Welcome to my little cafe by the Sea. I like to come to this cafe every evening, have a drink and relax while watching the waves crash onto the sandy shore. This is where I go to write about my traveling adventures. The weather is always perfect here on Ebeth Beach. So, pull up a chair and read all of the exciting news I post about my travels. Most of my adventures will take place on the beach or in the mountains. You can also click on my other pages and view my blogs on ADHD and Cats.
Traveling is one of my favorite things to do, particularly in the form of road trips. I've been taking road trips throughout the Southeast United States all of my life. When I became an adult I even had a job for a few years that involved traveling. Now I travel mostly with my son, and a friend of mine who also has a son the same age. My husband is not much of a road trip traveler, but occasionally he's able to come along and, once he gets to the destination, he has a blast as well. Years ago, when I became a single mom, I decided not to let that hold me back from my love of road trips. So, at seven months old, Dylan was strapped in a car seat and traveling with me. Now that he's eleven, he loves traveling as much as I do.
We haven't traveled to exotic places or overseas, although I have been to Europe once, a very long time ago. At this point we are perfectly content traveling the eastern and central part of the US.
North Carolina is my all time favorite state, so most of my traveling
stories will be set in North Carolina. I lived in North Carolina for several years and try to get back
there as much as I can. From the mountains to the beach and the cities in
between, there's just so many things about North Carolina I love. I loved living in
Greensboro because it was a nice city, and it's located only about two hours from the
mountains in the west and about three hours from the beach in the east. That's the
perfect distance for a weekend trip to either location. There are also smaller
mountains a little north and a little south of Greensboro, so you could
technically get to some mountains in less than an hour. That being said, most
of my North Carolina stories will be about the mountains or along the coast.
Highlights of Western North Carolina
The Blue Ridge Parkway
The blue ridge pkwy goes from Cherokee, North Carolina to Skyline Drive near Waynesboro, Virginia. I've been to several different sections along the parkway, but at this point have yet to travel the entire thing from beginning to end. I think I'm going to have to plan a Blue Ridge PKWY trip in the future to do that. Here are some pictures from various areas of the parkway.
Grandfather Mountain is a great place to go if you are near Linville, North Carolina. It's a North Carolina state park with awesome views of the mountains. The highlights include hiking trails, wildlife exhibits, and a swinging bridge. I've been going to Grandfather Mountain for 35 years, since I was five years old. I've always loved it, and now I get to share the experience with my own son. It's a great place to visit during all four seasons. In the winter when it's icy or snowy, they will close down the swinging bridge. Even with the bridge closed, I still love going there in the winter.
The Blowing Rock
The Blowing Rock is a nice place to visit too. It's not nearly as big as Grandfather Mountain, but it has a nice overlook and some gardens. I especially love Grover, the mountain cat who lives there. He is so friendly and sweet!
Linville Caverns are the only show caverns in North Carolina. We love visiting caverns in every state we go to, and have gone to this one many times. They take you in a 30 minute tour through the cave to see the formations. It's very interesting and educational.
Linville Falls is located just off the Blue Ridge parkway in Linville. They have several hiking trails that take you to the top and to the bottom of the falls. At the top of the falls, you can watch the water rush into the gorge. It's an amazing sight.
Although I'm not much of a home touring person, I couldn't live in North Carolina without going to the Biltmore Estate at least once. Biltmore is known as one of the castles of America. It's enormous and very beautiful on the outside and inside. There's also a small village and farm nearby called Antler Hill that's fun to visit.