Well since I'm writing down notes these days this post might be a little jumbled but you're gonna get that with me...so get used to it! haha Let's see we worked our way up to Cedar Island, NC to jump on another Ferry to Ocracoke.
[caption id="attachment_1288" align="aligncenter" width="300"] To Cedar Island we go![/caption]
The ferry was $15.00 and was about a 2 1/2 hour ride. Savannah was able to get out on this one and she loved the wind and ocean smells in her nose!!
When we got to Ocracoke we jumped right on another Ferry to Cape Hatteras. Lucky we got to that Ferry when we did because it was the last one of the night and about 40 minutes (this one was free).
When we got off of the Hatteras Ferry, it was dark and we were tired so we looked for somewhere to park and sleep. We drove for a good hour and really found nothing. We didn't really want to pay to sleep so we searched until we found a big open parking lot on the beach, right next to the main lighthouse (black & white striped). There was a faded sign that had a tent with a line through it but at this point we didn't care, we were so tired...but we were ready for a knock on the van at anytime. We woke up the next morning around 7 or so and fist-bumped to a successful sleepover...then a man in an unmarked SUV knocked on the side of the window. J' started getting dressed and Savannah was barking, at this point nothing had been said. He knocked again and I said, "Hold on just a second." The guy bolted out of there so quick..it was strange but we thought maybe it was either 1- Citizen's Patrol, 2- Someone wanting directions or 3- Someone who wanted to rob the van, not knowing anyone was in there. We didn't hang around any longer to find out, so we got up and moved on. We drove up The Outer Banks to Kitty Hawk where the Wright Brothers took their first flight. We paid the $8.00 to get into the Memorial, getting there right in time for a 25 minute presentation on the Wright Brothers. It was very informative and neat to hear that story.
[caption id="attachment_1301" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Model plane of the First Flight[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_1302" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Two # 1's in the same place, haha[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_1303" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Grown men...and kids capturing flight of their own![/caption]
We walked around for just a little bit due to the wind...no wonder they went there. Oh, we also found out that Kitty Hawk is the 6th windiest city in the Nation, we were able to endure that ourselves! From Kitty Hawk we drove up to Virginia where we stayed at a Flying J. I'll say it again and again, we LOVE them.
The next morning we had glorious, glorious showers and even had coffee (decaf for me). We left and drove through Washington and actually ended up driving through Washington D.C. neighborhood style... we turned off the highway on the wrong road and totally got "lost" and turned around in every not so great looking 'hood in D.C. and a crap ton of traffic, for a good 45 minutes. From the road I was still able to get good pics of the Capitol and the Washington Monument, so I was happy.
[caption id="attachment_1307" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Washington Monument from pretty far away[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_1308" align="aligncenter" width="300"] One of the better neighborhoods.[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_1309" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Whizzing by at 65 mph, thank you very much![/caption]
After getting out of the crazy D.C. traffic we headed to Maryland to visit with J's mom and her hubby and decided we would visit with them for a few days. Bill, her hubby, drove us to go see "the tall boats/ships"~ an antique boat show Baltimore holds every year. Unfortunately they had not arrived yet...we were a day early but we were able to see Baltimore from a distance, looks like a cool place. Beth (J's mom) & Bill go to a quaint little pub near their home a few times a week to eat and watch the karaoke singers so we headed over there to start the night. We had a massive dinner, their cheese-steak subs are huge. I had trouble eating most of mine, not because of the size but because they put jalapenos on mine and this girl just don't do spicy! It was good none the less. Beth & Bill had their fishbowls, a pretty big concoction of fruity juice and alcohol!
[caption id="attachment_1312" align="aligncenter" width="300"] A Family Affair[/caption]
We met a ton of people and I made up 3 years of not going out by getting to sing 7 songs...it was a blast! Next day, we hung outside on their back porch and just caught up, it was really nice. We also were able to get some things done; J' fixed a step on their back patio stairwell, charged up one of the GZ batteries, and fixed the radio~ it cut out, for some reason, the day we drove in and he tinkered on some other little things on Joon.
As for me, I caught up on uploading my videos for all my peeps out there, published a few posts & groomed the Nana Bug; teeth, ears, nails. We watched some T.V. and hung out the rest of the day. Around 7 p.m., we left to hit the Horseshoe Pub again. We had dinner and I sang one more song, we then left as I was not feeling well at all.
[caption id="attachment_1314" align="aligncenter" width="300"] I ❤ Karaoke![/caption]
[caption id="attachment_1316" align="aligncenter" width="300"] ...'til next time.[/caption]
We said our good-byes and are on the road again.
J' & I were dancing with the sheep by 11p.m.
Next stop...Atlantic City!