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Texas to North Carolina to Missouri and Back

Friday, May 31, 2013

My wife and I just finished a 2-week road trip visiting friends. While the trip was a little hard on the wife (she has to do daily dialysis sessions), it was still a good break for the both of us. I thought I would share a few of our pictures from the trip.

We first went to visit friends in Newport, North Carolina. They took us to a lot of great places. The first picture is of the wild horses on Shackleford Banks near Beaufort, North Carolina. We took these pictures as we were taking a boat to Cape Lookout.

The next three pictures were taken at Cape Lookout, North Carolina.

We also visited a Civil War fort in the same general area - Fort Macon.

While on the road to North Carolina, we stopped near Cookeville, Tennessee so I could hike to Burgess Falls. This was a short, but great hike.

Then we went on to Branson, Missouri, where some friends from Colorado were competing in a national Bluegrass Music competition. The name of their Wieland family band was the WMD band - "Wielands of Mass Destruction" (named so after the damage that can be caused by a family of boys...). Here is a picture of them competing.

This competition was among 18 finalists from all across the country. The competition lasted a long 7 hours, but, in the end, the Wieland family band won! Although the competition didn't pay a lot to the winners, it was a great experience for all of them. They also got invited back to play (as a job) at the Silver Dollar City Amusement Park next year!

All in all, we had a great time visiting with our friends. It was also a good break from the many things going on in our lives right now. Maybe we'll try another road trip this Fall!
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    I know this is "late" but "WOW"!! The Outer Banks area is my favorite in the world. Really. I love the tidal flats, wildlife and beaches. The Cape Lookout lighthouse is the only in that area of the coast I've not visited so thanks for the pics! ... and what a great family bluegrass band!! ..will have to google them! ... What a great opportunity for you and your wife and a special treat for all those friends! emoticon
    1403 days ago
    Wonderful pictures America is such an an amazing country. You are both emoticon people
    1539 days ago
    The pictures are great. Glad you both had a good time.
    1556 days ago
  • LINDAF49
    So happy for you to get to make this trip!!! Thanks for sharing the pics and notes. The water falls are beautiful!! The light house a treasure and the bluegrass music is an "I want to hear it" good for you!!

    1570 days ago
    GREAT pics. I didn't even know Tennesee had such terrific falls.
    1574 days ago
    Great vacation!!!!!! Awesome pictures!!!!!
    1574 days ago
  • _RAEVEN_
    What an awesome vacation. Your pictures are fantastic. emoticon
    1574 days ago
    I am so happy that you were able t take this wonderful road trip. The pictures are awesome!! Hope you wife continues to improve and know that she is in my prayers and thoughts!! emoticon emoticon
    1574 days ago
    Glad you two could enjoy some vacationing. Thanks for sharing all these good pictures. Looks like there was a lot to see. I love bluegrass music. Congrats to your friends for winning the competition.
    1575 days ago
    You're both such great planners to make such a beautiful trip a reality with the added obstacles one's health requires. So glad you made the effort, as the photos reflect the creation of a great set of memories. Beautiful!
    1575 days ago
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  • NWFL59
    Looks like you had an interesting trip. thanks for sharing. emoticon
    1575 days ago
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