Escaping the Snow and Cold

If your weather has been at all like Freeport's, it has been a cold, snowy, winter so far. In December we had several good snows - one dropping about 16 inches on us (fortunately, we were in Oregon visiting Ruth's mother at the time, where we had about a foot of snow and ice! So much for that escape).

We were home in January for a good snowfall. We had been predicted to receive about 6-8 inches, and we didn't hear the "official" measurement, but our parking lot had about 20 inches of fresh powder on it when we got up the next morning. At this writing we're on our way to Florida to visit Scott's mother for a few days. There was snow along the roads as far south as North Carolina, from the big front that moved into the eastern seaboard in mid-January (and dropped about 20 in. at Brewster House). We're hoping to have a nice break in Sarasota, visiting and enjoying weather in the 70's, before we make our way home again at the end of the month.

On the way south, we stopped briefly in Northern Virginia, our home before moving to Maine. We had a wonderful reunion with some of our dear friends there.

At Bodie Island Light, OBXNext we stopped in Charleston, SC (one of our very favorite places) and had lunch with some guests we met at Brewster House last summer. They were most gracious hosts and gave us a private tour of the area. While in Charleston we stayed at the Cannonboro Inn B&B. We made friends with the innkeeper at breakfast, and enjoyed the beautiful 1853 home.

From Charleston it was a full day's drive to Sarasota, Florida, to visit Scott's mother. We spent several days visiting with her and enjoying the low-70's (F) temperatures.

After four warm days, we made another long day's drive to Kill Devil Hills, on North Carolina's Outer Banks. We had never been to the Outer Banks before, so this was really a treat. We had only one full day, but visited three lighthouses, walked on the dunes, and drove past the Wright Brothers memorial at Kitty Hawk. While at OBX we stayed at the Cypress House B&B in Kill Devil Hills. We had a delightful time with the innkeepers, exchanging stories and ideas like we were old friends.

We bade farewell to the Outer Banks, planning to find a place to stop about half way home (which would have been around New Jersey, but decided that we really wanted to get home, so pressed ahead, arriving back at Brewster House about 11:30 p.m. to find, as we had been warned, about a foot of snow with ice covering it. Our snow plow man had cleared most of the drive, but the steps and walks were not, so our first task was to shovel a path to the door! The rest will wait another day, as we collapsed into bed for a rest.