- Henry Attorney (67)
- Nancy Retired corporate executive (67)
Welcome to the Southern Outer Banks!
Henry and I both have spent most of our lives in North Carolina. I grew up in Charlotte, N.C. Henry grew up in Zebulon, N.C. Henry is an attorney practicing in Raleigh. He went to UNC-Chapel Hill and loves the Tar Heels and the Carolina Hurricanes. I am a mostly retired corporate executive, worked for a trade association, large hospital and former Governor. I love my family, friends and have recently discovered a love of painting. We LOVE LOVE LOVE to travel, cook, exercise, read and experience new cultures. We have two grown sons and 4 grandchildren. One of our sons lives in the Raleigh area, the other in Portland, OR. We take care of both of our homes and would treat your home as if it were our own. We do travel with good friends, so while it is just the two of us, at times our exchange may include another couple.
Here are some of the things we especially loved about our stay in Morehead City: First of all, Nancy and Henry’s home is truly charming. The way it is furnished and decorated made us feel like kindred spirits. Their in-town neighborhood - just a few streets of classic homes shaded by towering live oaks - has a delightful village feel complete with friendly, welcoming neighbors. From your front porch rockers, you can watch the shrimp boats and pleasure boats plying Bogue Sound, and because the shoreline is oriented east to west, you can sit on a bench down by the water and watch the sun come up in the morning and set in the evening. Because we enjoy fishing and having fresh fish to eat, we went out a head boat – one of several that leave from the docks right in Morehead City – and also tried our luck off the beach at Fort Macon beach, one of a string of beaches just across the causeway. Truth be told, it’s really less expensive to go to the local fish markets, where all manner of seafood is available, but we had a good time catching enough fish for several meals. A highlight of our stay was our drive south along the “down east” coast to Harker’s Island, where we took the passenger ferry to Cape Lookout National Seashore. It’s just a short boat ride to this breathtakingly beautiful national treasure where we explored the area of the historic lighthouse, selected a few souvenir seashells from a shoreline teeming with them, chatted with people camping and fishing in splendid near isolation, and even saw wild horses. Should we be fortunate enough to return, next time we’ll make a full day of it and spend more time at the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center. It’s right next to the ferry terminal and deserves at least two hours to do it justice. Add to all this, our day trips to New Bern and Beaufort, two very picturesque towns within easy driving distance, our shorter trips here and there on Nancy and Henry’s bikes, and for us this exchange was a great experience.