Journey Through North Carolina – Part 1 ~ By Tom and Audrey ~

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 and 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.

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  1. Peter Adewumi

    North Carolina is one of the states in the United States of America. I learned from your post, Rochester is one of its city. How many cities all together in North Carolina. If there is the North of Carolina, do we have the West, South, and the East? I have already confirmed that of the east. I’ll make sure I read the series from part 1( one everyday), until I cover the parts I have not read. Keep learning! Keep teaching! Keep enjoying!

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    • usathroughoureyes

      Yes, North Carolina is one of the 50 states and it has about 740 cities. Our travels brought us into NC from the North and we headed to the western part of NC where we traveled the Blue Ridge Parkway. From there we zig and zag’ed arriving at outer banks NC which runs along the Atlantic ocean.
      We live in the western part of New York State outside Rochester. NYS has about 62 cities and is about the same size as NC. It will be great when you come over here and we’ll be able to tour you around. There are so many states in the US that we haven’t yet explored so ours is a journey in process. It is going to be great for us to learn your country.

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  2. mathias sager

    Hi, Audrey and Tom. Exciting how you paint this departure. And what a beautiful combination of the weather description together with the Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)! Such articles allow being part of an amazing journey:-)

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    • usathroughoureyes

      Thanks Mathias. It is so great having you take time out of your schedule to share in our journeys around the USA and that it allows you to be in it with us. Being able to contrast Tokyo where you are living now with the USA is something few can relate too.

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  3. Always a Foreigner

    Wonderful to hear that you are currently in North Carolina. I’ve been a tad absent from the blogger life recently, but am looking forward to catching up on your posts through the state. Hope you’re having a fantastic time so far!

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    • usathroughoureyes

      We are glad you are back. We hadn’t seen you for awhile and wondered if you found that place in the woods and didn’t come out again. We liked your recent post. Yes, we took you up on that post you did on NC and just had to go see it up close and in person. We covered it from east to west and north to south. An incredible state.

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  4. poeturja

    Oh, the Blue Ridge Parkway. I once found myself driving on it and didn’t know the terror and delight that was ahead. Runaway truck lanes, coaxing my little 1987 Horizon up through the clouds…But the beauty and grandeur was so worth it. I wanted to park my car and walk among the mountains. Your posts always unlock my good memories…thanks!

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    • usathroughoureyes

      We can relate to the terror/delight emotions. There were moments when we would park and hike that we too just wanted to keep walking. It pleases us that our journey brings you along with us and opens fond memories.

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  5. Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC

    I am SO looking forward to seeing one of my favorite states through your eyes — and I love your process of deciding where to travel and how to get there.

    Time in the sunlight definitely brightens the mood. I’m not a sufferer personally but am well aware that SAD can be debilitating for many – some who have no idea of the science behind it and don’t take it seriously. Glad you are – and DID!
    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

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    • usathroughoureyes

      It is such a beautiful state with so much diversity from nature to man made. We could not believe the way they fashioned the Blue Ridge Parkway to blend in unobtrusively. Yes, we need the sun. Along about March there is this feeling like a fungi (not fun guy) that can only be eradicated by bright light.

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      • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC

        Sorry to read that you turn into dank mid-winter. Ain’t it grand that nature has provided such a simple fix – even if we have to drive ourselves out from under the cloud cover.

        Do you have a full-spectrum light for when you cannot get away? I’ve read they work wonders.
        xx,
        mgh

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      • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC

        I used one next to my computer for a bit, in an attempt to rephase my chronos. It stopped working before my experiment let me know if it was helping or not – but I didn’t replace it. Even the bulbs are pricey.
        xx,
        mgh

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      • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC

        I worked with a client for whom *nothing* else worked to lighten her seriously debilitating depression, however. Those light lamps were worth their weight in GOLD in her case – even though they probably are a considerable line-item in the family budget.

        She and her husband (and child) live in an area where rain is practically constant during the summer and winters are consistently dark and gloomy. Extended family and hubbie’s business make a move to a sunnier climate unlikely.

        The newer lamps are apparently even better than the ones she started with (years ago now) – and she is on some kind of marketing list to let her know whenever new technology is available. I’m sure she’s one of their best customers – she has them everywhere in her home.

        Since I can’t do sunlight (melanoma survivor), that would have to be my solution as well, were SAD part of my functional profile. ::pause for a moment of gratitude::

        I LOVE knowing that this kind of help is available.
        xx,
        mgh

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      • usathroughoureyes

        Isn’t it great when technology can produce items like this to help people. The sad part is the cost and does insurance cover such items or consider them a luxury.

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      • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC

        I guess it depends on your carrier and your doctor.

        I had a client with a severe & chronic back problem as the result of an accident whose doctor wrote a *prescription* for one of those exhorbitant massage loungers (the only place she could get good quality sleep). Insurance paid a portion, and the IRS allowed her to claim her portion as a medical expense.

        Miracles do happen! Of course, she had to come up with the bucks in the first place – these chairs redefine “costly!”

        Win/win/win, since she was able to reduce her reliance on pain meds and that expense, which also gave her the brain-functioning to work from home.
        xx,
        mgh

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      • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC

        It certainly is – even those who can come up with the up-front. Worse for those who cannot!

        My point was that it would be a cost-effective decision, long-term, for the IRS to allow things like this as medical expenses and/or for insurance companies to cover them. ::sigh::
        xx,
        mgh

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      • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC

        WHY? Short-term focus on profit/loss stats – counting out individual beans sent out today vs. JARS of beans *not* spent over several years. ::sigh::

        Things ARE changing — but I would prefer them to change a lot faster! 🙂
        xx,
        mgh

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    • usathroughoureyes

      It is a great area Laina and one we must go back too because there is soooo much. The folks there are incredible. So glad you are along with us.

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    • usathroughoureyes

      Hi Daisymae. Yes, SAD is real and I know it can effect me so am careful to get into the sun as much as I can. We are happy knowing you are enjoying our journey which we agree is amazing. So many wonderful folks met along the ways. Thank you for being a part of it with us.

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  6. TheresaBarker

    It’s so fun that you posted more about your thought process, and also about your planned route. Being here in Seattle, I’m not very familiar with the mid-Atlantic part of the country. So, I brought up Google maps and took a look at the areas you mentioned. Fun!

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    • usathroughoureyes

      This is so neat to know of your interest Theresa. There is so much territory and as we are planning for a journey we’re checking out every possible secondary road we can so we never travel the same roadways twice. We try to note in our post some of the places we navigate through because you’ll see they are way off the beaten path. It is so great though because we meet some of the grandest folks that have hearts of love and joy. It is so nice having you along with us Theresa. Our hopes are to make it your way on one of our journeys.

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      • TheresaBarker

        … thank you! Or me, as well. I have a good friend in Raleigh, NC, a poet. You’re already back home, I assume? I’d be happy to make an email introduction to my friend if you were still in NC. At any rate, looking forward to reading more.

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      • usathroughoureyes

        Yes, we’re back home now Theresa although we are excited about going back soon. The area is rich with resources that draw us. Maybe the next journey down we can take you up on the intro to your friend and we can enjoy a cup of coffee together and see our family and friend link grow.

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    • usathroughoureyes

      Yes the humidity can be a tad stifling for sure but the beauty of the region is glorious. Can’t wait to hear of your travels in Arizona. So glad to have you along with us.

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      • maryannniemczura

        After having lived 7 years in TN and 10 yrs. in VA, I was glad to give up the awful humidity. VA was especially brutal for me. Our daughter has never been to AZ so I will introduce her to dry heat. Hope the wild fires are going by the time we travel. 🙂

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      • usathroughoureyes

        Wow, 7 in TN and 10 in VA. You know the lay of the land. We have yet to explore AZ but look forward to it. We hope you keep us posted on your journey there.

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      • maryannniemczura

        In Arizona, you definitely have to see and stay in Sedona with its beautiful red rocks. Reminds me of the Colorado red rocks. Sedona is about 2 hrs. from the Grand Canyon and Flagstaff is a must see. Higher elevation and cooler in temp. Have you been to the SW at all? I highly recommend Colorado and New Mexico. In the 4 corner area of Colorado is a world heritage site called Mesa Verde which has the old Indian cliff dwellings. Stellar scenery! We spent many family vacations in Mesa Verde. Enjoy your travels.

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      • usathroughoureyes

        Haven’t been to any of those places yet but they are definitely on our go to list. There is so much to see in this great land. It is exciting that you have visited these places.

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      • maryannniemczura

        I’ve been to most of the lower 48 on family trips. Indeed so much to see. As A Fulbright teacher in Germany twice for one year, I brought our two along to immerse in the culture and language. We traveled all throughout Europe. Travel is the best experience and education to learn about ourselves and others. Happy 4th.

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      • maryannniemczura

        Travel is a big part of my life. There is nothing like learning about new places and the people who live there. Happy travels and blogging to you. 🙂

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  7. Ann McDunn

    An other journey, with a lot of things to see and meeting people for the stories about some of them. Ik like the vidio very much, it brings that country near by. Greetings, Ann.

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  8. myliron

    Sounds great and I do know that feeling where you just wanna explore and do new things some days!!!!

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