When you are consumed by wanderlust, but can’t travel travel, a day trip can be like a band aid for the soul-sick. The NC Zoo is just about as far into the middle of nowhere as you can get, and I loved every second of the 3+ hour round trip.
I’m always astounded by how quickly the landscape can change once the city skyline is in your rear view. Within 45 minutes, the terrain was channeling the lush, rolling hills of Virginia, as a blanket of yellow wildflowers spread itself across miles of bucolic pastures. All I could do was smile, and we weren’t even there yet!
Despite my asking very politely, none of the wild things would sit still and pose for me. What a bunch of animals! Serves me right for only bringing my iPhone because I didn’t want to lug my DSLR around.
I couldn’t record it but one of the Bears kept diving in, swimming up to the glass and then pushing itself off of it. It made the coolest movie sound effect ever, which sounded a lot like this Boom .
On the way back, the GPS said “F’ you” and rerouted us around our asses, when all we were trying to do was get
to our elbows home. I was perturbed until we stumbled upon the Ghost Town of Coleridge.
Coleridge (NC) was the home of the Enterprise Manufacturing Company, the southern most cotton mill built on Deep River. Its construction in 1882 was the final link in the chain of Randolph County’s water-powered textile industries that had begun to be forged in 1836. For more of its history, go Here .
Image credit: RandolphHistory.wordpress
The irony of being pissed at my GPS while taking in the ruins of a former horse and buggy town is not lost on me. It’s eerie but it’s grounding, and I’m happy we got a little lost on our day trip.
3 Questions for you:
What is your favorite day trip destination and why?
What is your favorite animal and why?
If you could travel back in time, which century/era would you visit and why?