07 May 2006 by Published in: General News 8 comments

Every May, Susan and I take a vacation, usually to the beach in North Carolina. This year is no exception. I’m sitting in a hotel room in Raleigh as I write this. I’m speaking to the Civil War Roundtable here tomorrow night, and then it’s on to Wilmington for the rest of the week. I have the Cape Fear CWRT on Thursday night, hosted by my good friend Chris Fonvielle.

The difference this year is that for only the second time in my nineteen-year career, I am taking two weeks off in one shot. When we leave Wilmington a week from today, instead of heading home, we’re off to a second week in the Outer Banks. We won’t be home until May 21.

Part of my reason for telling you this is so that you don’t expect me to be hugely prolific when it comes to blogging while I’m gone. There will be a few posts, but I very seriously doubt that it will happen daily. If there are gaps, please forgive me, I AM on vacation, after all. ๐Ÿ™‚

Part of the plan for today was to make a stop and do a bit of battlefield stomping at the Guilford Court House National Military Park on our way to Raleigh. Unfortunately, the battlefield gods were unhappy with me today, because it’s been raining hard since we hit Charleston, West Virginia. As we didn’t have a lot of time to visit the battlefield, and it was raining hard, we decided not to stop, to save it for another day, and just press on to Raleigh. We put in a good 500 miles today, and decided it was better to just get to our hotel here, have dinner, and have a quiet evening resting up. Sorry I have no battlefield stomping after-action report for you. There will be at least one during this trip, as I intend to see the sites on Hatteras Island associated with the Burnside expedition.

I hope everyone has a good week.

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  1. Lanny
    Mon 08th May 2006 at 12:40 am

    Dear Eric,

    I hope you and Susan will have a great vacation (a two weeker–hip, hip!). You two have deserved a rest after having to adjust to a new dog, a new house and a new book. We can continue to re-fight the Civil War and read the latest ruminations (that sounds more philosophical than “rantings”) from “the General” when you return to the harness. Have fun and return safe and sound.


  2. Mon 08th May 2006 at 9:26 am

    Thanks, Lanny. It’s definitely needed. ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. Randy Sauls
    Mon 08th May 2006 at 10:14 am

    Dear Eric:

    Welcome to North Carolina! You must have brought the rain with you. We have been in drought conditions here in the eastern part of the state for several months, but with heavy rains over the weekend things are looking better. Thanks! Hope you do get in a little battlefield exploration while you are here. Have a great vacation.


  4. Mon 08th May 2006 at 1:40 pm


    Thanks. It’s cool and gray in Raleigh today, but the way I look at it, the worst day of vacation is still significantly better than the best day of work. ๐Ÿ™‚


  5. Randy Sauls
    Mon 08th May 2006 at 2:06 pm


    Amen to that! By the way, I should have mentioned it in my earlier post, but sometime when you are in NC you’ll have to check out our local battlefield here at Goldsboro. We’re just 50 miles from Raleigh. Not much to see yet, as we are in the first stages of develpment, but we do have a CWT marker and 34 acres preserved, with a good chance to get our hands on some more of the battlefield. Have fun at the beach.


  6. Wade Sokolosky
    Mon 08th May 2006 at 9:22 pm


    I hope you and Susan have a great time. Wish we could have linked up my friend. If you are planning on taking the Cedar Island Ferry to Ocracoke and than to Hatteras… great trip. When I retire I hope to get a job on that Ferry ground guiding cars!! As you leave Beaufort on Hwy 70 heading Downeast you go right by our house and mom’s. Good for future reference.

    Once again, enjoy and eat some seafood for me.


  7. Mon 08th May 2006 at 11:32 pm


    Will do, and we’re sorry we’re missing you.


  8. Mon 08th May 2006 at 11:32 pm


    I intend to take you up on that offer. ๐Ÿ˜‰


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