My parents and I arrived last Saturday after a six-hour drive from our house. Now, I’ve been on longer drives before, however, six hours is still not the most fun. At least in terms of length. However, when you meet fast food workers named Latrina (I kid you not) it makes it a little better. Perhaps if her brother Portojohn was there the drive through would have been faster…
One Could Say I’m Excited…
My parents and I hung out late Saturday and early Sunday as sort of like a mini vacation. We visited various local restaurants meeting a pirate at one, go-karted, and visited the dunes. I spun out my Dad while we go-karted. I needed to get past him, but I didn’t want to go Speed Racer on him. Things always end up badly for anyone opposing Speed.
Finally, Monday rolled around. We left to go to Raleigh for my orientation which was early Tuesday morning. We ate at an on-campus Korean restaurant I like where I destroyed a whole bowl of Bi-Bim-Bap (say that five times fast) and celebrated by birthday Monday evening. While my birthday was in a hotel room, on the road, and not actually on my birthday, I have to say, it was one of the best birthdays I’ve had yet. Half frozen cheesecake is actually really good. But it’s neither the presents or the cake that made it good.
The orientation was informative. Honestly, it was a little dull, but it needed to be done and I needed the information. Perhaps if they replaced the keynote speaker with Springsteen, the meeting would have been more exciting. The parent Wufs and I left for Manteo after having some lunch. Fortunately its only a 3 hour drive from Raleigh to Manteo.
First Couple of Days
I started work with my internship the next day. I got no sleep the night before. I guess I was a little too excited. The first day was great though I was running on fumes mentally. We walked around sites I’d be working at and ate wild blueberries. They were really good. I think my boss is addicted to them though. She had some at every bush we passed.
The next two days I worked with another intern, who I will be working with all summer. We worked to clear out the trails in the Kitty Hawk Woods Coastal Reserve. All while being assaulted by horseflies, mosquitoes, and ticks.
On the other hand, I did get to play with a machete.
We saw plenty of wildlife. Go figure right? I have too many pictures of stuff to upload, but here is a picture of a Yellow-bellied slider. He tried to pee on us when we picked him up.
Short Week, Shorter Weekend
Over the weekend I went to Dare Day with some of the other interns. Dare Day is small street a festival (they love those here) with different kinds of vendors, local shops, people singing who have no ability to do so, and lots of people shuffling around. Oh yeah, and lots of delicious fried food. Can’t forget the good stuff. It was really cool seeing all of the local shops set up on the streets, and I even got myself a cool para-cord bracelet. The local kids were also doing their usual day-of-celebration activity of jumping off a bridge into the water in the harbor. One of these days I’ll be doing that. When in Manteo right? I’ll post the video if I get the courage to do it.
Finally, Saturday evening the non-intern residents arrived at the house. These are a group of students from UNC Pembroke who are acting in the local play about the lost colony. They’re a crazy bunch, but very cool. I’ve been hanging out with a few of them.
Also, just a couple of heads ups on some stuff I’ll be doing with the blog:
1) Horse Scavenger Hunt: Scattered about the Outer Banks are horse statues. Not just any horse statues, these are decorated in really cool and artsy ways. Must’ve been a town promotion for the town of Nag’s Head here. I don’t know how many are around, but I’m gonna find as many as I can, and try to post them here.
2) My Quest for the Hatteras Sno-ball: I came here for vacation a lot, and different shops used to sell what are called here Hatteras Sno-balls. It’s a scoop of Ice Cream in a big styrofoam cup covered in shaved ice (any flavor you want) typically served overflowing, and with marshmallow or regular cream and chocolate syrup on top. I loved these, but few if any shops make them anymore, and they are extremely rare. I’m on a quest to find one…and eat it.
3) If you wish to see all of the picture I’ll be taking of everything, I’ll try to get an account on some kind of picture-uploading site. I’ll keep y’all updated.
So, until next time, as Major Tom said; “I’m happy, and I hope you’re happy too.”