Blue Ridge/Skyline - Day 02 - Thursday,
September 02, 2004

 Today's Narrative 

Today we traveled from Englehard, NC to Chesapeake, VA.

Got up, had coffee and hit the road for The Outer Banks. Got there about 8:30a.

First we just drove around looking at the sights and to get the lay of the land.

We found several public beaches. Nice weather, 70s. There was a very strong wind coming from the ocean. And the ocean was very rough. The red, "No Swimming" flags were flying. I asked Whitney the Lifeguard (see pix below), "If there's no swimming, what do you do?" She replied, "Make sure no one does." Makes sense. She mentioned that with the strong on-shore breeze the undertow would be very dangerous. While we were talking, she interrupted our conversation several times to hotfoot it down the beach and ask somebody to get out of the ocean. I guess some people are just stupid. One couple was sitting in beach chairs while their three toddlers ran and played in the surf, laughing when the waves knocked them down. Some people are beyond stupid! Whitney commented they should be locked up. I agree.

The Navigator kept whining that he wanted to chase the seagulls and fight the waves. So he chased a few seagulls. They mocked him! But no swimming for him. A wet, sandy Navigator just doesn't sound like fun.

We drove south for about 30 miles, turned around and headed north. Lots of new construction going on. I wondered what insurance would cost for these houses? A bunch, no doubt.

I stopped in a couple of souvenir places. Met people from all over. This is the last week of "the season." The locals said next week the place will be deserted.

Then we drove north to Chesapeake, VA where we're currently parked in a Red Roof Inn. Can update this stuff and get this posted.

Let's remember the folks in Florida in our prayers. Frances looks to be a very viscous storm.

 Today's Pictures 
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The Outer Banks of North Carolina. Never been here before. The navigator guards the steps down to the beach. I had trouble getting him to look at the camera. The two folks you can barely see on the beach were walking their dog. "Typical Beach Picture." Everybody should have at least one. That's Whitney the Lifeguard on the left, Jack the Surf Fisherman on the right and Clifford the Seagull caught in midflight in the middle. In about 30 minutes Jack caught 4 fish and 5 clumps of seaweed. Unlike the seagulls, which we had to fight off, the Navigator decided he didn't like the smell of freshly caught fish. He's more into Blackened Grouper.
Seaoats. This is typical of the houses we saw on the Outer Banks. There were signs on some houses like this that said, "Cottage for Rent." Come again? Cottage? The ubiquitous "Welcome To ..." sign. Can't disappoint June, ya know!
This space for rent. Cheap!

 Today's Stats 

Beginning time: 7:00a
Ending time: 4:30p
Net driving time (includes stops, etc.): 9.5
Begining odometer: 110628
Ending odometer: 110834
Net miles today: 206
Average MPH: 21.6
Total trip mileage: 720

Gasoline: $46 - $1.899/gallon in Englehard, NC
Food, ice, etc.: $11
Lodging: $56
Other: $2 - Toll on Chesapeake Expressway (Virginia)

 Thought For The Day 

There's a lot of sadness in the world. Right now, as you read this, 17 Million Americans are having SEX! And you're on the computer!
 Joke Of The Day 

From Leo in New Jersey...

For Grandpa's everywhere: BEST SHORT JOKE OF 2004

A small boy was lost at a large shopping mall. He approached a uniformed policeman and said, "I've lost my grandpa"

The cop asked, "What's he like?"

The little boy replied, "Jack Daniels and women with big tits".

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