North Carolina

Roanoke and Jamestown

Roanoke and Jamestown

We explored both the historic Roanoke and Jamestown settlement sites while in Virginia and northern North Carolina. These were the locations of the first attempts of England to settle in North America. Roanoke settlement was a complete failure and Jamestown settlement was a huge struggle. The national park service and Virginia both had great exhibits …

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Crazy Kudzu

Crazy kudzu

Crazy kudzu is everywhere. This is our number one observation over the last month. Crazy kudzu dominates North Carolina and southern Virginia. I first heard of kudzu in the 1960s. It was already a problem invasive species intentionally imported from Japan as decoration in 1876. It spread as food for animals and erosion control. I …

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Campsite Review: Holly Point Campground

Campsite Review Holly Point Campground

Campsite Review: Holly Point Campground is located north of Raleigh North Carolina. Holly Point Campground Campground is operated by the North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation system on the north side of Falls Lake Reservoir. The nearest city big enough to have the most services is Raleigh, North Carolina. Holly Point Campground has easy …

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Bull Durham

Bull Durham Ball Park

Yesterday we went to see the “Bull” Durham baseball team, play ball with Charolette. The team is a minor league feeder for Tampa Bay Rays in Durham North Carolina. The game was delightful even though the Bulls were not able to put any runs on the scoreboard. After the game, there was an incredible fireworks …

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Dog Days of Summer

Dog Days of Summer

What does the dog days of summer have to do with the stars? Everything and nothing. Dog days of summer isn’t a new term. In fact, it is very old but describes July in North Carolina very accurately. We have heat day and night. The dog days actually refer to the stars. Really one single …

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Piedmont Blues

Piedmont Blues

Piedmont Blues is an early blues style of music that was founded in the Piedmont region of the east coast between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Atlantic coastal region. We are currently in the Piedmont Crescent of North Carolina. This is between Charlotte and Raleigh and includes Winston/Salem and Greensboro. Piedmont is a Latin …

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Campsite Review: Lake Norman State Park

Campsite Review: Lake Norman State Park Campground

Campsite Review: Lake Norman State Park Campground, is located north of Charlotte North Carolina. Lake Norman State Park Campground is operated by the North Carolina State Park system and is on the shore of Lake Norman. The nearest city big enough to have most services is Mooresville. Lake Norman Campground is on a peninsula and …

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Campsite Review: Linville Falls Campground

Campsite Review: Linville Falls Campground

Campsite Review: Linville Falls Campground, Blue Ridge Parkway, is located north of Morgantown and south of Linville, North Carolina. Linville Falls Campground is operated by the National Park Service and is on the Blue Ridge Parkway The nearest city big enough to have most services is Spruce Pine to the west. Linville Falls Campground is …

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Amazing Biltmore Palace

Amazing Biltmore Palace

Our visit to Vanderbilt’s Biltmore House really amazes me. It is like a French chateau or maybe a manor house. My name for it is the Amazing Biltmore Palace. With plenty of money to spend and after traveling as a socialite among the rich in Europe, George Vanderbilt started construction on the Biltmore Estate, finishing …

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