|Capt. Adkin's home (Ruark's grandfather)|
The Star News had a major article about him today (from where some of the above information came from, although I knew some of his history from having read several of his books). Interestingly, I did learn that his first published book, Grenadine Etching, is a spoof on Gone with the Wind. It sounds interesting but is supposedly hard to find. Much of Ruark’s writing is now seen as macho and out-of-date (and somewhat racist), but I still highly recommend the The Old Man and the Boy (I first read it in the 8th Grade) and The Old Man’s Boy Grows Older, which I read a fifteen or so years ago.
|ferry from Southport to Fort Fisher|
There was a birthday party/open house at the Robert Ruark Inn (his grandfather’s home) in Southport this afternoon. Since I’m in Wilmington, I decided it was time for a road trip. After lunch, I drove across the Cape Fear to Leland, and turned south on NC 133, driving along the west bank of the river, crossing Town Creek and passing Ft. Anderson (a Civil War era fort), Sunny Point Ocean Military Terminal (it's off-limits), the Brunswick Nuclear Power Plant (ditto) and on into Southport. I visited the Inn, which appears to be a great place to spend a few nights, and looked around a bit at the memorabilia. Then I then walked around this seaport town before heading back to Wilmington via the Southport/Fort Fisher Ferry. It’s a great round trip—the ferry ride is 30 minutes long and cost $5 for a regular sized vehicle.
Thanks to everyone who asked about my father. I'm back up in North Carolina and staying at his home. He will get out of rehab on Thursday and is doing much better.
|Looking from Southport to the mouth of the Cape Fear|
Baldhead Lighthouse on the horizon, left side
Navigation light on the right side
|Mid-channel and passing the ferry heading to Southport|