Outer Banks – day 5

By the time we woke up, there was a steady, light rain. On TV we saw pictures of flooding everywhere around us, but our house was fine. We spent most of the day in our house, Lesa and the boys escaped for a while to do some school shopping for Robbie at the KMart down the street. We had promised ourselves on the way down we’d have one good seafood meal before we left, and this was our final evening to make that come true. On our way to find a seafood buffet, we stopped at a pier and walked out to the end to enjoy the enormous, turbulent, storm-tossed waves. Then we went down on the beach and the boys ran around in the shallow waves. The water was strangely warm, much warmer than the air by now. The meal we had was pretty good, Lesa and I decided not to cough up the $26/person for the buffet, but the kids were only $1 for each year of their age. Robbie ate way more than $7 worth of crab legs, so I guess it was a good deal. All in all, it was a really great trip. The first, long vacation we’ve had as a family when we’ve been by...

Outer Banks – day 4

Today the rains kept us from the beach, either rain from a front that had moved in, or the early bands from tropical storm Ernesto.  We went back to Roanoke Island, and went to the festival park, where they have a recreated village settlement and the Elizabeth II, an accurate reproduction of the kind of ships they sailed here from England. By evening, it was raining pretty steady and tornado warnings were starting to appear in southern North Carolina.  By the time we went to bed it was raining non stop, and several times in the middle of the night we were awakened by the pouring rain and gusting...

Outer Banks – day 3

Today we decided to explore Roanoke Island, the site of some of the earliest English colonization of America, and the famous Lost Colony mystery. We also toured the Elizabethan gardens, and went back to the beach in the...

Outer Banks – day 3

Today we decided to explore Roanoke Island, the site of some of the earliest English colonization of America, and the famous Lost Colony mystery. We also toured the Elizabethan gardens, and went back to the beach in the...

Outer Banks – day 2

Today we decided to give our skin a rest and not go back to the beach, tempting as it was (and knowing a tropical storm was on its way at the end of the week). Instead we went to Jockey’s Ridge State Park, the highest sand dunes in the east coast, I think. The heat was baking hot, and so was the sand, and we hiked around and flew our kite and tried to stay cool. After lunch we drove up to the far north end of the outer banks, to Currituck lighthouse and milled around there for the...
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