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The Outer Banks. (Day 10)

It was a pretty good feeling to get up this morning and know we didn’t have to get in the car and drive for several hours. Instead we helped ourselves to some of the Breakfast portion of the Bed and Breakfast at which are currently staying. We got a pretty early start to the morning for once, and Jake was not about to let the day go to waste; finally he had something he was really motivated to get out the door early for.

The beach is within walking distance of where we’re staying, but an even shorter drive and we were there, ready to see if the “top beach” of 2007 was all it’s cracked up to be. Now I’m no beach expert, but it really was pretty dang nice. The beaches were pretty big, the water was quite warm, and it wasn’t terribly crowded. The portion of the beach we were at is the only part of the beach watched by a lifeguard, the other 14 miles of the beach is come as you are and likely pretty desolate. Now, while it may not be the traditional Hawaii beach (we know girls, there’s nothing like Hawaii), it was just as enjoyable as any beach I’d ever been to before.

We got there, and I went directly into the water while Jake went directly to his castle constructing…

After spending a good hour or so of, ummmm, (I can’t think of a word to describe “playing in the waves” that doesn’t sound completely ridiculous) my Dad and I decided to start digging an awesome pit. We fought off the incoming tide quite valiantly until a little water found a way in and we were doomed.

After digging, we enjoyed watching Jake flail about while being: chased by a bee, “pinched by a crab,” knocked around by waves, being hit by small waves, and anything else that might make the little guy fall over himself in as awkward a manner as imaginable. Much laughing ensued, and I just had to egg it on by throwing him around in the waves for a bit.

Jake then took his turn goofin around in the waves, Patrick C took a nap, and I went for a nice long walk up the beach. That’s one of the cooler parts of this whole beach, is the fact that for about 14 miles north of where we were was straight empty beach…

After a good 5 hours on the beach, we called it a day. We decided on an early dinner/late lunch, a linner if you will… Thanks to our handy map, we found a restaurant called Howard’s Pub. It was pretty good stuff, my Dad and I enjoyed some fresh Mahi Mahi and of course some Hush Puppies… After linner we went home and enjoyed much needed showers, then just kinda relaxed in the room for a while.

We went into town around sunset and got some ice cream, and I must say that I have a major grudge with the particular ice cream place in Ocracoke we visited. I was looking quite forward to a good soft serve ice cream after a full day in the sun, and after my dad got a two scoop cone that was approximately the size of Jake’s head, I was quite excited. Apparently “I’d like the largest size soft serve you have” is Ocracokian for “please give me a wuss sized cup with an amount of vanilla soft serve to make a McDonald’s kiddie cone look incredibly filling.” I guess to look at it in a positive light, at least I was able to finish my ice cream… Patrick C had to eventually surrender to his cone and toss it in a dumpster.

We did our best to beat the mosquitoes home, seeing how the 30 some-odd bites I already had from last night were plenty enough on their own… Jury’s still out on whether or not we were successful, by now my arms and legs are pure itch.

Tomorrow we’ll be on the road again, and I’ll be sad to leave the quaint secluded life of Ocracoke behind, but I also look forward to continuing our journey.

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6 Responses to "The Outer Banks. (Day 10)"

  1. Ahhhh my favorite kind of day!!! It looked like you had fun in the sun, water, and sand. The island looks so small, no wonder the beach wasn’t very crowded.
    Oh and by the way its official Jake is taller than Dad!

  2. Justin…I must say, I’m so proud of you. Out there, eating hush puppies…when only a few short years ago, you wouldn’t eat macaroni and cheese unless it had spiral noodles. You’ve come a long way- you beautiful little weirdo.

  3. nice shirt jake! looks like you had a fun day at the beach! it still doesnt beat hawaii though!

  4. Looks like I still have a long way to go, as I still only eat macaroni & cheese if it has spiral noodles.

    Sounds like you guys are having fun!

  5. haha, holly you’re the best! your comments are hilarious.

  6. Too bad you didn`t make to the Nags Head ward. They are great people that I have known for a long time. Isn`t Ocracoke the best. I`m at Blackbeard`s lodge right now. I just lucked up on your site through google images. Have fun & be safe.

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