Today I went to the Wildlife Grill where Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel took refuge from a storm in the movie Safe Haven. It was fun to sit where they sat in the movie. I ordered the French Toast and it was the best I’ve ever had. It is a little cafe that opens at 5:am in order to serve all the local fishermen in the area. Next door, and attached to the cafe, is a bait and tackle store. In the movie they actually had a dance in that area.
I really liked the service at Oak Island Baptist Church this morning. For their homecoming they had a former pastor of the church, Horace Hawes, come to speak. It was truly a blessing to hear his message and reflections about growing up here on Oak Island. His parents bought a lot here for $695. After a sweet childhood here, he went to Mars Hill College and then Wake Forest for seminary. He served at several churches in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. He has since retired and moved back to Brunswick County. If I hear of him speaking again, I will take advantage of it. He is a very gifted and genuine man. The service was not over until after 12:30 and I was not ready for it to end.
North Carolina has a beautiful stretch of beaches. My favorite beaches are Carolina, Kure, and Oak Island beaches. I have observed lots of people who are surprised by how warm the water is at these beaches. The reason is because the warm gulf stream runs through this region causing warmer than expected temperatures. I was surprised to learn that among Ben Franklin’s many accomplishments, he is thought to first map this stream. He sure was a busy man!