Asheville, North Carolina

Last week, during the Fourth of July, I took a trip to the mountains with my family, hoping to escape the blasted heat. Didn’t work. The near hundred degree weather just followed us from Raleigh. But it was a nice place to stay, and at least, we got to tour the town of Asheville. Being … Continue reading Asheville, North Carolina

Ocracoke Island, North Carolina

Off the Coastal Plains of North Carolina is an isolated island along the Outer Banks. This last Memorial Weekend, I took my first car-carrying ferry in my life to Ocracoke Island. Okay, at first I was scared. Passenger ferries have been one thing, but lugging my car over water – yeah, I had nightmares. But … Continue reading Ocracoke Island, North Carolina

Tryon Palace – New Bern, North Carolina

This weekend, I finally got to get out of the house and take a day trip down to Tryon Palace in New Bern, North Carolina. I wanted to visit for a while now. Yet in late fall and winter, it’s hard to motivate yourself to leave the comforts of your own home. However, now that spring … Continue reading Tryon Palace – New Bern, North Carolina

Roanoke Island, North Carolina

During my stay at the Outer Banks, I decided to trail back a little and visit Roanoke Island for the first time. I’ll be honest I hadn’t ever given the island much thought before, even though I drive through it every time I head towards Nags Head. But, there are truly some hidden treasures there, … Continue reading Roanoke Island, North Carolina

Writing and Ecology – What Worlds We Could Build

I have an awesome uncle! He’s a Professor in Plant Biology up in Michigan State University and one of his trips brought him out to the border of North Carolina and Tennessee! He was visiting Roan Mountain, the site of his PHD dissertation research, and he invited my mother and me to join him up … Continue reading Writing and Ecology – What Worlds We Could Build

Historic Bath, North Carolina and Washington, North Carolina Ghost Walk

The semester has begun and I’ve been swamped with work! Hardly have time to read a sentence of the book I’m currently reading and I’m just squeezing in time to write. Time for a break! Last weekend I headed out to Bath and Washington, North Carolina for an overnight vacation. It was so wonderful! Bath … Continue reading Historic Bath, North Carolina and Washington, North Carolina Ghost Walk

House in the Horseshoe, North Carolina

This weekend, I traveled to view a historic planation, the House in the Horseshoe, in northern Moore County, an hour southwest from Raleigh. Amongst the fields of corn and hay, on a hilltop above the Deep River, is one of the first large houses of North Carolina’s upland frontier built around 1772 by Phillip Alston. … Continue reading House in the Horseshoe, North Carolina

Washington, North Carolina

This weekend I decided to take a small stay-cation here in North Carolina. No work, no researching for my WIP, just a small day trip to relax the mind. Also with price of gas and the lack of time, I was just looking for a quick escape. Fortunately, North Carolina is rich with little gems snuggled … Continue reading Washington, North Carolina

Historic Halifax, North Carolina

Out in the north east corner of the state, about an hour and a half away from Raleigh, is the little town of Halifax. This small town has few buildings and farms. It is situated by the Roanoke River, which runs into the Albemarle Sound. Though it is hard to believe, this small town once … Continue reading Historic Halifax, North Carolina