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Enjoying Lake Norman has always been something we love to do and sharing it with Jesse and Harley was fun during the summer of 2020 one their visits to North Carolina. The lake had more boats on it than we have remembered in years. I guess with little to do people were taking to the water for some fun. July 4 is always fun at the lake, and as usual our good friends Eddie and Joan were host. Dee was able to get some great drone footage of their home on the lake and all our friends and their boats. Summers on Lake Norman are always full of cookouts, good friends and a beautiful sunset.
The lake was full the summer of 2020, I guess Covid keeping everyone from traveling and doing other things so they took to the water, Dee and I enjoyed watching all the festivities on the water and were certainly glad we had our old girl! Sometimes the best days on the lake in our tritoon are the ones where you find an.Anchorage where you are alone, the winds are light, and you can practice flying the drone. This seemed like a perfect opportunity to practice and enjoy the day. What we did not prepare for was the osprey nest nearby, and I would guess there were young in the nest because Mom and Dad were unhappy about the drone in the air. You will see the osprey after he takes a close pass on the drone and look for his shadow on the water as Dee lowers the drone toward the boat when the osprey once again shows he is boss here. Finally the osprey left us alone enough to get some footage of Dee and I on board.
One thing we did plan for was giving our tritoon a new floor. We can’t say enough about how much we love this new floor. We almost feel like we got a new boat getting rid of that old ugly carpet for this easy to care for vinyl seagrass. Our absolute favorite thing to do on Lake Norman is hanging out with friends on a Friday night and watching the sun go down. The best of times!
NC Wineries were also allowed to open with some precautions and we took full advantage of visiting some of the wineries close to our motorhome, but it is always more fun with friends.
Next, we go scalloping for the first time! We arrive in in Cape San Blas August 2020 to scallop. We are joined our Pensacola friends. Chris and Michele had scalloped before so they were our instructors. First up explore the beach as the sun went down on our first night together. We always have fun on the first night. Catching up and toasting our friendship. First day out we head out to a location that we were told about and didn’t have much luck. We met some people coming by who told us about another location. We pulled anchor and headed over. We all enjoy being on the water so fun is always to be had. In the new spot we found more but still didn’t feel we had found our spot! We did score pretty good amount. Our big mistake was going back to the house to clean scallops. It was hot and messy but we endured until they were all clean.
Next day we explored the area we were close to the day before when we finally found the perfect spot and SCORE! We found a beautiful area with plenty of scallops to discover. We had a great time finding scallops and made the better decision to clean the scallops while on the water which was much more fun and cleaner. The absolute best part of scalloping is eating them!!! The evenings were special times with friends and the beach walks at sunset are always one of my favorite things to do. I love sunsets. The day just seems perfect when you get to watch the sun melt into the water.
Fall is here and we are planning our trip back to put Journey in the water. Nov 1 had been our goal but ETA the tropical storm changed that so we spent November enjoying some last times together in North Carolina. The annual Dove House event was virtual this year and we had some fall time with friends, and an early Christmas for our great nephew Carson who has fallen in love with horses. Not sure he knew what to do with the stick horse we gave him at first. Thanksgiving with our daughters and homemade apple pie from Jesse ended our time in North Carolina. We are headed to Florida but our first stop was to become official Florida residents.
We decided to paint Journey’s bottom ourselves and save the money since the islands are basically closed due to Covid. We learned a lot and that maybe we might have to pay for this project next time……
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