After exactly five years in the Tar Heel state, we decided to move back to California. We’re currently dwelling in the Bay Area, near San Jose, which is pretty fantastic… but boy, do I miss our little cul-de-sac in Cary!
We put our house up for sale last September and after 42 (!!) showings, we found ourselves in a whirlwind of packing, saying goodbye to our amazing friends and driving across the country. Again. This was our 6th time driving across this vast nation of ours and our 4th time moving in five years. Meg the explorer has proven to be the best little travel dog. She has adapted to everything quite smoothly. I, on the other hand, not so good with change apparently.
So, here’s a tribute to NC, in no particular order and mostly featuring Meg…
Meg enjoying the warm Atlantic water at Oak Island
Some beach house sketching at Oak Island & my toes, too
Southport Salt Marsh (NC has a LOT of really cool and looong decks! Something you don’t really see in California)
Southport Victorian home
Our house in Cary being built – this was such an exciting time!
Meg helping me paint the basement after purchasing 14 gallons of paint in 14 different colors
Moving day into our new place! We’ve gotten to know Pods quite well
Manhole covers… quite charming in Cary!
The Elvis Booth at one of our favorite late-night restaurants, Jack Astor’s. (Which went out of business before we left.)
A huge slide at the NC state fair
One of my first attempts at making a Thanksgiving meal
Meg at Wilmington Beach
Meg discovers the joys of chewing on a pine cone at Jordan Lake
Meg then discovers snow and decides that she really likes that, too
Our next door neighbor got 2 puppies… and Meg was smitten
A quick day trip to Charlotte
We had a real pumpkin patch less than 10 minutes from our house!
A day trip to Charleston, SC
A few driving trips to Florida to go to Walt Disney World, too! Once during Halloween, which was awesome!
Experiencing our first cicada season
Our first hurricane (this is the flashlight isle at Target 24 hours prior to the hurricane reaching us)
Oh, the sunsets! They were absolutely gorgeous on a regular basis (but especially beautiful before and after a storm!)
Crabtree Lake in the springtime
We fried our first dough… the south inspires you to fry things
Meg in downtown Raleigh with one of those painted cows… it has the state on it!
Meg on the beach in the outer banks, Roanoke Sound
Lots of old churches that are sometimes really spooky. And this one is for sale, you could live in it!
Chapel Hill botanical gardens
We’ll miss you, North Carolina. Thanks for five great years!