. Aiden and Mason had a lot of fun sawing the wood into smaller pieces.
We got to meet a bunch of Miss Erin’s family when we visited the Hoffmans’ condo, including her sisters, one of her brothers, her parents, and the Hoffman kid’s two cousins.
Mr. Josh’s son, Joshua Cole Hoffman (aka “LJ” for Little Josh), also visited us in Topsail for a little over a week. He lives an hour or two away in North Carolina with his mom, stepdad, and half-sister. He turned 17 the week he was visiting.
The Battle at Moores Creek Bridge
On Friday, April 9, we went to Moores Creek National Battlefield in Currie, North Carolina with the Hoffmans. We walked on a couple of trails, ate hamburgers and hotdogs which Daddy had grilled at the picnic area, and learned about the battle that happened in 1776.
During the Revolutionary War, North Carolina was a British colony. The Royal Governor wanted to put a stop to the rebels’ (Patriots) uprising, so after negotiating which got them nowhere, both sides prepared for war. Some Highland Scots who’d settled in North Carolina joined the Patriots, while the others waited for the British army to arrive.
After both sides were ready for war, events led to a battle at Moores Creek Bridge. The Loyalists, being about six miles away from the Patriot encampment, sent an ultimatum to the Patriots by courier. While the Patriot leader read and refused the ultimatum, the courier noted the Patriots’ position. This, he reported to the Loyalists upon return.
That night, the Loyalist planned an attack based on the courier’s information. They however were missing a big part of the picture, a mistake that would cost them many lives and the loss of the battle. When the Loyalists went to attack the Patriot encampment, they found it empty, so they crossed Moores Creek Bridge (which the Patriots had dismantled). They were met with earthworks and Patriots battle-ready.
Now with the swamp behind them and Patriots in front, the Loyalists fought—and quickly surrendered, after their leader was killed. Most say the battle lasted only three minutes. While only one Patriot died and one was wounded, many Loyalists died.
The Hoffmans will not be able to get their RV as soon as they’d previously thought, so we (the Wongs) will be moving on without them, hoping to meet up with them in a couple of weeks.
On our last weekend with them before we moved, we spent some time with them outside our RV, at the house they’re staying at temporarily, and at a U-pick in Murraysville, North Carolina. We picked a bucket of strawberries at the strawberry farm. When we took it back to our RV park, we ate a lot of them, and the rest Mommy turned into jam, which we had on PB&J’s.
Here are some pictures of food that we ate while we were in North Carolina. Some of the food was from restaurants, but most of it was made by either Daddy or Miss Erin.
Mason, Aiden, and Mr. Josh went fishing a few times in the ocean. Once, they caught a lot of fish, which Aiden and Mason cleaned and Daddy smoked.