S: Outer Banks Family Vacation 2011
BC: When can we go back?!
FC: Outer Banks Family Vacation 2011
1: Everyone helped with unloading the vans and then we had burgers on the grill for supper. It's going to be a wonderful week! | Saturday, August 6 was arrival day. Despite the huge traffic jam, and a market stop, we were at "Presidential Boardwalk" by 5:30 pm.
2: Katie loves the beach and water this year. She needs a hand to hold, but wants to experience it all.
3: Can't keep Josh | Can't keep Josh out of the surf. He is taking on each wave, jumping joyfully as they keep rolling it! | Sunday, August 7
4: Men survey the ocean | A wave comes in... ka-sploosh | Grandpa helps dig it deeper | Trying out the boogie board | These waves are strong! | Braving the big waves
5: Feels great on this hot day | Fun, Mom! | Look what's coming | Gram & Katie test the surf | Water is so heavy! | Love this beach life!
6: Monday, August 8 Up with the sun, Gary & Bev started the day with a beach walk, then cooked up scrambled eggs and bacon for breakfast. A little "bacon thief" helped. More scorching temps today, so we started off with a visit to the North Carolina Aquarium before taking to the beach in the afternoon. We had fun with the boogie boards, and a delightful tide pool that provided shallow calm water for little ones to enjoy.
7: The waves were high today, breaking onto a steep beach. It provided challenges with the boogie boards. | Pleasures of the tide pool were shared with some gulls that found tasty morsels to enjoy.
8: Lots of fun things to see and do at the aquarium | The "Save a Turtle" learning display was a favorite
9: Meal preparation was shared by all, but Gary emerged as our head chef. One day Bev baked a superb peach pie. It was perfect to have a table large enough for all of us. Katie recruited Josh to play princess dolls for a bit. Josh initiated hot games of Monopoly. He was victorious the first game, but learned that judicious spending is often necessary too.
10: Tuesday, August 9 ~ The canopy went up on this very hot day where Bev read awhile on her Kindle. Katie fielded several questions about her pretty cast and didn't let it keep her from any activities. It was another day of "man" against surf.
11: After a short rest we'd usuallly return to take on the sea. We found that the great fun of riding the waves also includes the art of making a graceful beach landing and getting up before the next wave hits. It would take us all week to hone those skills!
12: The tidepool was a perfect place to play. Katie met Emma, Josh learned to float, and all of us had refreshing times just hangin' out here.
13: Special Evenings Brian & Cyndi chose Tranquil House Inn in Manteo for their dinner date. The harbor is home to Elizabeth II, replica of a 15th century ship that brought the first English settlers here. Gail, Dave, Bev, & Gary enjoyed umbrella drinks and a sumptous seafood dinner at Tale of the Whale. Both kids had extra fun at Paradise Golf. Josh donned his new headlight helmet for crab hunting on the beach. We spotted lots of those little critters with our flashlights.
14: brought lower temperatures in the 80's. It was another fine day on the beach. Josh played in the surf with his new friend, Peter, while Katie helped Carolina dig a deep hole they could sit in. | The highlight of the day, however, was a sunset Jeep ride on the beach at Corrolla to see the wild horses. | Wednesday
15: Brian was clearly in his element driving the Jeep. It was bumpy but exhilarating, with such beautiful scenery to take in. There are over 100 horses in the herd now, and they are carefully protected in this natural setting. | The horses were quite accustomed to grazing in large fields of grass as well as in people's back yards. Indeed we watched a beautiful sunset on the return trip.
16: Thursday, August 11 Destination: Ocracoke Island Today's sunrise included a school of dolphins feeding near shore. We were up early for the drive down Hatteras Island to board a ferry to Ocracoke. All enjoyed the 40 minute crossing, then a leisurely stroll in the small town. There are a few wild horses here too. | Built in 1823, this is the second oldest lighthouse still in operation in the U.S. It's walls are 5 ft thick and have withstood many a storm.
17: The cooler temps were perfect for our picnic lunch at the Back Porch Lunch Box. On the return trip Brian, Cyndi, Josh, and Katie climbed the 248 steps of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.
18: last day on the beach | Friday, August 12
19: Soaking up the sun! | Other special moments
20: WHAT A PERFECT PLACE TO SHARE FAMILY FUN, LOVE AND PRAYER; JUST BEFORE THE STORM, IRENE, THE CHARMS OF NAGS HEAD BEACH WE'VE SEEN. EACH SUNRISE BROUGHT A BRAND NEW DAY TO SURF THE WAVES AND LONG TO STAY AT THE SHORE OR SEE THE SIGHTS FIND A CRAB OR CLIMB THE HEIGHTS. FLY A KITE, WALK THE BEACH, READ A BOOK, OR THINGS TO TEACH PLAY A GAME OR GRAB THAT BOARD, EAT AGAIN?... OH MY LORD! DRIVE A JEEP TO SEE A HORSE, SHOP TO BUY - SOME TAFFY, OF COURSE NOSE TO NOSE WITH OTTERS AND RAYS, LOBSTER TO EAT ON ONE OF THOSE DAYS. ALL TOO SOON OUR WEEK WOULD END SWEET MEMORIES ABOUND WITH NONE WE'D AMEND. THE LASTING REFRAIN THAT STICKS IN OUR BRAIN IS SURELY, "LET'S DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN!"