Monday, September 2, 2013

Spending the Summer in NC and Thanks to a Fellow Blogger for Giving Me Back My Identity!

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.

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 :)

Peggy & 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.


The End

Thanks for stopping by. Turtle


  1. Hey how close are yo9u to Boone NC ----and are you coming this way??

    1. Jenny, we're probably 3 hours from Boone. It doesn't look like we'll be headed that way this time. We're going to head south. Maybe next time!

  2. Glad to know you had a great summer although we missed seeing you. I think I remember hearing you'll be in Florida this winter?

    1. We'll see you down some point. Cards? :)

  3. Looks like you had a great summer, so nice you were able to spend it with Nichole, that is priceless!

  4. Family time is priceless!! Good to hear all is well and nice that you were able to meet up with Peggy and Gary:o)) We haven't quite made it back to Myrtle Beach (tomorrow). But be sure to holler at us if you get close on your way south!! See you sooner or later...can't wait;o))

  5. we have the same problem when visiting our daughter who lives south of Raleigh and often stay at the lack luster fairgrounds...

  6. Family time is the best! Adorable picture of mother and daughter!

    Happy anniversary! Sorry the rain squelched your dinner plans, but it sounds like Plan B worked out just fine. We Rvers have no problems going with the flow do we? :-)

  7. Glad everything was good this summer. We RVrs are definitely flexible, aren't we? Hope to see you this winter :-)

  8. Happy Anniversary! Glad you guys are having a good summer. See ya soon, doncha know?!! You betcha!

  9. Happy Anniversary! Good to see mother and daughter are all smiles. We're reconnecting with family a bit too but our hitch is gettin itchy. See ya soon!

  10. Haven't heard from you in so long. Glad to hear everything is going well and you have enjoyed your summer. I know I'd love to spend some nice length of time with my daughter. It's been a long time for me too. Happy Anniversary!

  11. Congrats on your 28th wedding anniversary! It sounds like you've had a wonderful, relaxing summer with your family, that's great.

    I'm happy you've got your identity back too - nothing worse than wandering around blogland as an unknown.

  12. Congratulations on number 28! Nice to see you got to spend a wonderful time with your beautiful daughter, did she remember how to speak English after being in Italy for so long? ;c)

    Glad to have Rick as a resource for our computer and Google woes, he helped me out too. He's an IT knight in shining megabytes!

  13. Congrats on 28 years, good to hear your summer went well. Maybe we'll cross paths next year as we wind back north.

  14. Glad you enjoyed the summer with your daughter. We look forward to seeing you in Florida this winter. We plan to be back there mid october.


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