Wednesday, October 21, 2020

"You don't spit into the wind." Anyone know the song this came from or who sang it?

Tuesday started out as a "task" day.  We love Krikkit but she sure makes everything stink.  Time to clean!  I thought I'd start on the outside of the car getting the bugs and tar off.  Like most RV parks, washing vehicles is a no-no, so then we headed out for a car wash.  By the time we were done at the car wash the morning fog had lifted, so we headed down south in the Outer Banks.  Not a lot of housing, both because it's narrower in parts and a lot is protected land.

Our first stop was the Bodie Island Light Station, built in 1872.  It is located on the Roanoke sound side of the first island, that is part of the Camp Hatteras National Seashore.  Due to Covid we didn't get to go inside and climb the 214 steps.  My knees were ok with that.  It is one of only a few brick lighthouses left.

Further south was Coquina Beach located in Camp Hatteras National Seashore, 8 miles south of Nags Head.  With a permit you could take your vehicle over the dunes and drive on the beach.  

Coquina Beach

Coquina Beach road to the beach

Camp Hatteras National Seashore, Hwy 12   
The sand from the dunes  blows onto the highway.

This patch of road was done.  We watched an excavator scooping the sand away from the road and dumping it on the other side of the dunes.  It's a long stretch of road, so it looks like a full-time job!

Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge was next down hwy. 12.  It was established in 1938 to provide for wintering migratory birds, such as snow geese; habitat for endangered habitat, like the loggerhead sea turtles; and to provide wildlife for people to enjoy.  The visitor's center was closed today.  They have 2 trails, one of which is a handicapped accessible boardwalk.  Neither trail allows dogs.  Across the street was access through the dunes to the beach.  

Looking across the road where there was a path over the dunes to get to the beach.

Board walk trail

Every day we go to a place where the waves are bigger than before.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore's Oregon Inlet Campground was actually the first thing we came to as we started our day, but we waited and stopped on our way back.  As Pat said, "there is only one road! " We would love to camp here.  There are just a few sites with RV hook-ups but each of the 3 loops has a bathhouse with modern toilets and showers. It is located on the ocean side of the road.  

I gave Krik a drink of water after we left the campground. Pat was laughing singing the line "You don't spit into the wind," from Jim Croce's song, "You Don't Mess Around With Jim." I have dumped her extra water out the window countless times, but this time it came right back in.  Most of the water came back in on ME. 

When we got back to our campsite I finished vacuuming and waxing the car.  Pat put Rain-X on the car and RV windshields.

Pat spent a good share of Friday smoking a pork roast.  It smells so good and tasted even better!  I made gluten-free beer bread this afternoon although we both dug into before dinner.  It was yummy.  We gave Krikkit a nice warm bath this morning with the outdoor shower.   She naturally sheds water so its hard to get her wet enough for a lather.  I tried to wash all rugs and her bed covers, but it doesn't take long till the dog smell returns even with an air purifier.👃  Temperatures have been around 70° during the day and the mid 60's at night.  Perfect weather on the Outer Banks!


  1. Do you have a recipe for the beer bread or know where to find it online? Also regarding condo's on the beach -- isn't that considered temporary housing?


      That is the link. Lots of actual gluten-free ones out there, but I just used King Arthurs 1:1 gluten-free flour with xanthum gum. If you want totally gluten free you would need GF beer, but I used what we had. I guess you could consider a condo on the beach as temporary housing.😁

  2. Jim Croce, Leroy Brown (baddest man in the whole damn town, badder than ole king kong, meaner than a junk yard dog).