Friday was mostly a travel day. After a quick continental breakfast at the Holiday Inn Express, Jane and I departed for a hike in the Durham/Raleigh/Chapel Hill area. We scanned a website with local hikes and settled on Blue Jay Point County Park, and the eponymous trail within the park.
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We arrived at the Go Ape zip course and spent fifteen minutes investigating the various zip options and tree top challenges.The setup looked very interesting, but we decided we were too old for the demanding outdoor activities. After surveying the scene we returned to the rental car and drove a short distance to a parking lot near a large playground, and from there we embarked on a 2.2 mile loop trail.
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We traced the shoreline of Falls Lake, before we eventually circled back to the maintenance road and from there to the playground parking lot. The trail was wooded and rolled up and down small hills and valleys. After the hike we found a Firehouse Subs shop, where we enjoyed fresh sandwiches.
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A three hour drive was next on the agenda, and we arrived at Carol and John’s house in Kannapolis by 3PM. Carol and John are my sister and brother-in-law. The four of us chatted and toured the yard until 5:30; when Andrea, Carlin and Theo arrived. Andrea is our niece and Carlin and Theo are her children. Carol prepared crab cakes, and Andrea contributed a tasty salad, and we all enjoyed a tasty dinner. After dinner we undertook a short walk around the neighborhood, before the Safrits departed for home. We accomplished quite a bit on a travel day in North Carolina.