Beach sign....reminiscent of the old signs at my favorite beach....handcrafted by me and available in The Vintage Nest shop.
In 1989, when he was just 11 years old, my youngest son wrote a school paper called "Astonishing Women" (he got an A.... :) Among such illustrious and famous women as Clara Barton, Amelia Earhart and Helen Keller, much to my delight, I was included. Below is an excerpt from that paper. I hope you can read it (click to enlarge) because it describes me to a "T" and he tells how someday "she hopes to live on the ocean surrounded by her grandchildren". Well......that day finally came. With both of my grown children living so far away it is such a sweet treat to get to spend time with them and their friends and family. I don't live there yet but we vacationed at the beach together recently. I hope I captured the essence of the fun, rest, relaxation and unplanned bliss for you. Enjoy!
My favorite beaches are the Outer Banks and this year we stayed in a cottage in the quaint seaside village of Duck, so named from the large flocks of water fowl found there that drew Northern sportsmen to the area in droves in times gone by.
Having just a year-round population of 500, it soars to 20,000 in the summer. Duck is just a tiny strip of land that lies between that big puddle of blue ocean, the Atlantic, and the Currituck Sound, so there is no end to the water activities, from the sun bathing to board sports to kayaking. And then there is the other sport....shopping, with adorable little boutiques, and let's not forget our favorite pastime....eating. And eat we did. I fixed shrimp four different ways and one night we had tuna steaks and a saucy fruit salsa. I found this wonderful seafood accompaniment called Mermaid Seasonings and picked up a few for gifts. Oh...and we can't forget one of the top 10 things we love about Duck.....Duck Do-Nuts.....yum...yum!
Being there during the 4th of July holiday, there were a lot of extra activities going on too. One being, a sand castle build off. They were huge and absolutely amazing.
Boo and I attempted our own sand castles. She always wanted to build way too close to the incoming waves but didn't seem to mind a bit that they got washed away before we could ever finish one. :)
My oldest was a runner in high school and college and has recently gotten back into it....only this time long distance. He signed up to run in the Killer Dunes 2 mile footrace, touted to be one of the most grueling around. Have you even seen the sand dunes, known as Jockeys Ridge, at the Outer Banks? See that little speck on top of the dune? That's him! We were so proud of him. He placed 1st in his age group 35-39 and 7th overall out of approx. 250 runners. I can't imagine running in the hot sun over the huge sand dunes....no way...uh uh!
We chose to eat out for lunch instead of dinners. Here we were dining alfresco sound side. It was delightful!
Being there during the 4th I took some small American flags to fly from our deck, street side, but some of us chose to celebrate differently. Love ya' sweetheart!
In the village Duck Park, a newly built outdoor amphitheater has just been built, nestled back in the woods off the sound. Her Mom and I enjoyed taking Boo to the first play preview presented there, The Tale of the Frog Prince. What you see in this photo is the audience playing "Simeon Say's". We had a quackin' good time! :)
I'm gettin' settled in at my spot on the beach!
I am not sure what the heck I am doing here. I must be singing his praises that I am so happy to be at the beach. :)
Trying to tell AL how important her shades are out in the sun.
I can't believe someone would try and drive their "not a 4-wheel drive" vehicle onto the sand. Lots of people came to their rescue and for some unknown reason they were all wearing blue. LOL. But they only spun the tires deeper in the sand. Eventually they paid for their foolhardiness with a hefty towing bill. This is my favorite part of the Outer Banks , where you can drive your car out on the beach. That was the reason why we bought our first 4-wheel drive years ago......just for beachin' and fishin'. There are hardly any people on this part of the beach, even on a holiday week.
Hey!....it's George Clooney! aka..... Bobby G. :) (shhhh...don't tell him I snuck this photo in.)
Happy Hour on the deck,.......... homemade guacamole and some kind of fun drinks and a deck of cards was always on hand.
I haven't been on a bike in years and forgot how much fun it is. I have decided that's what I want from Santa this year.....
My favorite part of the day is back down to the beach after dinner. The sand is cool and the crowds are gone. That's when we would take Ben down for a walk. Everyone stops to chat on their beach walks.
And sundown is a great time for a photo op. Son and K and Boo and Al.
And me and Bobby G. and Boo and AL
For those photos we sat at the bottom of the dunes because of this sign. The dunes are an extremely important part of the ecology of the beach for storm protection.
Sitting at the top of the steps that lead down to the beach, just before heading back to the cottage. It's almost dark and the day is winding down.
The last of the day............ a pink sky at night.......sailor's delight.