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This is going to be a long trip report (photo wise), in 16 days from April 10th through April 26th we will drive a little over 2800 miles and take over 1200 photos and videos, I narrowed them down to these but I still feel like it doesn’t tell enough of the story.

This was also our first trip without Spot, boy did we miss him and it seemed everywhere we went there were dogs. So we took our time and pet almost everyone that came our way, there were a couple that we wanted to bring home with us but they seemed to have happy homes already.

We started by going to our friends Chuck & Pats for Easter weekend (Ohio), I like to stay busy so I asked Chuck to have some projects ready. We started by bleeding the brakes on their class A, you’ll see that Daisy is quite the protector…

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and than we worked on the siding on the garage until that side was completed

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While we were busy outside Pat & Kim were busy running errands and than making Bunny carrot cakes for Easter (they were gooooood)

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Than we finished the evening by a fire on the deck, it was a good weekend, Thanks for having us.

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Next was Watoga State Park in West Virginia, we hiked along a stream enjoying having to cross the water about a dozen times.

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We got to the end or where the stream begins and turned around the way we came.

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Next was Crabtree Falls Campground in Virginia about ½ mile from Crabtree Falls, we decided to walk the half mile and than the trail up the falls.

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The trails ranged from asphalt, rocks, steps, wood chips and boulders but it was all good

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I don’t think the hike was really a long distance but it was a lot of elevation and switchbacks, our GPS said we did 1300ft vertical travel. It took us 1.5 hour going up and 1.25 coming down and .5 each way to the campground so about 4 hours of strenuous exercise.

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Next was The Eastern Shore Railway Museum

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Than on to Tall Pines Harbor campground to get ready for the Mid Atlantic TC Rally

Here several of us are sorting out shirts and other items so that we will be ready for Fridays registration

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Than a well deserved break

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Thursday evening anyone that was there was invited to go into town for dinner at a local seafood restaurant, we had three sets of tables full of people

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Friday morning Kim & I handed out RV.net goodies

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We attended the RV maintenance seminar

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We waited patiently for the BBQ

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Visited with returning friends

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Saturday we watched the kids making tie-dye shirts

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That evening lots-O-people enjoyed the music and dancing (yea, that’s Kim having fun)

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Deb won a “Will work for beer” sign in the raffle and Dave just happened to have worn his “Will work for beer” T-shirt.

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Here’s the ever present Gordon & Angela from Truck Camper Magazine

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Here's a link to the TCM video of The 2009 Mid Atlantic Truck Camper Rally


Here’s a shot of our site, straight down to the end of the road, right on the water

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And sunrise from our dinette

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Sunday morning after breakfast Gary & Deb, Bob & Jan and Kim & myself headed south to Hatteras, on the way we stopped at the home of Grave Digger monster truck

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Bob & Gary help Kim onto a tire for a photo op

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Jan & Kim

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The gang

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Entering The Outer Banks of North Carolina

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We stopped again for a break and some local history

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And don’t forget to stop and pick up that item or two you need to replenish

Just kidding with you Deb
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Hangin out at the end of a long day at one of the Camp grounds on Cape Hatteras

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Here’s the view of the ocean from our window, it was a nice campsite

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Despite some wet and windy weather Bob & Gary were out fishing at first light, Kim & I met up with them at a more humanly time later that morning

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They caught fish

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Cleaned fish

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and shared fish

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So I would never say anything about their fishing style (ok maybe just a little)

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The weather made us scramble a couple of times, here’s a shot out our kitchen window during a rain squall

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Gary took Kim & I to the Hatteras light house, due to the weather it was not open for climbing to the top

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After Hatteras we all went to Ocracoke island via the ferry

Here’s us on one ferry and another one going the other way, it’s leaning to the starboard due to a tanker on that side

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While the gang fished Kim & I went to see the local sights, we parked in the public lot and walked everywhere. Starting with the Ocracoke light house

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Checked out the docks at the boat ramp

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Went to the Ocracoke preservation museum

We visited the Blackbeard Exhibit and Pirate Specialty Shop

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And at 5pm we met up with everyone back at Howard's Pub for dinner and so Gary & Bob could continue to work at checking off the 200 beers on the menu

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Gary once again shares his seafood with Kim (he’s a real nice guy)

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Sunset at our site, with friends

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We spend one last night together in another State campground

Here is our trail on the GPS of our visit to the outer banks of NC, there’s more to see and do but we wanted to leave something for next time we are there

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as we drive out we just had to stop for a photo of the Spaceship house

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We also stopped at the Wright Brothers Memorial before we hit the mainland

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Then on to Chapel Hill NC to visit a friend from our high school days, for something to do we cleaned up the Ferrari (ok maybe not quite a Ferrari[emoticon])before going to visit the rest of the family (notice the cool looking rig in the back ground)

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Friends & friends Family

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Horses & Ducks

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and Kim found a cute new puppie friend (she wanted to bring him home but they had just gotten him and said no way)

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Dinner with the gang

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And than we were to take two days to drive the 700-mile trip home but we got home a day early because the roads/traffic were so good.

Here is a link to some videos of the falls, hike along the stream and a couple of mountain roads

We want to thank everyone that shared their home, their time and their energy with us, this turned out to be a GREAT trip.


Me - Kim - Spot
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Posted: 05/04/09 08:24am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Well you folks definitely know how to cover some ground, and have a great time doing it. I feel like I was at the party, all of them. Thanks for the great trip report! And into trip reports it goes...wait! That's Silver's line! Sorry, got carried away there.





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Posted: 05/04/09 08:33am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I loved the photos! I have never been to that part of the Carolina's I felt like you talked me into traveling there. Thanks so much.Happy Travels.

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looks like fun, thanks.


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A most excellent adventure ... thanks for sharing the fun!


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thanks for the great pictures and narrative...looks like a really fun trip!!


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Great trip report, Bruce! Glad to hear you had such a good time. Thanksf for all the pictures and videos. Later, Dave.


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I'm new here but I love reading the trip reports. So much you can do out there and explore. Thanks for sharing!

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We received a good flavor of your trip. Thanks for sharing.
regards, as always, jefe


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Looks like a lot of fun. Wish we still had our TC but had to give it up. My wife's hip was giving her a lot of grief getting into and out of the cabover bed, so we're TT people now. TCing is still the ultimate way to travel. We did our snowbirding in one for several years.


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