September 30, 2012
"Outer Banks Vacation"
The Outer Banks of North Carolina is a strip of Barrier Islands all linked together along the Eastern Seacoast of North Carolina. For sportsfishermen, beach fisherman, surfers, boogyboarders and paddleboarders, and beachcombers, it is a "paradise".
This year marked the 5th time our immediate family has gotten together to rent a house in the Outer Banks in the past eleven years. We usually plan our trip every two years, because it is expensive, seeing as we have been renting luxury homes the last two times. From Corola 4 x 4 beach access down to Sanderling, Pine Island and back up to Whalehead Beach, we have managed to rent on different parts of the Outer Banks in four different locations and staying in 4 different homes. In Sanderling, we rented the same house twice. Always the same week; Labor Day Weekend until the next Saturday or Sunday. That is when the rental rates get cut in half and you can afford to take your family and rent a luxury home. We have never encountered bad weather on any of these vacations and once, came right after a hurrican hit. No damage was done to our area, and we were very relieved.
This year, it was very humid and hot! Reaching 90 degrees some days with very little breeze on the beach, which is unusual for that area. I am a beachcomber, but this year, there was very little to find that was interesting. One year we found starfish all over the beach, horseshoe crabs, and some interesting shells. My grandaughers managed to find "little treasures" to take home, but I prefer to shop at the local Shell Shop outside of Manteo. We make a trip every time we in the OBX just so I can add to my vast collection of "perfect shells and corals". This year we discoverd a newly open shop "What the Shell" in Corolla Village. They offer kids shell crafts there and I purchased some interesting shells to take home.
There was something for everyone in our group. Fishing for my grandchildren, my younger son and daughter-in-law. Paddleboarding for the same daughter-in-law. Golf for my husband and older son and grandson, beachcoming for me and lots of boutique shopping. Total relaxation for my whole family after a year's worth of hard work at their jobs.
The is my younger son who owns all the beach fishing rods, but never fishes! He is setting up his "camp" on the beach for the day with his large sun unbrella that he purchased from the Lion Food Store nearby. He is content to sit in his sand chair with a cooler filled with his favorite "brewskis" It is his wife and my husband that usually catch all the fish. She caught 7-8 this year. A record! All were let back into the ocean for another time.
The older grandkids swam, boogieboarded, made large sandcastles and made some new friends from next door. There were about 30 people in the other house (4 families) with lots of kids their age.
Thee is nothing like a sunset from the deck of your beach rental house on the OBX. The area is know for its gorgeous sunsets. I have seen better ones in the past years, but his year they were beautiful!
Until next time.
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