Category North Carolina

East Coast Fall 2021 – Durham, Summerfield, Charleston, and Fernandina Beach

November 3-8 We made the now familiar drive up to Durham to spend one night there as we continued to work on Joanna’s mom’s placement and the next morning drove the short distance to Ann and Rendy’s where we would spend just two nights.  It would be a low-key visit, with a couple of highlights, […]

East Coast Fall 2021 – Charlotte, Part Three

October 29 – November 2 Continuing our string of meeting up with two different sets of people each day, we made our way to The Famous Toastery at Concord Mills to for breakfast with some of our friends from the Piedmont Adventure Club, Peggy and Luther and Diane and Loren.  During our time in Charlotte […]

East Coast Fall 2021 – Charlotte, Part Two

October 29 – November 2 The next morning, Sunday, we’d get to participate in a bike ride we’ve long missed doing, that is the occasional Breakfast ride with Charlotte Area Cyclists, hosted by our good friend Maurice who started and runs the club.  This is probably the shortest ride the club offers, as we’ve enjoyed […]

East Coast Fall 2021 – Charlotte, Part One

October 29 – November 2 We took off that Friday morning for five nights in Charlotte that would pass by in a blur as we made a valiant effort to touch as many of our friends there as we could, for the most part 2-3 separate meet ups per day and.  Also, as the situation […]

East Coast Fall 2021 – Durham, NC, Part Two

October 24-28 As mentioned in the prior post, later that day we ventured downtown to eat and drink at the Durham Food Hall, which opened in 2020 in the midst of the pandemic and yet survives to this day.  We grabbed a couple of seats at the large bar and after ordering a round of […]

East Coast Fall 2021 – Durham, NC, Part One

October 24-28 The six-hour drive to Durham went smoothly and we arrived at Nicole’s by midafternoon, ready to see what the week to follow would bring us, both with the car and Joanna’s Mom.  Anticipating that we might be leaving the Highlander at the body shop the next day after getting the estimate, we emptied […]

North Carolina Spring 2021, Part Seven

June 3 – 14, 2021 The next day Joanna picked up her mom and drove her to Winston Salem to meet up with Joanna’s middle sister Debi.  Faced with another free day, I’d contacted Dan, a former student union colleague, to meet for a beer or two in Durham.  I’ve known Dan, and his wife […]

North Carolina Spring 2021, Part Six

June 3 – 14, 2021 A short drive of an hour plus to Durham awaited us so we dawdled that last morning at Ann and Rendy’s before departing around noon.  Knowing dinner would be later in the day, we stopped at a McDonald’s just off the I-40 for food to tide us over until then.  […]

North Carolina Spring 2021, Part Five

June 3 – 14, 2021 Our drive to Greensboro (Summerfield) to Ann and Rendy’s would only take about ninety minutes, so again we had no need to hurry that Tuesday morning.  This gave us a chance to do a load of laundry (one advantage of staying in an Airbnb unit is often some form of […]

North Carolina Spring 2021, Part Four

North Carolina Spring 2021, Part Four June 3 – 14, 2021 I forgot to note in the previous post that we had one more random encounter that Sunday with folks we know, reinforcing what we like about Charlotte, in that during our stop at Optimist Hall, we encountered Judith and Eric who were hosting a […]