Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
charity-minded amateurs in an effort to provide healthful, balanced
meals for insects, birds and animals.
- Henry Beard and Roy McKie, Gardener's Dictionary
We couldn't resist! What's a backyard without a garden with lots of yummy vegetables? The three of us (Paul, Bel, and Kara) worked hard for 2 days building our raised garden. Boy were we proud of our work when we were done!
Step 1: build a 4' x 6' rectangle out of pressure-treated wood.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Now that we are settled into our house, we think it is time to discover some of the local culture. On Wednesday we drove to Washington, NC. It is about 20 minutes away from Greenville and is located on the Pamlico River. There we discovered Bill's Hot Dogs. Bill's has been in business since 1927. The menu has one item: hot dogs. I don't think I have ever had a hot dog quite like Bill's. He has a secret recipe of very spicy chili, which is placed on the bun with a spicy-marinated hot dog and a shmear of mustard. After consuming 2 hot dogs, I could have sworn I was sweating chili. So, if you are every in the neighborhood, check out Bill's Hot Dogs, it will most certainly prove to be a memorable experience. The Pamlico River boardwalk in Washington, North Carolina.
Paul on his 4th hot dog. He claims it is the best he's ever had.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
We took four days to drive to NC, and we stopped a few places along the way. Most notable was Prairie Dog Town in Kansas, which boasted of their live five and six legged cows. You just can't go all the way through Kansas and not see the freak show cattle. There was also the 8,000 pound prairie dog, which we were all so excited to see.
Here is the 5-legged cow. Pretty weird right??The 8000 lb. prairie dog the tourist trap advertised? Yep, you guessed it! It was made of cement.
We also stopped at the Gateway to the West in St. Louis, just long enough to not get drowned in a huge rain storm. We parked our car and truck illegally, but didn't get towed. The view and ride to the top were great.
During the last stretch to the house we encountered a really bad thunderstorm and our truck was getting blown around a lot, so we had to pull over and decided we would have some dinner at a Greek pizza place. We were going to get a motel room for the night when the storm let up. We decided to drive on and arrived in Winterville and the house around 11 pm. We didn't unpack anything except our mattresses, which we threw on the floor and slept our first night in the new house.