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Central Carolina Classic

When we were planning our trip to North Carolina I checked out the nearby rinks and saw that one was having a USFS skating competition while we were planning on being there and that I had one day left to register. Done! It doesn’t usually work out so nicely. The skating calender runs from June 30th to June 30th, so this will be my last competition for the year. I’m hoping to be ready for the ISI Adult Nationals which are in October, being held in San Francisco this year.

I’ve never had any friends come to see me skate before so I was super excited to have my friend, Willow, from high school, who I hadn’t seen in 20 years, asked if she could come watch me skate. Yay!

After the events were posted I knew that I was the only skater in each of my events so I wasn’t nervous at all for the competition, to me it was just an exhibition. But I was excited to see my old friend!

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Exploring Durham

This week has been crazy! But in a great way. Jason was able to work out of his company’s office, which is about 20 minutes from here, and I’ve been skating every morning in preparation for my competition this Saturday.

The rink is 15-20 minutes away in a multi-sports facilitiy, much like a town rec center. The second best thing is that the freestyle sessions only cost $8.50 for 45 minutes — other places I’ve been to cost between $11 and $17 for a 45 min session! And the BEST thing about the facility here, is that I usually have the entire rink to myself for most of the session! Woohoo! I’ve had to share with 5 people at the most. This is bliss :)

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Lemurs!

Years ago our boys were big fans of the TV show, Zaboomafoo, which featured a leaping lemur named, Zaboo. Who knew that the star of that show was just down the road from where we are staying? Duke University has campus facilities all around Durham and the Duke Lemur Center is one of those.

It’s a clean, well maintained facility that houses several types of lemurs plus a loris and a couple aye-ayes — awesome creatures! Unfortunately, because they are nocturnal, so although we were able to see them in their night-time environment, it was difficult to get any good photos.

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Longboards and Mother’s Day

Mr. T has been saving up for various “wants” and decided to move “longboard” to the top of the list. I took him out to 2 different places, one in Durham and the other in Raleigh. He had a pretty good idea of what he was looking for, but the salesman in Durham was about as helpful as a sea cucumber. The second place, Vertical Urge, was super helpful and Mr. T decided to take the plunge and buy the board.

He’s really excited and has been practicing a bit where he can on the park road. There are some serious speed bumps so he can’t go too far.

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Durham, North Carolina

After driving all day we finally arrived in North Carolina, specifically Birchwood RV Park in Durham. This park is unique. The owner doesn’t take reservations and most of the clientele are older mobile homes and patients at Duke University Hospital. They come and they go and everything seems to be lacking a system, or rather, the system is in the owner’s head. Actually, there was some question about this place from our other fulltime RVing friends. Seems they pulled in, drove around, and pulled right out. It really doesn’t have the nicest first impression. Think “hill-billy”. We called yesterday and Pham, the owner told us he had a 50 amp full hook up site, but when we arrived he said he only had a water and electric site, oh and there aren’t any restrooms or showers. Too bad this is the ONLY place within 90 minutes.