Living in a flat, landlocked part of the state is hard for me. I feel pulled in two opposite directions at all times. When the mountains aren’t calling me home, the ocean is.
Bladen County is predominately rural. A few small towns are scattered across the landscape, providing locals with work opportunities. Otherwise, farming is still a primary way of life. The rest of the county is dense forests and swamplands teeming with bears, bobcats, and other beasts.
The other day, I found myself in downtown Fayetteville. Since I was in the area, I decided to make a pit stop by Campbellton Landing. Today, it’s a spot for local events – but long ago, ‘Campbelton’ was a thriving village on the west bank of the Cape Fear River.