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A Few Things to do in North Carolina This Weekend Feb 14-18, 2018

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How to Connect with Others When You Travel Solo

I love to travel.  I enjoy exploring my home state of North Carolina and across the state lines to other areas of the world.  Now that I am divorced I do travel alone.  I figure if I wait for someone to go with me I may never go, so I take the gladly accept the challenge of a solo adventure.  I do enjoy my time alone, but I also enjoy meeting new people on my travels.  I consulted Google on just how to connect with others while on a solo travel adventure.
On my Google search, I found that this is a popular topic.  Some of the ideas are easy to do at a moments notice, and others take a bit of planning.

Lodging:  There were many suggestions on places to stay that may open the door to meeting new people.  At an AirB&B you would be meeting the host family, and at a Bed and Breakfast, you would meet the owners and fellow travelers.  Some folks meet others while staying at hotels while relaxing in the hotel lobby or at the hotel bar.  Hostels were also highly recommended for meeting …

Restaurant Review, Woodlands BBQ in Blowing Rock NC

One place that has become a regular stop for me on my Blowing Rock Adventures is Woodlands Bar-B-Que.  Rustic atmosphere, great barbecue and, every time I have been there, live music.
Here is a quote from their site. "Our Restaurant’s Menu features barbecue beef, pork,  chicken and ribs plus home style Mexican food.  Family oriented with a rustic atmosphere." Woodlands

"Serving North Carolina Barbeque in Blowing Rock NC since 1977."

Woodlands It was my first experience tasting their chicken BBQ.  It was great. One of my daughter's favorite desserts at Woodlands is the Blackberry Cobbler. It is such a popular dessert that they ran out the night we were there.  No worries because we will be back:-) If you find yourself in Blowing Rock NC I suggest you check out Woodlands BBQ.   Happy Travels! KathieyV

A Few Things to do in North Carolina this Weekend Feb 7-11, 2018

Time to start planning your weekend.  Here are just a few things to do in NC this weekend....

*Feb 8-10 is the 22nd Annual East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival in Washington NC
*Feb 10 you can attend a Jazz and Champagne Party at Chatham Street Wine Market in Cary NC
*Feb 9-10 is the American Bull Riders Tour- National Finals held at the James B Hunt Horse Complex in Raleigh NC
*Feb 10-11 you can attend an Open Barn Event at Celebrity Dairy in Siler City NC
I have been many times.  The goats are wonderful.  This is a photo I took I one of the open barn events.

*Feb 10 at Doyles Vineyard in Durham NC is a Valentines Dinner and Wine Pairing.
*Feb 9 there is a Wine and Chocolate Pairing Event at Black Rock Vineyards in Carthage NC.
Let's take a look at the daily holidays...
Feb 7-Send a Card to a Friend Day
Feb 8-Opera Day
Feb 9-Read in the Bathtub Day...sounds good to me!
Feb 10-Umbrella Day
Feb 11-Autism Sunday
Feb 12-Abraham Lincoln's Birthday
Feb 13-Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday

As usual guys you…

Memories of the Triangle Russian Festival in Apex NC

I saw that one of my Meetup Groups was attending the Triangle Russian Festival In Apex NC.  I signed up, grabbed my camera, and I was on my way.  The Festival was held Feb 3 at the at the Halle Cultural Center in downtown Apex.
There were many vendors at the event.  I loved the wooden Santas.  The intricate detail is impressive.
Below are the goals as listed on their website... Triangle Russian Festival Goals 1To introduce Russian culture to the general public, and to promote the understanding of the unique
     cultural and ethnic heritage of the country. 2To unite the Slavic, and the Central and Western Asian communities in the Triangle Area.  3To reinforce Russian-identity among the Russian population in the Triangle Area.

                               We  decided to eat at a small food table in the main hallway of the venue.  Here were our lunch choices....         I had the potato salad and a blini. What is a blini you ask?  I had to look it up on Wikipedia and here is what they said...&…

North Carolina Trivia, The Venus FlyTrap

Now for a bit of North Carolina Trivia.   The Venus Fly Trap...
Here is wikipedia had to say about the Venus Flytrap.
"The Venus flytrap (also referred to as Venus's flytrap or Venus' flytrap), Dionaea muscipula, is a carnivorous plant native to subtropical wetlands on the East Coast of the United States in North Carolina and South Carolina. It catches its prey—chiefly insects and arachnids—with a trapping structure formed by the terminal portion of each of the plant's leaves, which is triggered by tiny hairs on their inner surfaces." 
Where can you go to see venus flytraps in the wild?   There is a Flytrap Trail at Carolina Beach State Park.  You could also go to the Green Park Preserve
So if you are playing trivia and the Venus Flytrap comes up here is what you need to know.  The following information comes from Apple Pest Control.
*The Venus Flytrap is native to East coast of North and South Carolina.
*Robot Flytraps have been produced in South Korea.
*It can take l…

A Few Things to do in North Carolina This Weekend Jan 31- Feb 4, 2018

Time to start planning your weekend.  Here are just a few things to do in NC this weekend....
*Feb 3 you can attend the Triangle Russian Festival in Apex NC.  (I will be there so if you go look for me, I would love to meet you). *Feb 2-4 is the Wilmington Wine and Chocolate Festival in Wilmington NC. Jan 31-Feb 2 you can attend the Southern Farm Show at the State Fair Grounds in Raleigh NC *Feb 1-3 is the 38th Annual NC Jazz Festival in Wilmington NC *Feb 3rd is The Fat Saturday Gumbo Festival atRayLen Vineyards and Winery in Mocksville NC *Feb 3rd it the Second Year Anniversary Bash at Peak of the Vine in Apex NC Let's take a look up the upcoming daily holidays...
Jan 31-Inspire Your Heart with Art Day
Feb 1-Spunky Old Broads Day
Feb 2-Groundhog Day
Feb 3-Feed the Birds Day
Feb 4-Stuffed Mushroom Day
Feb 5-National Weatherman's Day
Feb 6-National Chopsticks Day

As usual guys you need to check all event websites to verify times and pricing.  I can't guarantee anything.  All…