S: The Outer Banks - the Summer of 2011 Lewis, Andrea & Lucas
BC: This is my memory book - for a memory is a way of holding onto things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose. For we do not remember days; we remember moments.
FC: The Outer Banks - Summer of 2011
1: This was one of our best vacations! We missed our big boys, but it was a beautiful place we had never been. Saturday: We got there around 2:00 & checked in Sunday: Beaufort & Shackelford Banks with supper @ Sammy's in Morehead City Monday: Emerald Isle & Fort Macon with supper @ McCurdy's in Atlantic Beach Tuesday: Trolley & tour of Tryon palace in New Bern with supper @ Captain Ratty's Wednesday: Ocracoke Island (our favorite place) up to Kill Devil Hill. Started @ 5:30 in the morning until 11:30 @ night, but well worth it! Thursday: Minnesott Beach (HaHa! there is no beach there!) & Oriental, rode bikes and hung by the pool, with supper back at Morgan's Tavern & Grill Friday: Atlantic Beach & supper @ The Channel Marker Saturday: Home :( | The Bramlett Memory Book!
2: CLAWSON'S | BEAUFORT
3: Lunch at Clawson's in Beaufort. Built in 1905, it was wonderful and filled with antiques!
4: TRUE Love IS EVERLASTING | Stockade outside the old jail built in 1829 | The guys goofing around at the jail! | Old bars still in the jail. | Courthouse in Beaufort, built in 1796
5: The house on the left is the Leffer House built in 1778. The home on the right is Dr. Davis' House built in 1854.
6: Fuller House - 1831 | H. Ransom House - 1846 | Josiah Bell House - 1825
7: Beautiful B&B looking out over the pier and marina that it faces.
8: View of the Beaufort coast-line from the ferry we were riding to Shackelford Island. Lots of sailboats & other boats hang around the island.
9: We loved our day on Shackelford Island! It's home to the wild Spanish ponies. | SHACKELFORD ISLAND
10: Different areas on the beach and you can pretty much see that we had it a lot to ourselves!!!
11: Lucas J. enjoyed himself! Can't believe he is turning 14 in two weeks! | Looking from Shackelford across to Bird Shoals Island.
12: MOREHEAD CITY | ATLANTIC BEACH | The promenade at Morehead City where all the Charter fishing boats moor was so neat! | Loved the classic painted water tower!
13: FORT MACON | We spent a wonderful Memorial Day at Fort Macon State Park.
14: The Fort was built between 1826 and 1834. This fort was used in the Civil War, the Spanish-American War & World War II.
15: Lucas is checking out the ammunition storage where the kegs of ammunition are kept. There were several old cannons at the Fort.
16: The Fort is built in an octagon shape. It reminded us of Castillo de San Marcos Fort in St. Augustine that we visited on our honeymoon.
17: Fort Macon had beautiful beaches at it's State Park. You couldn't swim there though!
18: McCurdy's Restaurant in Atlantic Beach
19: Views from the deck where we ate at McCurdy's
20: Lucas loved all of the fishing right outside our living room door. We could walk to the harbor for intercoastal fishing too. | We stayed in New Bern at Fairfield Harbor in Sandcastle Village II condos. It was beautiful! | NEW BERN
21: Lucas is enjoying his new henna tattoo! | Lucas is getting ready for a little night fishing. There were three lakes, which we might call ponds! Looks like Lewis and I are getting ready to veg out and watch movies! | The Bramlett's
22: We took a trolley tour of the Historic district in New Bern which is the 2nd oldest city in NC. | Walkway on top of the house on the left was to clean the chimney. They got a break on the insurance even back in the 1800's! | The White House - 1810 | Oliver House - 1790
23: First Presbyterian Church, 1822. Used by the Union forces as a hospital when New Bern was occupied during the Civil War. | The first all black church in New Bern. | First Baptist Church - 1847 | Centenary United Methodist Church - 1778
24: John Wright Stanly house, 1780, three generations lived in New Bern. Influential during Civil War. | George W. Dixon house, 1830, lost to foreclosure in 1836 | Thomas McLin, 1810-1815 | Gull Harbor, 1815-1818
25: Bell Bldg., 1884, New Bern's Graded School until the 1990's. | Hand-made stained glass windows in the corner house that was so important in the 1800's.
26: Coor-Bishop House, 1770-1778, on the ocean. Absolutely beautiful! | Slover-Dependency House that was the home for the servants of the Coor's home.
27: We took a trolley tour to all of the historic homes and to the Cedar Grove Cemetery which was started in the 1800's during the Yellow Fever. We had a great tour guide. | Major John Daves ' grave from the Civil War. The military reclaimed his body & buried it in the military cemetery, but left this marker explaining it!
28: A father, mother & three children that died in the late 1700's. Below is a close-up on the father's headstone. | These are called tabletop monuments and in the late 1700's and 1800's they would bring a tablecloth, food and have a picnic with their departed loved one on Sundays! | It was a beautiful cemetery, with tons of Spanish moss hanging everywhere. Ghostly rumors abound, and tours go through here at night.
29: CEDAR ISLAND | Beautiful shoreline that was deserted out on a grassy point. Looked like a couple of house and maybe a pair of town homes were all that was there.
31: There were jellyfish everywhere! We quit counting at about 50! | Lewis showing all the jellyfish to Lucas when we first got there.
32: Leaving the Cedar Island Ferry station. | The rocks around the Cedar Island Ferry station. | Our car, among others, loaded on the ferry. | The lifeboat hanging over the vehicles.
33: Lew & Lucas look like they are in deep conversation! It was a 2 hour & 15 minute ferry ride, so after a while, Lucas and I were just chilling out while Lewis was snoring inside in the lounge! Below is the coast-line of Ocracoke Island and you can see the lighthouse as we arrive on the ferry.
34: Views of the marina and Ocracoke Lighthouse from the ferry. | OCRACOKE ISLAND
35: Various views of the Ocracoke Island marina & ferry station.
36: Ocracoke Island is so laid back and cool. We loved it and would love to vacation there next year! We had lunch at the Davio Restaurant which was an old house that had been all opened up to be a screened porch. Really neat place. | Speaking of laid back . . . this set of condo's, which was the tallest and biggest we saw on our trip, had a hammock on EVERY balcony! It looked out on the ocean. I could handle that!
37: The Ocracoke Lighthouse is the oldest working lighthouse in NC. It was built in 1823 and it's light shines for 14 miles. We went to Teach's Hole, which is the Blackbeard Museum and the guy's gave me a photo op. Lucas wasn't quite as good a sport as Lewis!
38: These ponies are descended from the wild Spanish mustangs that came across the Atlantic Ocean in the days of exploring the New World | They have one less vertebra & 13 pairs of ribs, instead of 12, that distinguishes them from other horses. | They have survived since the 16th century on the barrier islands.
39: The beaches at Ocracoke Island were beautiful!!! You could just pull over and swim wherever you wanted and it was like your own private beach. Their beaches were voted #1 in the United States in 2010.
40: This is a small ferry that we passed like we took from Ocracoke to Hatteras Island. | Below are the upper decks of a small passing ferry. | Above is the coast-line of Hatteras Island & to the right is a closer view. Hatteras had the most BEAUTIFUL homes on it I have ever seen! Wish I had made more pics! | HATTERAS ISLAND
41: This is the house from "The Nights of Rodanthe"! So cool! | Cape Hatteras Lighthouse - originally constructed in 1870 and then moved about a half a mile inland in 1999 due to erosion on the beach. | RODANTHE ISLAND
42: Bodie Island Lighthouse was built in 1872 and is located just south of Nags Head. | The Wright Brothers Memorial is in Kill Devil Hills. | NORTH BEACHES
43: We went back on Thursday night to eat at Morgan's Tavern & Grill where we had eaten our first lunch! It was wonderful again! Afterwards we took a walk in the park by the bay. They have a beautiful gazebo & a group was playing some music that was great! | NEW BERN
45: I;m sporting a few bandages by this day! We rented bikes on Tuesday in our resort and Lucas & I had a collision. Actually . . . he cut me off since he thought he had time to cross in front of me to get to the sidewalk. He did not!!! However, I have been told, had I been more "graceful" I could have prevented myself from having my bike cut out from under me!!! My new nickname is BA, not what you are thinking, Bicycle Andy! No cracked bones, just deep bone bruises and cartilage damage to the knee.
46: We had geese that hung outside our living room and swam in the pond a lot.
47: Atlantic Beach had a really nice beach house. | We spent our last day here where the sand is FULL of shells! | Two dolphins came & played right off the beach. | They swam within 40-50 feet of Lewis & Lucas three different times in 1 1/2 hours! | ATLANTIC BEACH
48: The guys had fun riding the waves!!! Why do we have to go home?!?
49: View of the beach at Fort Macon State Park