old burying ground, beaufort, nc

Part of the trip to Beaufort two weekends ago was to visit the Old Burying Ground, one of the oldest cemeteries in North Carolina. It was unbelievably lovely and fascinating. Full set here.

february snow

I’m done with winter. North Carolina, however, does not appear to be. Thursday’s snow was at least beautiful.

hot dogs everywhere: the beet & blue, merge 25

Where: Provided by the Pig at Merge 25. What: the beet and blue dog; blue cheese and beet mustard. With whom: Me myself and I, and about 1500 other Merge fans. Why: BEET MUSTARD. Grade: A. One of the best dogs I’ve had. The dog itself was great, and the beet mustard — the tang…

hot dogs everywhere: al’s burger shack, chapel hill

Where: Al’s Burger Shack, 516 W. Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC. What: the Pool Room dog; chili, mustard, slaw, hold the onions. With whom: Me myself and I. Why: I love chili cheese dogs, and I needed to eat before seeing the Shilohs. Grade: B+. Super solid dog and excellent chili, but the slaw was…

goathouse cat refuge: kitties

Goathouse Refuge is a no-kill shelter for kitties in Chatham County; I’m doing some volunteer work there, including taking photos of their kitties for their website. LOOKIT THE KITTENS, YOU GUYS.

the king of windmills & whirl-i-gigs

Over the weekend, North Carolina artist Vollis Simpson passed away at the age of 94. Mr. Simpson created some amazing found materials whirl-i-gigs, which he installed in sort of a farm near his home close to Wilson, NC. A few years ago, shep. and I took a spur-of-the-moment Sunday drive down there, and Mr. Simpson…

hot dogs everywhere: skippy’s, winston-salem

Where: Skippy’s, 624 W 4th St, Winston Salem, NC. What: the chili cheese dog With whom: Allison Why: I love chili cheese dogs. Grade: A-. The dog and the chili were straightforward; loved that they use shredded cheddar for cheese, leaving it to melt on the warm chili, instead of standard orange nacho stuff. The…

cameron, nc: painted barns

On a tiny roadtrip with the Maternal Unit, we stopped in Cameron, NC (a small town between Sanford and Southern Pines) to check out the crazy painted barns in the area; they were originally commissioned by David Ellis, a Cameron native and artist who brought street artists from New York and Japan to his hometown…