A New Home.
It turns out Captain Wifey likes warm weather. It also turns out that I love Captain Wifey...so...after buying as much time in the Pacific Northwest as possible, I finally caved and off we finally went.
4,000 compact-car-with-kitty miles later we landed in Eastern North Carolina, renting a family farmhouse while we search for a place of our own.
For those of you privy to the vast differences between the American West Coast, more specifically, the liberal mecca that is Seattle, and the South, well, you'd expect us to be a bit shocked.
A little back-story reveals that we've lived in the South before - the 'Redneck Riviera' that is Pensacola, Florida. While Captain Wifey was raised partly abroad (Jamaica) and in Key West, FL (still considered abroad by me), I was raised in small-town Midwest. We've visited North Carolina several times and I've always thought of it as a combo of Missouri & Florida. But is it really? Is it different? Worse? Better? Well, we don't know that answer just yet but today is all about first impressions, so here we go!
The beaches of North Carolina are definitely more like Florida. The famous Outer Banks are close by, we're about 45 minutes from Emerald Isle (more beach). Touristy in the summer gives way to empty in the winter. An added bonus - 4-wheel-drive vehicles are aloud on beaches during the off-season for fishing (we don't fish yet but like the idea!).
Living in the Country.
History...more specifically, pirates.
On the other side of the line are people who pride themselves in being uneducated, wasteful, litterbug, rednecks. City folk who haven't grown up around true country people probably haven't realized the distinction, but I'm glad I have. Although country folk & rednecks both claim epic American-ness, only one passes on a country that I'd want to live in. So far I've gotten a taste of both here in NC (P.S. The Jurassic Park giant truck transcends country/redneck labels due to its awesomeness).
~Paul & Amber ETC