It's hard to believe that we left Live Oak Ranch only four weeks ago. We have seen so many people and places, mostly through serendipity, that it feels as though our 2017 travels have been underway for much longer.
In our last entry, we were in Charleston, SC, starting our journey north on the east coast. In this one, I'm going to outline the rest of our plans for 2017 which involves lots of travel and, a rarity for us, a month-long stay between destinations.
Leaving Charleston we will travel to Morehead City/Beaufort, North Carolina. From there, we board the ferry at Cedar Island and travel to Ocracoke, NC in the Outer Banks (OBX). We cross the island (six whole miles!) and board yet another ferry that will take us to Hatteras, then drive to Avon for a few days stay. Neither of us has been in this area before and we are really looking forward to visiting lots of places on the OBX with Avon as our home base.
From there we'll travel through Virginia Beach and take the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, which is a 23-mile fixed link crossing at the mouth of Chesapeake Bay from Virginia Beach to Cape Charles, VA. I have my fingers crossed for a gorgeous travel day, because here is the description: The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel allows you to see the mighty surge of the Atlantic Ocean, the beauty of the Chesapeake Bay, and the soaring grace of an engineering marvel. Pretty exciting! And it is possible to actually spend the night in Scoopy out on the bridge by the tunnel entrance. We're still thinking about that one but it's very, very tempting just to say we've done it.
Our destination in Maryland is Assateague State Park, located on a barrier island bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the east and the Sinepuxent Bay on the west. Roaming on the beaches and among the dunes are the park's famous wild horses. They are known to wander right through the campground so we have a good chance of seeing them out and about. As you can see, when we said we're traveling the east coast, we meant it literally. We're seeing a lot of beaches on this trip so, in preparation, we purchased two beach towels and lots of sunscreen. Wuhoo!
To make sure we get our Delaware sticker, we'll spend one night in Lewes, where the next day we'll travel by ferry 17 miles across the Delaware Bay to Cape May, NJ. We'll continue on to our destination, Country Oaks Campground in Dorothy, NJ. Our friends Bill and Kelly are workcamping there for the next few months so we're going to stop by and see them! You may recall that last year we traveled to Alaska with Bill and Kelly and haven't seen them since we said goodbye last August so we're really looking forward to catching up with them.
From Dorothy we're off to the Big Apple! Well, actually, we'll still be in New Jersey, as the closest campground to NYC is across the bay in Jersey City. Still, we will be about 15 minutes from Manhattan and all the excitement of the big city. We're still deciding on how long to stay here, as you might imagine, it's not inexpensive to stay this close to the city, but most likely a week. We've got people to see and places to go and that's about how much time we'll need so that we don't run ourselves ragged.
After our time in NYC, we're leaving the east coast but only for a few weeks. We'll travel across Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan and make our way to Wild Cherry Resort in Lake Leelanau, MI where we will settle in for a full month. I know, this is not our usual M.O. but, to be honest, by the time we reach Michigan we will have covered a lot of ground and we both feel it will be time to slow down for a bit. There's a ton of stuff to see and do in the area, so even though I wouldn't normally be happy with a long stay, this time I am ready. Plus, there's much more travels ahead!
We'll spend a couple of months traveling around Michigan this summer before heading back east across upstate NY and ultimately making our way to Boston by mid-September. This time is set in stone because Steven's parents will be flying over from Dublin to travel with us for a couple of weeks. After sightseeing in and around Boston, we'll travel up the coast of Maine to Boothbay Harbor and Winter Harbor. We will stay in Scoopy, of course, but Paddy and Elizabeth will stay in AirBnBs at a couple of stops, and in a cabin right in our campground in Winter Harbor. We're excited to be able to share with them a bit of our lifestyle and we're really looking forward to their visit.
After we return Paddy & Elizabeth to Boston for their flight home, we'll head to Connecticut and Rhode Island and then on to Washington, D.C. for a few days before making our way back to Campbellsville, KY for another stint at Amazon. Yep, we're going back! Our start date should be around the same as last year, with a contract that runs through December 23rd. I'm guessing there will be no early release this year, so we're in it for the long haul this time.
It's going to be an exciting year, don't you think? There are lots of places and even states I haven't covered here, it’s still a bit early to nail down all the details of our travel agenda. As I've said before, all of our plans are subject to change, because there is always the possibility of the unexpected. So, as always, these plans are set in Jell-O! :)
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