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Outer Banks

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On Sunday, it was time to go home.  The plan was to leave around 8:00 or so.  We both got up with plenty of time to get ready, and so I took a moment to photograph something that had caught my interest earlier up on the observation deck: a house that was in the process of being moved to a site.


The house, still on wheels.  The house, still on wheels.

The house, still on wheels.

The house, still on wheels.


I was kind of surprised that the house was built elsewhere and then transported to the site rather than being constructed on-site, however, I do not know the circumstances that led to this house move.  In any case, it’s now on Oramar Drive in Buxton.

Then as Pete and I were checking out and preparing to leave, I noticed something that gave away the age of the facility in the bathroom.


Yes, that is an ashtray built into the wall, next to the commode.  Looking at this in 2014, I don't know why someone would ever want to smoke while using the restroom, but apparently someone at some point did.  Bizarre.  Yes, that is an ashtray built into the wall, next to the commode.  Looking at this in 2014, I don't know why someone would ever want to smoke while using the restroom, but apparently someone at some point did.  Bizarre.

Yes, that is an ashtray built into the wall, next to the commode.  Looking at this in 2014, I don’t know why someone would ever want to smoke while using the restroom, but apparently someone at some point did.  Bizarre.


Finishing up at the hotel, Pete and I headed out.  The plan was to get breakfast somewhere along the way, and also photograph the Bodie Island Lighthouse, which we had missed on the way down.  Then Pete and I had planned a lunch stop in Richmond with some friends of Pete’s.  We ended up stopping at Atlantic Coast Cafe in Waves, which was open on Sunday morning (a rarity, much to my surprise), but which served a good, solid breakfast.


They also had a sign that you could pose with, which we both did.  They also had a sign that you could pose with, which we both did.

They also had a sign that you could pose with, which we both did.


Departing the restaurant, we headed north through Pea Island, and then, after crossing the Bonner Bridge, stopped at the Bodie Island Lighthouse, which we missed on the way down.  It was just as well that we missed it going down, as the weather was cloudy on Friday.  Sunday’s weather, on the other hand, was perfect.  This was to be a quick stop.  Pete waited in the car, while I got some photos around the lighthouse.


  

  

  


Raised walkway in order to hopefully keep patrons and snakes, as warned about on signs, on separate paths.

Raised walkway in order to hopefully keep patrons and snakes, as warned about on signs, on separate paths.

Raised walkway in order to hopefully keep patrons and snakes, as warned about on signs, on separate paths.


All in all, not a bad lighthouse.  I want to climb to the top of this lighthouse on a future Outer Banks trip one day.

Then from there, we headed back in earnest.  We drove through Nags Head and Kill Devil Hills, and then onto the mainland in Currituck County.  We made a pit stop in Moyock, and then we passed into Virginia, taking the Chesapeake Expressway to the Hampton Roads Beltway inner loop (I-664), going through the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel, and then onto I-64.  The plan was to drive nonstop to Richmond.

Then in Newport News, after the highway dropped down to two lanes each way, traffic conditions started to deteriorate, as we got into our first traffic backup of the day.  This had the potential to make us late for lunch, but we got through quickly enough where we could either recover from the delay, or be only slightly late.  But then as we approached West Point, we hit another backup.  And it was, unfortunately, a really big backup that lasted for miles.


Major backup on I-64 near West Point.  We crept along for miles.  Not fun, but I suppose we made the best of it.

Major backup on I-64 near West Point.  We crept along for miles.  Not fun, but I suppose we made the best of it.


The source of the problem was just before exit 220 (SR 33), and was almost cleared by the time we got through.  We took the exit, and made another pit stop, as the delay had put us behind on gas and in need of a restroom break.  Lunch would also definitely be late.  While in the store, I spotted this device while I was waiting to use a restroom.


Turns out that this device is for when a building is not required to have a full fire alarm system, but nonetheless is required to have duct smoke detection.  Turns out that this device is for when a building is not required to have a full fire alarm system, but nonetheless is required to have duct smoke detection.

Turns out that this device is for when a building is not required to have a full fire alarm system, but nonetheless is required to have duct smoke detection.


After we were finished here, we nonstopped it to Richmond.  First we picked up one of the people that we would be seeing, and then we headed over to Lift Coffee Shop on West Broad Street, and visited for a while with a few folks.  Not a bad time, as we enjoyed a very late lunch.

Following lunch, we turned north, and took I-95 toward DC.  That was a bad idea, as I-95 was backed up just as badly as I-64 was.  We ended up getting off at the next exit and cut over to Route 1, taking that as far as Stafford, where we were able to observe I-95 to see that the traffic was clear again.  We cut over to the HOV lanes pretty quickly, and then it was smooth sailing all the way through the Mixing Bowl and into DC.  From there, we stopped by Pete’s house, got the dog carrier, and went up to Takoma to pick up Pete’s dog Bruno.


It was clear that these two were very happy to see each other again!

It was clear that these two were very happy to see each other again!


From there, I took Pete and Bruno home, and then went home myself.  That was a fun trip.  We need to do these sorts of trips more often.

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