Back to Eureka

We were able to spend a couple of weeks visiting our son at his house but Roxie’s cousin (Jim) ended up dying and we had to head back to Eureka for the funeral. We were also going to give Jim’s daughter, Angelique, support through this time and assist her in cleaning out a house that has accumulated around 40 years of ‘stuff’. We again stopped at the Sonoma County RV Fairgrounds park for the night.

We made it to Jim’s house around 5 pm and had to negotiate a difficult back in off the road through a narrowish opening. With assistance, it was relatively easy and we parked on the front lawn of the house. We have 15amp power, water and a sewer hookup with the septic cleanout. I have also hooked up cable TV there. We are planning on staying for almost a month to help out.

Here is a picture of Roxie, Jim’s daughter Angelique and Jim’s other daughter Tami:

As I write this we have completed 5 days of cleaning and took 2 runs to the dump and disposed of 2 tons! I know we have more to go.

We are unsure where we might be going after here, the weather has been good so far and that will dictate our future plans.

First in Flight!

As we came back to Roxie’s cousin’s house for the second time there was an option to take a ferry! I can’t pass up a ferry. We talked to Steve Jr’s neighbors and they said that it would take our trailer with no problems. They had seen semi’s on it before. So, I obviously opted to take the ferry!

Roxie wasn’t too sure about it. The ferry crew had me take up two lanes of parking (about 8 spaces) but they were the ones running it. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

While we were ‘moochdocking’ we decided to see a local site. The blog title is a clue, it is the slogan that is on every North Carolina license plate. First in Flight! We went to Kitty Hawk, where the Wright brothers first flew.

It was windy, appropriately, since they chose this locale specifically for the wind and the large sand dunes. It is part of the Outer Banks (OBX) and is commercially very grown up.

It was pretty amazing to stand at the same site where this historic event took place! We took a hike up the dune (now held fast by ground covering) where they practiced their gliders in 1901 and 1902.

We then went to the ‘flightline’ where the first powered flight happened in 1903. It shows the takeoff marker and the 4 flights and distances:

On our way back we went on Roanoke Island. We did not know it was there but we stopped and learned about the lost colony of Roanoke. I had heard about this but had no clue where it all went down. Here are the remnants of the fort at Roanoke:

It was a fun and historical day!