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May 2, 2019 - OOH RAH!

After we left the Charlotte/Concord area our destination was Jacksonville, NC, home to Camp LeJeune and the 2nd Marine Division. This is also where long-time friends, Dennis and Barbara Mashburn live. Dennis met them in Albany, Georgia where the Dennis’ were stationed back in the late 1980’s. Dennis M. retired as a Master Sergeant at Camp LeJeune and they stayed in the area after his retirement. We are camping on base at Onslow Beach which sits between the Atlantic Coastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean. You can still see the effects of...

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Jan 26, 2018 - Jacksonville

We didn’t leave te hotel room too early and went to one of the few places for breakfast that are open. Most of the restaurants only open at 5:00 pm in the off season. We then toured around the island, checked out the marina, the area around the museum but it,itself was closed. There were some cemeteries that are very old and have the remains of sailors that lost there life on ship wrecks. At noon we got on the ferry to Cedar Island. It was a ferry that can hold 50 cars and there were 5 on it. It was a 2 hour 15 min ride and wasn’t even too...

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May 20, 2017 - Day 9 Wilmington to Jacksonville 60 miles

Out the door of our sketchy room in our sketchy neighborhood at 6 am. Still cool, roads empty on a Saturday morning, then we ride down a residential street with a Dead End sign. Uh oh. At end of street a gate with no trespassing sign. Siri shows we should go on the blocked street. We have ridden about 8-9 miles to get there. No good alternative without basically riding all the way back to the motel and starting down 17. A women comes out of the gate and said we can go through, but the road is rough. Sure enough, 3 miles of unrideable sand....

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LUCKY 58

Jan 12, 2015 - Rain, Rain, Rain

Today was not a good day for a number of reasons as you will see as you read on. First, Jared gave me a going away present on Sunday, his cold. I'm struggling with a sore throat and sniffles. Hopefully it will go away quickly. It went from cold to rain and fog overnight. Fortunately, our crossing of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel was not a problem with only rain. It kept up all t he way through eastern Virginia and into North Carolina. We stopped for gas and propane near Windsor, NC. After putting gas in Winnie ($2.77/gal) under a roof, I...

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Oct 23, 2013 - Camp LeJeune, NC

As Willie Nelson would say -- "on the road again, just can't wait to get on the road again". We left the corn and soybean fields of the upper states and have come into cotton field land - they are everywhere. We arrived on base at Camp Lejeune, NC and are camped on the strand of beach - between the Intarcoastal waterway and the Atlantic Ocean. Each time we have gone off the strand we are stopped at the draw bridge - good timing. Staying at a military base has been an experience for us. In WA DC we had the Star Spangled Banner play each...

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Oct 25, 2012 - Jacksonville,NC

Today we did our usual drive, crossed water, and then drove some more with a different twist. We crossed water twice and needed 2 ferry rides. The first was a 40 minute free ferry from Hatteras to Ocracoke Island, then a 2 hour and 15 minute ferry from Ocracoke to Cedar Island, which is connected to the mainland by causeway. Ocracoke Island is an about 9 miles long and we had to drive from the North Ferry Terminal to the South Ferry Terminal to catch the second ferry. Cedar Island is mostly swamp and wildlife preserve. The first ferry boat...

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Sep 10, 2011 - Plan is coming full circle - RETIREMENT DAY!

My final day at work was September 9th. My supervisor from HQ took Gene and I to an awesome dinner at the Mainsail Resturant in Surf City, NC. Even more awesome two of my very dear friends made a surprise appearance. I was blown away by that surprise! The next day was my "retirement luncheon". At my request it was to be an informal pizza party. I am so not a fufu girl so this was so perfect and I really appreciated the office respecting my wish. I want to send out a big "THANK YOU" to all who made my retirement so special! We will be on the...

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Aug 14, 2011 - Moving Day to lot 65

We are still at Cabin Creek Campground but being moved to Lot 65. This is a "permanent spot", though we will only be here until Sept 22nd at this point. Lot 65 is towards the back of the campground in what seems to be a very quiet section. We asked to stay on the current lot because there seems to be more activity here... but it is rented in September so... off we go!

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Jul 18, 2010 - (Jacksonville, NC) Pre-Deployment Training July 18th-August 10th 2010

Arrived on July 18th and would spend a little over 2 weeks here prepping to deploy. Only real thing I did here was get the necessary gear. I was done in 3 days but was waiting on my clearance to go through which took a couple of weeks. Spent most of the time here recovering from a cold and didn't do much else. Was ready to move on to the next stage in the adventure.

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Apr 20, 2010 - Camp Geiger, NC

We ran up to Camp Geiger in Jacksonville, North Carolina, to see our granddaughter Caree graduate from Marine Combat Training. It was a very intensive five weeks of learning to operate machine guns, rocket launchers, grenade launchers, throwing grenades and practicing urban warfare. She is now stationed at Twenty Nine Palms Marine Base, located in the Mojave Desert and attending Computer Networking School. Yeah Caree! She isn't sure how long she'll be in school or where she'll be stationed after tech school. She is doing great!

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Apr 7, 2010 - Stopover in Jacksonville, NC

I continued my trip up US 17 through South Carolina into North Carolina. I stopped for gas at a small gas station because I really needed gas ($2.83/gallon) and they had this totally mechanical gas pump with a 2-digit Total Sale indicator. I filled up the tank and it was only $10.04. I wish. I tried to use that one when I paid, but the young girl was having none of it. I passed trhrough Wilmington, NC and stopped for a couple of minutes at the USS North Carolina monument. I got there too late for a visit. I'll have to add it to the to do...

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