Around the state in 10 days

Published: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 06:05 PM.

I’ve been to many places in North Carolina. After all, this is a great state. You’ve got pristine beaches on one end and gorgeous mountains on the other.

I never thought I would experience most of that within a 10-day period but that was just how the schedule worked out recently.

My adventures began Feb. 27 with a drive to Chapel Hill and ended this past Saturday when I arrived home from Greensboro after a conference.

The Chapel Hill trip was a one-day affair for the N.C. Press Association Winter Institute. During a break between meetings, a quick walk around the University of North Carolina brought back some good memories. I spent quite a bit of time on that campus, especially when I was dating my wife, then a UNC student.

What struck me most while on campus on this trip was the number of students looking down at cell phones or other electronic devices as they walked. UNC has one of the prettiest campuses around, and I couldn’t help but think all these students were missing it.

Perhaps they’ll appreciate it more 25 years down the road, the way I appreciated it on my walk.

After arriving back to Havelock around 1:30 in the morning, the next day I was on the road again, first to Washington, N.C., to pick up my daughter from a baseball game and then driving to Boone, which is home to Appalachian State University, among her top choices for college. The university was having what it called a “Preview Day,” so we spent several hours on campus, learning about the college as well as its College of Education where tomorrow’s teachers are trained.

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