Sunday, August 21, 2011

Birth place of Pepsi

I think at some point during this summer, it hit us that we were not going to be here for the next. We'll be moving (not sure where yet) around May of this next year. So, we've decided to get out and do as much as possible and make the most of it.
That includes this fun little get away to New Bern. We've been to New Bern plenty of times. Last year for Halloween, we took a hay ride and explored the haunted houses here. We've attended the Christmas parade and Jon and I have even had a date or two up this way.

This time we wanted to come up and enjoy the birth place of Pepsi. Growing up, we were strickly Coke people and you would be banned from ever entering the home front if you dared to bring a Pepsi home.  Luckily, things have mellowed out and times have changed. I honestly don't care which way or another which one is better. All I know is that this is where Pepsi came to be and wouldn't it be fun to see what that was all about?

On our drive into New Bern, they have all these flags up on the light poles. I love this town!


A marker explaining and memorializing the creator of Pepsi...

New Bern is famous for it's bears. There are something like 50 of them scattered throughout the city. Down a little alley way, we came across a few....



Cassie with the Tennis Bear! Cassie has taken up tennis this year in high school and so far, she's loving it!

How about that! Another pirate!  I just love the look on Jason's face in these next two pictures. You can tell he's had enough of his brother for the day.....Poor kid!


But then we found Elvis and all was right with the world again!

Finally made it to the little store front where Pepsi was born...

They had a fountain machine that you were able to buy drinks for dirty cheap! It was awesome! But then, they also had the glass bottles of Pepsi, Mountain Dew and Crush. We bought one of each! Right on the cooler, they had a spot to pop off the tops to the bottles. They boys thought that was the coolest thing ever!


Makes ya kinda thirsty, doesn't it?


After, we decide to keep walking along and explore a little more. We came up on to that beautiful church that I've talked about before with the playground in the cemetery. Looks completely different in the daylight! Since it was HOT (it's August people!), we let the kids take a break and play while we finished our Pepsi in the shade of the willow trees, in the cemetery of the church.
I could of stayed there for hours. It is seriously one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. And that's saying a lot from me, who's not a big church person.

It turned out to be just a really lovely day. It's always good to get out of the house and spend an easy day just enjoying being a family together. With how busy our lives are, we forget that we need to do that more often.


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