The family and I have been in the Outer Banks for the past two weeks, and my word, did I need a vacation from work. We weren’t able to come down here last year due to logistics problems, but this year make up for it. Our rental is gorgeous, it’s 300 yards from the beach, and we’ve had deer in our backyard every day.
I have been waking up and jogging four miles a day, every day – with the exception of last Sunday, because I was so exhausted. We’ve spent four to five hours on the beach, and with the exception of one bad jellyfish day, the climate has been pretty fantastic.
When we haven’t been on the sands, we took a few times outs to check some of the local goodies. One of our first was a trip to Fort Raleigh, the first English settlement in America in 1587. One of the park rangers sent us down a path to the bay, and told us to look for the white and red buoy. It marks where the fort extended before the bay, three hundred yards away.
The photo above shows some of the artifacts found at the fort…
The same day we went to Fort Raleigh, we also visited the Manteo Aquarium. It seemed small at first, but wow, was a great place. A giant tank filled with sharks, a place for the kids to help rehabilitate injured turtles – online, obviously – and an amazing short film about the sinking of the Monitor.
Plus, there was a petting zoo, where we could pet stingrays, horseshoe crabs, and sea urchins. The kids loved it, as did I.
We also spent the day at the Wright Brothers Memorial. We’ve been there before, but it’s always a fun trip. At our first trip, we took photos of the kids standing next to the landing markers, and I did the same this year. You may notice Julia’s photo above, where she took photos with all the statues… because she’s weird.
We were able to get in two rounds of mini golf. I won the first game, and Kyle won the second. It was the first time I won a family game of mini golf in years.
So, I’ll be able to reply to comments more quickly, and try to get posts up more frequently. It’s difficult to blog as often as I do when you’re on vacation. Things will be back to normal a.s.a.p.