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My daughter Caitlin :iconcaitiekabob: and I had a wonderful two week adventure over on the other side of the US.  We are west coasters with Cait having never been further east than Las Vegas NV in her life (Cancun Mexico when she was 3 doesn't really count :giggle:)

We went primarily to do a week of volunteer work at an archeological dig near the small town of Morganton, North Carolina. Informational sign by kayaksailor ( for more info.) It was an interesting experience working at what is believed to be the earliest European fort in what was to become the US, built in 1567.  The powerful local Cawtaba Indians destroyed the settlement in 1560 ending the Spanish experiment in the new world, opening the area to the British who followed with the American Colonies.  The lost colony of Roanoke is only a few hundred miles east on the coast of NC.

Having become accustomed to high temperatures at home, average summer is about 100F, we thought the forecast 85-95F of North Carolina would be no problem…how wrong were we! :faint: What we weather wimps failed to take into consideration was humidity :rofl: We have a far greater appreciation of the saying "but it's a DRY heat" now…Caitlin and I both agree we have never consumed so much water and Gatorade each day as for that week!  

At the Berry site we learned the art of how to "dig". Digging by kayaksailor We novices were allowed to help with the clearing of the top layers of plowed (disturbed) dirt.  That entailed using a flat edged shovel to gather about an inch or two deep, "pop" the dirt up out of the square and have it land perfectly onto the framed screen resting on two sawhorses above two wheelbarrows.  Now I've done a fair amount of gardening in my life and I thought I'd have no problem tossing dirt around - :no: it is far more challenging than I thought!!  But eventually after over and under shooting (which means the occasional face full of dirt) I got to be pretty good :w00t: Success by kayaksailor Our 'digging team' switched off between digging and screening – screening means breaking up the clods of dirt that have been 'popped' up and rubbing them through a quarter inch screen to catch pieces of pottery Pottery sherd by kayaksailor, or broken arrow tips Arrow tip by kayaksailoror many, many rocks…The purpose of the digging was to get down to the undisturbed layer of dirt below the plows had not messed things up Straight edges by kayaksailor .  At that point the more "trained" people took over and did a more fine tuned kind of diggingExcavation by kayaksailor with trowels with the final result being nice neat squares showing the edges of the native ceremonial mound where we were digging and a building of some sort at another part of the site.

There was also an area near the local stream where the collected artifacts were washed and separated – new finds became apparent when dirt was removed…an apparent rock became a carved piece of soapstone Soapstone carving by kayaksailor and a lump of dirt became a clay bead!  Dirt samples were also run through water to see whatWater play by kayaksailor floated – like ancient seeds and charcoal which showed what was being eaten.  Caitlin and I decided we liked being in the water area with the shade of the trees and the cool creek water better than out in the sun digging dirt :nod:

We also did some exploring throughout the State: driving on the beautiful Shades of blue by kayaksailor Blue Ridge Mountain Parkway...following a series of rainstorms The blues are threatening by kayaksailor.  Wandering in the excellent museums of Raleigh, meandering in the huge Farmer's Market in Cary Sun Flower child by kayaksailor, people watching Street Music by kayaksailor in the various cities we drove though, visiting a large zoo Sleepy kitty, happy kitty by kayaksailor in AsheboroNo running! by kayaksailor Zoo walkers by kayaksailor and spending a day on the Outer Banks "climbing" the hill of Kittyhawk Kittyhawk Monument to flight by kayaksailor , scene of the first flights by the Wright Brothers.  We also spent several hours walking in the surfAtlantic stroll by kayaksailor, collecting shellsSands of shells by kayaksailor and harassing crabsOn the move by kayaksailor down near the Cape Hatteras lighthouse Cape Hatteras Lighthouse by kayaksailor.  I have spent my life within ten miles of the ocean up until four years ago when we moved several hundred miles away so walking the beach was soul fulfilling to me :heart:

As we drove, if signs caught our eye we'd follow them to their destination Road side attraction by kayaksailor…found two of the few remaining covered bridgesBunker Hill Covered bridge on the Cawtaba River NC by kayaksailor that way, and a centuries old Scottish Cemetery Olden cemetary by kayaksailorwith headstones dating from the late 1700's.   Cait's doodling on the internet found images of a little pond Dock of the pond by kayaksailorcovered with water lilies – we searched it out with the help of Google Maps and our trusty GPS Off roading Tomtom style by kayaksailor :laughing: and were lucky to be there at the blooming season! Floating by kayaksailor

All in all we had a great time, and are indebted to our long time friends Ken and Amy along with their three kids, Karen, Rick and James for making us feel so welcomed and to the staff and other students at the Berry Field School for a fantastic experience…

Tails mark the end by kayaksailor  THE END!!

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cricketumpire 4 hours ago  Hobbyist Photographer

The Gunfight at the OK Corral is arguably the single most famous incident in the Old West. To use it as a background for this shot is a bit of photographic nonsense but if it brought a  :)  to your face, who cares!
                                  Thanks for adding it to your gallery Ruth!      :cowboy: 

Hi there, Old Friend  :wave:   Thanks so much for the favs :)
MayEbony 12 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Easter Flowers by KmyGraphic SweetheartKisu by Yokkan

W H A.... T  are you doing laying on the ground near that snake :jawdrop:  I've only just seen it :eyepopping:
:rofl: playing with my macro :D  We've only got one poisonous kind and it is very distinctive so no worries :giggle:
MayEbony 4 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, thank goodness!  I still wouldn't dare though.  I'm guessing you were one end and your daughter the other.  You are a pair!!!
cricketumpire 1 day ago  Hobbyist Photographer

You’ll have to wait for the pink hint of a tint to mature on "I'm not pink - yet!"
but thanks so much for faving it in the meantime! 
                                                             So glad you liked it Ruth!  :iconflamingoplz: 

Lormet-Images 2 days ago  Professional Interface Designer
I wanted to thank you very much dear friend for adding my stock photo of a Japanese Netsuke Dragon (#2) to your favorites, I appreciate it very much. I wish this image was of a higher quality, but it comes from my archives and was taken a couple of years ago when I was just getting familiar with my camera. :)
LLukeBE 3 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you
TY by KmyGraphicRuth for the :+fav:s :iconappleblossomplz:
Zenith1 3 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Your photos are great.
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