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.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

North Carolina Here We Come . . .

Me, Betsy, Jan, and Phyllis
Our coach service in South Carolina was done, site-seeing over, bill paid and we were ready to leave Gaffney in a cloud of dust and head to North Carolina.  Our first stop was just outside of Winston-Salem/Greensboro to see some friends and spend the night.  A few months back we met Jan and Phyllis, two gals who contacted us though our blog and hooked up with us in Florida.  When we first met them, we instantly became friends so a stop in their North Carolina hometown was a must.  Betsy and Jan have a lot in common both went to Ohio State and are scientists.  

Unfortunately, one night was all we could afford as our quest to get to explore the Outer Banks was looming and dictated by an Easter gathering with my family in Baltimore.  But, we will surely hook up again soon.


Ah . . . the sand and surf again.  It has been less than a month since we left the Florida panhandle and already we were feeling starved of the calming effects of the water and soothing walks on the beach.  We were home again on the beach, though it is not the quite the same without our Florida friends and dogs.

We are definitely in "low country"

We arrived in Waves, North Carolina around noon, parked, cleaned the coach, and fulfilled the promise to Spirit that she would have her paws in the sand again.  Remember the equation:  happy dog = happy owners (and vice versa).  And who wouldn’t want to spend time in a place called “Waves?”


Hey, is that a large wave behind me?
Run!!!!!
I love scouring the beach looking for stuff that washes ashore: old fishing lures, sea glass, signs, you name it.  So what was my treasure of the day?  A sandy quarter.  Yes, it pays to walk on the beach everyday.  So if you'll excuse me, Spirit and I have more treasures to find.



12 comments:

  1. Don't spend that quarter all at once, after all, diesel fuel is expensive! ;c)

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  2. Good morning! We spent two weeks in July of '09 at Camp Hatteras in Waves and had a great time. We loved the fact that we could take our three dogs on the beach and they loved it even more! There are a number of good restaurants and we especially liked the Froggy Dog in Avon. We also did a day trip to Ocracoke and enjoyed exploring there (there's even a small campground there in the tip of the island). We will surely go back again but after 2 weeks straight weeks there we were ready to "gogo"! Have a great time!
    Craig and Linda Dresser

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    1. Great to hear from some Dressers! Hi Craig and Linda. Guess we're not related? You didn't have family from Kennebunk Maine, eh? Thanks for the info about Waves. We're at Ocean Waves Campground and we'll have to try Froggy Dog. Alot of restaurants aren't open yet. Guess we're kind of early. If you follow our blog you'll see how much we love this full time "road trip"! Betsy and Nancy

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    2. Betsy, I have a thirteenth cousin who has done extensive research on the history of the Dresser family in the US and has traced our earliest ancestors to Rowley, MA after they came here from Rowley, England in the early 17th century. It's possible that we are distant cousins and I will be happy to share what I know with you if you'd like, and I can put you in touch with him as well. My email is tcraigdresser@verizon.net. Take care, Craig

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  3. Am wondering if I will ever get the Cowboy to the Outer Banks???

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  4. We also stayed at Ocean Waves, great place. Check out all the lighthouses plus Wright Brothers National Museum. If time permits take a drive to Corolla, cool little town with wild horses and great places to eat.

    Rhonda & Susan

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    1. I think it was your recommendation that got us here. Thanks.

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    2. Glad to help out. Your welcome. Were still out west in the desert.

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  5. Our family went to Outter Banks often - when the kids were home. John and I have been once in the motorhome and want to return. It is one of our favorite places to visit. Enjoy for us, please.

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  6. I'm leaving the Panhandle Beaches tomorrow and already I'm trying to figure out how to get back to the big waters. Seems like Ocean Waves is the consensus so we'll have to check it out. We spent many pre RV days in rental houses on the Outer Banks but have only been to the National Seashore in the RV. I'll be very interested to see where you park to visit Baltimore. Keep those beach pictures coming.

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    1. The campground is nice. Easy beach access and paved sites - although sites are close.

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