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Old 09-25-2013, 07:05 AM   #441
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Bodie light house, very cool


some campground shots

Hatteras sands, nice,clean and they are working on it...manager was a work camper and was nice....



rental car $22 a day with a 150 miles...cheaper than a towed

view out kitchen windows


we went and saw Cape Hatteras light house



view through light keepers 2nd floor bedroom window

Neat place since they actually had to move it from original site due to erosion, hell of a project

mmmm...we went to Ocracoke Island for the day, rented a golf cart to tour the island


had a couple colds ones on the water and went to light house

small little guy thats white washed


we saw Jonathan at the ferry!!!



next dinner

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Old 09-25-2013, 07:17 AM   #442
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so first night at hatteras sands we were told about a fish market right up the road....we fell in love with the lady running it,every day her husband and son went fishing/gigging etc....and she sold what they had

best part????

she loved the bus and us!

She gave us fresh herbs from the garden to go with whatever we bought!!! she said dried spices wont do this food justice...no crap!! she was right


prepping

cook top

fish and scallops

black/white sesame encrusted tuna cooked in sesame seed oil, basil, rosemary and topped with more fresh herbs(all of this came from fish market)



We gave her a signed wooden turtle as a thank you and reminder of us
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we cooked fresh sea food every night except one(we should of cooked...restaurant sucked)

next Corolla....fish taco's, cold beer, horses and light houses...busy day
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Old 09-25-2013, 07:30 AM   #443
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so it's a long drive up to Corrola from Hatteras...about 2 hours one way

we did a wild pony tour...very cool, we went down beach and into neighbor hoods and onto private land, they were gorgous




Lisa got ton's of pictures...we drove by Dennis Andersons sea side cottage...there was a huge monster truck School bus there!!!
He gives friends and such rides on the beach...very cool

we went to the currituck light house, it is the furthest north one in N.C.

I like this one the most



we stopped by the memorial for the wright brothers....this whole area has change since last visit in 1987!!!



here we are in line for the first ferry ride, 20 mins from Hatteras to ocracoke



getting off the ferry at Ocracoke was a Beotch...low tide made fro a very steep ramp...I ground about 1/4 inch off the bottom of the steps....it's steel so it's cool



The ferry ride from Ocracoke to Cedar landing, was 2-1/2 hours

On the ferry now..what to do??



when in a bus start with lunch


kind of like a cruise ship


then a nap and read new issue of BCM



next stop...Emerald Island..........
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Old 09-25-2013, 07:42 AM   #444
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so we stayed at the Holiday-trav-L park...really nice place

It was supposed to be a 1 nite lay over going to Wilmington...we ended up staying 5 night

the Park even had a free wine tasting in their wine market!!!!!wow...all of our neighbors were there from the yellow section...it was a fun couple hours and the wine flowed freely
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we were less than 1 min from beach!!!









the last night we had to move since we extended our stay




Ron's Tiki bar, great guy!!! he was the first to great us when we arrived, loved him, can't wait to see him next year


a couple new additions to the decor!!


salt/pepper shakers...non-magnetic SS!!! the colors are from the curtains and the blue shorts I had on



relaxing on beach


......hello~~


sunday we headed back northwest.....I did not want to go back to work.....
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Old 09-25-2013, 09:38 AM   #445
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Awesome! Glad you had a good trip and no problems. Bus was looking great, standing out in that crowd of boring RVs. Did you get many RV people asking you about it?
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Old 09-25-2013, 10:06 AM   #446
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Awesome! Glad you had a good trip and no problems. Bus was looking great, standing out in that crowd of boring RVs. Did you get many RV people asking you about it?
about 50 tours at least...everyone was nothing but smiles....
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Old 09-25-2013, 10:37 AM   #447
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Man, these pictures are amazing!! Looks like so much fun. Seeing trip reports like this get me insanely excited, haha... Thanks for sharing! We are headed to California in 2 weeks and I can't wait.

BTW, taking the bus on a ferry is now on my bucket list.
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Old 09-25-2013, 11:42 AM   #448
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are camp spot last 3 days



edit: I took pic standing on sand dune separating camp ground from beach...we are close
Awesome trip. Looks like you had a great time. Where is your bus?
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Bansil, really cool pics! Glad you guys had a great time and enjoyed yourselves
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Nice trip. The food pictures make my mouth water, and I just ate!
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Many thanks for the words from the road guys! Life is a trip...enjoy the ride. (I can see you already figgerd that out BTW).
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Thanks for posting! We've been wanting to go to Corolla and OBX and are very much looking forward to going in the bus. Beautiful pictures, looks like you guys had fun!
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Love the pics especially the one of the bus on the ferry!
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Old 09-26-2013, 01:54 PM   #454
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Thanks for posting! We've been wanting to go to Corolla and OBX and are very much looking forward to going in the bus. Beautiful pictures, looks like you guys had fun!
Just remember it is 20 min from Hatteras to Ocracoke only go at HIGH tide if you are flat nose bus...low tide; ramp was so steep it ground off the bottom corner of my stair wheel...really steep ramp on Hatteras side of island

going to cedar from Ocracoke was smooth a lot nicer ramp

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I would probably need rollers installed where the tow hooks are in the rear! That overhang doesn't like steep transitions.
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I need to check the back bumper...it made so much noise grinding across the tread plate I may of drug the rear as well
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Looks like a great time was had! Putting a bus on the ferry isn't for the faint of heart. In NC the ferry system is part of the DOT, and NC School buses can travel on the ferries free of charge. I took a load of students to Fort Fisher in Wilmington NC and we took a ferry from Fort Fisher to South Port...I drove the cheese wagon on the ferry and they were nice enough to give me all the space I needed....luckly it was a conventional cab activity bus so we didn't drag on the entry or exit, but I sure we were close on that exit. I know your bus isn't 4x4, but if you ever get the chance take the ferry from Morehead City to Portsmoth Island (the northern island of Cape Lookout National Seashore) you can drive and camp out on the beach....surf fish...and the people are few....AWESOME fishing and great for sea shells!.......Keep the pics of the trips coming...we'll ive vicariously through your expeditions till our bus is ready for its own!
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after reading the e-book "The Island" by Michael Stark's I really wanted to get out to Portsmouth...next time I guess

The book starts out right down the road from where we live and ends up on Portsmouth, we drove the same route out to the coast
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I figured I would post this, before it gets changed if anyone needs an idea


We needed a place to hang clothes for the trip, so the day before we left I drilled 2 holes in the roof and inserted Pem nuts
then screwed 2 1/4-20 studs into them, and secured with 2 nuts to ceiling
and then grabbed a pc of pvc pipe and drill matching holes in it

I slid it onto the 2 studs and spun a nut onto it to hold it up



After loading with clothes I pushed the end up and spun the nut up to hold hangers in place, at camp I would just spin nut back down



NO clothes were harmed with this process
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also found these pictures



that is a movie theater church only in NC
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