[Photos] North Carolina’s Cape

A few weeks ago Michael had an ultramarathon race on Bald Head Island so we headed south to North Carolina’s Cape.  I’ve never been to Bald Head Island before even though I’ve lived in North Carolina for over thirty years. It was extremely quaint. You can only access the island by ferry via the Cape Fear river. The Atlantic ocean is on the other side of the island and houses the state’s oldest light house.

Since I am gearing up to travel to Africa this week I am starting to blog here again to get back into the habit of sharing my journey. Speaking of writing, I have a new piece up on the Gates Foundation blog, Impatient Optimists: Women Helping Women in Johannesburg’s Townships.  This is a story I’ve been meaning to tell since I was in South Africa last year. Better later than never!

Hope you enjoy the photos!

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Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: Our Short Adventure With the Southern Snowstorm

We don’t get a heavy snowstorm here in the North Carolina piedmont very often, so when we do it is a big occasion. It began snowing heavily on Wednesday and continued snowing through Thursday afternoon halting traffic and causing everything to close down except gas stations and a few neighborhood stores.  On Thursday morning there had to be at least six inches of snow on the ground. We went out with our girls to play in it because we had the streets to ourselves!  We walked through the snow that had been hardened by a top layer of ice. We even saw cars that got stuck on our downtown streets and needed a little manpower to get them going again.

And then, puff, just like that, the snow was gone! By Friday the temperatures climbed into the low 60s and the snow quickly melted and turned into sludge. Now there are only a few patches of snow in front lawns and piled high in parking lots where the snow had been plowed. Even though the snow didn’t last long, it was a nice change of pace. Last winter was quite warm and if my memory serves correctly we had just a tiny bit of snow. Looking out of the window and seeing snow everywhere helps you remember that, yes, North Carolina still has a true winter even if we only experience it every other year or so.


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Under the Sea and Through Mountains

I have an obsession with tunnels! The sheer level of engineering it takes to run a four lane tunnel underneath a body of water or through a mountain easily fascinates me. So when we’re approaching a tunnel during a road trip I always fumble feverishly for my camera or phone and watch the magic happen.

Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel. Runs on 1-64. Constructed 1958.

Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel. Virginia. Runs on 1-64. Opened 1958.

Lincoln Tunnel. Runs on 1-495. Opened 1937.

Lincoln Tunnel. New York. Runs on 1-495. Opened 1937.

Wild Acres Tunnel. Blue Ridge Parkway. North Carolina

Wild Acres Tunnel. Blue Ridge Parkway. North Carolina. Opened 1974.

Baltimore Harbor Tunnel. Runs on 1-895. Opened 1957.

Baltimore Harbor Tunnel. Maryland. Runs on 1-895. Opened 1957.

These aren’t even the only photos I have of tunnels. These are just the ones I could find this morning. Can you tell I am  a huge admirer of tunnels?

Don’t even get me started on suspension bridges!

Delaware Memorial Bridge - 8 lanes on 1-295. Opened 1951.

Delaware Memorial Bridge – 8 lanes on 1-295. Opened 1951.

My Walk to a Much-Needed Latte


I love where I live. It’s not Manhattan or downtown Chicago, but it’s my little slice of the hustle and bustle in North Carolina.

I don’t need much to make me happy. A short morning walk to my favorite, local coffee shop is a great way for me to set my day. This morning I walked around the corner to get a latte and took photos along the way. If there is one thing I love, it’s a beautiful summer North Carolina day.

Wolfies - My Favorite Local Ice Cream Shop!

Wolfies – my favorite local ice cream shop – with a few words of wisdom.

It’s the subtle things I love noticing.

While it was only morning and not yet opened, Hutch and Harris’ patio was bustling by lunch.

Picking my lid.


Don’t you love a coffee shop that’s also a wine shop/bar. Love!


Les fleurs!

Les fleurs!

7 seconds....

7 seconds….hurry!

I hope you have a great Friday! By the way, I was interviewed about Social Good Moms today on Jennifer Barbour’s Philanthropy Friday series. I love it. Do give it a read.

- Jennifer

Great Coffee and Conversation

Yesterday I had a really inspiring morning with a great friend. Not only did we have really wonderful coffee and conversation, we also cooked up a few things  that will be fun in 2013.

One thing I love is really delicious coffee at  my favorite local coffee shop. Something about yesterday just kicked my day off well.

Today hasn’t been too shabby either. I will be speaking at Britmums Live in London this year and can’t wait to be back in one of my favorite cities in the world. This year will mark three straight years I’ve visited London Town and I can’t wait to get back.
Coffee at Camino

Coffee at Camino

Signs of a Truly Early Spring

Yesterday was one of the most beautiful days I’ve seen in quite some time. We usually have pretty temperate weather here, even in the winter, but there’s something about how beautiful the sky is when spring is nigh.

Taking advantage of the beautiful blue skies and warm weather my daughters and I decided to go for a run and then we stopped by Starbucks for a quick treat. I hadn’t had any coffee for about two weeks and nearly inhaled my Venti Pike.

Out With My Girls

But before we went to Starbucks we were thrilled to see one of the earliest signs of spring – daffodils. It was the perfect present on a gorgeous February day. DSC02447

[Photos] Beautiful Coast

After a year of heavy travel it’s nice to use some of the points you’ve racked up for a quick getaway.

As a family we hadn’t been to the beach in over a year so we decided to drive a few hours east to the coast and see the ocean. It was our first time visiting the beach during the winter which is far different from spring and summer trips to the coast. We had to wrap up in our heavy coats and scarves to simply take a brief walk on the beach. The wind blowing from the ocean cut all of our beach walks short over the weekend, but the sheer sight of the beautiful sun, sand, and ocean from our hotel room made the trip well worth it.

Visiting the beach off-season also meant we pretty much had the beach and hotel all to ourselves, which I must admit was refreshing and will probably bring us back to the beach during the winter months more often.

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