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We arrived safe and sound to OBX (Outer Banks, NC) after 357 miles which took  6.5 hours.

The home we rented is not ready yet since we got here 3 hours to soon so some of them broke out the dominoes.

Game on!




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Throwback Thursday: OBX

Today officially marks 7 days away from the beginning of peace and relaxation.  I cannot wait!

Vacation will be in our usual location, Outer Banks, NC.  I have already begun reviewing some of the pictures from last year.  I will be able to see the sunrise again.

Here is one of my favorite pictures from last year.



To see last year’s post click here.

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Roanoke Island, NC

Today is my last day here in Outer Banks.  Time to pack up and get ready for the 8-10 drive back to NJ with a 1 and 8-year-old (this is fun!).  I hope the traffic is light and we make it back in record time.

Since it is the last day I decided to take a ride and explore other parts of the Island.  I drove out to Roanoke Island.  Roanoke is where the first settlers landed way back in the late 1500’s.  (Click here for some history.) This was formerly part of Virginia.

I went to the William B. Umstead Memorial Bridge and there was some nice scenery just waiting to be photographed.



I like how the roots from this tree twist and intertwine with the next one. I wonder how old this tree was here before it died.


Another view of the tree.

William B. Umstead Memorial Bridge



Not sure of he name of this bridge.







WP Photo Challenge: Silhouette (1)

Today’s sunrise in OBX, Outer Banks, North Carolina.




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Kill Devil Hills, NC

Where is the sun?? Going to the beach for vacation you expect to have sun darn near every day.  But while on vacation in Kill Devil Hills my vacation week was anything but sunny.  Quite to the contrary it was rainy or had the treat of rain any minute almost every day.

In the mornings I would take a stroll on the beach with my father and his 2 dogs, Bojangles & Ebony. Saturday (last day of the trip) was the first day that we were able to get a pretty good view of the morning rise.


Finally the sun rise.

I was also able to catch some crabs cleaning the sand out of their tunnels.



Kill Devil Hills, NC aka Outer Banks

Our yearly family vacation started Saturday, August 18.   We are headed south to Kill Devil Hills, NC aka Outer Banks (OBX). Thirteen of us left NJ at 5:00 am and began our 400 plus mile ride.  We missed most of the usual traffic jams from vacationers traveling.

Other then being to early and not getting enough sleep, the main focus of my attention to was hitting the beach and getting my well deserved and desperately needed tan.

We arrived in Kill Devil Hills about 2:30pm we hit a nice traffic jam coming it the the Outer Banks area which caused about an hour delay.

The weeks before the vacation began my thoughts were of sitting on the beach and getting a well deserved tan.  Well this trip is the worst trip (weather wise) that we have ever had.  We arrived on a rainy day and it continued to rain or there was the threat of rain everyday until Wednesday.

In the mornings my dad and I would take the dogs, Ebony & Bojangles, to the beach for their morning run and hope that we can get a glimpse of the sun.  Wednesday was the first day that we were able to get a glimpse of the sun rising.

The loved running the beach, in and out of the water.

Dad enjoyed the beach, coffee and his girls.

 Now you see me, now you don’t.  Ebony seemed so happy after that miss calculation.

On Wednesday, 4 days into the vacation, Stuart, Amanda, Keith and myself,  finally got some beach time and it felt great to sit out in the sun and just let it lightly toast our skin. I am not much on getting in the ocean but I love the relaxing sound of the waves crashing in.  It makes you forget about the issues of everything else and imagine the wonders of the ocean.  After the wondering is over I generally use this relaxing time to engross myself in a good book.  It is a perfect time to catch up on some reading.  I am currently reading “Fifty Shades of Gray”.  I will blog about that later.

Amanda was not must of the swimmer as my nephews were but she was going to go out with them (she is dating Stuart).  Well Stuart convinced her to go out with him and needless to say it was a disaster.  Amanda got swallowed up by the big ocean and that was enough for her.

 Stuart puts up the boogie board to try and protect her from the crash of the wave……but it was all in vain.

Where are they?

And she goes down again….

This turned out to be a great day at the beach.  I got a slight tan, and they got some salt water.

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