Sunday, January 22, 2012

A motor home trip to the beautiful coast of North Carolina - starting with a night on Lake Mattamuskeet.  Such an unsusal lake - average depth of 3 feet - yeah - 3 feet.  It is a wildlife refuge - peaceful, quiet.  Life seems to slow down for us as well...  We camped with a view of the lake - restful.  We drove to Belhaven - checking out places for Ken to come fishing.  Nice little town.  Found some access areas to launch his boat for fishing.

Manteo and over to the Outer Banks - we never get tired of the Outer Banks.  Seeing the Hatteras Lighthouse brought back memories of taking Katia (our "daughter" from Belarus) to see the lighthouse being moved in 1999.  She was nine years old and spoke very little English.  I'm sure a trip in a motorhome was very strange to her - and then to see the 4800 ton lighthouse being moved very slowly - only 25 to 100 feet each day. 

Ferry from Swan Quarter to Ocracoke Island - got some knitting done - enjoyed the beautiful blue ocean and blue sky.  Ocracoke really is a different world - in a good way. Small shops, no big stores, narrow streets with kids riding bicycles - drive slowly.  January is a great time to visit if you want to avoid crowds.  We spent the night - took the 7:30 AM ferry to Cedar Island.  The ferries don't run as often in the winter.

Drove to Harker's Island - ate lunch at Captain's Choice - really, really great seafood - and friendly people. 
Beaufort (in North Carolina it is "Bo"fort).  The waterfront is more than beautiful - historic homes - I love the plaques with the year they were built.  Small shops for browsing and shopping - ice cream  - we did resist the fudge!  We will return.

Morehead City,Emerald Isle, Snead's Ferry, Surf City.  We spent the night at Lanier's Campground in Surf City - huge campground - friendly and quiet. Topsail, Wilmington, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Fort Fisher.  One last ferry to Southport - being in a motor home on a ferry is sort of like being in a housboat!                                  

Headed inland - driving the backroads - checking out Jordan Lake south of Raleigh.  Might be a fishing trip in Ken's future.  Cheesy biscuits with dinner at a Sagebrush somewhere on the way.    
I love traveling - a day, a month or longer.  I love to go but I also love coming home.  Life is good.