Life After Hurricane Arthur – July 2014

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July 3rd

We never imagined, as we planned a trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina that we would be threatened with a hurricane. We are perched here in the Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina, hoping to descend to the coast and touch the white sand of the Outer Banks.  The only problem is Hurricane Arthur, with his 100 mph winds, is causing the evacuation of the Outer Banks and we wonder if we will be able to go to the beach.  We hope to reach Kill Devil Hills, with its fine beaches and great fishing.  Yet Arthur seems to be making landfall in the exact place where we are headed.  We get some pretty rugged weather in flyover country but this hurricane is pretty intimidating.

 

July 4th

Driving the Blue Ridge Parkway at 5000 to 6000 feet above sea level is amazing!  Although these elevations are pretty low compared to the western reaches of flyover country, we “flat-landers” do work up a bit of a sweat hiking the trails even though it is 55 degrees and sunny today.  Sounds like Arthur is moving out and we are excited to head for the coast tomorrow.

 

July 7th

Arthur left us a beautiful coast.  I’ve always marveled at how fast our road maintenance people plow the remnants of our blizzards in Minnesota.  Here, I am also impressed at how rapidly the folks on the Outer Banks have cleaned the sand and debris from the roads and have gotten the seaside destinations open and ready for people to enjoy.  The weather is beautiful, the ocean is awesome, and even the fishing is good; an important thing for us Minnesota travelers!

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