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Heading to Hurricane country!
« on: October 05, 2016, 06:32:29 PM »
We are going to the big boat show in Annapolis MD.  Travelling tomorrow(Thur, Oct6), attending the show Friday.  It is a really cool boat show.  All the boats are in the water, and you walk docks and tour boats.  Many are much bigger and more expensive than anything I would consider buying.  But also many boats similar to what we are looking for.  All kinds of marine vendors, charter vendors, etc.  Whole town in party mode.

We'll have a one-way rental car, we turn in at Raleigh-Durham, where we fly home from.

We planned to drive down to Elizabeth City, NC on the Albemarle Sound; and New Bern, Oriental, and Washington on Pamlico Sound.  Looking at our options for moving to that part of the country.  Hoping to check out some living areas, and marinas.

But, looks like Hurricane Matthew will brush the east coast in places.  The boat show is safe, and we'll be out of there long before it could move that far north.  But our trip south... we'll have to watch the weather and play it by ear.  We'll no doubt have at least a few very rainy days.  And worst case, we'll have to stay away from the coast and find something to do, more inland.  I have a lot of experience improvising vacations. 

Maybe a chance to see what the area looks like during/after a hurricane.  A good thing to see before deciding to move there!

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Re: Heading to Hurricane country!
« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2016, 08:15:32 PM »
Take care Rich!!
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Re: Heading to Hurricane country!
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2016, 06:54:59 PM »
Turned into a bit of an adventure.  Went to the boat show in Annapolis MD.  Had a beautiful day there!  Then started heading South as Hurricane Matthew was moving in.  Light rain across VA.  We stopped for the night about 9pm at Newport News VA.  Heavy rains and wind from Matthew moved in.   Got pizza delivered and hunkered down.  Hotel lost power at 11pm.  Now power still in the morning.   Left the hotel and headed on towards NC.  At that time some flooding, but workable routes still available.  Got to Elizabeth City, NC and there were a number of streets flooded there.   Called my friend in Powell's Point, just inshore from the Outer Banks and he was fine.  We went over to visit for a bit, and resumed.

We had planned to head towards Washington, New Bern, and Oriental NC.   Water on the highways in places but still passable.  Barely.  I95 and I64 were closed in places.  Massive hurricane rains fell inland, and the new danger was rising rivers.  So, we found a route through some rural roads to get West and North.  Finding a non-flooded route was getting tricky, and it became obvious that we needed to get out before we got trapped somewhere. 

Made it to Raleigh.  Our flight home was from Raleigh Durham airport.  Tried to move our flight up, but they were going to charge us over $200 to change.  So decided to go to Asheville and Cherokee, NC.  Beautiful driving on the Blue Ridge Parkway, staying in Cherokee.  Then back to Asheville to see Biltmore Estate.

Put nearly 2000 miles on a rental car.  Unlimited mileage and the car was an economical Ford Focus.  Back to Raleigh Wednesday.  Tried to stay near airport, but hotels all booked.  Flood refugees pushing inland.   So we had to dig to find a room.  Got the 2nd to last room in Red Roof Inn in a rough part of town.  Trip home uneventful.

Wasn't quite the trip we had planned.  But a great trip.  Really interesting seeing the local news coverage (lots of it) of the hurricane and flood.

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Re: Heading to Hurricane country!
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2016, 11:05:26 AM »
Here in Chatt. We got nothing from it. Our guys been fighting a few forest fires due to being so dry.
My inlaws in Daytona all got extensive landscaping damage and one lost a boat.

The pretty drive for us is going US64/74 thru Ocoee and Nantahala into Cherokee. There are tons of prime outdoors activities along that route. When I was a child Cherokee was where everyone went and bought cigarettes without paying taxes. It was a booming place. These days if the indians had not gotten the Casino it would have went away. They still only allow alcohol in the Casino and Gatlinburg 30 miles away pours it freely and took most of the business away from Cherokee. If you were to have crossed the mountain into Gatlinburg,you would have found Tennessee's largest tourest trap.
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Re: Heading to Hurricane country!
« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2016, 12:56:15 AM »
Here in Chatt. We got nothing from it. Our guys been fighting a few forest fires due to being so dry.
My inlaws in Daytona all got extensive landscaping damage and one lost a boat.

The pretty drive for us is going US64/74 thru Ocoee and Nantahala into Cherokee. There are tons of prime outdoors activities along that route. When I was a child Cherokee was where everyone went and bought cigarettes without paying taxes. It was a booming place. These days if the indians had not gotten the Casino it would have went away. They still only allow alcohol in the Casino and Gatlinburg 30 miles away pours it freely and took most of the business away from Cherokee. If you were to have crossed the mountain into Gatlinburg,you would have found Tennessee's largest tourest trap.

How about the condo?  Did it miss hurricane damage?

Cherokee was a cool find!  I had never heard of it.   Pretty busy, even in the middle of the school year.  Lots of retirees out on bikes and in RVs.  We were just headed to Asheville, and thought it would be fun to stay at the casino, in the mountains.  Turned out to be about an extra 25 miles, that take an hour to drive.  But we had lots of time and really enjoyed the drive.  Also took a side trip on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  72 and sunshine, bikes everywhere.  Pretty great.  We had trouble finding wine.  The local Food Lion is not allowed to sell.  We did find a 'beverage store' that sold wine and beer.  But like you said, the Cherokee and/or the Casino kind of have a monopoly on booze.

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Re: Heading to Hurricane country!
« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2016, 03:35:17 PM »
I dont have any realestate in Florida. My condo is here in Chattanooga blackcreekmtn.com we didn't  get any rain from the hurricane.

 The Tuscan grill is our favorite in the Casino. The Ruths Cris steakhouse is good but a giant price ripoff, The big buffet is not that great either but is not that expensive.

Closing on the river house Friday, we have found where we are going to move for our final place. Its going to be a year before anything will be available. Its called Cambridge Square located in Ooltewah Tn. cambridgesquaretn.com nice shops and restaurants within walkin distance and most all major franchises with a mile or less and only 1/4 mi. Off i-75 at exit 11 . The residential part of the development is just now  breaking ground. Im hoping for a realestate crash after the election to let me get a good deal on a home in there.
I have been fortunate enough to get a great bite of the Apple of Life. One thing I know for sure. Watch out for the Worms!

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