A Travel Article on Wand’rly

You might know of Wand’rly Magazine. It’s a great website where a travelin’ family writes and has other people write about life on the road. You might want to check it out. But guess what! This month

Mom wrote an article for Wand’rly, and Gordon wrote in it, too. It is called
RVHS: a Roadschooling Community.  This great work describes life on the road, and meeting up with friends. You can read it here.

Th RVHS community.
The article on Wand’rly.

Ocracoke Pirate Festival

imageimageimageThe day after Halloween, we headed over to the Ocracoke Pirate Festival where they brought in some pirate tall-ships and did a sea battle that went until Blackbeard was shot and his head cut off. It was put on a stake to warn all other pirates that they are not welcome and they will suffer the same fate if they mess with the Queen’s Royal Navy. After the battle, we went over to the pirate camp and looked at some demonstrations of pirate medical work and how ballast helps the ship stay upright during storms. Then we heard that there were going to be actors doing a pirate show on the other side of town, so we went over and watched. Blackbeard told how he died and they did sword battles and stuff for about an hour before a somewhat cocky historian talked about Blackbeard’s entire history, until it started to drizzle and we went back for lunch. After lunch, we got on the ferry to the mainland of North Carolina and drove for a bit until we finally got here to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Halloween at Chesapeake Bay

Photos by Mike Burrell

Every year in Chesapeake, there is a Halloween party hosted by the park. Of course, Cali, Emma, and I all made our costumes. Molly’s mom had made her costume. Cali was a witch, Emma was Elsa,  I was Belle (in her blue town dress). At 4:30, all of us RVHS kids gathered at the Burrell’s house for a group photo. Then we set out to trick-or-treat. All of us had pillowcases, and we had had a pillowcase decorating party a couple of days before. There were a lot of RVs to trick-or-treat at. In fact, every single site was full! Two hours later, our feet ached and we dragged our heavy candy bags on the ground. We were glad that it was time to go home, and we gathered at the Burrells’ house to trade.

All the RVHS kids in costume.

After a while everyone decided to go to the haunted houses set up around the park. Emma, Cali, and I went to the first one (which wasn’t scary), but then Emma went home and Cali and I stayed at the clubhouse. Our parents were there, and there was a dance. We tried to do each line dance, copying people around us, until we had memorized one or two, and were able to copy nearly everything. It was really fun. After a while, Emma joined us for a bit, and then went home again. Cali and I danced till ten o’ clock, when the party stopped. Then we went home exhausted, ready for a good night’s sleep.
– Lillian.