Well, I’m Back!

Did you miss me without missing me?

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…

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Well, We’re Back From Vacation

It’s a rare occurrence when I return from vacation feeling truly rested and not the least bit annoyed about returning to work. A lot of that may have to due to the fact the Outer Banks is freakin’ epic! Most of today will be posts from vacation, so if that’s not your thing, You can skip past them.

The first big thing we experienced was the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina – the coolest town name evah.

(Oh, click the photos to embigggen.)

Most national parks bore kids to tears, but this was different. The park is not overly large, but it has a lot of history, and some great stories about Orville and Wilbur Wright and the men who helped them fly. The memorial (above) is at the top of the sand dune hill where the brothers launched their planes. Climbing to the top of the hill on the paved walkway was difficult enough in the heat – it became very steep the closer you came to the memorial – so I cannot imagine the men dragging the plane up and down the sand dune time after time.

The view from the top is impressive, however…

There is more below the fold…

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