Have you ever wanted to sell everything you own and just "take off?" Travel the country's back roads, paddle down a meandering stream, experience breath-taking mountain views, walk among 100-year old trees, and just marvel at America's beauty? That is the dream that my partner, Betsy, and I decided to make a reality. This blog describes our adventure. The food we eat, people we meet, sights we see, and the enjoyment we find in traveling.

Friday, April 15, 2011

SAND GNATS, BARBECUE AND SUNDOWNERS

So far this adventure in RVAGOGO has been wonderfully fun! Meeting new people, going to new places, hiking, biking, kayaking and eating new foods is exciting each day. We’ve been gone from New Orleans for a month now, and in all of that time, we have only had 3 days of rain. How lucky for us.

But there is one thing that no one reminds you about when you are beach lovers and that’s SAND GNATS! Not sure if they are the same as “no seeums” but you don’t see these either……they just bite. We haven’t encountered these at any of the Florida beaches before and they weren’t in Pensacola or Grayton Beach. Must be the season or the rain or whatever but when we got to Mexico Beach in the Florida panhandle, they were there. And they were there all along the panhandle, up into Georgia and South Carolina. We learned that they love sand, temperatures between 65 and 75 degrees and/or rain. They made it tough to eat dinner outside and sit around the fire. We soon learned to deal with them by using a lot of bug spray. I think we’ve outrun them now though that we’ve reached North Carolina because we are now back to being outside most of the time and we aren’t oiled up with bug stuff.

Barbecue is different everywhere we go. We’re now in New Bern, North Carolina and had to try the very vinegar barbecue sauce here. We went to Moore’s Barbecue today that was recommended to us because they hold the Guinness Book world record on the largest open-face pork barbecue sandwich. We saw photos of the monstrosity and the framed Guinness World Record certificate. It served 5000 people in 2010 and the governor of NC came to help serve. You know, it was just an OK experience and not exceptional. But it was fun to try with the ambiance chaotic. We love this little historic town. More later on the town in the blog.
Chaos in Moore's BBQ.
Where all the BBQ goodness comes from - the Furnace Room.
  Because the weather has been beautiful and we’ve been along the coast all of the way, almost every night we have sundowners as the sun sets. This is a popular tradition in Kenya where we’ve been often and after dinner we carry it on by going outside with our drinks and watching the sun set over the water. In Kenya it’s out on the Serengeti somewhere. Again, how lucky for us. We toast our friends and family each night so you’re with us in spirits, literally!!
Memorable sundowner in Pensacola Beach

1 comment:

  1. New fans of yours and welcome to Hitch Itch - awesome folks over there... Love your blog and looking forward reading more about you!!

    Evielynne

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