The above pic is one I took of the sunrise. I have others that were taken the same day further down. This was not retouched – just taken with my camera phone.
It doesn’t seem quite possible that as if today, Sunday May 3rd, we have more days behind us rather than in front of us here in NC’s Outer Banks. The weather has been warming up slowly but surely and we have been taking advantage of it!
We have been enjoying more sun, fun and food! And – Sue & Guy are FINALLY here! They are part of the group we met last year at the RV Dreams rally. They have a 45′ Class A motorhome like Cori & Greg. They are parked right across the street from us. That makes 5 rigs total, and Eileen & Gene will be joining us on the 10th. Diane & Glyn (our RV Driving instructors) are coming some time soon also. We have been nicknamed “The Corleone Compound” by some here at Ocean Waves. It is a fairly small CG with only 68 FHU sites and a few tent sites and we are taking up 5 right now, soon to be 7.
Before I get into the sun, fun and food, I want to tell you about the project Bill completed since I last updated you all. We didn’t understand the small backsplash area that came with the rig. The stove is right next to the wood cabinet and everytime we cooked anything, especially bacon or anything else that splatters, it would get all over the wood, plus the “tile” that they did have on the back was not easy to clean. So, after we decided to redo it, and back when we were in Arcadia, we finally found something we liked that wasn’t too expensive or heavy (I have mentioned before that weight is always a consideration when adding anything to the rig).
before – see that I mean? The wood cabinet is RIGHT htere
First he had to take down what was already there
it was thankfully one piece that had been glued to the wall – he said this was the worst part – getting the sticky stuff off He ended up using a blow-dryer to soften it so he could scrape it off easier.
We had gotten this stuff called “Simple Mat” (sorry didn’t get a pic of the box) at Home Depot. It is a 2 sided tape that you apply to the wall and the tile sticks to the other side.
here is the “Simple Mat” before putting tile on
He said the tile went up pretty easily
one part done!
all tile is up and ready for grout!
after he covered the countertop to protect it, he started the grout
giving the grout a little time to set up
all done! Isn’t it beautiful!? What is hard to see from the pic is there is a bit of purple in it! You all know how I LOVE purple, and I love how it ties in with the purple in my area rug and pillow!
My wonderful man did a great job and we are both very pleased with the result! Total time invested is about 5 hours (including an hour getting the old thing off) and about $100 – not too bad!
Now – onto the sun, fun and food!
Our whole group (before Sue & Guy arrived) decided to go visit the Roanoke Island Festival Park. It is an attraction in Manteo that tells the history of the area. We learned that is really geared for kids, but we did learn a lot and had some goofy fun before getting some lunch.
how they – the Native Americans in this area – planted their crops
making canoes by burning part of the log and then using shells to scrape out the middle
Greg has a “thing” about licking things – don’t ask
a demonstration of how they made the fancy furniture for the officers homes
Greg trying on the military protective gear
Bill is ready to defend the fort!
while the helmet fit Bill’s big head pretty well, it was HUGE on Tracy!
she did fit perfectly into the stockade though!
Lee showing us how they used a mortar and pestle
recreation of the ship that the English arrived on
Cori & Greg being silly
Tracy trying on samples of old English fashion
Tracy helping Greg into his outfit
Greg – we think he missed his calling as a fashion model!
Cori’s turn to pose!
Lunch spot – Full Moon Cafe and Brewery
waiting for food – we were all starving!
their claim to fame is they are the tiniest brewery
very cool place – and very good food!
afterwards, Bill and I got some alone time walking on Jeanettes Pier
We had such a great time the first time we had a fire – we decided to try it again!
Tracy getting dancey
Greg is feeling relaxed
after the fire – YUMMY cinnamon rolls courtesy of Jo! I love the anticipation on Lee’s face!
I was up before the sun one morning this week – I was the only one out there and it was one of the most amazing sunrises I have ever seen!
view from our site
I have done nothing to this pic – it was just this beautiful!
more – just wow!
Another day Bill, Craig and I went to check out the Graveyard of the Atlantic museum. Unfortunately you are not allowed to take pics, so I only got a couple, taken where we were allowed. It was very interesting and FREE!
Bill with an anchor
outside of the building – which is sort of shaped like a ship
this isn’t the museum, but on the way back home, there must have been over a hundred kite-boarders
Saturday was a very busy day – it all started with breakfast
I made everyone sausage gravy for breakfast, and Cori supplied the biscuits
Bill and Greg cooked some eggs to go with the biscuits and gravy, and Sue brought a delish fruit salad
Craig and Guy supervising
Then came the most exciting thing since we’ve arrived. Tracy, Lee and I had signed up for First Flight Adventure Park. It is a high ropes obstacle course. I was scared (almost) to death, but decided I wanted to overcome the fear. Tracy and Lee were both amazing and encouraging to me. Bill came along and stayed in the observation area, he yelled up encouragement and I was so glad he was there! He knows his being there keeps it real for me – even though he wasn’t within arms reach, I couldn’t have done it without him being there! Plus, he got to take all these great pics! I am going to let the pics tell the story in the captions.
getting suited up
trying to figure out all the straps – they were very good at making sure we were secure
thumbs up – ready to go!
no looking back now!
doesn’t look too scary from here – ok yea it does! There are 3 levels and each level has 2 challenges, which are weather themed, hurricanes specifically. Tropical Storm followed by Hurricanes category 1 through 5. Each one is higher and more difficult. Each level has 3 or 4 obstacles. One person per obstacle at a time, max of 2 people per landing at a time in between the obstacles.
ok – getting real now – this is where hubby gave me my kiss and wished me good luck
Me – going out on one of the first obstacles
I did NOT like this one at all! It was 2 poles, about the size of phone poles and you had to walk across. I think this was my least favorite one and it was only at the Tropical Storm level.
Lee – this one was fairly easy
this is me – doing good so far!
This is me – after each challenge level, there was a zip line back to the center. That actually freaked me out a bit at first, I have never zip lined, but it turned out to be my favorite part!
This is Bill’s fav pic
This is me – this one was a single (somewhat larger) phone pole, which was easier than the double one, even considering the octopus in the middle
This is me – this one was walking on a cable, probably about an inch (maybe more – I have no idea) in diameter and you had to grab the “jelly fish” tendrils to steady yourself
This is Lee – doing the double pole one – he did much better than me
Me – doing the easy one
This is me – this was a wood walkway – sort of like a boardwalk, but it MOVES. Tracy is waiting for me
Tracy tackling the “fish” walls
Lee finishing the jelly fish obstacle
Tracy – she was quick
Me – hugging the pole!
Lee – moving right along
this is Tracy – the obstacle was like a broken boardwalk – boards were far apart and you had to grab the ropes to steady yourself
Me on the broken boardwalk
Lee – it isn’t as bad as it looks!
Tracy – she crawled through it. Don’t have a good pic of it but I scooted on my butt
Tracy got across by standing on the kayak
Me – saw how unsteady Tracy looked and decided to pull myself across on my knees
Tracy on the “spider web”
me going across the spider web
me – walking the wire
This is me – the poles MOVE as you walk across them
Tracy – this one wouldn’t have been so bad except the little dots you have to walk on twist and also are at different heights
This is Tracy – Lee and I had already cried “Uncle” and she went on to Category 5 on the highest level by herself – she is WAY braver than me! She totally owned the commando crawl!
She got across but it took a lot out of her!
Lee and I encouraging her from the safely of the center
She did not like this one AT ALL!
She wasn’t a fan of this one either! It doesn’t look like it should be that hard, but what can’t be seen is, those blue boat fenders spin, so when you try to step, they spin out from under your feet. She decided going across on her butt was the better choice. Can’t blame her a bit! She did it!
relief! There was only one more after this, but she decided to zip line across it, she was DONE!
This whole experience is not something I would have ever done. For some reason, I decided that I want to try and stop being afraid of things. My son, when he worked at Boy Scout camp, was the Assistant Director of their high ropes course, which wasn’t as elaborate as this, but still up in trees and challenging. He offered to help me do it – years ago, and I was like “No thanks”. I decided life is too short to be afraid of everything, especially things that really can’t hurt you. We were totally safe and secure. The worst one for me was the double pole one, no idea why, but that one made my legs shake. Bill said he watched me do that one and thought I was done. I completed 4 out of 6 levels, and I must say I am quite proud of myself. I never thought I would do ziplining, but it was great and I will totally do that when the chance comes along. This is part of the new me – thinner (although the scale is difficult to control with all this delish food around all the time!) – and braver, living my life more to the fullest. I want to throw out a special shout-out to Tracy and Lee for their friendship and encouragement, and to hubby for being there and helping me feel secure enough to try this new thing. Love you guys!
When we got home from this HUGE adventure, the physical soreness already starting to set it, we needed to get ready for our appetizer dinner Derby Party.
sausage stuffed mushrooms that I made, they were so good!
Sue’s famous bean dip – Lee’s fav
you think anyone liked Craigs jalapeno poppers?
Cori & Greg are the king and queen of sliders
Tracy’s deviled eggs were a hit!
Craig is feeling no pain
we also played C R L, which is a dice game. It is very easy, which is good, b/c we like to talk and getting distracted from the game is common
here is an example of the distractions that happen
The last day I am going to talk about today is the day we ALL went to Ocracoke Island. We were up and out early, 7:45am to be exact, and made our way to the ferry. We got on the 9am ferry with no problems and arrived about an hour later.
Tracy & Lee
Jo & Craig
Cori & Greg
Sue & Guy
Bill & I
our first stop – the Ocracoke Island ponies
Cori – she is getting the perfect pic of the bunny
not sure if I like this one or the black and white better
we also checked out the beach – Bill took this great black and white
our first stop was for lunch at sMacNally’s – right on the water
these ducks thought they were going to get lucky – but we didn’t give into their cuteness and feed them
I just love the name of this place
beautiful waterfront and view of the lighthouse
sadly, you cannot climb this lighthouse
We made our way to Zillies, where we have visited before, for a cold one and snacks
So, this is the latest from OBX – we are looking forward to welcoming the rest of our fellow RVers!
I will leave you with this one last pic of the full moon over the beach
Signing off for now… but one last thing – thanks again to all my followers and others who are reading along and following our American Odyssey!