Four weeks. Not sure what happened, but seems we blinked and then we were packing up the coach for the next stop. Time sure did fly….so guess we are a true testimonial for the saying “time flies when you’re having fun!” We had fun.
Since we are in route to our new location, it’s safe to say that I didn’t wreck our house with driving lessons…..although I gave it a good shot. First trip out was very windy and I wanted to tackle going over the bridges so at the end of the lesson, we headed towards Nags Head. The good news is that the bridges weren’t as bad as I thought they would be. Bad news is, as we were heading back to the campground, the windshield just popped right in front of me, and then a crack formed vertical from the top of the windshield to the bottom and of course it was right in front of the driver’s seat. Glyn, the driving instructor, seems to think that it was the sheer wind speed/volume that caused so much pressure that it popped. It was windy, but jeez, who knew!!
And for the rest of the good news, we have windshield coverage on our insurance policy, which is something I would recommend anyone in a Class A have because windshields, as we found out, ain’t cheap!! We have $100 deductible, so definitely lucked out as we got the estimate today to replace it—a little over $4500. Wow.
Lesson two went pretty good but we’ll save the details of that for another time. Ultimately, the goal was to be able to drive the coach if I needed to, and do feel like I can drive the it….and maybe park it. We did the lessons through RVdrivingschool.com and would recommend anyone who is apprehensive about driving to take the class. It ended up that there were five of us that did the class—two fifth wheels and three class A’s. All I can say is that I’m glad I didn’t have to park the fifth wheel. THAT looked very complicated!! And bonus--several of those who took the class are getting pretty nice discounts on their insurance.
As far as field trips go for the last half of our time in OBX--we made it to Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, which would be a really cool place to explore, but we had a pretty large group, so was a little harder and became a little unwieldy. . We did see a turtle. Oh, and bear poop. No bears though.
We also went paddling which was high on my list of things to do. We got to paddle a little, but valuable lesson learned—check the tide chart. Let’s just say it was a little shallow.
One of our favorite restaurants we ate at while we were in OBX was Waterman’s Bar and Grill. Food was good, views even better…especially at sunset.
We also went to Stingrays for Karaoke one night. Was fun until a drunk fisherman singing karaoke changed the words to one of the songs to say something like, “we hate all the tourists and hope they die” Well, those weren’t the EXACT words, but that was the sentiment. Pretty sure we were the only non-locals there, so we decided it was time to go...quickly!!
So some random observations about our first four weeks….
Sunsets. We got to experience a half dozen or so spectacular sunsets. Not sure if these are the same sunsets that have been happening all of our lives, but for some reason they just seem beautiful, colorful, so breathtaking. Maybe it's that we really never have taken much time just to chill and watch the sunset. It’s just quite spectacular.
Love this picture...Guy and Tracy chatting while the sun is setting in the reflection of the window.
Moonrise. Think this was a first for us. We sat out on the dunes watching the moon rise during the full moon. Would love to have been able to capture some pictures of all that coolness, but my photography skills leave a lot to be desired.
Sunrises. Think it would be irresponsible to do everything right out of the gate; we need to save a few things for later! Thinking they look a lot like sunsets, so we’ll just keep the mystery of them alive for a little longer!!
Fires – Fires on the beach are pretty cool and they seemed to get better the more we had. We wrapped up our last night in OBX with a really cool fire and even better conversation. The best fire, well, maybe not the best, but the one we talked about the most was the fire that exploded. We had a tee-pee like fire, tide came in and extinguished the fire, and the steam built up in the middle and exploded. Boom! Poof! Water and sand went up, then down all over us. Then….darkness. Then finding random sand particles in your hair (and other random places) for the next several days. Luckily no one was hurt!
We also celebrated Greg's birthday on Thursday with a potluck. Tracy was sweet to make Greg meatloaf, one of his favorites and Bill and Kelly made a pretty spectacular carrot cake. His first birthday on the road!!
So we’re waving goodbye to Waves for now. We started with eight, ended with 15 and are extremely grateful for a great group of people to hang with for the past four weeks. The Corleone compound lives!!
Thanks to Eileen, Gene, Guy, Sue, Jo, Craig, Kelly, Bill, Tracy and Lee for an awesome OBX experience!!