Saturday, April 30, 2016

Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge

Yesterday we were up and out of Newport by 10:00 a.m.  Our destination Camp Hatteras RV Resort in Waves, NC.   Along the way we stopped in to visit Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge.  We met the new resident volunteer at the visitor center.  She had only been there two weeks and is still getting used to the place.  We also met the lady who works the front desk.  She was more than happy to answer the questions we had about volunteering there.  She let the resident volunteer take us over to look at the volunteer RV sites to see if our rig would fit.   The sites weren't far from the visitor center so we decided to walk over.  I am so glad we did because I had my camera with me.

This is the old pumping plant located in front of the entrance to the visitor center. 

Visitor Center

Maintenance Buildings

The scenery on the way to the RV sites.

There were a few of these guys flying around.  So glad I was able to snap a photo of one.  There were also lots of turtles but they scurried off the logs so fast I couldn't get a picture. Bummer!    I love getting  good pictures of plants, bugs and animals on the refuge.  I never knew I would enjoy volunteering at wildlife refuges so much until I worked with our friend Judy Bell.  I learned so much from her and enjoyed every minute of it.  Thank you Judy.  Below is a little tribute to you Judy from our time at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge in 2014.

After about an hour visit we were on our way again.  We made it to our destination around 4:30 and got all set up.  It was very windy and chilly.  

Our site.  50 AMP full hook-up.  Yeah!!!

Today our friends John and Lora picked us up for a road trip to Cape Hatteras.  

John and Lora going in to climb the lighthouse.  We climbed it back in 2004 so we waited at the bottom.  While we waited we talked with the volunteer (Lisa) taking tickets.  We learned she is also an Escapee member.  Sadly, her husband recently died and she is keeping busy volunteering.  We were still talking with her when John and Lora returned from their climb.  Before leaving all exchanged contact information.  Our next stop was lunch.   We stopped at a place that Lisa had suggested called The Point.

 Lora and John

John and I

John, me, Lora and John

Good food, good conversation with great friends.  So glad we got to meet up with them.  We had a fun day.  Safe travels to Lora and John.  We will see them in Vermont if not before. 

Laugh everyday.  Happy trails.  Stay safe.