Hello everyone and welcome to part 1 of our journey exploring the beautiful state of North Carolina.
Have you ever had that moment when you woke and as you’re lying there the overwhelming desire to just get out and explore strike you? Well that’s what happened to us that one morning in May. The weather here in Rochester was typical for this season, cold, rainy and just flat out depressing. Each morning waking up you don’t know whether to leap from bed and grab the shorts and a “T” or put on long johns and a coat.
So, sipping our coffee, thoughts of a warmer place began to form. We knew warmth and sunshine were what we wanted or, guess you could say needed, to re-stimulate our minds and drive away that textbook thing called seasonal affective disorder (SAD). We believe SAD is real especially in regions like Rochester where there is a great deal of cloud cover and precipitation.
Following our general rules of: where do we want to go, what do we want to discover and what path do we want to take offering the most opportunity for spontaneity, we started brain storming.
Sunshine meant southern states like along the North Carolina east/west latitude so we figured why not explore there. We couldn’t really decide on an area so we said what the heck, let’s get there and figure it out. How does one narrow down a state 500 miles long and 150 miles wide with so much to see.
Our second question: what do we want to discover was well, everything. Those of you following our journeys know we like discovering not only places but more so people and their stories. It’s the stories that bring to life the places. After narrowing down what to discover caused us to move into the third question: what path do we want to take offering the most opportunity for spontaneity.
Our choice was take as many back roads as possible from here to there. We wanted to pick up the historic and scenic Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia and follow it toward Table Rock mountain near the Tennessee border. Then we would head east through the central parts of the state making our way to the Outer Banks to wiggle our toes in the Atlantic Ocean.
Well there you have it for our 1st post in this series about our May 2017 road trip. We hope you come back and see how the trip unfolds as we share more of the USA Through Our Eyes. Until then be safe.