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11/14 McDowell Nature Preserve (Charlotte)

11/14 McDowell Nature Preserve (Charlotte)

  • Author: Madeline
  • Date Posted: Nov 25, 2014
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  • Address: 15222 York Rd, Charlotte, NC 28278

Our campground outside of Winston Salem is a “14 day only” campground to discourage long term stays. Once it was clear that we were not taking the chance of falling back into the Pit of Despair that was the Greensboro campground, we needed to get out of Winston for the weekend so we could use the rest of our 14 days to be here for the remaining school open houses.

So, we headed down to Charlotte, about 1.5 hours away from Winston. We have some good friends from San Diego who moved to Charlotte about a year and a half ago so we were all looking forward to reconnecting. Their son went to school with A since at least kindergarten, maybe even preschool, and K and I were excited for some adult conversation and to see how they are enjoying the change in coasts. A good time was had by all!

What was most awesome about our campsite? We had our own trash can!

What was most awesome about our campsite? We had our own trash can!

We stayed at a nature preserve that turned out to be very nice after an initial concern that only desperate drifters would be camping here during a November weekend with lows of 25 degrees. But, it was actually a beautiful area around a lake with hiking trails and scenic outlooks. Our only problem was FREEZING while trying to conserve propane before we could fill up the next day.

Practicing with the camera timer for our Christmas picture.

Practicing with the camera timer for our Christmas picture.

But, really, the outtakes are much more fun:

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While we were in the area, we went to Mass at Belmont Abbey for a beautiful service. Attending Mass at different churches around the country has been one of the most interesting aspects of the trip for K and I.

We are back to the Winston Salem area on Monday, November 17th for three more school visits and a day of house shopping with the Winston Salem real estate agent (to get a feel for the market and for neighborhoods) and then off to Summerville, SC on Friday, Nov 21st for about ten days of “camping” in my brother’s driveway.

 

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