March 30 – April 3
We stayed in a wonderful campground at the Falls Lake Recreation Area in the middle of the Durham/Wake Forest/Raleigh research triangle. We loved this park because of the giant campsites with lots of privacy, the beautiful lake, and the fantastic playground in our backyard.
On our first day here we went through one of the heaviest rainfalls we’ve experienced on the journey so far. The rain mixed with the yellow coating of pollen that covered everything meant that all of our outside stuff was tinted yellow for days and days to come. (We are still finding things that need to be wiped clean from this.)
We were eager to catch up with one of Brad’s cousins in Raleigh. They had shared lots of fun memories as kids, but neither of us had seen Jeremy or his family since our wedding day in 2004! Since then they’ve grown from a family of 4 to a family of 6 + exchange student. We enjoyed a couple of evenings in their home – sharing meals, sharing stories, and reconnecting.
Our girls had a blast with their new-found second cousins once removed (??). They played and played and played – we barely ever saw them! They were more or less inseparable from Friday night until Sunday night.