Rest & Relaxation
I picked up these paint chips at Lowe's some time ago. They were called Seaside Retreat by Valspar. Don't you just love them? They have names like: cool aqua, saltwater taffy, smooth sailing, mermaid, shaded cove, beachnut, wading pool and my favorite, Bird's Nest. Seeing those colors and names reminded me of how much I needed to get away from all the busyness and have some "do nothing" time, so Bobby G. and I finally took a few days off.
We went to my fave beach in the whole world....the Outer Banks. I have been going there since I was a little girl and many nights would pull an all nighter sitting on the beach surf fishing with my Dad. Truth be told I had my first kiss on the sand dunes at Nags Head. :) This was our home away from home for a few days.
It wasn't perfect weather but hey!....any day at the beach is a good day. A bunch of college kids parked their selves and their keg in the sand right down from us. It was fun watching their antics (like I never acted like that when I was in college ) and when Bobby G. walked Ben down the beach, being the happy, good looking self that he is ( the dog...not Bobbie G......well yeah Bobbie G. is good lookin' too) was a great chick magnet. The kids eventually asked us to take photos of them which Bobby G. happily obliged. :) There were lots of people fishing on the pier but we never saw anything being pulled up. We fished in the surf but caught nothing but seaweed.
The Outer Banks has changed so much over the years. In the summer the only road leading to Currituck Sound and the bridge going over to the beach is backed up for miles so for the most part we have always gone in the early Fall or late Spring. We have also spent Thanksgivings and New Years there. I adore the huge old cottages built in Nags Head years and years ago and loved the sun worn colors of the old wood. Reminding me of those paint chips up above, now the new cottages have tropical colors although this old one with the hurricane shutters is painted a deep turquoise. And take a look at the light blue of this new ocean liner mansion that has just been completed. Some of the new "cottages" at the Northern End of the Outer Banks sleep 30 people, have huge media rooms, huge pools on the ocean, 10 huge televisions and have three or more kitchens and cost $25,000 a week to rent. Whoa! I'll take one of the little tiny cottages across the street from the beach any old day. Hurricanes have washed cottages, located in Kitty Hawk, right into the ocean in recent years and have made houses that were two rows back now ocean front cottages. So a lot of the new cottages are built way back off the ocean and have long, long wooden walkways leading to a little perch on the sand dunes built up for storm protection.
One of our all time favorite places to have dinner is Owens Restaurant. It opened in 1946. It's not much to look at on the outside.....in fact it looks a lot like the old cottages that I love, but the inside is lovely and very large, with lots of different rooms. And the service is first rate. All you antique lovers would love it because the owners have filled the restaurant with tons of antiques over the years. There was a huge collection of beautiful old oyster plates on the wall in the room that we dined in. Of course, being at the beach I had to order seafood and all the fresh shrimp is caught right there at Nags Head. This night I had coconut shrimp with a pineapple and orange dipping sauce. Yummy! Another night we ate on the sound side, alfresco, and had just fresh caught tuna salad and crab dip. Another fun place to eat was Bob's Grill. Go there for breakfast. .....terrific pancakes.
The Outer Banks, or more specifically the beach at Nags Head, has the highest sand dunes on the East Coast. Hang gliding is a favorite thing to do there.....something I have never done and probably won't try. :) I love this shot of the dunes with the heavy clouds hanging over it.
As many times as I have been to this beach I am ashamed to say I have never been to the Wright Memorial as a tourist but now I have. The Wright brothers, Wilbur and Orville, learned to fly on a stretch of beach near the Kill Devil Hills. It provided isolation, high dunes, strong winds and soft landings. On this remote sandy beach, in December of 1903, Orville broke the human bond with earth and flew. It only lasted 12 seconds and the distance was less then the length of an airliner. "They have done it! Damned if they ain't flew!" said a witness to the first human flight. The grounds of the Wright Memorial are a fantastic place to fly kites. Looking at the photo you can see kites in the air.
Now you know I couldn't leave the beach without finding some neat little shops, antique stores and what else that looked like fun. This shop is for all my pinkie friends out there. The HotLine was hopping too, for that place was filled with people. For my e-boutique I found some fun stuff for the Beachy Chic page....hanging seashell tassels, vintage pink pottery, a vintage sea shell doll and this adorable old porpoise pennant.
I hope you had fun at the beach. I sure did! xo Lynn