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We are on the last full day at being at the beach at Emerald Isle, North Carolina and tonight is taco night. Last week, we drove from

English: Split, gymnastics Deutsch: Spagat

English: Split, gymnastics Deutsch: Spagat (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cincinnati, Ohio to Mechanicsville, Virginia. We still don’t know if we are driving home to Cincinnati on Saturday or Sunday. Yeah, it is a bit late to be discussing such maneuvers, but such goes vacation.

The greatest lessons learned during this whole trip is one easily forgotten: be flexible. When things don’t go as planned, change the plans or perish. Too many people get completed stuck in the schedule and fail to see when it is time to change. They ignore the signs and complain. They get angry and point to the schedule. They will not relax.

Some things do require a tight schedule. Open heart surgery being one. The patient will not live for too long if left open. Very few things in life, however, require such a tight schedule. Failing to plan is as dangerous, so plan, go and be flexible.

Who knows where we are going tomorrow. We may drive to the in-laws and head home on Sunday. We may drive about half-way and stay overnight and then drive the rest tomorrow. Doesn’t really matter. When the decision is finally made, that is the direction will will go, until the signs say to move differently.

Be flexible and succeed.

 

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emerald water, indeed

emerald water, indeed (Photo credit: rachel in wonderland)

The last time I traveled for the Legacy workshop in New Jersey, I used a plane to fly from Cincinnati to Newark, a train, two actually, to get from the airport to near the hotel and an automobile to get to the airport. My adventure made for a long day, though nothing experienced by John Candy in the titular movie. The time to travel has come again. The yearly vacation trek will start on Wednesday.

Most years, the travel involves taking the family to the beach at Emerald Isle, North Carolina. This year, a slightly different plan is afoot. On July 11, 2012, it we will our 20th wedding anniversary. Trying to celebrate such an event in the midst of starting a new business is trying. Where should we go? There were thoughts of Ireland or perhaps Germany. The state of Utah some how became a compromise. No, I don’t remember how.

We will still drive to the in-laws in Richmond, Virginia. The kids will go to Emerald Isle with them while we fly to Utah to some hiking around and way too much driving. My wife wants to see the whole state in one week. Salt Lake City to the Bryce Canyon area to Moab and back to Salt Lake for a tiring plan ride to Jackson, North Carolina.

Yes, I will most as I can while traveling. I will take many pictures and put some on my photostream in Flickr. Enjoy.

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Today’s adventures included traveling to the northern end of Bogue Bank to Fort Macon. Contained therein was a virtual cache. Not being able to pass up the opportunity to take some pictures, a walk around the grounds was in order. This place has changed a bit since the last visit with a large visitor’s center outside the fort giving some history and information about the local ecology.

Fort Macon, North Carolina was built to protect the Beaufort area. Basically abandoned before the Civil War, it was easily captured by North Carolina troops. The union Army eventually had a one month siege before capturing it. Today, it is a state park and was one of North Carolina’s first.

The travel back southward, which is actually north of state route 58, several more Geochaces were hit (some found, some not, some skipped). The last portion of the adventure was at Emerald Isle Wine Store to get some beers made in the state.

Hoppy Trails!

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After a “your stupid,” “no, your stupid” styled start, the first stage of travel to our yearly destination is over. Nearly five hours from Norwood to Beckley, it is time to unwind. Tried to Geocache before eating, but the iPhone is on the Edge Network, so it timed out. What should I expect in the wilds of West Virginia?

I imagine that at one time, this area was more woods than people, but now roads and malls pollute the landscape. Cars everywhere. Where are all these people going? A nice pause would be good.

After the 20 minute discussion of where to go for supper, it was a walk to the Japanese Steak house. Not the normal travel meal, but such a place is more the experience than it is the meal. Food was very good and the chef even better. Now that too much food has entered all of us, the kids decide it is time to go swimming. The pool closes at 10pm, so it is a bit of a hurry. Uhm, it is 68F outside and so is the pool. They were back in 12 minutes, but that is all the time they had.

Tomorrow is North Carolina bound.

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