Thursday, August 17, 2017

Vacation Part Three-Final

 SO I bet you're tired of seeing the ocean-too bad, I never get tired of it.
 This little beach on the inland side was so shallow and easily accessible, there were a lot of families there.
 Then right across the road-the ocean side!
 I never get tired of this view.

 Some people were flying a big kite there...
 and I had to get close to this sign to read it-it was fenced off the protect sea turtles! It was hatching time!

 Loved the short walks to ocean waves!
 Pretty flowers-probably weeds for all I know, but still pretty.

 So we chose to go up to Manteo so I could get another row block at the local quilt shop.
 What a nice shop! I almost cried there was so much beautiful fabric-Riley Blake, all the Moda lines, it was fabulous-AND nice people working there too! If you're in the OBX stop at Shoreline Handwerks. One of my favorites of them all!

 The on the way back to Buxton, we stopped at Bodie lighthouse. Pronounced like BODY.
 It's another really beautiful lighthouse, I can see why people love to visit these lighthouses, they are just so different from anything us landlocked people ever see.

 I videoed on the trip back to our apartment, I thing this construction area is just amazing. AND it turns out a week after we get home, this is the area that caused a major power outage over all the islands!

 SO it was time to leave, on the way towards Virginia Beach we stopped at the Wright Brothers monument.
 It's s big hike to the top of the famous hill where the brothers took flight. Since I'm on vacation and it was about 90 degrees out, I didn't hike up there!

 This art work is  awesome

 I love the way the artist included the people at the event.
 SO we drove around Virginia Beach a little bit-I just wanted to stop at the local quilt shop and get another row pattern-it was a really busy big beach town. Nothing like the busy little towns on Hatteras. Hubs was just amazed at how different it was compared to over 30 years ago when he was last there!!
 We got trapped waiting to travel though this tunnel for about an hour and a half. Locals say it happens all the time. It was kind of cool to travel UNDER the Ocean! But not if you are a little claustrophobic though! It's a long tunnel!
 Then on to Smithfield-yes the ham people.  They had a small store in the town-it totally reminded me of going over to Amana.
 Then one last stop in Roanoak-what a nice town!
 Yup-Black Dog Salvage. I love the TV show, Salvage Dogs, so I wanted to stop here.
 Unfortunately, as usual, I am there on a Darn SUNDAY! They don't open until noon!
 Well I can at least snap a few pictures outside!
 Then it's headed towards home. For some reason Gretel the GPS has us go down this highway, 311. Kill ME NOW! Hilly, twisty, turny, OMG!
 Anyways I think it was to avoid a toll-it seems like there is always one time on vacation when the GPS takes us on an unexpected road. Beautiful drive, but not a good way to make fast time!
 We chose to take the northern-ish route home because there was a big NASCAR race in Indianapolis, and I feared there would be crazy traffic and no hotel bookings were available.
 2937.1 miles on the trip meter when we pulled in to the drive way at home! I loved the entire time I spent in North Carolina. I can see us going back there again!
Now I have to get busy with my Row by Row quilt with all those blocks I got along the way!
Monday, August 14, 2017

Vacation Part Two

So we had booked an apartment on Hatteras Island in the town of Buxton, NC. 
We'd never used Air bnb before, so it was a super pleasant surprise to find the cutest apartment with everyhting we could possibly want or need and the beautiful Hatteras Light house just about 3 minutes away!
 We arrived late in the day, so the offices were closed, but the National Park Service keeps things shipshape!
 Had the lighthouse been open, one could have paid $8 to climb up it. Well I'm on vacation so , no thanks!
 The Hatteras lighthouse was moved in 1999-pretty amazing, when you see the awesome size of this thing!
 Now it's safely inland 2900 feet from it's original location. While we were visiting, there was a couple getting their wedding pictures taken with their ring bearer dog!
 Then I had to go step into the ocean. Just a few steps and BAM! You're there!

 People were surfing and the crowds had cleared for the day, the weather was wonderful-hot, but still so nice at the beach.

 These are all taken at Hatteras lighthouse beach.
Here's our cute apartment.
 Another guest visiting the upstairs tenant took this picture of us on the porch one evening. It was so nice to have a kitchen and full size refrigerator in the hot weather! We didn't go out too much to eat, there was a grocery store about a block away and we just ate in.
We moved right in and made ourselves comfortable!
Next on the to do list is to go to Ocracoke Island on the ferry! Everyone says, go early to have a shorter wait...well we didn't go early and did have quite a wait.
The ferries run back and forth all day long, it was a beautiful day in the 80's but the breeze was wonderful! And it's FREE!
I've never driven a car onto a ferry so it was fun for me! Once the ferry gets underway, you can get out of the car and go up on the upper deck of the ferry.
See there's hubs still sitting in the car. There's every kind of vehicle, big trucks, UPS, Fed Ex, everything that is needed for life on the island comes on the ferry.
I had to laugh at the GPS-it showed us driving on the water!
Once we arrived we were directed off of the ferry-it's a very organized process! The workers there all know what they are doing-all day long!
So here's Ocracoke!
I had to make the stop at the pony pens. I still remember reading the book, Misty of Chincoteague, and the other books by Margurite Henry when I was a little kid, and these ponies are the ancestors of the ones in the book. 
Not much to see here this time of year, but I'm a sucker for Book locations, right?
Then on to the light house.
Look at the thickness of those walls. The guide told me that they are 5 feet thick at the bottom and taper up to 2 feet thick at the top. 
We did a llittle shopping and gawking around then headed back to the ferry for the return trip to Hatteras.
Hardly any wait at all this time!
Look at all those big houses! Most of them are rental properties, they rent out individual rooms or the whole house. 
I loved the ferry ride and of course any time on the beach is a good time! More to come tomorrow!