Sunday, June 10, 2018

Headed Home

Gloucester to Kingsport
Saturday June 9, 2018

Another good breakfast at this Quality Inn.  Not often you find Corned Beef Hash as a breakfast entree particularly in a breakfast buffet in a hotel!  But they had it here.  We like Corned Beef Hash but it is a pain to make and fairly expensive to purchase canned these days so don't have it often.  Remarkably it was excellent.

We had driven about 200 - 250 miles each day so far on this trip - Ben was not sure we should try 400+ miles home so we made reservation in Roanoke.  Ben also spoke with his friend in Marion to see if we could stop in for a short visit. We got started driving and the road was much better and not too much traffic.  Within an hour we were on I 64 and around Richmond. We were in Charlottesville and near I 81 and would be in Roanoke by 12:30!!  Listening to Chesapeake certainly takes your mind off the drive !  So we canceled the reservation and planned to drive all the way to Kingsport.

We stopped for gas and lunch about noon and Jane took over driving for about 100 miles and then Ben finished the trip.  We were home by 3:30 with neither of us too tired.  Think we may have our travel legs back!  Still have quite a bit of the book left - we are only up to 1700- not sure how far in history the book continues.  It is one Ben's phone so guess we can finish next trip we take!


Fort Washington and The Chesapeake

Into Maryland and Exploring the VA Chesapeake
Friday, June 8. 2018

We had another good breakfast at the Quality Inn in Mount Vernon.  Interesting thing this morning.  We assume the pancake machine was here yesterday and we just did not notice it... Ben had pancakes and then Jane went back to make one too just to see how it worked.  Interesting - batter comes from a plastic bag inside onto a belt that runs through the machine sort of baking or roasting as it goes. Comes out a slot in the side of the machine onto your plate....something new for us!

We were slow getting on the road this morning because we knew we had to enter the beltway in VA and cross the Wilson Bridge into Maryland as we headed to Fort Washington.  We were trying to visit a couple National Park Sites that we had missed on other trips to DC area.  Also trying to avoid traffic!  Remarkably it was an easy with much less traffic than we thought trip onto the beltway and across the bridge into Maryland.  I knew there had been a lot of development on the Maryland side of the river but did not know there was a huge MGM Casino on the riverbank.  We headed south to visit Fort Washington which had been guarding Washington DC on the banks of the Potomac since 1808.  The history of this fort is interesting since it began as Ft. Warburton.  When the British burned Washington DC in 1814 - remember Dolly Madison rescuing the pictures - this Fort was destroyed so it would not fall into British hands. During the 1800's it was rebuilt as Fort Washington. The fort saw various service through the Civil War and Spanish American War. Different guns were used through the years and in World War 1 two of the largest guns were removed and sent to Europe for use in France. During World War 2 it served as a training facility for officers - turning out 300 trained officers very 60 days.  Interesting place.  The last of the 3 photos shows the view across the Potomac - there are 3 breaks in the trees on the VA side - the middle one is Mount Vernon.

Leaving Fort Washington we headed south on Indian Head Hwy to Waldorf and on south to cross the Potomac back into VA.  Crossing this bridge on 301 is a toll - looked it up on the internet to find out toll and it said $4.50 - wrong it was $6.00 good thing we got that cash last night!  Have to say for the $6 toll I expected better conditions.  Road was in very poor condition with numerous potholes. Maryland must be using its' money for something besides road upkeep!  Luckily the traffic was not too bad but that entire Maryland area was fairly built up - some farmland but primarily suburbs.

In Virginia 301 continues on to Richmond but we were headed along the Potomac and Chesapeake to Reedville and the Crazy Crab.  In 2009 we spent about 10 days camping on the mainland and eastern shore enjoying seafood everywhere we went....and one place that always stayed top of our list was the Crazy Crab in Reedville.  A small fishing and crabbing village with a nice museum, a ferry to Smith Island, and beautiful homes. We had camped there one night.  So we meandered down the coast on small roads and finally about 1:30 ended up in Reedville.  Would you believe Crazy Crab was closed until 5 PM.  Oh no!  Where is the next best seafood restaurant - Tommy's - only .2 mile - also closed until 5 PM - moving on to #3 Cockrell's Creek Seafood Deli - we did not have high hopes but it was after 1:30 and we were starving and really hungry for crab!  Yah! It was open but sure did not look like too much - but several cars.  You could buy fresh seafood or order from a menu and eat in a small dining room, under the trees, or take out.  We ordered and in a few minutes we had Crab Cake, Soft Shell Crabs, and fries - excellent food!  Not fancy like we might have ordered at Crazy Crab but one of best crab cakes Jane remembers and Ben says maybe the best soft shell crabs ever!

Nice view of Reedville from the tables under the trees!  After our lunch we headed south to Gloucester which is on the middle neck - Reedville is on the upper neck, and lower neck is Newport News, Hampton, and Williamsburg.   Having visited that congested area before we were not going south of the middle neck.  Gloucester was a much larger town than we had anticipated but very nice with a unique downtown -old courthouse and many other old buildings. Our Quality Inn was new and in a more recently developed part of the town.  Again we found it clean and of good quality even tho they were doing a bit of remodeling.  We were surprised to find ourselves hungry so started out for dinner about 6.  We chose Bangkok Noi - a well rated Thai restaurant with a number of seafood entrees.  We loved their signage !  We had excellent satay with a peanut sauce and pickles.  Probably one of the best satay we have had.  Also had Lemon Grass soup with Shrimp (Jane) and Lemon Grass Soup with Seafood (Ben).  Ben's had calamari, oysters, shrimp, and scallops.  Excellently seasoned.  And then for an entree we split crab fried rice - very good too!  We were stuffed.  No photo of the Satay!   Anyone who loves Sushi would love this place.  The plates that came by our table sure were attractive and people seemed to be loving the numerous choices.

We made some great choices for food today even tho not our original choices.

Mount Vernon VA

Visiting Mount Vernon
June 7, 2018

We are staying in Quality Inn's this trip using some of our Choice Reward Points.  Ben is not traveling and spending nights nearly as much as he was but we still manage to accumulate enough points for quite good reductions in room costs.  The Quality Inn in Mount Vernon is well located and very clean.  Beds were good, service quick when we needed new batteries for the TV remote, and had a hot breakfast with something for everyone. Only ding was how long it was - must have been 50 rooms all in a row - up and down - and we were near the back - quiet but a long walk to breakfast!

After breakfast we headed out - first stop was a CVS to buy a new pair of sunglasses for Jane.  Lost a part yesterday and while they worked OK for the drive - not so much for a busy moving around day.  Found it less than a block from the hotel.  The drive to Mount Vernon was not far - maybe 8 miles.  We found a parking place easily - we had been afraid it was going to be very crowded since all the morning house tour tickets sold out between Sunday when first looking at the website and Tuesday when we went back to purchase...our tickets were for 1:15.

We walked right in with our online ticket purchases and wandered around in the visitor center and then in the museum. The museum was nicely done with interactive exhibits, films, and numerous displays.  At 11:45 we headed to the Mount Vernon Inn for lunch.  Our choices were good.  Jane had VA Peanut and Chestnut soup and Hoecakes with Country Ham, Crab, and Hollandaise Sauce.  They were both yummy.  Ben had Colonial Onion soup and Chips with Chips with Bacon, Tomato, Chives and Mornay Sauce.  Since we shared I can attest all were good.  We enjoyed a gentleman who played tunes on a flute during our lunch.  We had walked in and were seated immediately but as we left about 12:45 there was a line waiting to be seated.

We found our way to the area where you waited in line for your tour of the Washington Home.  The home is not large so you go through the various rooms in groups of 12-15.  We were in line with an interesting young mom and son about Daniel's age.  They were from Arizona.  She had been sworn in yesterday in front of the Supreme Court to be able to try cases there.  She had a case that was potentially headed to the Supreme Court and had just completed all the requirements.  They had gotten to personally meet the justices.  The son did not seem to impressed.

The home is well maintained with a couple rooms under renovation. I always had thought the building was stone but it was wood carved to appear to be stone and covered with a sand like coating.
We toured two drawing rooms - a private and public - a large dining or ball room, and a bedroom. Then went upstairs for several more bedrooms.  The most impressive two rooms were Washington's Bedroom upstairs and his Office downstairs.  These were the last two rooms added to the house. They had the most original furnishings.  The kitchen area was located nearby but not actually a part of the house.   Mount Vernon is not a part of the National Park System and is managed by a Women's Auxiliary type group that was formed soon after Washington's death to preserve the home for the country.

After the tour we returned to the back of the home where there is a porch the length of the home overlooking the Potomac River.  There was a slight breeze and it was very pleasant sitting there looking out over the river.  The guide told us about 10 years ago some sort of development was planned for the Maryland side of the river, public outcry stopped it and now the beautiful view is preserved forever.  The guide pointed out Fort Washington which we will visit tomorrow. It would be upper left in the photo.

We wandered about the grounds for a short time and called it a day returning to the Sprinter about 3:30.  You could well stay 2-3 more hours to see all the gardens, the tomb, and the grist mill.  There was also a boat trip on the Potomac for an additional fee.  We knew we would probably not be up all that so did not participate.  The river tour might be nice.  There was a shuttle bus that would take you to the grist mill and I believe to the wharf where the boat left.

We drove back to our hotel and did a little research into plans for dinner.  Ben really did not want to drive in the District traffic so we were going to eat in Mount Vernon and south Alexandria.  After much review and discussion we found a Chinese restaurant that was known for its' Peking Duck.  Most places we have been you must order Peking Duck a day ahead....this place has it all the time.  There are two locations one in Alexandria and another in Annandale.  Interesting story on the web.  Anyway it was not too far away which made it ever better.  We had never had Peking Duck and thought this was our chance!

We arrived - did not look like much business but it was 5:30 so we thought we would give it a try - went in and were greeted by a very polite Chinese woman who explained their credit card machine was not working and we would have to pay cash.  There were 3-4 groups eating.  We checked the menu for price of Peking Duck and our cash (don't carry as much cash as we used too) and told the woman what we wanted and how much money we had - she said we can do it!

Not too sure what we were getting and because we did not have lots of extra cash and were not starving - we just ordered 1/2 Peking Duck...$19.00.   When it came - it was a whole duck - a cook came out with it and carved 1/2 of it for us.  First the crispy skin, then the inner tender meat.  They also brought pancakes - soft ones - then a sauce, and slivered green onions.  To eat it you layer sauce, the onions, some crispy skin, and some tender meat.  Roll it up like a taco and eat!  After the server did one for us we managed the rest ourselves.  It was very good particularly the crispy skin!  Glad we had the opportunity to experience this and glad we had the cash to pay!

Sorry for the poor quality of some of photos. I did not bring camera, was using my phone which was dying...I am off to the Apple Store for a new battery or a new phone on Monday!

We stopped at a grocery for some desert and to get some cash since we were down to less than $5.

Friday, June 8, 2018

On The Road Again

Wednesday June 6 and 7, 2018 Kingsport to Durham to Mt. Vernon

After a several months of staying at home we were back on the road for a short trip.  We headed east to Durham for grandson Daniel's elementary school promotion. We left on Tuesday about noon and tried our best to get the Sprinter washed - first in Wytheville VA where there were about 10 semi's in line - no not willing to wait over an hour....then near Burlington NC where there were 2 semi cabs, and a bus in front of us...we waited 30 minutes with nothing moving one inch- so we left there too!

Stopped in Chapel Hill to pick up Bon Chon Chicken for everyone which we remembered being really good from a road trip several years ago.  Well it was pretty good - not as good as we remembered - the "spicy" was too spicy for most of us but 20 pieces and the fries were gone quickly. We were a little worried about traffic in the Triangle but it was not nearly as bad as we had expected. Everyone arrived within about 15 minutes - Jeff from work, Robin's Dad from MD, Robin and Daniel from a class field trip to the NC State Capitol and us from TN.  Not any photos.

Wednesday morning Daniel's cheering section were all there for the promotion ceremony at Pearsontown Elementary in Durham.  It hardly seems possible these past 6 years have passed! The cute little kindergartener is now a mature preteen ready to go to middle school! So happy we could be a part of that momentous day.

After the ceremony we headed north towards Mount Vernon VA.  We had plans for touring on Thursday.  We lived in Alexandria back in the 60's and never made the visit .  We had made several  trips back to DC over the years but somehow never made it to Mt. Vernon then either.  So our plan was to stay in Mt. Vernon/ Alexandria and avoid as much DC traffic as possible.  We arrived in the DC area at 5 PM and we were expecting the worst...if we had been leaving DC it would have been terrible but not so bad on our side of I 95.  We exited on US 1 and were in Mt. Vernon with little trouble.  Not wanting to drive far from our hotel we walked about half a block to a Denny's and had their special - a grand slam.  Pancakes, eggs, bacon, hash browns.  Simple, good and just what we needed after a long day.

Our drive today was pleasant - we are listening to Chesapeake by Michner  - it is 40 hours long so will be more than long enough for the entire trip and should be interesting since we are going to be in the area most of our trip - although we will not make it over to the Eastern Shore this trip.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Trip Home

After breakfast we packed up and headed west.  The weather was nice but the wind  had changed they said rain was on the way.  There are two long bridges that back in the 60's were ferries.  One of them has a center part that slides sideways to let the boats pass through.  We got the red light and the bridge opened up for a boat to pass - always interesting to watch.

There is not much of interest on this trip back to Raleigh.  The traffic was much lighter than we had imagined so we were going to arrive in Durham much earlier than we had imagined. We stopped to pick up lunch and arrived at Jeff's house about 12:30.  We had a nice afternoon.  Jane helped Robin plant a herb garden and Ben spent time watching some WW2 movies with Daniel.

We went to a great Thai restaurant for dinner and believe it or not I had some more shrimp - Shrimp Tempura Appetizer and Coconut Soup.  Both were excellent.  Ben had Sweet and Sour Pork.

Coconut Soup

Shrimp and Veggie Tempura

We watched Memphis Bell - Daniel is really into WW2 planes - well any planes to be honest.

We enjoyed our short visit but knew we had to get home so even tho we would drive probably all day in the rain we started home after a quick stop at Trader Joe's.

And rain it did all the way except for maybe 15 or 20 minutes around Greensboro. Going over the mountains as we entered Virginia was very dense fog.

As we turned south on I81 the rain continued and we arrived safely home.  The only issue of the day was the 5th disc of our book would not come out of the player in the we don't know how our mystery ends!  Hope it will come out when we get home so I can return to library.

About 6:00 the rain stopped enough to unload the Sprinter. I had hoped the rain would have washed all the pollen and tree junk off my car but no such luck - the pollen yes but not the oak squiggles - no idea what to call them - but they covered the car as well as everything else.  Guess some serious clean-up will occur if the sun ever comes out to dry everything out. 

Nice to be home - lots of laundry done, groceries bought, and mail sorted - we have recovered!  Nice short trip to get in our beach fix and see family.  Sure did not take many family photos!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Nags Head - extra day


Today was our extra day to enjoy the beach.  We have done everything we wanted to do with the exception of Ben really having a good kite flying success.  He got the kite up one day but not to suit him.  So our day would have a couple goals – fly the kite, enjoy the sunshine and beach, and of course eat some more seafood.

After breakfast Jane headed for the sunshine on the deck.  Ben got hung up in the room with a guy who was replacing the lock to the balcony. It was rusted and almost impossible to get open and closed.  Ben thinks this is a hotel that has been upgraded to Comfort Inn standards and barely meets them.  The windows and doors were all put in during the time he was doing curtain wall construction so I guess he should know.  Very nice service, the hotel itself has good beds, linens etc. but the basic structure is old.  Certainly has everything we need – but getting in and out that door was an issue.  I reported it and within 15 minutes the guy was there fixing it!

Ben had great success this morning with his kite.  It was very difficult to get a good photo with both Ben and the kite in it – the sun was so bright I could barely tell what I was taking….I think I must have taken 15 or so and only got 2 that had both Ben and kite! 
Ben Flying his Kite

We enjoyed our dinner last night and Ben had been eyeing the she crab soup so we went back to Miller’s for a light lunch.  Ben had she crab soup, Jane had the Miller’s Signature salad and we split ½ pound of steamed shrimp.  All was excellent! 

Miller's Signature Salad

Steamed Shrimp

She Crab Soup

Did a bit of driving around – Jane wanted to go to the south end of Nags Head – well it looks just like the rest of the beachfront with cottage after cottage.  But south from Whalebone Junction – where 58 and 12 join is nothing but cottages.  We are the last large hotel, there is a restaurant across the street and several more north of us – we are beachfront right near Whalebone Junction.  Jane kept wanting to find the Whalebone Junction sign…we finally found one that said Whalebone District.  Things change!

We visited a seafood market to investigate seafood to take home in freezer.  Not so sure it is worth the trouble – we will check in Wanchese on our way out tomorrow. 

Watching the ocean from the now shaded balcony, writing my blog, and reading will fill my restful afternoon.  Ben took a nap and will maybe get in the water.  Jane – not going to risk walking in that soft sand…would love to walk in the surf but going to skip it this time.  Ben made it into the ocean or so he says – I waited a few minutes and went out on the balcony to take his photo – I got a photo but it was of him coming up the stairs from the beach to the deck!  He says he got both feet in the water and that it was very cold.  Later looking up the water temperature on the internet it said temp was 60.

Back from the "swim"

Our last dinner was at Owen’s Restaurant.  It is an old standby here – same family has managed it for 70+ years.  It had great ratings as did Miller’s.  Well Owen’s won in every category but the hush puppies.  We had the Mariner’s Broiled Platter and split it – perfect in both food and size of serving.  Broiled scallops, shrimp, rock fish, and a cheesy crab dish that is the house specialty.  All broiled to perfection and served with a mashed potato dish and crisp green beans. The restaurant split the food for us - unusual. Usually they just give you an extra plate. Jane not realizing she would be getting the green beans , had a house salad with a very tasty poppy seed dressing.  All in all a great ending for our seafood extravanganza this week!   The hush puppies were very similar to Miller’s but Miller’s won by a hair for The #1 Hushpuppies for our week at the beach 2017!
House Salad

Mariner's Platter - half

Enjoyed a last evening on the balcony watching people get in their last rays of sunshine.  The sprinter is parked in the lot right below our room.  This it the lot that was cleared of sand this week. Over the winter the ocean topped the dunes and the sand washed down into the parking lot. There is quite a bit of wind tonight and our waitress said it was bringing 4 days of rain... glad we missed that!  We had two cloudy mornings and maybe 10 minutes of light rain. 
That Last Ray of Sunshine

Parking Lot

 Tomorrow morning we drive back to Durham and then home on Sunday.


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Nags Head


Nice  -well nice for a hotel breakfast – Ben said gravy and biscuits was very good.  I had egg, sausage and half a bagel.  Anything tastes pretty good looking out at the Atlantic Ocean!  
Atlantic Ocean at Nags Head South

One thing we were watching today is a guy driving a small bobcat with a front end loader on it – he is clearing the sand from the side parking lot right under our room.  After watching his process for about ½ hour it was amazing to see it was clear when we returned from our day trip – we were gone about 6 hours – he did it!

About 10 we headed north to Corolla to get a view of the 4th lighthouse.  Mile after mile of beach houses in all descriptions, sizes and colors.  I still like the older ones with the weathered cedar shingles.  It seems many of the houses have repair vans of every type – laying carpet, painting, cleaning etc.  Got to get these rental units ready for the season!  The further north you go there are a few more lots without homes but not many.  This area is not preserved as national park and nature preserves so it is very built up.  Ben and I both remember when you could go as far north as Kitty Hawk and then the road stopped.  Now it is house after house  with every kind of service business the beach visitors might want interspersed among them. 

We did drive on 158 as far as Wright Brothers Memorial and stopped to get a passport stamp.  The visitor Center is under construction so they had a temporary site with little if any exhibits.  The rangers were doing talks but there was a large crowd so we did not join in the group. 

Wright Brothers Memorial

We continued north…

We got out at the park in Corolla to photograph the lighthouse. The wait to climb would have been at least an hour – looked like an entire bus load of young people in line to go up.  When you looked up there were people all the way around the top!  There is a very nice park with picnic grounds and walking trails between the sound and the ocean.  We drove over to see the Whalehead Club -  a restored 1922 home built as a hunting retreat. We but decided not to take the tour.  Jane had to get out to guide Ben under a tree – the Sprinter air conditioner missed by just an inch or two.    
Currituck Light House

Whalehead Club

Beautiful clear and sunny day for a drive with very moderate temperatures in the 75-85 range.  We drove back as far as Duck and stopped for lunch.  We chose Aqua on the sound side and had a great lunch.  Jane had fish tacos and Ben had Crab Dip.  Both were excellent and we left full but not over full which means we can enjoy dinner!

Fish Tacos

Crab Dip

We drove all the way back to Nags Head on the beach road expecting the traffic to be bad but it was not bad at all.  I can only imagine what summer would be live.  April and May and perhaps September would be the best months in my humble opinion. We are playing “hotel” this afternoon.  Jane watching the birds and people from the balcony and Ben taking a nap and checking his schedule for next week. 

Comfort Inn South Nags Head getting windows washed

We made the  snap decision to extend our trip by a day when Ben realized he did not have an inspection on Monday – so an extra day at the beach, stay a night with Jeff on Saturday and return to Kingsport on Sunday….sounds good to me.

We have two restaurants we want to try – two old ones and both with good ratings.  Tonight we chose Millers on the Waterfront.  Jane had a broiled shrimp, scallops, and small crab cake.  Sides were really good choices – broccoli salad and dill carrots.  Excellent all the way around.  Ben had Organ Inlet Tuna with potatoes and carrots…after he sent it back to be cooked a little more he loved it. 

Broiled Seafood - The Trawler


Almost Sunset

  The view was very nice and if we had been about 30 minutes later it would have been a fantastic sunset.  Only problem was a table of about 12-15 people near us that were very loud.  Ben could not hear anything – well he could hear everything and nothing - sometimes his hearing aid makes matters worse!


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Buxton to Nags Head


Peaceful night and up ready to head to the Orange Blossom Bakery for some breakfast treats – found it but alas closed on Tuesday and Wednesday!  Back down the road to our second choice which was right across the street from our motel – Fatty’s.  This is a breakfast and lunch spot that rents all kinds of beach gear and offers tours in the summer – they are not into that yet but did serve good biscuits.  We observed the biscuits and sausage gravy that came out to a table nearby – glad we did not get that – we would have been down for 2 hours – it was a huge plate with some type of potatoes.
Our Motel - immediately south of photo below

Route 12 where road was rebuilt

Headed north after the biscuit and some coffee.  The area is a narrow sliver of land here and it was obvious where they had rebuilt the dunes and road.  Not much to see along this stretch of Hwy 12.  North a few miles is Avon which 40 years ago was nothing.  Ben remembers his cousins coming here a few years before he first came here with his family in the late 50’s – there was nothing on the south end of Hatteras.  His uncle and cousins went all the way to Ocracoke to hunt ducks and they had to travel on the mail boat. Avon Ben recalls was only a gas station and perhaps a few houses – now it is a thriving community pizza, Chinese, Mexican and of course seafood restaurants – a grocery, post office, several gas stations, lots of beach rentals and of course lots of rental houses. 

Then a long stretch of national seashore before coming to several other communities.  I had wanted to stop at the Life Saving Building – an old Coast Guard Station but it was not open yet.  There are parking areas with access to the ocean. Now you must get a license for driving a 4 wheel drive off road – don’t remember that 20 years ago.

Finally we arrived at Bodie lighthouse and stopped for a photo and to search for the lighthouse book Robin wanted for Daniel’s class. Success on both counts.  Then after a short stop at the Pea Island Wildlife Visitor Center we continued into Nags Head.  The bridge at Organ Inlet is being rebuilt or at least the access roads are being raised again due to storm damage in past years.
Dunes built up to prevent road flooding

Construction at Organ Inlet

Bodie Lighthouse

It was close to lunch time but we were not hungry at all so headed inland to check out Roanoke Island. It had been over 40 years since we had visited this area and heard the stories of the Lost Colony. We found it and watched the video. Little if any memories of the previous visit which was with John and Barkley Whitehead.  We were there with our small children and saw Andy Griffith and have some photos taken with him.  We drove through the Manteo Waterfront which has been “improved” and now resembles downtown Gatlinburg.  We did not stop – in case you notice not much walking on this trip. Jane is babying a knee that it seems is nearing need for a replacement. The symptoms developed rapidly upon ceasing taking medication for arthritis in back. Interesting not much pain in back but knee is another story.  Injection in knee was a possible short term remedy but it does not seem to be working.

We stopped at an old tried and true seafood restaurant in Manteo – Darrell’s - Jane had a flounder sandwich and Ben had a soft shell crab sandwich.  Both were excellent.   

We headed back to Nags Head and just south of Whalebone Junction we found Comfort Inn South our home until Friday when we head back to Durham.
From our balcony

Ben Trying - maybe tomorrow
Beautiful Restful Beach Scene

 After a bit of a rest we headed out to the beach – Jane to sit in the sun and Ben to try flying his kite. The beach is wider than at Buxton and not very crowded.  There were several families playing in the surf – too cold for me but they seemed to be having a great time.  Not enough wind for kite flying – maybe tomorrow.  Nice beach though.  Later we enjoyed the view from the balcony outside our room.  The Comfort Inn is nice – interesting that you do check in on the first floor but nothing else is on that floor – breakfast, lobby with literature, laundry, computer room etc is on 2nd floor as is the access to deck, pool and beach.   They must just have built the 1st floor to flood. 
We had a nice dinner at Sugar Creek Seafood.  
Nice View for dinner

Jane had a salad and coconut shrimp appetizer.  Ben had broiled scallops.  The scallops were excellent – the coconut shrimp also excellent.  The sauce for shrimp and the salad dressing was nothing at all special – believe they came straight from a jar.  Tomorrow we will explore a bit further into Nags Head.