Before I get into this blog post, I want to thank Rick Doyle for his priceless help after my G+ rant a few weeks ago. Rick not only corresponded with me several times about my noreply-comment persona, but he spent time researching and came up with a solution! If any of you are on the G+ profile and find yourselves in the noreply-comment black hole, Rick’s post here will show you how to fix that. Thanks again, Rick!
What? You had completely forgotten about my rant because it has been so long since I posted??? Guilty as charged. The reasons for that are many, but for the purpose of this blog, I will say that we were just too busy spending quality time with family :)
We changed our travel plans this summer and returned to North Carolina to welcome our daughter, Nicole, home from Italy where she has spent the past 3 years attending HÈLIKOS International School of Theatre Creation, based in Florence, Italy. Although we saw her each summer for a few days, we had not spent any quality time together in many years. That all changed this summer and we got a chance to really reconnect. It was the most time we had spent together since she was in high school and we both enjoyed it immensely! Sometimes it’s just nice to be family :)
We are in the Triangle area and have spent a great deal of time at the NC State Fairgrounds. They have FHU sites for $25 night so it’s convenient, but the ambience is lacking. There are 2 state parks in the area, each with a 14 day limit so we’ve tried to keep things fresh and interesting by traveling between parks occasionally. The state parks only have 30 amp electric service and water. There are no sewer hookups but there is a dump station available, so we took advantage and booked ourselves into a couple of waterfront sites :)
Our site at Rolling View Campground, Falls Lake
We could just walk the Sea Eagle down that slope to launch…Perfect!
Sunset from our site at Crosswinds Campground, Jordan Lake.
We had an easy launch from this site also. We had several nice paddles this summer.
Enjoying some non-paddling time with Peggy and Gary :)
In fairness to us, we did have to paddle to get there :)
We have had some great family time and we have had some great friend time. We have even had some awesome weather, short-lived, but awesome for NC in August.
Yesterday was our 28th wedding anniversary. We shared the day with Ronnie & Cynthia and Peggy & Gary. We were planning a dinner out but the skies opened up and dumped several inches of rain on us while we were enjoying Happy Hour. Flash flooding throughout the area convinced us that we would be safer right where we were. We pulled out more food and settled for a dinner of heavy hors d'oeuvres :)
There is no way I’ll ever be able to “catch-up” this blog and cover the entire summer, so I’ll just continue on from here.
Thanks for stopping by.