OBX Friday

26 11 2010

Today we did some sightseeing around the Outer Banks. We started at the Wright Brothers Memorial. When we arrived it was sunny and in the high 60’s maybe 70. By the time we left the museum, the clouds were moving in as the winds picked up. As we walked the path up Kill Devil Hill to the memorial, the rain let loose. We came prepared with rain coats so we continued the hike up the hill while everyone else ran for the parking lot.

After a quick stop for lunch, we headed south on Hwy 12 to drive the Bonner bridge over the Oregon Inlet. We were headed for the Bodie Island lighthouse. The lighthouse is under renovation so we were not able to take the spiral staircase to the top.

From the lighthouse, we continued south to the Pea Island Wildlife Refuge. The birds of winter are known to spend their winters here. We were not disappointed. We saw all kinds of birds. It was great! The North Pond trail at the refuge is a great place to birdwatch from many observation points.

We continued our southerly drive to Rodanthe where we caught a glimpse of the “Nights in Rodanthe” house. They’ve done a good job renovating the exterior of the house to match the movie. Look for the house with the blue storm shutters in the last picture.

It was there that we decided to turn around there and head back to Nags Head for a little Black Friday shopping at the Tanger Outlets.

Lots of fresh air and walking today. We should sleep good tonight.


Thanksgiving 2010

25 11 2010

We’re spending our Thanksgiving on the Outer Banks this year. We drove over today. On the way, we had hoped to see to see the snow geese and tundra swans that make NC their home during the winter but didn’t have much luck.

We tried driving to Lake Pungo but all the roads were dirt. Literally. There was no gravel; just dirt. The soft dirt was rubbing the underbelly of the rental car and there was no cell coverage! Yikes! We tried 3 different routes but they all turned into dirt.

We did make it to Phelps Lake. A paved road takes you right up to the boat ramp. Actually, the state has a little park there named Pettigrew State Park. Next to the park is a state historic site by the name of Somerset. I had never heard of it but since it was closed we didn’t get the opportunity to learn more about it.

We did see some of the birds on little ponds next to Hwy 64. We plan to drive by Lake Mattamuskeet on our way back so hopefully we’ll have better luck in seeing the birds.

When in Maine – One Must Eat Lobster

23 09 2010

We arrived in Portland, Maine this morning. After a long morning of traveling from NC, we were starving. As we were checking in, the hotel manager recommended a place on the waterfront that served great lobster rolls. We headed over to J’s Oyster Bar. Sat at a table outside. Then this showed up on my plate:

Lobster Roll

In My Garden: Spring

28 03 2010

My yard is full of spring blooms. The following photos were taken today (Mar 28, 2010)


I have two forsythia bushes in my backyard. I’m letting both grow naturally so they develop their fountain-like growth of long arching branches.

Bradford Pear Tree

I have two Bradford Pears in my backyard. They lived in my front yard for 10 years without any significant growth. I eventually moved them to the backyard about 4 or 5 years ago and they’ve grown 10 to 15 feet.

Yoshino Flowering Cherry

This is the newest tree to my yard. I planted her last April or May.  I’m thinking she’s going to be a stunner a few springs from now.


I have two of these confetti looking shrubs in my yard. Both are approx 8 feet tall and probably the same wide.  They both look like they’re having a party.


I planted these pansies last November. I give them a shot of Miracle Gro each month. They’ll look like this until the temps get over 85 degrees. I usually pull them out in May so I can get my summer annuals in.

King Alfred Daffodil

The daffodils are a little late this year due to the colder than normal weather but they still look good and are naturalizing well.

Odds of Airborne Terrorism

30 12 2009

Link to original article: http://albertoconti.posterous.com/true-odds-of-airborne-terror

Picturing the Past 10 Years

28 12 2009

New York Times Opinion piece by Phillip Niemeyer

Link to originating article at the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2009/12/27/opinion/28opchart.html

Oskar Amaryllis – Day 1

28 12 2009

I unboxed and planted my amaryllis today (12/28/09). It came with the pot, planting medium, and bulb. I plan to take a picture once a week.

Oskar Amaryllis - Day 1