North Carolina Journals

First Father & Son Trip

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An October 2012 trip to North Carolina by RoBoNC

My Greatest Photograph Photo, Mount Airy, North Carolina More Photos
Quote: My oldest son and I decided to take a trip together to see family in NC. Along the way, we saw a Natural Bridge and learned some Civil War history. We took a step back in time by visiting Mayberry, NC and watched some BASE jumpers in WV.

New River Gorge Bridge

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Attraction | "BASE jumping from the bridge on Bridge Day"

New River Gorge Bridge Photo, Fayetteville, West Virginia
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My son and I left North Carolina and headed back home to Indiana. We had planned to spend the night in Columbus, Ohio so I took a different route back home than I normally do. There was a national park in West Virginia, the New River Gorge National River, which I had not visited so we adjusted our route to include a stop there. The park encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River. The river is said to be the second oldest river in the world after the Nile River. It is 320 miles long and flows through the states of North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. The river has carved the longest and deepest gorge within the Appalachian Mountains. As we began to get closer to...Read More

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New River Gorge Bridge
Route 19
Beckley, West Virginia

Booker T. Washington National Monument

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Attraction | "Booker T Washington's Birthplace"

Booker T. Washington National Monument Photo, Hardy, Virginia
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As we left the Natural Bridge and headed down Interstate 81, it didn’t take my son long before he passed out in the backseat. To break up the monotony of the drive, I detoured off the interstate and drove part of the Blue Ridge Parkway down to Hardy, VA. There are few things more spectacular than the Virginia and North Carolina mountains in the fall. While my son slept, the drive gave me some time to myself to reflect and just have a few moments to take in the beauty of nature. We headed to the small town of Hardy, which is about twenty miles from Roanoke, VA. The Booker T. Washington National Monument is located in Hardy, which is where he was born and raised. It’s a National Park s...Read More

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Booker T. Washington National Monument
12130 Booker T. Washington Highway
Hardy 24101
540-721-2094

Mayberry RFD

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Pilot Mountain Photo, Pilot Mountain, North Carolina
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There is a town where the local sheriff, Andy Taylor, patrols the city without a weapon and his deputy, Barney Fife, keeps the only bullet for his gun in his front shirt pocket. The sheriff’s rambunctious son, Opie, is usually shooting marbles with his friends or fishing with his dad near their favorite fishing hole. The town drunk, Otis, can be seen sleeping it off in his jail cell. Floyd the barber’s mouth moves faster than his fingers cuts hair. The lovable Aunt Bea is usually buying groceries from Mr. Foley or spreading gossip around town with the other ladies. There is only one gas station in town, Wally’s Filling Station, where the bumbling cousins, Goober and Goomer, stay pretty busy. ...Read More

Bath - NC's oldest town

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Van Der Veer House Photo, Bath, North Carolina
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My son has a fascination with pirates and I told him that I knew of a place where pirates once lived. On the Pamlico River, lies the small town of Bath which once used to be home to North Carolina’s most famous pirate, Blackbeard. Founded in 1705, Bath is NC’s oldest town and its first port of entry. Once a bustling town, it is now a small town of just around 250 people. The days of pirates roaming the town, Indians fighting over tracts of land, and political infighting has since died, but the history of the town still remains. The town itself is actually very small, only one square mile and most of that is water. At the corner of Carteret Street and Main Street is the Bath Historica...Read More

Natural Bridge of Virginia

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Attraction | "A Virginia tourist attraction dating back to the 18th century "

Natural Bridge of Virginia Photo, Natural Bridge, Virginia
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The highlight of our father and son trip was a visit to the Natural Bridge in western Virginia. The Natural Bridge is a geological formation created by the Cedar Creek which is part of the James River. The creek has slowly carved a gorge out of the mountainous terrain creating a natural bridge. The arch is 215 feet high and 90 feet wide. The Natural Bridge has been a tourist attraction ever since the Europeans settled in the Americas. George Washington once surveyed the bridge and Thomas Jefferson bought the bridge and the surrounding 157 acres from King George III. The Natural Bridge is about fifteen miles south of Lexington VA. The easiest way to get there is to take Exit 175 off ...Read More

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Natural Bridge of Virginia
15 Appledore Lane
Natural Bridge, Virginia 24578
(540) 291-2121

Civil War Lexington

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Robert E. Lee's Final Resting Place Photo, Lexington, Virginia
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After a restful night’s sleep, my son and I were ready for another five hour drive to get to my hometown of Rocky Mount, NC where my parents were eagerly awaiting our arrival. But like any of our trips, we had a few stops to make along the way and one of those stops was less than fifteen minutes away. But before heading out of town we decided to take a very quick tour of Lexington, VA. Lexington sits in the Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia in between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains. Lexington has a strong connection to the Civil War and as such the city contains many historical sites and museums related to the war which draws thousands of tourists each year. In addition to tourism, Lex...Read More

Hillbilly Hotdogs

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Restaurant | "Home of the massive 3lb Homewrecker "

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We didn’t make any stops our first day on the road except for one. We wanted to get to Lexington, VA early enough to get dinner and check into the hotel so that my son would not be up too late passed his bedtime. Our one stop was for lunch at Hillbilly Hotdogs in Lesage, WV. It was featured on Diners, Drive-in, and Dives and it had been on my list of places to eat for a long time. Soon after crossing into West Virginia from Ohio, we entered the city of Huntington, home of Marshall University. Although there is a Hillbilly Hotdogs in Huntington, the original location is about ten miles north of the city in Lesage. The original location is located off of WV Route 2 directly across from the Ohio R...Read More

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Hillbilly Hotdogs
6951 Ohio River Rd
Lesage, West Virginia 25537
(304) 762-2458