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Sabin’s Vacation 2023 - From Land to Sea Day #4 - North Carolina to Virginia

by Nina Sabin - Travel Blog


Another fantastic morning, we even woke up before the sunrise.


We were hoping to catch a beautiful sunrise. Unfortunately, the sky was a bit hazy from the residue of the fires in Canada.

Good thing we have such great technology and I could embellish the picture to bring out the colors.

John wanted to get some more fishing in and I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to kayak one more time on High Rock Lake.

Today was only a two and a half hour ride and 130 miles. It is a piece of cake compared to our next big drive in two days from Virginia to Massachusetts.


We left our friend’s beautiful lake house, decorated like a Saudi Museum with all trinkets from living overseas, to our next friend’s lake house in Virginia.


Without even realizing it, we have been doing land and water tours even before our cruise that begins in four days.


Stopping at the different destinations on our road trip is like stopping at ports on a cruise. The main difference is the mode of transportation.


Our friend’s lake home in Virginia is three stories with six bedroom and four and a half bathrooms.


The lake they are on is the famous Smith Mountain Lake.


Smith Mountain Lake is a large reservoir in the Roanoke Region of Virginia. The lake has become a popular recreational area. Boating, water skiing, jet skiing, wakeboarding, riding personal watercraft, and sailing are common activities as is fishing, especially for striped bass. The lake has hosted several professional fishing tournaments.

A little after we arrived at our friend’s place we went swimming in the lake. They have a really nice boat house ramp that has all the supplies you could imagine for water sports.


Besides us as their guests, they also have their son, his wife, their three children…seven, five, and three years old visiting. Our friend’s mother and father also arrived, so currently they have 11 visiting.


On Thursday they expect to have more visitors. They love having people visit. Next weekend there will be 38 people visiting. Now that is a lot of guests.

We not only swam at the lake, we also rode jet skis and of course John didn’t want to miss the opportunity to fish.


Still haven’t caught anything, but he is determined he will tomorrow.


The plan is to kayak and fish in the morning and then all of us may go on the boat in the afternoon.


We already had a pretty full vacation and today is only day number four.


See you tomorrow for our next adventures.


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