31 Days of Jet Travel, 12 Hours between Flights, 2 Friends, 1 Incredible Adventure
On the way in to Raleigh we had a crazy flight, Mitch had flown out of Buffalo to meet us. He barely made the first flight and then it ended up sitting on the Tarmac in BUF, so by the time he got to JFK he wasn’t even allowed to check in. However, Thanks to the advent of SMS and the quasi-celebrity status of #12hrs amongst the jetBlue community. Clark was able to talk to the flight crew and Cpt. Craig sent the gate agent back up the Jet-Way to get Steve on-board! On top of that, we still had an on-time departure! Thanks jetBlue!
We landed in Raleigh around 10:30 and were greeted by Joe’s old friend from high school, Maria, who was kind enough to let us use her apartment for the day. Once we got cleaned up, we thought it would be a great idea to hit up the UNC campus and see if we could blend in with college kids (we can’t).
This is really the first serious sports campus we had been to on the trip. UNC is a massive sprawl of a campus that’s probably bigger than Buffalo. It’s HUUUUGE. It’s also breathtakingly beautiful. The way they’ve managed to keep that old southern style of architecture even when designing the new buildings is a testament to the pride of UNC.
We headed over to the stadium to check out where the Tar Heels play. Walking into a REAL college football stadium for the first time is a bit of a “whoa” moment. You can’t help but look around at all the empty seats and imagine tens of thousands of students filling them. All wearing Carolina Blue, screaming at the tops of their lungs for their team! The team that win or lose, is part of the very fabric of their being. You can almost hear the chants, screams, boos, and cheers, while your eyes scan from the end zones to the nose bleeds.
All this walking made us pretty hungry, so Maria decided we should grab some eats at “Top of the Hill.” They brew their own beer there and we all sampled the Blueberry Wheat. It was decent, not as good as our local Ellicottville Brewing Company – Blueberry Wheat, but it was tasty. After looking at the lunch menus we decided it would be best to order a bunch of food and just split it amongst the table. So the group partook in: Sweet Potato Cheese Fries, Smoky BBQ Chicken Pizza, Nachos, and the Baked Crab Dip.
Let’s start with the best, Sweet Potato Cheese Fries. WHOA. They were just amazing, the melted Cheddar & Gorgonzola combined with the creole ketchup made them irresistible.
Next up was the BBQ Pizza. The pizza was alright, the chicken was very tender and Monterrey Jack cheese with BBQ sauce covering made a great combination of flavors. The menu mentioned jalapenos, but we didn’t feel any real heat from them.
The crab dip and the nachos were both tasty but neither came close to being remarkable. As far as nachos go, I’d give them a 7; but oh… the sweet potato fries! They really raised the bar a little too high for an average plate of nachos to reach.
At this point we were all pretty full and it was time to take Clark and Steve to the airport to head to NYC. When Steve and Clark landed in JFK they ended up at a #tweetup with @blakeeb and @ChelseaRoberson!
Joe stayed in Raleigh to catch up with Maria for the night, they hit up a great Jazz band at a local Martini bar and then retired for the evening. Joe was happy to sleep in a big bed (Or any bed at all for that matter).
See y’all in Phoenix!
Note: Sorry for the delay in the blog posts. We had to crash for a few days after the trip. Also, Clark misplaced about 8GB worth of images(FOUND IT!), so that delayed some of the post-production. We will try and give you something new to read each weekday from now until we run out of content. Thanks for your patience!
- Joe and Clark
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