Eleanor Leaves the City and Heads to North Carolina

Hello again!  I’m glad to be safely back in Baltimore after several long weeks hanging out with JHU_Mandy.  She took me home to North Carolina to show me life outside of the city…

Eleanor1Here I am all dressed and ready for our trip!  I got shoved in a suitcase because Mandy’s orgo books took up too much room in her bookbag. We took a taxi to the airport and got on a plane for a short 45-minute hop over to North Carolina.

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Eleanor6After we got to Mandy’s house, she wanted me to make friends with the dog.  When I saw that she had stuffing from a toy on her nose, I decided it was safer to stay far from her reach. So I stayed upstairs away from where her little legs could take her.

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Eleanor3After a couple of days of lounging around the house hiding from the dog, it was finally time to see what it’s like outside of a city.  We got in the car and drove about half an hour to Pittsboro, NC, and took this picture in front of their old town hall.  You know you’re in a small southern town when the statue in front of the old building is dedicated to “our Confederate heroes.”  I sure got a lot of funny looks from people driving by; it’s like they’ve never seen a blue bear having its picture taken before!

Eleanor2_2Once Mandy had decided she’d subjected me to being stared at long enough, we explored downtown Pittsboro a bit.  We stopped in this really cool “vintage” store called Beggars and Choosers.  The main floor was where I sat for a picture, here they had all kinds of cool antiques.  There was a “Bargain Basement” full of random things, but my favorite part was the clothing on the upper level.  They had all kinds of crazy things up there, including dresses from the 1930s and 1940s (and dating up to today).  Mandy tried on dusty old dresses for awhile then finally decided we’d been there long enough once we hit about three hours.

Eleanor4On our way back home, we stopped at Jordan Lake, a large lake made from a dam.  It was quite chilly, but it was so peaceful!  I watched from afar while Mandy wandered around the beachy area and waded into the water…crazy.  After she could no longer feel her toes, it was time for us to head back home in time for dinner.

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Eleanor5So it’s not the most detailed account as I would’ve liked to offer you, dear readers, but it sure does give a glimpse of life in a smaller town.  I managed to safely avoid the dog for the rest of my trip and make it back to Baltimore in one piece.  As “interesting” as our little excursion may have been, I’m certainly happy to be back in Baltimore where I have so much to do.

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