If you've been following along, you'll know we've done a lot of outdoorsy/adventurous things on this vacation. In the beginning, I can't say I was all that thrilled with the idea of a bog-standard beach vacation - it's all too domestic for my taste - but this one has turned out to be quite a lot of fun, really. A few firsts for the Pearons: lighthouses, kayaking, parasailing, small aircraft flight (new to Valeri) and seeing a kite festival. Plus, it was our first real road trip together. We traveled with a couple of close friends on the US 101 in California last year (you haven't read that one yet? ) - which was about five hours - but this was a whopping 16-hour journey. Granted, there was a break in the middle...but that's a long time to be in the car by any standard. The not-so-awesome realization that I'm having right now is that we're going to have to do the same thing again tomorrow. It's going to be tiring, but we'll make it through.
Anyway, you're here to read about the adventures of today, not the troubles of tomorrow, so I'll get to it. We started the day out by heading south toward Manteo - ultimately ending up at Ocracoke Island - which is a tiny little spot of land with a single road leading from end-to-end (roughly 13 miles, by our calculations). We couldn't do this without a bit of sustenance, so we made a pit stop at Bros' Sandwiches.
|Matthew's French Dip|
|Valeri's Barbecue Nachos|
After feeding our faces, we resumed our southern journey toward Ocracoke (don't worry - we don't really know how to pronounce it, either; although, some very amusing attempts we made). Along the way, we encountered Hatteras Light House. We walked around the grounds a bit, took a few photos, then moved along...
|Valeri begging for treats ... as usual|
|View from the back of the ferry|
|We made our last beach stop during our trip to Ocracoke.|
Matthew, signing off.
"At the beach, life is different ... time doesn't move hour to hour,
but mood to moment."
but mood to moment."
More photos can be found by clicking the PhotoStream icon here.