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  • Day12

    3.1 Waves on the Outer Banks

    September 4 in the United States

    First day in Norfolk and immediately left to go to the beach house in Waves on the Outer Banks.
    Best weather I had there, ever. And this is my 6th, 7th, ... 8th time there? Not sure. But it was super cool. Also the company was quite enjoyable.

    However, the Outer Banks suffer from strong hurricanes and the rising tides. Luckily, our house is in third row and not at the ocean front, which makes it more protected.

    If you are interested, you can book the house here:
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  • Day44

    Great Smoky Mountains Nationalpark

    April 14, 2017 in the United States

    Von Myrtle Beach haben wir uns auf den Weg zum Nationalpark in North Carolina gemacht. Erster Halt war der Sliding Rock im Pisgah National Forest . Das Wasser war arschkalt, aber wir sind trotzdem gerutscht 💪🏻
    Auf dem Blue Ridge Parkway ging es Richtung Great Smoky Mountains Nationalpark. Wir hatten uns vorgenommen zu wandern. Also wurde fix gegoogelt und dann ging es los. Der Rainbow Falls Trail hatte viel zu bieten: Bären (aus sicherer Entfernung), Rehe (standen uns im Weg) und Wasserfälle 😄Read more

  • Day6

    Graybeard Hike - Walker Knob's View

    August 22 in the United States

    Vormittags waren wir aufgrund der Witterung im Hotel, was Caro wegen den beiden Pools natürlich sehr gefallen hat 🏊‍♀️😀.

    Dann machten wir uns aber kurz vor Mittag auf zur Kleinstadt “Black Mountain“. Von dort aus starteten wir unseren Graybeard-Trail zum Walker Knob’s View - sensationeller Ausblick über die Blue Ridge Mountains ⛰

    Insgesamt sind wir den Trail 15,25 km in 04:22 Std. gewandert (589 Höhenmeter, höchster Punkt = 1’446m).

    Danach sind wir in einem Restaurant (Haus im viktorianischen Stil), welches sich in einer Wohngegend mit viel Grün befindet, Essen gegangen. Essen war sehr lecker und man dachte, man sitzt im Wohnzimmer einer Familie. Um halb zehn abends sind wir dann tot-müde ins Hotel gekommen.
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  • Day5

    Asheville - Blue Ridge Mountains

    August 21 in the United States

    Ankunftsort für die nächsten Tage (Ausflüge) = Asheville Biltmore im HolidayInn Biltmore West.

    Viele Stunden und Meilen später (ca. 550 Meilen = knapp 900 km) sind wir an einem Ort & Hotel angekommen, welcher für morgen Ausgangspunkt einer Wanderung sein soll (gebucht via App von unterwegs). Kontrastprogramm zum Städte-Sightseeing ⛰😀.

    Sehr schön gelegen - mitten in den Mountains - super Hotel mit sehr schönen Zimmern und einer tollen Ausstattung (Indoor und Outdoor Pool 🏊🏻‍♀️ 🏊🏻 ).Read more

  • Day48

    Off to North Carolina

    May 21 in the United States

    Nashville was awesome and we definetly want to go back. There is so much we didn't see and experience.

    We made it out of the KOA by 11. We even got a swim in the pool before we set off, as well as tenpin bowling and a swing on the hammocks. Our plan was to stop in Gatlinburg, a small mountain town that the locals at the festival said to visit. We were staying in a cabin at Asheville so we didn't need to set up a tent, so we could check in late.

    Well, Gatlinburg didn't happen. Brandon needed to go to the bathroom and we therefore we pulled off and stopped at Cummins Falls. What a great little surprise. It was a short walk to the overlook of supposedly one of the best swimming holes in North America. It was awesome and we will be back some day to swim in the hole and sit under the falls.

    We made it to the Asheville East KOA a bit after 7pm, losing another hour as we made it to the East Coast. We didn't have a tent to set up, as mom upgraded us to a cabin as she used to work at this KOA. It is a large KOA, and is has 2 lakes and has the Swannanoa River running through it. The KOA advertises about tubing down the river, but the river was fast and very high as they had over a week of rainy weather. No way could we let the kids go in there.

    Mom raved about the Pisgah brewery not far from the KOA, so we planned on eating dinner there, but we didn't realise they didn't serve food. Josh bought some beer to go and we went to the little town of Black Mountain and had an amazing dinner at Trailhead. It was the best dinner we have had out, felt healthy and tasty, and with 2 beers and dessert, with tip was $50. So affordable.
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  • Day51

    Drive to Nags Head North Carolina

    May 24 in the United States

    Today was all about driving. The kids from the campsite next door finally woke up (as Brandon wanted to wake them up for a few hours) to say goodbye.

    We had a 4 hour drive from ashville to chapel hill and then another 3.5 hours or so to Nags head.

    While on our trip Bruce, josh's dad, asked us to chat with Bea. Bea is an American who is engaged to Josh's cousin Calvin, who lives in Canberra. Bea just happened to live in Chapel Hill, NC, halfway between Ashville and Nags Head. Bea and I organised to meet for an early dinner.

    From Ashville we planned on starting our day with a walk to a waterfall Elisa's mom suggested and we thought that would be great to tire the kids out but, as we got to the parking lot of the walk,.Inara was already asleep.

    We made it to Chapel Hill a few hours earlier than planned and had a lunch with Bea rather than a dinner. She took us to a old style pharmacy which has a diner in it and a confectionary store. To enjoy the interesting old fashioned store we all had milkshakes. After lunch we had a walk around North Carolina University campus, with old heritage buildings, big old trees and lots of squirrels.

    The kids were great on the drive and was our longest of the trip. We made it to Nags Head about 8pm, 2nd to arrive. Elisa 's mom and husband made it a just a couple hours earlier.
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  • Day87

    adventures in babysitting

    November 14, 2016 in the United States

    So as most of you know, due to unforeseen circumstances I'm headed home tomorrow (hopefully for a very short temporary hiatus on the travel) but I thought I would share one last thing before that.

    On Friday I babysat young master Grayson for the whole day (just turned three in case you're wondering) and I thought I should provide a daily report to Lauren and clay in the way their preschool does...I maybe added a few more details than they usually do...

    Non school report-ish

    8-9.15 movie (kung foo panda), he's chill and relaxed laying on my belly drinking Apple juice...maybe this will be the easiest day ever

    9.15-9.45 aaaaaand nope... Bored now time for playing with toys, attempts to push towards educational number and drawing toys only last so long and is back to tiger vs alligator fights and another Apple juice

    9.45 - uh oh!! Is the shout as G looks down to where a fountain of pee springs fourth! maybe too much Apple juice!! fastest I've moved in weeks, lifting him up in one arm and rushing to the bathroom, alas I'm too late...bath time, clean clothes and back to drawing pictures in the chalk board...

    10.15 - pee in potty...seriously how he had any left after what he did earlier I have no idea but manages a rather large pee

    10.15-10.45 puzzles, 4 done, all by him...totes proud of himself...I totally guided him and should get some credit

    10.45 cartoons, another kung foo panda movie

    11 lunch, i know it's early but he was insistent he was hungry and wanted to eat noodles to become Dragon warrior...maybe too many cartoons, ate noodles with chicken and veg, tomatoes and Apple sauce...he ate it all, I had his left over grilled cheese from last night, not that anyone cares

    11.40 after a bit of stroppyness agrees to sit on toilet to try and poop....pees again...G is possibly half fire hydrant

    11.45 story, apples on top by Dr zues...he enjoyed it, I'm not sure what the message was and how I feel about it...

    12 in bed with pull up on, pacifier in and blanket over him with minimal winning....expecting him to kick off any minute it cannot have been that easy

    12.25 still in bed but partying with and talking to his toys and seems wide awake...hmm

    12.30 another story and hope for a nap...dosent seem interested bit staying in bed

    1.08 I beat the undertaker at wrestlemania and the steak is broken!!! Woohoo...oops this should be on this report

    1.20 in what I can only consider a protest at being left in bed G has filed up his pull up with a load worthy of any full grown African elephant, the smell is something I may never recover from after cleaning him off in the tub he was very insistent he wanted the shower on...seemed a bit odd and didn't think he would normally but who knows so after several clarification questions he was convinced and so was I...it was on for all of 1.5 seconds before the freak out came

    1.30 dried and in his third outfit change of the day it's back to the cartoons so I can have the pleasure of cleaning up...I may have flashbacks afterwards...G wasn't convinced when I put the jetsons on but seemed to agree with my logic that when he stopped pooping his pants he would get to choose , another Apple juice

    2.35 another massive pee...am I over watering...is that a thing...I only give drinks when he asks

    2.40-3.35 turtle helmet fitted, safety straps on time to ride the radio flyer to the park (I totally pushed the whole way, kid is laaaaaazy on the peddling). We had a little trouble when we first got to the park when Grayson climbed up to the top slide and didn't stop and come back when he was told to...freaked me the f out until I figured out he was basically an expert at this climbing frame! Next up was G's Spider-Man audition, one boost onto the climbing wall and hold on while he climbed, next time climbed up himself with me standing close guard, the next 25 tonnes of climbing the wall and down the slide were a blur as he seemed to be trying to get quicker every time!

    3.30 cartoons

    4.12 he's peeing again!!!!!! Seriously!!!

    16.40 asked very nicely for a banana, when I said yes he started running for the kitchen...socks...hard wood floor...he slapped the floor pretty hard but only scared himself and only bashed his hand....salt into the wound...no bananas let....he had some orange pieces and the fruit cup from his dinner yesterday

    4.53...Getting pretty ancy for a smoke at this point and pretty sure I can still smell the poop from earlier...it may be burned into my nostrils...it may just be me, i haven't showered today...wait this isn't my diary....

    5.01...we learn that we should sit properly on our chairs when we slide off and onto the floor scaring ourselves again... Apparently G Has been saving up accidents for just before mummy and daddy get home...

    17.03 daddy is on his way back to the train station, we better go get him...
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  • Day13

    Alpharetta and Highlands

    June 19, 2017 in the United States

    Alpharetta was a haven of rest, but we were staying in a development inside Alpharetta called Avalon. Wikipedia says “Avalon, literally meaning "the isle of fruit [or apple] trees", is a legendary island featured in the Arthurian legend. It first appears in Geoffrey of Monmouth's 1136 pseudo-historical account Historia Regum Britanniae ("The History of the Kings of Britain") as the place where King Arthur's sword Excalibur was forged and later where Arthur was taken to recover from his wounds after the Battle of Camlann”. Geoffrey would be very surprised at the name being applied to this development but if not an island, it certainly feels like a bubble, a world within a world, insulated from external reality. It's a very high quality new development of apartments, shops, restaurants and hotels which has the huge advantage, rare in America, of being able to walk everywhere to everything you are likely to require, except possibly work or a supermarket. Convenient though it is, and the advantages are legion and obvious, I couldn't help feeling that it was like living in an uprated version of Meadowhall, a shopping centre outside Sheffield. Malcolm and Huj’s apartment was spacious and comfortable and though we were sad that Huj had already left to attend the funeral in England, it was great to have a reasonably extended time with Malcolm to do nothing but chill and chat.

    We drank, we slept, we talked and we ate. On the first night I developed a migraine type headache and felt decidedly unwell, to the point of feeling faint occasionally, which was rather worrying when sat at a table in an Italian restaurant while trying to listen to and partake in a serious conversation. The young waiter, Clint, was rather dopey and when asked if the tiramisu contained alcohol proceeded to give us the most peculiar answers. The following morning all thoughts of walking a local trail had evaporated, a casualty of hangovers, post-migraine fragility, high temperatures and humidity. Instead we sat around, drank coffee and chatted. Apart from going out to local restaurants from time to time, the visit rather unfolded along similar lines. It was a relief not to have to move on to another town and hotel or to have to make another long drive. It was also good to compare notes about the US with someone who had lived here for a year.

    On Monday morning we rose late and while Malcolm had to make some calls, we packed and then we went out for what proved to be a somewhat chaotic breakfast. Ordering coffee, we were told the barista had just ‘walked out’ so choices had just become very limited. Eventually we got a very good cafe latte. Mike’s order of grapefruit juice was not fulfilled as they had run out of juice, so unsweetened iced tea was provided. The poor waitress was at sixes and sevens, but we found it quite amusing. Afterwards we loaded the car, took our leave of Malcolm and set off for Highlands NC.

    The journey was uneventful and took us through pleasant and increasingly mountainous countryside. Highlands itself is at about 4000 feet so the temperature was comfortably much cooler. It has also been showery, which was rather welcome. When we checked in we were asked if we required sheets for the pull-out bed and the note on the bed welcomed Mr & Mrs Mayer, and there are four churches in this tiny town, so we did wonder if being gay is frowned upon here, but the small hotel is lovely, newly refurbished and built motel style around an inner courtyard. We do like these suite style American hotels. It's lovely to have a proper comfortable lounge as well as a bedroom.

    A tiny place surrounded by hills and forest, exploration of this small town did not take long and we had an excellent coffee outside the local, rather upmarket supermarket, before we wandered back for a while to relax and catch up on a bit of reading. Later Wolfgang’s Restaurant proved a great choice and the walk back along the deserted street in the cool of sunset was a welcome change from the unrelenting heat we have experienced. Now we are relaxing listening to the rain pitter-pattering outside the open window. No aircon tonight!
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  • Day14

    Birthday in Asheville

    June 20, 2017 in the United States

    Well, we have been travelling for 2 weeks now and had a restful 'holiday from the holiday' with Malcolm in Alpharetta. A first world problem I know, but to keep momentum going on an extended trip takes effort as the desire to go home slowly increases. Familiar comforts such as home cooked food, your own pillows and seeing friends and family become more important than exploring an art gallery or fine dining. It would be wonderful to be able to teleport home and just touch the walls again before carrying on.

    Today is my birthday and when you reach my age you are quite happy to find an excuse not to make a big fuss about it. We were in Asheville whose main attraction is the Biltmore Estate, which is a grand faux chateau on the outskirts of town famous for being the largest single ownership house in the country. Built in 1889, to many Americans this is unimaginably ancient but to us Brits it's pretty run of the mill. Some of us will have lived in houses older than that. At $70 a head it was pretty steep too so we decided to give it a miss.

    We arrived early into Asheville and dropped our bags off at the Windor hotel while we waited for the room to be readied. The hotel fitted snugly into the Asheville vibe which was heavily hip and trendy. Bursting with young people embracing a 'nouveau hillbilly' look which while at first was amusing, actually is an impressive nod and embracing of unsophisticated roots. First things first, we headed next door to the 'Mellow Mushroom' where we had 2 great slices of pizza (we had the veggie which we corrupted with added pepperoni) and also locally brewed beer. Asheville has numerous microbreweries around town and there were nearly 100 choices of beer on the menu.

    We then wandered around the town which had a real 'west coast' feel to it. Vibrant but possibly as multicultural as N Carolina gets, we immediately wished we had more than one day there. Street performers captivated diners seated out on the pavement, children played barefoot in the fountains to escape the mellow heat. The architecture too was unusual and had a huge European vibe. The Catholic Church was impressive, as well as several government offices downtown which had an Italianate feel. We headed back to the hotel and our room, or should I say apartment, was ready. It was huge! You could certainly happily move into it for a month if you wanted to explore Asheville further. They had kindly provided a bottle of champagne which we drank to celebrate or commiserate my final year in my 40s.

    For dinner that night I chose dim sum and man I'm glad I did. Our waiter, if you were in the wrong mood, could rub you up the wrong way as he was aggressive and scowling but also protective and oddly comradely. I quite liked him. When I ordered the local Sauvignon blanc he refused to bring it and said I should have the New Zealand. When I deferred he brought both and encouraged me to spit the local wine back into the glass if I wanted. I bravely swallowed it but it was truly awful. Our meal consisted of multilple dumplings and buns but these were pretty huge by Asian standards. Thankfully he stopped us ordering more and we just about ate the lot feeling full to bursting.

    The young lady on the front desk in the hotel told us that it was a great time to be in Asheville as it was the height of the very short 'firefly' season. She said that there were so many this year that you might even see them in public parks. After dinner as the sun was setting we headed down to the public park that we sat in to cool down in earlier that day. After a short while we saw what looked like white sparks rising from the grass, tiny spotlights every now and again from the corner of your eye. Feeling braver we crossed over the main road by bridge into a wooded park with few street lights. The natural feeling of fear was overcome by wonder as we watched the trees twinkle with the millions of fireflies signalling their fleeting maturity. It was truly magical and a wonderful ending to a memorable birthday in a memorable town.
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  • Day14

    Highlands to Asheville

    June 20, 2017 in the United States

    The hotel in Highlands was nice but in a twee sort of way. I do like these suite hotels that you get in the US where you have a lounge, bathroom and bedroom, giving you lots of space to spread and relax. Newly refurbished about a year ago the Park on Main Hotel was grey and white in a clapboard New England sort of way but I couldn’t escape the tweeness of it all somehow. We were greeted in the room by a card welcoming Mr. & Mrs. Mayer. We might not be the only ones to find this a bit gauche, but it would be equally odd for a non-married heterosexual couple, a father and son who were happy to share a bed or just two friends without hangups. The bed looked really comfortable and on first acquaintance seemed it too, but for me the pillows were solid and unforgiving and although we were able to switch the aircon off and sleep with the door onto the balcony open, I woke at 3.30 and was wide awake for hours and unfortunately my tossing and turning kept disturbing Mike. The up-side was being able to hear the night time noises, pitter patter of rain and the start of the dawn chorus. I did drop off about 6.30 for a couple of hours but I was glad the drive was not too long today.

    You can walk the full length of Main Street in less than 10 minutes and, like nearly everywhere in the South, we saw four churches. The 2010 census stated a full time population of around 940 individuals, so that’s a lot of churches for the population. The town is up-market and set up for tourists and had a number of hotels and B & Bs, including a chi-chi Relais and Chatueau hotel. It reminded us a little of Carmel in California between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

    Leaving Highlands, we travelled along a narrow and torturous road alongside a small, tumbling river. Meeting a large lorry spreading itself on a sharp bend was a shock to the system but otherwise it was a scenic route. Stopping at a tiny place called Dillsboro, we parked and had a wander round in the sunshine. What looked like a little used railway line ran through the town and I suspect the town had grown up because as a result of this and the junction of local roads but although it looked like a stain once existed, it must have been many years since a passenger train stopped there. It was a sleepy little village with a couple of greek owned restaurant/bars and a few touristy shops and a hairdresser and not much more. Rocking chairs on porches characterised the sleepiness of the place. Further on we came to a larger town called Sylva which had a lovely courthouse on the top of a hill as was probably the administrative centre for the area. We wandered around and checked out the shops and sights of the small town South and people watched. We are still looking for the item for our ‘memory shelf’ at home which would remind us of this holiday - we would love to find a model rocking chair as for us people sitting in rocking chairs on front porches distils the essence of the South more than anything. Pressing on we soon came to downtown Asheville and the Windsor Hotel. Parking was initially an issue and we had to wait for our room to be prepared, so we went out for an exploratory wander.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

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