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Day 105: I missed the water

Location: Newport News, VA

Miles Driven: 334

Total Miles: 25,006

 

I left Cary after 10AM and began to head east towards the North Carolinian coast.  I was headed towards the Outer Banks area (a place I had visited for the first time back in June), but I was going to a northern section of the Outer Banks to a city called Duck.

good weather heading out to the coast

It was after 4PM when I met up with friends Frances and Gary at their beach house.  From their deck were some outstanding views of the ocean:

It was hard to not just lounge on the deck for the next several hours and listen to/watch the ocean.  The cool breeze from the water made the air much more comfortable than I had found back in Raleigh.

A little after 5PM, we all went to dinner at a local cafe.  More outstanding food.

Crab bisque soup. Never had crab bisque soup before. Sooo good

My entree: southern scallops. very tasty

After dinner, we headed to the other side of the land to go walk by Albemarle Sound.  There was a boardwalk right above the water and our timing worked out well…sunset was slowly approaching.

Great views by the Sound.

Relaxing by the water

We returned to the house along the beach, and I was able to snap a few more pictures of the water before I got back on the road.

kids dwarfed by the Atlantic Ocean

Some real nice homes by the water

Thanks again to my friends in the Outer Banks for a nice break in the driving (and for the delicious dinner).  I was very glad to be back by some water again.  The last time I was near any major bodies of water was back in Alaska.

I got back in the car and headed north toward Newport News, revisiting my buddy Chris I saw here back in early June.  Chris and I hung out in his backyard for several hours, sitting by a fire.  Chris was suprised it was my first legit “campfire” for this whole trip.

No worries, this fire was under control

Chris by the fire

Great to hang out with a good friend once more.  This is probably the last time I’ll get to hang out with Chris before heading overseas in January, so I’m lucky to have this chance again.  Big excitement for Chris coming up…he has a baby on the way this coming December.  At the very least, I should be able to see some pictures before I head out.

Come Sunday, I’ll head north to Maryland where I’ll spend a stretch of a few days visiting with some friends one last time in the area I used to live.  Most of the drives from this point forward should be fairly quick (in the neighborhood of three hours or less).  No, I’m not sick of driving, but a few less hours in the car would probably do my legs and lower back a favor.

joe

P.S. In other news, you’ll notice above I just barely surpassed the 25,000 mile mark with today’s driving.  Before I set out on the trip, that was a higher estimate of the ground I’d cover (good call, Melissa).  Crazy

  1. Reva Barno
    September 12, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Your NYS friends are enjoying the work of the Chamber of Commerce photographer!
    And the food! One might think you would tire of “special” foods. Enjoy it while you can.

  2. ND
    September 12, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Great pictures of the ocean…my favorite. See you soon.

  3. Matt Sobieski
    September 13, 2010 at 7:40 am

    Joe! When we used to vacation in the Outer Banks (13 years of my life up through 2008) we always stayed in Duck. I love that place. What cafe did you go to when you were there?

  4. September 13, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    Good “rerun” of Newport News (speaking as though the blog is a tv series). Thanks for driving the extra miles to reach my guess on your mileage =)
    Enjoy the time with old friends in WMA.

  5. Dan Cartie
    September 14, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    No stop at the Wright Brothers memorial in Kitty Hawk?
    Those pics bring back fond memories. We had several family vacations in Corolla, just north of Duck.

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