Friday, May 31, 2013

It’s True. Time Really Does Fly When You’re Having Fun!

Seems we just arrived in North Carolina and it’s already time to leave.

We arrived in the Triangle after our weekend in the mountains with Laura and Bruce and got setup at Rolling View Campground on Falls Lake. It was a quick trip this time with just one doctor visit and we each got our teeth cleaned. That’s always exciting stuff :)

We also took a day to do some kayaking in Falls Lake with friends Tricia and Dan. We had a great time and lots of laughs. We didn’t get much of a workout on this outing though. Dan and Tricia have an electric motor on their Sea Eagle so we enjoyed their generosity as they towed us all over the lake! Thanks guys!

Tricia and Dan

This photo is for Bill and Nancy…I’m told it’s your favorite launching spot :)

Bill and Nancy's Private Launch Site

Our time there was short but I did manage to buy some new wheels. Check out my new ride!

New to me bike

With luck, I won’t break my neck Smile

I think I have successfully talked Rick into joining me but he wants to sell his Trikke before buying a bike. It’s hard to carry all this stuff :) If anyone wants a Trikke or knows someone that wants a Trikke, let us know. He’ll make you a good deal :)

So there is no misunderstanding, THIS is a Trikke.

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We quickly moved on to the NC Coast where we spent 2 wonderful weeks. We stayed at the Cedar Point Campground in Swansboro. We always enjoy coming here. It’s right over the bridge from Emerald Isle and the area has everything we need or could want.

We met up with friends Cynthia and Ronnie who were staying across the road at their site in Page Place. They kindly invited us to join them and their neighbors for a Memorial Day Pot Luck. It was a great time. They had lots of wonderful food, a DJ, good music and lots of friendly people. I even met someone who reads my blog! It was nice meeting you Sharon!

Cynthia and Ronnie

Ronnie and Cynthia have a boat that they graciously invited us to enjoy with them while we were here.

Captain Ron

One day we headed down the Intra-coastal waterway to Buies Creek for lunch. We no sooner launched than we noticed the Coast Guard following us!

Oh oh.

They followed for quite some time before passing us and going on their way.

Coast Guard

It was a beautiful ride. We passed many beach “cottages”. Some of them were huge!

Beach Cottages

We arrived at the Riverview Café, a small repurposed house,

Riverview Cafe

docked the boat and enjoyed a great lunch of fried shrimp, hush puppies, rolls and our choice of 2 sides with dessert, all for under $8.00. It was home cooking and it was good!

Lunch

On the way home, we were entertained by a school of dolphins. There must have been at least a dozen and they kept us entertained for quite awhile. I am not fast enough, nor is my camera capable of capturing their antics so I have no photos, but it was a treat for me. I have never seen so many dolphins all together.

When we docked, Ronnie said we had put on over 50 miles that day. We certainly enjoyed it.

A couple days later, they took us out once again to go fishing. We drove to Morehead City and launched the boat there, then motored out around Cape Lookout and Shackleford Island. I tried to get a good picture of the lighthouse and the wild horses on Shackleford but I only had my phone and we were quite a ways off shore.

Cape Lookout and Shackleford Island

Rick and Ronnie were the fishermen this day. Cynthia and I were content to relax and enjoy the sun.

Rick and Ronnie

Here’s a little one!

Too small to keep

Another little one!

Back in ocean for you

They weren’t biting much but the few they caught were too small to keep. Finally, just before we called it a day, Rick pulled in a keeper. It was a 16.5” flounder. It’ll be good for a taste :)

16.5 inch flounder-trying to get the hook out

We spent the entire day on the water and we were all beat by the time we got home. We were careful to use sunscreen but all that fresh air really pooped us out. We slept very well that night :)

Our time here is now over and it’s time to start our trek north. We’re heading to upstate NY to visit family and then on to Maine and some of the other New England states for the summer. It’s going to be fun!

Thanks for stopping by. Turtle

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

North Carolina, Friends and Wine

We are currently back in the Triangle area of North Carolina (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill) but only for this week. We leave on Sunday for the NC Coast for a couple weeks before beginning our northern trek to New England.

We took a full week to get here from Tennessee and I’m glad we did. We found 2 very nice campgrounds in the process. The first, Creekwood Farm RV Park, Waynesville, was close to Maggie Valley in the NC Mountains and a gem.

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Family run, the grounds were beautiful and immaculate.

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All sites were FHU with Cable TV

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The views weren’t too shabby either :)

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Had we known how nice this park was going to be, we would have planned our trip differently. As it was, we spent one night but we will definitely be back and plan to stay much longer. An added bonus, they accept Passport America for 3 nights, so that makes it an even better value.

The second park we really liked was Warrior Creek COE Park by Wilkesboro, NC. Also in the mountains, this park is beautiful in a forest-like setting.

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It would be a great spot to spend a week or 2, especially if you were looking for peace and quiet. It was very quiet…even on the weekend.

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We chose this campground as an easy spot to meet up with friends, Bruce and Laura, for the weekend. They arrived late Friday afternoon and after welcome hugs, we left them to get all setup without interruption :) Once that was accomplished, we sat around and caught up on each other’s lives.

Saturday morning dawned partly cloudy but with fingers crossed, we took off on a nice hike through the campground. We stuck to the asphalt; the trails were really muddy from all the rain in recent days. Here is their dog, Clem, greeting a couple other campers. It was pretty cute :)

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Saturday afternoon, we did a little wine-ing. There are several wineries throughout the area and we chose a couple to visit. One we had visited  before and one we had not.

The first, Windsor Run Winery, had changed hands and names a couple years ago. It used to be called Buck Shoals Winery and when Laura mentioned that, they asked if we would be interested in a dry red table wine they were clearing out under the Buck Shoals label. They offered it to us at a price no one could turn down :) We each bought a case, then enjoyed a bottle of it on their deck to check out our impulse purchase. That turned out to be a good move and we each bought another case :) We did REAL good :)

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The second winery, Shadow Springs, was right down the road from Windsor Run and has a really nice tasting room. We enjoyed a glass on the back patio after our tasting. The sun had come out and it was the perfect way to spend an afternoon.

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We finished our day at the Mason Jar Grill with barbeque, burgers and ribs. Yum!

We went our separate ways on Sunday knowing we’d see each other “down the road”. There is nothing better than spending time with good friends.

Granddaughter Maggie drew me a picture when we were in TN. It was drawn on note paper that said “The best things in life are not things”. I couldn’t agree more!

Thanks for stopping by. Turtle

Monday, May 6, 2013

Good Bye Tennessee, Hello North Carolina…

It’s hard to believe our 2 week visit with daughter Carrie, SIL Thomas and our 4 grandkids, Lily, Patrick, Maggie and Sabrina have come to an end but time flies.

We had a wonderful time while in Tennessee. We had sleepovers…

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We saw gymnastics…

Gymnastics

Tai Kwon Do…

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A little sibling watching :) …

Watching Big Brother and Big Sister

We learned how to use our smart phones…

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How to dance…

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Take a little nap…

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Watch American Idol rejects on our phones…

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Pose for the camera…

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And co-pilot Lucy!

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We are now headed into the NC mountains (between raindrops) to spend the weekend with friends Laura and Bruce and, maybe, do a little wine-ing…if the weather permits.

Thanks for stopping by. Turtle