On our way south we spent a night in Houston, Delaware. Then we set our sights on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. This time when we left Pennsylvania we decided to bring my car with us. Caroline rides in the truck with her dad and Marcus rides in the car with me. We communicate with walkie-talkies. I prepare the kids school work and they can complete most of their assignments on their own on the days we drive. It cost $14 for me to drive my car across the 2o miles of bridges and tunnels and $28 for the truck and the camper. It was a really neat experience. We stopped and ate our lunch on one of the man made islands. We read about how and why this modern marvel was created.
Next we spent a night in Virginia Beach, VA. Marc and I had some delicious crabs there. Then it was on to the Otter Banks of North Carolina.
Last year we stayed at a wonderful campground in Cape Hatteras on the North Carolina coast. Camp Hatteras was on the beach and had an indoor pool. We had paid $80 a night, second only in price to Key West. This time we used our Coast to Coast membership and paid only $10 a night for this prime location. This time of year the campground was almost deserted. The first two days were beautiful. After work and school we would head to the beach to walk along the water, play in the sand and collect shells.
The first few days the weather was beautiful, but then the wind picked up and it was cold. Marcus and Caroline enjoyed the indoor pool and Marc and I used the hot tub. The walk back to the camper was rather chilly though.
Before we left the island we went to check out the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum. I never realized that this was such a dangerous place for ships. There are over 2,000 shipwrecks off the Otter Banks due to the shallow waters, strong currents and severe weather. We learned about the USS Monitor, the Civil War, pirates, lighthouses and heroic rescues. Marcus and Caroline completed a scavenger hunt and read many books in the kids library.