Elizabeth City has lived up to its nickname. Everyone here has been so friendly and kind. It turns out that the guy in the park who came over to help us tie up to the dock is on duty every day to do just that — assist cruisers who come into the free docks in tying up. His name is Gus, and he is just a super nice guy. If there are enough cruisers here at once (this is not the peak season to transit through this area, so there are only 2 boats here at this time), the community puts on a wine and cheese reception for those tied up to the free docks. The rose brigade also presents a rose to the lady of the ship.
The townsfolk have been just as courteous and congenial. From the stores to the restaurants to the people we meet on the street — they all have been so affable and kind. Today, we rode our bicycles a total of about five miles. In the afternoon, we rode them to the local movie theater, which is aged, yet still showing first run movies. The prices were throwbacks to an earlier time, with admission costing $4.00 and a large popcorn and soda setting us back $5.75. We watched the hugely entertaining “Inside Out.” Pixar hit a home-run with this one which explores the voices in our heads. We then ate some local seafood at a restaurant called, what else, Quality Seafood. We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. In fact, we initially were only going to stay for one night, but decided to stay two due to the town’s charm.
Tomorrow, we make our way through the dismal swamp. We’ll leave the free dock shortly after 7 a.m. in order to make the South Lock opening at 11. We’ll tell you more about that next time.