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Four Foto… Tuesday? Thanksgiving Break Edition

Yes, I know I’m late again, but it was a busy and exciting week with travel, our job search, and Thanksgiving. We spent the last 10 days in the mountains of western Carolina, first in Asheville (NC) and then in the Greenville (SC) area. It’s a gorgeous part the country, made even better with friends and family to visit.

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Asheville: Last weekend, we hung out with the Freemans, our good friends from AES in New Delhi. Much of the time was relaxing at their house and letting the boys enjoy some much needed kid-time. We also took in some local hot springs, the National Gingerbread House Competition, and a holiday tour of the Biltmore, the Vanderbilt family estate and a masterpiece of 19th century American architecture. The Freemans even joined us for a campfire cookout down at the RV park. A terrific weekend with friends.

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Travelers Rest: The big attraction in this small SC town is my parents! It was great to see them and enjoy a full week of catching up and time together. The boys loved staying at their house and getting pampered and well-fed by their Grammy. We also enjoyed swimming at their clubhouse, fishing and hiking, and a really interesting “guy’s trip” tour of the BMW manufacturing plant in nearby Greer, SC.

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Zip-lining: Another highlight of our time in Travelers Rest was a daytrip to the Green River Gorge for zip-lining. Even though it was late in the season, the day was sunny and perfect for the fastest and steepest zip line in the America! The course took us on 11 zip lines and 4 rappels, all with incredible views of the surrounding mountains. A super adrenaline rush (to aid digestion).

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Thanksgiving: Of course, the main event last week was Turkey Day. Here, you can see the boys (with turkey head attire) helping Poppy carve the cooked bird. Our meal was a classic, complete with all the fixings and followed by lots of football. We have so much to be thankful for this year, but amongst them all, it’s the extra time with family that we hold most dear.

Our time in South Carolina extended into the weekend, but we’ve just arrived at our destination for this week: Cape Canaveral in Florida. We plan to tour the Kennedy Space Center and, hopefully, catch an actual launch. Stay tuned, and I’ll try to get this next FFF out on time 🙂

 

 

 

Four Foto Friday – Virginia and North Carolina

 

(Yep, another Saturday post, but no wifi at yesterday’s campground. Really!)

Spent more time in Williamsburg, Virginia than we were expecting. Aside from the big three attractions — Jamestown, Yorktown, and Colonial Williamsburg — this location put us in close proximity to two other great destinations: Charlottesville and the Outer Banks.

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Monticello: Early in the week, we took a day trip up to Charlottesville in order to visit the home of Thomas Jefferson. We’ve been learning a lot about him as one of our “founding fathers”, and it was great to see so much of his character come through in this plantation home he had built for himself. We toured the house, which remains remarkably intact, explored the grounds, and enjoyed the excellent museum. He was a fascinatingly complex man, full of ideals and contradiction. Definitely worth the side trip.

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Outer Banks: Traveling in the opposite direction (towards the NC coast) we took a short sojourn to the Outer Banks. It was definitely off-season here, but a couple of days of clear and cool weather still made for a good time at the beach. We enjoyed collecting shells, listening to the surf, visiting the lighthouses, and swimming… in the indoor pool at our hotel.

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Corolla: One of the area attractions is seeing the wild horses that roam the dunes in the northern tip of OBX. These mustangs were brought by Spanish explorers 500 years ago and still retain 100% of that original genetic lineage. Our tour included a 4×4 ride through the dunes, some neat bird sightings (bald eagles and ospreys), and several of the wild horses. The boys also got a kick out of our funny guide, who gave their dad a hard time for being a Yankee’s fan.

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Wright Brothers Memorial: Another big attraction was in Kill Devil Hills, where Wilber and Orville Wright conducted their first successful flights. We enjoyed learning about their story, which was a lesson in perseverance, teamwork, and scientific thinking. Here, Miles and Owen challenged the park ranger to their own paper airplane flight tests (part of another Jr. Ranger badge).

All in all, another good week on the Gold Family Road Trip. We’re halfway through our southern swing, with this next week’s adventures in Charleston, South Carolina. Thanks for following along!