Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Our first night in North Carolina

The team minus Corey (who had been whisked away by President Jim) at NC airport

We arrived in Raleigh, North Carolina, to the cheers of our friendly hosts. I am sitting here, on my third glass of wine after having devoured a sensational beef stew that my host, Pat, had been slow cooking all day. Pat and I have lots in common. She has a house full of unusual antiques and pieces of furniture. I am spoilt, with a beautiful bedroom and bathroom to myself.

This morning we set out at 5.30am on the shuttle bus to the airport. We nearly died when we saw the line at one terminal but luckily our terminal was not so bad. The baggage police were out and we had to do some quick talking and rearranging of baggage to avoid the $100 (US) fee per piece of extra luggage. We tried the line, "They are gifts for our American hosts" but that didn't fly so we all took extra hand luggage and somehow we managed without having to pay any excess.

The flight to Chicago was smooth and impressed Scott, the plane buff, who thought the rear engines were fundamental to our smooth ride.

Sleepyheads on the plane from Chicago to North Carolina

Pat and I have our day planned out for tomorrow. We are going to the Farmer's Market (which is open 364 days a year, 24 hrs a day - can you believe it?) and then heading to the "thrift" shops. Unfortunately for me, thrifty purchases for me won't be so thrifty once I pay excess baggage so I will have to concentrate on small pieces.

North Carolina is beautiful. There is surface water everywhere - 17 river basins, with lakes full to the brim. If that's not enough, they also have fresh groundwater that they draw on for consumption. Aaah, that's the life.

Until tomorrow.



AdvisorKarin said...

Welcome to NC, y'all! I hope you don't mind, but I put a link to your blog on our team's blog. Hope everyone's adjusting to the time difference OK!

Dick said...

Keep up the good work, team.

Remeber that the first challenge is not weakening under the burden of eating and drinking.

I have confidence in you!!

Dick Cuttle

PS, keep taking care of Margaret