One of the things that I like the most about living along the Crystal Coast is that you can easily go get a breath of fresh mountain air if you need it.
One magical summer when I was a college student, I spent most of my summer alternating between the NC coast and the NC mountains.
I am guessing it was forty years ago this summer. I fished the Point at Emerald Isle, camped on Ocracoke, and when I got enough sun I would fill the cooler with shrimp and flounder, then head home to Mount Airy, NC.
We would cook the shrimp as soon as I got home. The flounder ended up being dinner the next night. Then I would go camping down the Blue Ridge Parkway or Pisgah National Forest.
I did not need much but gas money since I kept raiding the refrigerator at home. I still remember camping by a small lake and catching enough trout for my dinner.
While it has been several years since I camped on the shore, I still enjoy that occasional trip to the mountains. It just makes coming home to the shore even more special.
The picture in today's post is taken in Roanoke, Va from the slopes of Twelve O'Clock Knob Mountain. You can see the twin Peaks of Otter. Roanoke is about 5.5 to 6 hours of driving from the Crystal Coast.
The connection between Roanoke and the Crystal Coast is strong.