Sept. 5, 2015

090515pod_119 090515pod_118After a late night arrival at the ferry, we slept in the parking lot and slept (somewhat) through wind and rain to get up to a beautiful sunrise.

090515pod_136After a ferry ride across the sound, my first goal was to climb the Cape Lookout Lighthouse that we were locked out of last time.

090515pod_141 090515pod_140 090515pod_139 090515pod_138 090515pod_13714 stories up and down and we were ready for the next goal. Driving to the southern point.

090515pod_120 090515pod_121This went well until we reached the soft sand at the end, I dug down and then the engine temp and transmission temp were about to peg out (over heating) so I let the truck run while I let out air from the tires and dug out.

From here we headed north looking for the perfect camp spot (read no other people, waves and soft sand)

090515pod_122bA shipwreck.

For some reason I didn’t take any more pictures today, setting up camp, twice since Sam’s tent was not happy in the wind. Cooking dinner and sharing food with friends until everyone was ready to go to bed early.

Aug. 29, 2015

082915pod01Sam wanted to do her first 5k this summer, and we choose the Color Run in Greensboro.

082915pod02We have not started, and already “colored”

082915pod03And we are off…..

082915pod04 082915pod05 082915pod06So the run is broken up by stations where strangers throw colored corn starch on you.

082915pod07 082915pod11Same picture but different angle (second picture by Deb) I am in background.

082915pod10 082915pod09 082915pod08Finished. Thanks to Kay for joining us for Sam’s first 5k! And to Clay for running 4k to take photos on his cell phone.

082915pod13Stuff to wash in the bucket.

March 15, 2015

Photo A Day Project 2014 (photo by Jay Capers) Photo A Day Project 2014 (photo by Jay Capers) Photo A Day Project 2014 (photo by Jay Capers) Photo A Day Project 2014 (photo by Jay Capers)After the Northern Short Course, I stopped to visit James and Beth in Fredericksburg (or some town near there) and they invited me to go paddling and shark tooth hunting with them. We started early with breakfast and hit the water in time for a private lunch spot one Stratford Hall property as we waited for the tide to go out. (Stratford Hall is private property and you MUST have permission and paperwork to search their property!) Everyone had good luck hunting and we headed back, but once again the Potomac River was rough and paddling was frustrating. But it was still a great day with friends!

From Stratford Hall’s website:

“When Thomas Lee purchased “The Cliffs” property in 1717, he did not know that he had acquired a geological phenomenon that existed in only three other places in the world–the Los Angeles basin, Austria and Belgium. The Cliffs, part of the Calvert formation, are composed of compacted sea matter dating from the Miocene Epoch–approximately 17 to 10 million years ago–when rising land replaced the ocean that once covered Stratford. The 150-foot-high cliffs along the Potomac River, formerly the sea floor, provided just the right set of circumstances for the fossilization of animal remains. Fossilized remains indicate a sea filled with primitive shark-toothed porpoises, salt-water crocodiles, sea cows, gopher turtles, rays, whales and sharks. Thousands of shark teeth found along this area of the Potomac attest to the frequency of the sharks, largest among them being Carcharodon megalodon, or Giant White Shark, with teeth measuring 7 inches or more.”