Last Day in Fuquay and it’s another gorgeous day

Another wonderful breakfast made by Patty. She’s such an awesome person and a great cook.

We took another walk around the area, this time heading out through the Fuquay-Varina Mineral Springs Park. Really pretty little park and there are roadways with little traffic and connecting dirt roads to extend your walk.

We headed on over to Chris’s folks house at around 11:30 where we visited until about 2:00 when I started getting anxious to eat lunch.

We had lunch at a place called Anna’s Pizzeria in Fuquay-Varina. They serve excellent soups and panini, we’ve never tried their pizza but I’m sure it’s delicious.

We shared a Chicken Panini and went back over to the folks house to chat until dinner.

Tomorrow is an early day as we are heading back to San Jose on Southwest and then driving home from there.

We will be going to the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles in December just before Christmas. That is the next time I will post.

Thank you for reading.

Beautiful Day in Fuquay-Varina

Got up this morning to beautiful blue skies, cooler temps and low humidity. After one of Patty’s wonderful breakfasts Chris and I set off on a short walk around the neighborhood.

We saw a few limbs down but for the most part people had already cleaned up the worst of it.

We saw some great Halloween decorations and I took a photo of one of the porches that I particularly liked.

On the way back we took a little turn through town and I got a photo of a mural and of the Fainting Goat Brewery sign that happens to be right across the street from our B&B.

Had dinner at a nice little place called Thai Lotus in Cary. They have very good food, wine and beer. The portions are large enough to split and the prices are reasonable.

Good Morning Fuquay! It’s Raining

Michael hasn’t made it’s presence known other than lots of rain. They’re predicting high winds but we are far enough away that it shouldn’t be too much of an issue…I hope.

It’s pouring rain right now and the wind is blowing pretty hard.

Spending the day sitting in Chris’s folks living room staying dry and catching up on what’s been happening in their lives.

Since the sheriff had advised that no one go out if it wasn’t absolutely necessary our plans to go out for dinner were skuttled. Chris’s mom made a quick dinner of spaghetti between numerous short power outages, making sure that we got on our way before dark.

As it turned out the weather had pretty much broken up by the time we left and we had an easy time driving back to our B&B.

Once we arrived we took a walk down to The Mason Jar for our nightly beer.

Hey, our B&B has a brand new front gate!

The inscription says:

The angel, Nature, doffs her cloak of night to stand naked, transparent, that you may see her beauty by the light.

Flight to Raleigh and on to Fuquay-Varina

Sitting in the San Jose airport waiting to board our Southwest flight to Raleigh.

We had a good breakfast at San Jose Joe’s with plenty of coffee. Bought a sandwich to split for lunch at Brioche Dorée. We should be all set.

Other than the part about getting up in the middle of the night, I love taking an early flight, the airport is almost empty.

We had an almost nonstop flight to Raleigh as our only stop was in Denver and we didn’t leave the plane.

It was along day though so I’m really happy to be here.

We are staying at the Fuquay Mineral Springs Inn where we always stay when we come to visit family here. John Byrne came out to welcome us when we got here and even showed us the back way path to the Mason Jar! How great was that!

I was surprised at how beautiful the gardens are, even though it’s October.

I would say that “hurricane season” is probably not the choice time to visit North Carolina as it’s very warm and mostly raining. I’m certain the wind will be a factor soon as well. It’s still a beautiful state.

We walked from out B&B to the Mason Jar which is our favorite neighborhood pub to have good pub food and some good beer or wine. Tonight I was in the mood for wine but often I choose one of the beers on tap.

Chris had to strawberry spinach salad with chicken and I had the black bean burger with cheddar. Both were darned good.

Now we’re sitting in our room feeling very relaxed.

Off we go to Fuquay-Varina Again

On our way for another visit to Fuquay-Varina, North Caroline where we have family.

We just arrived at our “home for the night” before we take a Southwest flight leaving at 6:30 in the morning.

The only place I could get a room in San Jose for a manageable price near the airport when I was planning this trip was at the Extended-Stay America on North 1st Street in San Jose. What a dive!

Very nice and helpful people working here but our. room is very dirty; think possible pubic hairs and some kind of scum on the phone, and something gritty on the floor which has no carpet, (that may be a good thing).

Everything looks and feels decrepit and uncared for. At least it was only $200 bucks a night, Yikes! It is close to the airport though and we can watch the light rail from the bed.

If you are coming to San Jose I can’t recommend this place. In case you’re wondering; yes I’ve stayed in worse places but not for $200.

I must give credit where credit is due though. As I said earlier the people working here are very nice. I called down because we are leaving at a little before 5:00 in the morning and there was no way to make coffee in the room. The young woman at the front desk not only sent up coffee making paraphernalia, she also remembered how early we were leaving and sent up some little packaged muffins. That was very thoughtful.

Just returned from dinner at Vito’s NY Trattoria. It’s pretty good and very close. We are now trying to wind down enough to go to sleep so we can wake up refreshed and ready for the day at 4:00 AM. Wish us luck!

Went for a walk around the area near our B&B looking for Wisteria

Here in North Carolina, Wisteria grows wild and is very invasive. It is also gorgeous right now. It hangs from trees and (unfortunately) climbs all over houses. Think Kudzu with pretty flowers.

Driving to dinner the other night we saw an old derelict house sagging with Wisteria. Not sure which came first, the dereliction or the Wisteria.

I’m enjoying the beauty of it.

I had some time to myself yesterday morning so I decided to go for a walk in search of Wisteria hanging from trees.

I came upon a dead cat on Main St. complete with flies and odor that was still there from our previous walk a day before, walked past that pretty quickly. I’m sure someone is really missing their little friend. Amazed it hadn’t been removed since it was on the sidewalk near a bench.

I also found lots of beautiful flowering shrubs and dogwood trees. Surprisingly no Wisteria though so we had to drive around later to find some.

Spring is beginning and I think it’s going to be a colorful one here in North Carolina.

Went to dinner at a wonderful little Indian Restaurant in town called Zeera. The food and service were the best.

Now we’re sitting in RDU waiting for our plane. I managed to remember the flight time wrong so we woke up in time to make a 6:30 am flight only to discover our flight didn’t leave until 8:30 am. Oops! Oh well, plenty of time to have breakfast and write this little blog post.

Great flight on Southwest, we even had a comedic purser giving the emergency information on the flight from RDU to Denver. He had us all cracking up.

Fuquay Varina Day 2

Had a great nights sleep in our room in the B&B! Just what we needed!

Got all cleaned up and went over to breakfast. Patty makes such a wonderful breakfast and John makes very special coffee. We also enjoyed a bit of conversation with them.

After breakfast we went for a short walk through town before heading over to visit family.

Violets grow in the grass in peoples lawns.

We went to lunch at a place called Rock Harbor Grill. The guy who owns it has a huge collection of photos and memorabilia of rock icons from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s that he has amassed over the last 25 years. The metal sculpture below is near the entrance.

He even has a certified signed guitar from Elvis Presley!

Fuquay Varina Here we Come!

We got up about 7:30 and after having coffee and oatmeal we began packing. After we were packed and pretty much ready to leave, I made us a sandwich to split for lunch.

By noon we were in the van headed up the 101. I had expected there would be plenty of traffic since people would be returning home from holiday celebrations but nope, the traffic was light except for a couple of small jams near Gilroy.

Now we’re sitting in our hotel room waiting for it to be time for dinner, half a sandwich for lunch only lasts so long. Most of the restaurants nearby are closed for the holiday so we’ll eat downstairs in the lounge which doesn’t open until 5:00 pm.

Our Southwest Airlines flight leaves at 6:40 in the morning so we’ll be getting up at 3:00 am in order to have plenty of time to park the van, get checked in at the airport and have breakfast.

So far the airport economy parking looks like the best deal at $18 bucks a night.

San Jose Joe’s at the airport opens for breakfast at 5:00 am, perfect.

Boarding passes printed, check! Fuquay Varina, North Carolina, here we come!

Airport parking was easy peasy and the shuttle arrived right after we parked the car. Only negative was that we were so early getting to the airport that nothing was open. We stood in front of a terminal in standby for 30 minutes before the magic people with the codes showed up to turn them on. From there everything went really quickly. If you haven’t gotten Global Entry yet, get it! Don’t think about it just do it. With Global Entry in the USA you show your Global Entry ID and that’s it, you put your stuff on the conveyer belt and it comes out the other side, you’re done. No standing in line, no taking off your shoes, no remembering to take your plastic bag of stuff out of your carryon…you are done. Totally cool.

By the time we got upstairs (remember how early we got to the airport) we were starving. We went straight to San Jose Joe’s! It was 4:50, they would open in 10 minutes, yeah! Umm…at 5:10 I went up to the drape and asked when they were going to open, I was told about 10 minutes. I guess 5:00 am is a moving target.

We finally got in and breakfast was fine, service was stellar and the coffee was continuous. I was happy!

Our Southwest Airlines flights were on time, uneventful and pleasant. Even out luggage made it! Southwest has never lost our luggage, pretty awesome, I think!

This is the first time I have ever been to the south in the springtime. I’ve been many times in the summer, fall and winter. Did you know that in North Carolina, Wisteria is an invasive weed? I didn’t. It’s beautiful and everywhere, hanging from pine trees and anything else it can attach itself to. There is dogwood absolutely everywhere as well and this is early spring, I would love to see this area when it’s in full bloom! Wow!

We aren’t here for very long but I will try to get a few photos of the Wisteria.

We had dinner at a place called The Mason Jar, it’s just a little tavern with pretty good bar food and some really good beer. The service is so so but sweet and sincere.At The Mason Jar.