Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Camping in the Carolinas 

Adventure travel site Gorp has posted an article listing the top 10 Carolina campgrounds just in time to help you plan your summer vacation. An index of the sites listed (I don't think they're in any particular order):
  1. Balsam Mountain Campground (Cherokee, NC)
  2. Big Creek (Cove Creek, NC)
  3. Lake James State Park (Morgantown, NC)
  4. Hanging Rock State Park (Danbury, NC)
  5. Frisco Campground (Frisco, NC)
  6. Merchants Millpond State Park (Sunbury, NC)
  7. Ocracoke Island Campground (Orcacoke, NC)
  8. Cherry Hill Campground (Mountain Rest, SC)
  9. Leroy's Ferry Campground (McCormick, SC)
  10. Hunting Island State Park (Beaufort, SC)

Reading this article makes me want to get my backpack and tent down out of the attic and hit the trail. Hopefully we will find time this summer to visit at least one of these beautiful, secluded camping spots. Lake James is at the top of my list right now, but Cherry Hill also sounds nice.
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Saturday, May 08, 2004

Small and Snazzy 

Last year I took a bunch of pictures of houses in my neighborhood for an art project that never really got underway. Reading this blog entry reminded me that I had them, and I thought it might be nice to post a few of them on my blog for contrast. The houses here are similar to the small one pictured in Scott's blog. They were built in the 1940's and 50's and were on the fringes of town at the time. Now, they're considered "in-town" and are right next to the mall.

Right now a lot of new people are moving in to our neighborhood, mostly first-time homeowners like us: young couples, single folks. We're interested in improving the value of our homes in this gradually improving neighborhood but lack the funds for major renovations. So, rather than demolishing and rebuilding, we're tending to our "vintage" homes, sprucing up the walls with paint and planting flowers in the yard. I think this new attention given to these older homes has resulted in a really charming neighborhood.
small house 1small house 2
small house 3small house 4
small house 5small house 6


Wednesday, May 05, 2004

How to Eat a Burrito 

Today George and I had lunch at the new Moe's (warning: site has sound) on campus. He mentioned that the last time he was there he saw a lot of people who didn't know how to eat the huge, foil-wrapped burritos. They took them out of the foil and tried to munch them sideways, with disastrous results. He was glad that I had showed him the proper way to eat a southwest-style burrito back when Yo Burrito opened in Shandon.

So, since there are apparently people out there who still don't know how to eat a large burrito, I have provided these handy instructions:
how to eat a burrito

  1. Stand the burrito on end and peel the foil down partway like you're peeling a banana.

  2. Proceed eating, starting with the exposed end and working your way down (see diagram at left).

  3. If you want to spice up your burrito, do so by pouring hot sauce into the open end after you've taken a bite.

I hope that by writing this, I've kept at least one person from dumping rice and beans all over his lap.