Earlier this May I took a road trip, once again with my mom, from the east coast Virginia down through North Carolina and then headed back to Iowa. As most of you know, travel nursing was my dream and I am fulfilling that dream.
Middle of May, 2018 I was done with my assignment in Virginia and ready for a new assignment. I wanted to take some time off between assignments and spend time with my friends and family. Three weeks and then I would be off to start a new adventure.
When my contract was up on the east coast, my mom flew into Norfolk, Virginia. This is a south eastern town in Virginia that is right on the coast. Mom and I had a plan to travel down to North Carolina. We had about 4 days to travel and see things on our way back to the Midwest. Mom had an early afternoon flight, so by the time she arrived, I was in Norfolk, which was about a 2.5 hour drive from Fredricksburg. Fredricksburg is where I was staying for the past 4.5 months. Once I picked mom up, we were on our way to the Outerbanks of North Carolina.
I heard a lot about the Outerbanks and that it was a must see and do while over on the East coast. No better time to do it than to make a little road trip down to see it. This is a very touristy part of NC as it is right along the coast. When we got there, we were expecting beaches that we could lay out on and soak up some sun, but instead we found a lot of residential houses along the coast with private property. Not at all what we expected. Yes, there were hotels, but a lot of them looked run down. We drove a little ways down the coast just to see if there were any open beaches, but we did not find any. Guess we should have done a little more research before coming here to find this out. The outer banks of north Carolina is a large island right off the coast. We went and checked out a few things, but only had a day here that we wanted to spend. There are a ton of light houses and cape hatteras is one that I have seen and heard a lot about. However, this one is further south on the outer banks, and since we only had a day to explore, we decided not to travel that far down. This may have been a mistake we made.
We spent some time on Jennettes pier and then we started scouting out a place to stay for the night. Little did we know, this was a vacation town and should have looked more into air bnb’s than into hotels. But, nonetheless, we found a cute Inn to stay for the night. This Inn was on Roanoke Island. We enjoyed the rest of our evening going through shops and then found a brewery on this island for supper.
The next day, we got up early and drove across North Carolina to Asheville, NC. This was the next town we decided to stay. If you have ever heard of this town, it is a cute mountain town. When we got there, we made our way up Mount Mitchell. This was a long drive, but it is nice being able to drive all the way up the mountain. Then a short walk to the lookout. It was beautiful. After that, we headed back down the mountain and checked into our hotel and then headed to downtown Asheville for supper and drinks. After we ate, we walked around and went through some of the little shops. There was some sort of festival going on with dancers and singers in the streets. We stayed to watch them for a little while before going back to our hotel for the night.
The next morning, up early again and we drove through the Smoky mountains of Tennessee which are so beautiful. I have been before this trip and it was nice to see them again, just wish we had a little more time to do some exploring. After getting through the mountains, we made it to Nashville, TN. This is where we stayed for the day and hung out. I love Nashville. This was my second time there, but I just enjoy being in that atmosphere. Walking around downtown, listening to the music play at each bar, it just puts you in a good mood. We looked for some rooftop bars to enjoy the sun a couple of drinks. We decided to stay in downtown Nashville, and this was definitely a good choice. Later that afternoon, we went and checked into our hotel and got settled in. After that, we walked from our hotel, back to the streets full of bars (about a mile from our hotel, but not a bad walk), ate and just enjoyed a little of the night life before heading back to our hotel for the night.
The last day of our trip was a long one. It was an 11 hour drive to Omaha, which is where my sister lives and where my mom flew out of. It was a long drive, but we stopped in St. Louis to see the arch up close for the first time. This was pretty cool and neat to see. It was a good stop as well to stretch our legs. After checking out the arch and walking around for a bit, we hopped back in the car and headed for Omaha.