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Hakone, Japan - 16th December 2008

By: JaymeC

Today we took the train to Hakone. We had to get off the train at Odwara. From the train station we could see a castle, but we didn't have time to visit. Do you see it far off in the distance?
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Here it is when we zoom in.
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From here we took an hour long bus ride to our hotel in Hakone. The hotel we're staying at is called a Ryokan. We were in room 7.
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Its was a very pretty room.
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And we had a nice little view
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We got to sleep on a futon at night!
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There were some nice decorations in the hallway as well.
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After checking in we went out for a bite of Chinese to eat. It was very yummy, but Jayme's not sure what it is!
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From there we tried to go see a shrine, but it started raining really badly! Since it was rainy we went back to the hotel and decided to make use of the bathing rooms. First you go in and put your towel and other stuff in a basket.
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Then you go into the bathing room. Since multiple people use the bathing tub you have to wash well before you get in. Here's the soap and other things for a shower.
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Then you get in the bathing tub. Its filled with mineral waters and very nice.
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From there we went back and went to sleep. I hope we get to do lots of neat stuff later..

Write more soon,
Bertie

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Hakone, Japan - 16th December 2008

By: JaymeC

Today Jayme said we're going to go for a few rides and try to find Mt. Fuji (apparently it regularly hides). Our first stop was the rope way. Here's the entrance to the ropeway and the cars we were riding in.
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Here's all of us tv's sitting and chilling.
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Its a pretty view, but unfortunately no sign of Mt. Fuji yet.
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After the ropeway we took a cablecar to the boat. Isn't the boat pretty?
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There were some pretty sites from the boat.
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Jayme said Mt. Fuji is hiding behind those clouds! Can you see the base of it?
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Unfortunately we didn't get to see Mt.Fuji on our trip to Hakone, it was hiding the whole time. Jayme was able to get this picture on the way home from the train though, the mountain came out for a bit in the morning! But it was moving too fast for us to pose.
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Next we're supposed to go to a museum, more soon!
Bertie

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Hakone, Japan - 17th December 2008

By: JaymeC

Today we went to a place called the Open Air Museum in Hakone. It a museum of artwork that is all outdoors. It was very neat. When we first entered there were many statues.
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And I liked the row of diamonds.
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The egg made me feel a bit hungry.
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Many of the art pieces were play areas. The one behind me is a giant series of tubes for children to climb through.
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And this is a maze.
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I really like this sphere too. You could see your reflection in it.
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It was a fun trip! This was our last day in Hakone... we took another bath and decided to head back towards Tokyo. I wonder what we'll see there?

More soon,
Bertie

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Tokyo, Japan - 18th December 2008

By: JaymeC

Today we went back to Tokyo. After a long bus and train ride we arrived back at our first hotel and then went out to sightsee. Our destination today was the Tokyo Metropolitan Building (TMG).  Here it is.
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The TMG allows visitors to go up the North or South towers for free to get a beautiful view of Tokyo. We took the elevator up to the top floor of the North Tower. Look at that view of Tokyo!
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Because it was a clear day, we were able to see Mt.Fuji from the tower though not too clearly. This is very rare.
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Here it is when we zoomed in.
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It was time to head back to the hotel, but on the way we got to see some Christmas lights! Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas.... I hope we'll see some more!
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More to come, tomorrow we're going to see a mouse? I wonder what's so special about a mouse...
Bertie

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Tokyo Disney Sea, Japan - 19th December 2008

By: JaymeC

Today we went to one of Tokyo's Disney Resorts parks. This park is called Tokyo DisneySea. Its called that because it has different ports that you visit and ride in. It looks like it'll be fun today. When you first enter you see a globe.
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Then you walk through and you can see all the ports of call, and the centerpiece of the park, Mount Promethius.
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We headed to Discovery Port first. He we are waiting in line for Storm Rider. It was a neat ride where you were a plane in the middle of a storm.
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After that we went to Aquatopia. See the little boats behind us we ride in?
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After that we went inside Mount Promethius! Its called Mysterious Island in here. Here we are there waiting in line to ride 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. You can see a pretty good view of Mysterious Island.
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After that we took a break and went to Mermaid Lagoon. Sorry this picture is so blurry, but its all indoors and very dark.
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This was the kiddie area, so while the kids went to play and ride we rested on the stroller.
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Finally it was getting late so we headed over to American Harbor to see the Christmas lights. Isn't the tree pretty?
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After that it was time to go get our seats for the night show. A picture of us wouldn't have worked, but doesn't the show look pretty? It was about the Spirit of Water and the Spirit of Fire falling in love.
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Unfortunately we didn't find any mouse. Maybe we'll have to look some more tomorrow.
More soon,
Bertie

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Tokyo Disneyland, Japan - 19th December 2008

By: JaymeC

So we're off again to find a mouse... still not sure why though. Hmm. Today we're going to Disneyland! We had to get up bright and early to go in. Here we are at the walkway to Disneyland.
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And here's the castle!
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This is a different view from FantasyLand while we were waiting in line for a ride.
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Hmm. Mouse clues. Look at this sandwich, maybe its pointing the way?
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Next we went to ride on the Haunted Mansion, here we are waiting in line.
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Mmm. We stopped for more food. We stopped at a restraunt that was decorated like Alice in Wonderland. Here's our lunch!
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Can you see the decorations? The Chesire cat is hiding behind us...
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From there we went to Toon Town. It was a funny place.
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After that it was time for the parade! Everyone here sits down for parades to sit and watch them. Here it goes...
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And THERE is the mouse! Woo! We knew we'd find him eventually!
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After the parade we got to do one more ride about Winnie the Pooh.
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After that it started raining really, really hard so we decided to go home. Jayme did get one more picture of the Christmas tree on the way out though! Merry Christmas!
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Our last day in Tokyo next,
Bertie

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Tokyo, Japan - 23rd December 2008

By: JaymeC

Today was our last day in Tokyo! Since I haven't shown a picture before, this is what a Tokyo Subway looks like up top. This is Shinjuku station. There are at least 6 different subway and train lines here!
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Our next stop was the National Museum. Isn't the building pretty? I wonder what's inside...
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First we got to see some very nice swords.
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There were some other carved things with the swords as well. Do you like this dragon?
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At first we thought we'd found some ancient toys, but then found out these dolls were used for rituals.
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We also got to see some very pretty paintings.
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There were two rooms just filled with ancient kimonos!
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Ahh, here we found some real toys. This was a game children used to play.
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This guy is kind of scary huh?
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After the first museum we headed to get some lunch. We stopped at the Hard Rock Cafe. The children split a kid's meal, and look what came with it! A new friend for us!
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We all shared a yummy meal.
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Then we headed to the science museum! We got to learn about the planets.
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Here's our planet, this is a globe that changes as the earth changes. Its very large. Isn't it pretty?
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And this is a neuron! Its the only complete large mapped our replica in the world.
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We had fun at the science museum. This was the view on our way back to the hotel.
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We went to sleep that night and had to get up very early to get to the airport the next day. We were all quite sleepy. Then we took the same plane back to Okinawa, but because of delays we didn't get there til after midnight! Yikes! But everyone's safely here now, and its almost Christmas! I wonder what we'll do for Christmas?

More soon,
Bertie

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Okinawa, Japan - 26th December 2008

By: JaymeC

Merry Christmas Eve mommy! We had such a fun Christmas Eve! We started out by heading to the botanical gardens for a light show! We got there early, so the lights weren't quite on yet so we chilled out at the playground.
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After that we went to see the stage where the light show would be.
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Finally the lights came on and we got to go walk around! There were two themed areas, one was a forest
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And the other was a sea! How pretty.
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Even the lake in the botanical gardens was lit up!
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We stayed for a laser light show (unfortunately none of those photos came out!) then headed home. We helped Jayme put the kids to bed then did some last minute wrapping of gifts for the children.
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Hmm. Maybe we should've helped more. This is the one Jayme wrapped.
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We left out the cookies for Santa, then headed to bed ourselves.
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Merry Christmas Eve!
Bertie

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Okinawa, Japan - 28th December 2008

By: JaymeC

Dear Mommy,
We woke up on Christmas morning to a surprise! Santa had come to bring presents for the children! He had filled all the stockings
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And ate all the cookies Jacob left for him.
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The children of course dug in and started unwrapping. We helped a little bit.
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Then we went to help Jayme make breakfast. Mmm.
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We got to hang out at the house and relax all day and watch movies. We also helped Jayme make a turkey for Christmas dinner. She said this time we'd have plenty of leftovers!
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So we got to have potatoes and turkey for dinner. Yum!
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After dinner we went outside to see Jayme's building, its all lit up!
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Merry Christmas!
Bertie

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Okinawa, Japan - 4th January 2009

By: JaymeC

Dear mommy,
What an exciting New Year's we had! We started it out with a trip to Comprehensive Park on New Year's Even so the kids could ride their new scooters. We went around this small pond.
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And found some flowers on the trees.
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And this small monument area with flowers.
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After that we went home to get some rest then went out for a walk at Camp Zanpa. We walked a little ways, then got to see the lighthouse!
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Here's the view in the other direction.
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There was also a monument here.
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After that we headed home to prepare for New Year's! We played some games to pass the time
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And had some grapes, since Jayme's family believes they're lucky for New Year's. One for each year. You're supposed to eat them as the clock strikes, but Jayme didn't want anyone choking!
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Finally we got to ring in the New Year!
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The next morning we got up very early and headed to Okuma Campgrounds.
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Here's the cabin we stayed in.
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They had a go-cart raceway nearby!
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And we tried to get to the beach, but it was very windy and the sand stung.
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Finally we made a camp fire so we could cook some hotdogs for dinner.
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What a fun New Year's Eve and Day we had! When it was all done it was time for me to hop in my envelope to head to my next host. Wonder where I'm going next?
Bertie

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Richlands NC, USA - 10th January 2009

By: Pixiedustlady

Hi Mom!! I have arrived in Richlands, North Carolina! I had a super long flight and had to travel all the way across the United States! Boy did I rack up the frequent flier miles :)  Today I got out of my envelope and met the toys that live in the house that do not travel.  I also met the dogs Daisy and Thumper.  I will post photos tommorro.  I just finished watching *Mad Men* which is my hosts favorite TV series right now! I am very jet lagged and just drank a Pepsi and now Im off to bed for some rest!! will post after I get some sleep!

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Richlands, North Carolina, USA - 10th January 2009

By: Pixiedustlady

Hi Mom! Today I am going to give you a history lesson of North Carolina!! Ive been up on the computer this morning and reading all about The Tarheel State!




North Carolina  is a state located on the Atlantic Seaboard in the southeastern United States. The state borders South Carolina and Georgia to the south, Tennessee to the west and Virginia to the north. North Carolina contains 100 counties and its capital is Raleigh.

North Carolina was one of the original Thirteen Colonies, originally known as Carolina. Joara, a native village near present-day Morganton, was the site in 1567 of Fort San Juan, the first Spanish colonial settlement in the interior of what became the United States.[4] A colony was later established at Roanoke Island, the first attempt by the English to found a settlement in the Americas.[5]

On May 20, 1861, North Carolina was the last of the Confederate states to secede from the Union. It was readmitted on July 4, 1868. The state was the location of the first successful controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air flight, by the Wright brothers, at Kill Devil Hills, about 6.4 miles from Kitty Hawk in 1903. Today, it is a fast-growing state with an increasingly diverse economy and population. As of July 1, 2007, the population was estimated to be 9,061,032 (a 12% increase since April 1, 2000).[6] Recognizing eight Native American tribes, North Carolina has the largest population of American Indians of any state east of the Mississippi.

North Carolina has a wide range of elevations, from sea level on the coast to almost 6,700 feet (2,042 m) in the mountains. The climate ranges widely from the coastal Tidewater and Piedmont to the western mountains. The coastal plains are strongly influenced by the Atlantic Ocean. Most of the state falls in the humid subtropical zone. More than 300 miles (500 km) from the coast, the western, mountainous part of the state has a subtropical highland climate.

In 1860, North Carolina was a slave state, in which about one-third of the population of 992,622 were enslaved African Americans. This was a smaller proportion than many Southern states. In addition, the state had a substantial number of Free Negroes, just over 30,000.[20] The state did not vote to join the Confederacy until President Abraham Lincoln called on it to invade its sister-state, South Carolina, becoming the last state to join the Confederacy. North Carolina was the site of few battles, but it provided at least 125,000 troops to the ConfederacyŚ far more than any other state. Approximately 40,000 of those troops never returned home, dying of disease, battlefield wounds, and starvation. Elected in 1862, Governor Zebulon Baird Vance tried to maintain state autonomy against Confederate President Jefferson Davis in Richmond.

Even after secession, some North Carolinians refused to support the Confederacy. This was particularly true of non-slave-owning farmers in the state's mountains and western Piedmont region. Some of these farmers remained neutral during the war, while some covertly supported the Union cause during the conflict. Even so, Confederate troops from all parts of North Carolina served in virtually all the major battles of the Army of Northern Virginia, the Confederacy's most famous army. Five regiments from North Carolina served in the western theater in the Army of Tennessee. About two thousand North Carolinans from the western part of the state enlisted into the Union army, among the regiments they were assigned to were the 2nd and 3rd North Carolina Mounted Infantry regiments, and some in the 13th Tennessee Cavalry. Two other Union regiments made up of North Carolinians, the 1st and 2nd North Carolina U.S., were organized in the coastal areas of the state. The largest battle fought in North Carolina was at Bentonville, which was a futile attempt by Confederate General Joseph Johnston to slow Union General William Tecumseh Sherman's advance through the Carolinas in the spring of 1865.[15] In April 1865 after losing the Battle of Morrisville, Johnston surrendered to Sherman at Bennett Place, in what is today Durham, North Carolina. This was the last major Confederate Army to surrender. North Carolina's port city of Wilmington was the last Confederate port to fall to the Union. It fell in the spring of 1865 after the nearby Second Battle of Fort Fisher.


Bennett Place historic site in Durham, North Carolina.The first Confederate soldier to be killed in the Civil War was Private Henry Wyatt, a North Carolinian. He was killed in the Battle of Big Bethel in June 1861. At the Battle of Gettysburg in July 1863, the 26th North Carolina Regiment participated in Pickett/Pettigrew's Charge and advanced the farthest into the Northern lines of any Confederate regiment. During the Battle of Chickamauga the 58th North Carolina Regiment advanced farther than any other regiment on Snodgrass Hill to push back the remaining Union forces from the battlefield. At Appomattox Court House in Virginia in April 1865, the 75th North Carolina Regiment, a cavalry unit, fired the last shots of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia in the Civil War. For many years, North Carolinians proudly boasted that they had been "First at Bethel, Farthest at Gettysburg and Chickamauga, and Last at Appomattox."


Film studios are located in Shelby, Raleigh, Durham, Charlotte, Asheville, Wilmington, and Winston-Salem. Some of the best-known films and television shows filmed in the state include: All the Real Girls, Being There, Blue Velvet, Bull Durham, A Walk to Remember, Glory (film), The Color Purple, Cabin Fever, Super Mario Bros.(film), Cape Fear, Children of the Corn, The Crow, Dawson's Creek, Dirty Dancing, Evil Dead 2, The Fugitive, The Green Mile, Hannibal, The Last of the Mohicans, Nell, One Tree Hill, Patch Adams (film), Shallow Hal, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Leatherheads, and 28 Days. Half of Steven King's movies were filmed in North Carolina. The television show most associated with North Carolina is The Andy Griffith Show, which aired on CBS-TV from 1960 to 1968. The series is set in the fictional small town of Mayberry, North Carolina, and was based on the real-life town of Mount Airy, North Carolina, although it was filmed in California. Mount Airy is the hometown of actor Andy Griffith. The show is still popular in reruns and is frequently shown in syndication around the nation. North Carolina is also home to some of the Southeast's biggest film festivals, including the National Black Theatre Festival and the RiverRun International Film Festival in Winston-Salem, and the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, North Carolina

Some of North Carolina's most prestigious private universities and colleges include: Duke University, Wake Forest University, Elon University, Belmont Abbey College, Campbell University, Shaw University, Davidson College, Guilford College, Gardner-Webb University, High Point University, Salem College, and Saint Augustine's College

A nationally-famous cuisine from North Carolina is pork barbecue. However, there are strong regional differences and rivalries over the sauces and method of preparation used in making the barbecue. Eastern North Carolina pork barbecue uses a vinegar-based sauce and the "whole hog" is cooked, thus using both white and dark meat. The "capital" of eastern Carolina barbecue is usually considered to be the town of Wilson, near Raleigh. Western North Carolina pork barbecue uses a ketchup and vinegar based sauce and only the pork shoulder (dark meat) is used. The "capital" of western Carolina barbecue is usually considered to be the Piedmont Triad town of Lexington, home of the Lexington Barbecue Festival which brings in over 100,000 visitors each October.

North Carolina is the birthplace of Pepsi-Cola, first produced in 1890 in New Bern. Regional soft drinks created and still based in the state are Sun Drop and Cheerwine. Krispy Kreme, a popular chain of doughnut stores, was started in North Carolina; the company's headquarters are in Winston-Salem. Despite its name, the hot sauce Texas Pete was created in North Carolina; its headquarters are also in Winston-Salem. The Hardees fast-food chain was started in Rocky Mount. Another fast-food chain, Bojangles', was started in Charlotte, and has its corporate headquarters there. A popular North Carolina restaurant chain is Golden Corral. Started in 1973, the chain was founded in Fayetteville. Popular pickle brand Mount Olive Pickle Company was founded in Mount Olive in 1926. Cook Out, a popular fast food chain featuring burgers, hot dogs, and milkshakes in a wide variety of flavors, was founded in Greensboro in 1989 and operates exclusively in North Carolina.

State motto: Esse quam videri ("To be, rather than to seem") (1893)
State song: "The Old North State" (1927)
State flower: Dogwood (1941)
State bird: Cardinal (1943)
State colors: the red and blue of the N.C. and U.S. flags (1945)
State toast: The Tar Heel Toast (1957)
State tree: Pine (1963)
State shell: Scotch bonnet (1965)
State mammal: Eastern Grey Squirrel (1969)
State salt water fish: Red Drum (also known as the Channel bass) (1971)
State insect: European honey bee (1973)
State gemstone: Emerald (1973)
State reptile: Eastern Box Turtle (1979)
State rock: Granite (1979)
State beverage: Milk (1987)
State historical boat: Shad boat (1987)
State language: English (1987)
State dog: Plott Hound (1989)
State military academy: Oak Ridge Military Academy (1991)
State tartan: Carolina tartan (1991)[54]
State vegetable: Sweet potato (1995)
State red berry: Strawberry (2001)
State blue berry: Blueberry (2001)
State fruit: Scuppernong grape (2001)
State wildflower: Carolina Lily (2003)
State Christmas tree: Fraser Fir (2005)
State carnivorous plant: Venus Flytrap (2005)
State folk dance: Clogging (2005)
State popular dance: Shag (2005) NOT the same as UK shag! lol
State freshwater trout: Southern Appalachian Brook Trout (2005)
State birthplace of traditional pottery: the Seagrove area (2005)


North Carolina Facts and Trivia
The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill is the oldest State University in the United States.

In 1903 the Wright Brothers made the first successful powered flight by man at Kill Devil Hill near Kitty Hawk. The Wright Memorial at Kitty Hawks now commemorates their achievement.

High Point is known as the Furniture Capital of the World.

Know as "Fish Town" in the early 1700's when Blackbeard frequented the coast, "Beaufort Town" was established as a seaport with the right to collect customs, in 1722.

The Outer Banks of NC hosts some of the most beautiful beaches in the country.

Whitewater Falls in Transylvania County is the highest waterfall in the eastern United States.

Cape Hatteras is the largest lighthouse ever to be moved due to erosion problems.

The University of North Carolina's mascot, the Tarheels, is a nickname for North Carolinians that supposedly came from the days when NC produced a lot of tar, and someone saw a set of footprints made by someone who had stepped in the tar.

Charles Karault was born and raised in Wilmington.

Havelock is home of Marine Base "Cherry Point." It is the largest air base in the Marine Corps.

North Carolina is the largest producer of sweet potatoes in the nation. Students at a Wilson County school petitioned the North Carolina General Assembly for the establishment of the sweet potato as the official state vegetable.

Harker's Island hosts the annual Core Sound Decoy Festival in December.

Morehead City is home to the North Carolina Seafood Festival, held the first weekend in October every year.

The World War II battleship 'North Carolina' is permanently berthed on the Cape Fear River at Wilmington. She was saved from the scrap heap in the 1960's by public subscription, including donations of dimes by schoolchildren.

The first English colony in America was located on Roanoke Island. Walter Raleigh founded it. The colony mysteriously vanished with no trace except for the word "Croatoan" scrawled on a nearby tree.

Mount Mitchell in the Blue Ridge Mountains is the highest peak east of the Mississippi. It towers 6,684 feet above sea level.

Krispy Kreme Doughnut was founded in Winston-Salem.

The Venus Fly-Trap is native to Hampstead.

The first miniature golf course was built in Fayetteville.

Babe Ruth hit his first home run in Fayetteville on March 7, 1914.

Winston-Salem was created when the two towns Winston and Salem combined.

The Biltmore Estate in Ashville is America's largest home, and includes a 255-room chateau, an award-winning winery and extensive gardens.

The first English child born in America was born in Roanoke in 1587. Her name was Virginia Dare.

The Lost Colony Outdoor Drama in Albemarle commemorates the birth of Virginia Dare. Scheduled to run just one year, it proved so successful that it has played for nearly sixty consecutive summers.

The first state owned art museum in the country is located in Raleigh.

Fontana Dam is the tallest dam in the Eastern United States, at 480 feet high.

Many people believe that North Carolina was the first state to declare independence from England with the Mecklenburg Declaration of 1775.

Grandfather Mountain, highest peak in the Blue Ridge, is the only private park in the world designated by the United Nations as an International Biosphere Reserve.

The Mile-High Swinging Bridge near Linville is 5,305 feet above sea level. The bridge actually hangs about 80 feet above the ground.

Pepsi was invented and first served in New Bern in 1898.

Beech Mountain is Eastern America's highest town at 5,506ft above sea level.

Andrew Jackson, seventh President of the United States, was born in the Waxsaws area on the border of North and South Carolina.

Arnold Palmer recognized as the player whose aggressive play and winning personality raised golf to national attention, honed his skills on the championship golf team of Wake Forest University.

James K. Polk, born in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, was the eleventh President of the United States.

Hiram Rhoades Revels, born in Fayetteville in 1822, was the first African-American member of the United States Congress.

Andrew Johnson started his career as a tailor's apprentice in Raleigh, North Carolina and rose to lead in the reuniting of the nation as the seventeenth President of the United States.

North Carolina leads the nation in furniture, tobacco, brick, and textile production.

Saluda, North Carolina is located at the top of the Saluda Grade. The crest of the steepest standard gauge mainline railroad in the United States.

State Motto: Esse quam videri (To be rather than to seem)

The town of Wendell town was named for the American writer, Oliver Wendell Holmes.

The Swiss and German settlement of New Bern was named in honor of the founder's home, Bern, Switzerland. When Bern, Switzerland was founded, it was named by a group of hunters. They named the city for the first animal they came upon on their hunting expedition. It was a bear. "Bern" is the old Germanic word for Bear, and the bear became the symbol of the city. It has been adopted by New Bern, as well.

North Carolina was the first state in the nation to establish a state museum of art.

North Carolina was one of the first states in the U.S. to establish a state symphony. The North Carolina Symphony, founded in 1943, currently performs nearly 185 full-orchestra concerts each year.

North Carolina has the largest state-maintained highway system in the United States. The state's highway system currently has 77,400 miles of roads

The General Assembly of 1987 adopted milk as the official state beverage.

The oldest town in the state is Bath, incorporated in 1705.

Located in northeastern North Carolina on the Albemarle-Pamlico peninsula, Columbia is on the eastern shore of the Scuppernong River. The Indians called the area "the place of the sweet bay tree."

Babe Ruth hit his first professional home run in Fayetteville on March 7, 1914.

White Lake near Elizabethtown is very unique in that it has a white sandy bottom and is blessed with crystal clear waters. It has also been labeled as the "Nation's Safest Beach." It is truly a child's paradise in that there are no currents, no tides, no hazardous depressions or real dangers of any kind to swimmers.

North Carolina has 1,500 lakes of 10 acres or more in size and 37,000 miles of fresh water streams.
 

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Richlands, North Carolina, USA - 15th January 2009

By: Pixiedustlady

Hi Mom! AS promised I took some photos around my new home! I got to meet the dogs Daisy and Thumper. I also said hello to the fish and went to the post office and I got to drive the car!  Today I went with Darcie to the Day Spa.  She was getting her hair done and I needed my feathers cut so I got in the chair and got a new style.  I had fun looking at all the Valentines Day Decorations that are in the Day Spa.  I am having a great time and here are some photos of me!

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Richlands, North Carolina, USA - 22nd January 2009

By: Pixiedustlady

Hi Mom!! wow what a busy week it has been here! On Tuesday it SNOWED!!! Darcie says it NEVER EVER snows here!! last time they saw snow was back in 2001!! I had sooo much fun playing outside in the snow! I didnt get any photos of me in the snow, but I did take some of the house for you to see!  After we made a snowman we came in and had hot chocolate and watched a Historical event take place!! I got to watch President Obama get sworn into office!! I had a great seat right in front of the TV as I watched history take place.  Sorry about the flash... hope you like the pictures! The snow is almost melted outside but the temps remain very cold for this part of the country.  Darcies husband comes home next week after being deployed for six months.  I am going to a sign making party this Saturday to make signs for the Marines coming home!!!  I will take some pictures at the party and then of course at the big Homecoming next Wednesday on the Air Station!! WOOHOO!!! I get to go out on the flight line!! (Civilians are NEVER allowed this access) Ill be sure to take lots of pictures!!

Love Bertie

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Marine Corps Air Station, USA - 26th January 2009

By: Pixiedustlady

Hi Mom! Today I went to Marine Corps Air Station, New River.  This is where Darcie's husband works.  Today was the sign making party for all the family members to make Welcome home signs for their husbands.  The party was at The Marina on the New River Inlet.  I helped make signs and I ate a lot of good food.  We had Fried Chicken, Macaroni and Cheese, Rolls, Apples, Oranges, Melon and I loved the desserts.  We had chocolate brownies, M&Ms candies and chocolate chip cookies.  I drank a lot of Yohoo's and Doctor Pepper.  I helped make a welcome home sign and took a photo of me with it.  I also got to go to the Aviation Museum at the front gate.  I took pictures with the CH53 helicopter, The CH 46 and the Huey.  I am very hard to see in the photos but if you look close you will see me! I had sooo much fun!! How lucky can one duck be? haha.  Darcie's husband was suppose to come home this Wednesday but the plane is delayed and will not be here till Friday at 3:00 AM!!! I am going to have to get up sooo early and get some Coffee and go to the big homecoming celebration.

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