Goodbye Virginia

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 062014

After five weeks exploring Virginia, it’s time to reluctantly move on. But there is no doubt in our minds that we’ll be back again and again.

This trip we confined our visit to the state’s Middle Peninsula, what locals call the Rivah Country, on the western side of Chesapeake Bay. There is so much to see and do here that we never came close to even scratching the surface, and that still leave the rest of this wonderful state we have not even ventured into yet! Yeah, we’ll be back.

Today we are headed south about 120 miles to North River Campground in Shawboro, North Carolina. We’ll stay there a couple of days while we visit Kitty Hawk and Nags Head, two places I’ve always wanted to see. I say a couple of days, but who knows? We don’t have any place to be and all the time in the world to get there, so we may stay a week or a month. Well, probably not a month, but we’ll leave when we feel like it. Or when they kick us out. Whichever happens first.

From there, we’ll be moving south along the coast all the way to Savannah, looking for new adventures and new places to see. We plan to stay pretty much along U.S. Highway 17. If anybody has suggestions on places to check out along the way, please leave a comment below or send me an e-mail at

So how did we spend our last day in Virginia? Just like we did the last three days or so; I worked on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal and Miss Terry worked on her loom. Even fulltime RVers need a few days off from playing tourist now and then or burnout sets in.

I owe my pal Greg White a belated happy birthday. Yesterday he turned 50 plus a whole bunch of extra years. I wont say how many of them, but if I had three hands and counted all the fingers, it still wouldn’t be enough. Happy birthday, buddy. We love you.


Congratulations to Paul Partridge, winner of our drawing for an audiobook of Gun Shy by Ben Rehder. We had 147 entries in last week’s contest. Stay tuned, another contest starts soon!

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  4 Responses to “Goodbye Virginia”

  1. Nick, if you want the “full beach experience” you should stay sometime at the Kitty Hawk RV Park . And one of our favorite dining experiences is the Sunset Grille up in Duck. We always time our arrival so that we eat supper on the back deck as the sun sets on Currituck Sound.

  2. Nick, If you want a real beach experience you need to cross the Bonner Bridge to Hatteras Island. Miles and mile of national seashore with a few small towns. Sands of Time CG in Avon a Passport park is a nice family run place. Hatteras Lighthouse is neat, but I believe you can’t climb to the top after Oct.1st. You can take the rig on a free ferry to Ocracoke Island and a pay ferry back to the mainland. We vacationed in Buxton many times and have spent extended stays there since being on the road. It is always on our must return to list.

  3. Thanks for the tips, we’ll see if we can get there. Sounds wonderful.

  4. If you spend a few extra days, you could go up to Corolla and see the Whalehead Club Museum. My Grandfather was the contractor on it. I believe it took 4 or 5 years to complete in 1925 because they did not work on it in the winter. “Small cottage” for Mr Knight and his wife, their 14 servants, and their duck hunting buddies. (22,000 SF) One thing I always liked on US 17 in South Carolina was Brookgreen Gardens – really nice gardens and statuary. I can’t remember if it is below or above Georgetown, but it should show up on the map. When I flew helicopters in the SC NG, we liked to fly a mission so we could land in Myrtle Beach and get a car and go up to Calabash, NC for lunch. Long tome ago so I don’t remember any specific places but the locals could probably lead you right. Below Charleston, make a note when you pass through “Round O”. Took my wife a bit to figure the sign out because she was thinking it was a distance sign to Round. Of course Savannah has lots of great stuff. Out on I-95 is the 8th Air Force Museum – I have not been there, but hear lots of good reports. If you have time there are some nice places to visit near Richmond Hill. Keep us up on where you are if you get near Jacksonville and we may be able to visit with you.

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