You might say the beach is not in my blood. I didn't grow up going to the beach, in fact I didn't see any ocean of any kind until after I graduated college. My family was more of the mountain type-- both for living and vacationing. When I finally gazed upon the vast waters of the Atlantic, I was fascinated, but not drawn to it. I think the main reason for that was the sun--it's my enemy. You see, I'm very fair--so fair that if it were up to me, we wouldn't need the word tan in the English vocabulary (at least as a verb). My skin has two colors--translucent white and red. It never takes a visit at the in-between color of tan. So while I was looking forward to spending time with Ward's family, I was not looking forward necessarily to doing that at the beach.
But I needn't have worried. Ward's family arranged the perfect trip for a non-beach-lover like me. We had a big house right on the beach where I could watch the mesmerizing waves from a balcony that was shaded. Our location also meant that I could take a quick trip down to the water without a big production of carrying everything I think I might need. But best of all, was the general area. We visited Nags Head, NC, which besides having very nice beaches, also has a lot of interesting history. So during the sunny times in the middle of the day, we explored the surrounding area instead of spending it on the hot sand. As I said, a good time was had by all.
Do I think I'll be vacationing at the beach on a regular basis now since I've had this positive experience? Perhaps. But for now, I'm just relishing the fact that I spent several days at the beach and I didn't get a sunburn!! Miracles do happen.
Here are a few pictures from out trip.
|We woke each morning to a beautiful sunrise.|
|We visited Kitty Hawk and the Wright Brothers Museum.|
|We watched fireworks that had been postponed because of Hurricane Arthur.|
|We saw charter fishing boats come in and display their catch for the day. One of the kids' games during this was to touch the eyeball of a fish.|
|We took a family kayak trip through the Alligator River swamps.|
|My skilled nephew and brother-in-law used only paddle boards on our swamp trek.|
|We climbed the spiral stairs to the top of the Bodie Island Lighthouse.|
|We visited The Elizabethan Gardens. These were on Roanoke Island, the location of the Lost Colony.|
|We spent one hot afternoon visiting a nicely air conditioned aquarium.|
|And we finished each day with a beautiful sunset.|