Thursday past we decided the last minute to go to the Outer Banks of North Carolina for the weekend, which is why I haven’t posted anything since Friday. It was an interesting weekend to say the least. Before we even got in the car to leave, Roo decided to pull out the pogo stick in the garage and have a go on it in the way that boys sometimes do when they should be getting in the car. Needless to say, the phone in his pocket didn’t stay there, and it’s trip through space in a perfect parabola created enough gravity to shatter the glass. The look on his face…well, you can imagine. We stopped at an Apple store on the way down, and made an appointment for its repair on our return trip yesterday when we had more time.
The drive down was full of stress–for me anyway because Bugs wanted to drive. I was a nervous wreck. He became quite annoyed with me offering advice (not that he would describe it this way–his description I believe would include the word screeching) about distance between cars. By the time we arrived, I was sweating profusely and in desperate need of a glass of wine.
A friend of mine was staying in Kill Devil Hills, and had taken four teenagers for the week. She wanted company, and this was the impetus for me going. Hubby was in Virginia Beach on Friday, so he joined us that evening. Originally we had intended on staying with my friend, which we did on Thursday, but there really wasn’t room for even one more person, and they were leaving on Saturday whereas we were leaving on Sunday. Do you know how idiotic it is to try to find a hotel room the day before arriving at the beach for the first weekend after school is out?
I did manage to find a room that would accommodate the five of us at the Days Inn on the beach, with breakfast included. Of course when you are desperate, nothing comes cheap, but it did include breakfast, and for three teenage boys I’m betting that alone was worth about 60.00, given that they can eat the equivalent of their own weight in sausage.
Now the really interesting thing about this adventure with my friend was that there were six boys and one girl once we arrived. Let me rephrase that. One blond-haired, blue-eyed, ballet dancing, rising 9th grade girl, and six teenage boys. I’ve never seen so much flirtation and muscle flexing going on, and the only brothers in the mix were my three boys. The adults really didn’t need any other entertainment. This was especially amusing when it came to going out to eat and deciding who was going to sit where–or rather who was going to sit next to whom. Add in that one of these boys was already the boyfriend of said teenage girl, well…
The kids had a great time playing on the beach, and miniature golf in the evening. They left on Saturday, which left my boys feeling a bit deflated, but passed the day amiably enough. Saturday evening at dinner we were sitting in the restaurant laughing and talking and generally having a good time, when all of a sudden my husband who is sitting beside me makes a sudden lurching movement and cups his hands together, and then shakes them violently in the air as though he is getting ready to unleash a pair of di that are going to win him a million dollars. He then gets up out of his chair and walks to the glass door behind us and throws this imaginary dice as hard as he can at the door. I tell you truly, the four of us stopped talking immediately at this odd behavior, and stared with our mouths slightly agape. When he turned around to face us, he said, “What?” and smiled a sly, charming smile. Then he said, “Do you think that fly is going to come back to our table again?”
He sat down next to me and smiled even bigger. I started to giggle. “You are so very clever, young grasshopper,” I said. Roo and DH were the only ones who got the reference. After dinner we went for a short drive, and I was able to capture these sunset photos.
All in all, a lovely weekend.
As usual, beautiful and inspiring!
Thanks Annette! Hope you are doing O.K. How’s your brother?
I have friends in NC and hope, at some point, to see the Outer Banks. Looks like a great weekend and I particularly like the 5 of them on the beach – great shot.
Thanks Lynne. We used to go all the time when the boys were little–an easy trip to do. The pic of the 5 of them is actually on the sand dunes at kitty hawk where Orville and Wilbur did their first flights–it is across the street from the beach. Should have put that on there.
Gorgeous! I’d love to visit the Outer Banks someday. Though we are going to Myrtle Beach soon…
Oh, I’ve never been to Myrtle Beach, but I’ve heard it is gorgeous!
I enjoyed the photos! Lovely!
i have a new camera, and i am wanting to and have tried to capture the sun set. i am doing something wrong though, as the glare of the sun causes lines to come through the screen, and i have not got that shot yet. may i ask what you set yours on for these beautiful sun sets? ISO, wide angle, etc?
Terry, I try to keep ISO at 200, otherwise I notice that they start to look grainy. I use a tripod or set my camera on something to hold it still and use a very slow shutter speed–like 1/20 of a second, and then close down the aperature to anywhere from f/11 to f/20, depending on the light. I usually take several shots at different f stops, and fiddle a little with the shutter speed. I will also take some the other way around–1/160 for shutter speed and open the aperature as far as it will go–usually 5.6 or so. So faster shutter speed, smaller number ap/bigger opening, or, slower shutter speed, larger number ap/smaller opening. Then I will take a couple in landscape mode just to be sure, but the camera then picks ISO and I usually don’t like those.
Also, check to see if you can pick white balance on your camera. Mine has white balance for sun, clouds, indoor incandescent light and indoor natural light. Most cameras will have these choices nowadays. White balance will affect the colors that are recorded.
That would of been fun to watch, the six boys and 1 pretty girl, it was fun to read about it all. 🙂
Sounds like everyone had a great time, and I love your photos, very nice.
It was most entertaining! We did have a great time, and talked about a repeat next year. We’ll see…
And thanks for the photo mention!
We were in Chesapeake and Chincoteague this weekend. I think I caught a pic of the same sunset from Chincoteague. I love the OBX, and your pic of the teens.
Thanks TW. I love sunsets, especially when they are orange or red. Hope your trip was productive, and that you are doing O.K. Hard to slog through all that stuff.
P.S., is it just me, or is it weirdly difficult to let go of their things?
I need a shot of morphine after driving with my husband. So does he from all the screeching.
LOL, I’m the same with my DH. He drives me crazy, literally and figuratively.
When I gasp because he doesn’t brake for the car stopped in front of us he says, “Isn’t it amazing that I can get ANYWHERE without your backseat driving.” Smarty pants.
That’s exactly what my husband does!!!! Drives me bonkers. But he just gets annoyed with me. 🙂
Sounds like you had a great time ….and the pictures were beautiful….Diane
We did, and thank you!
I just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the versatile blogger award.
Thanks! It’s on my list to catch up awards by the end of the week. I’m slowly working on it, but I keep getting distracted.
This is lovely – I am now going to think of my husband as an old grasshopper!
Thanks Jm. I guess karate kid really stuck with me. You can’t beat Scott Baio!
Your family escapades never fail to make me smile 🙂 Thanks for the gorgeous sunsets as well.
One of the reasons I married the grasshopper–he makes me laugh! Thanks, Madhu.
I was in the Outer Banks last week, too! We stay in Duck for the first week of June every summer. We did eat dinner a few nights in Kill Devil Hills. Love it! Great photos, too! I especially like the one of the kids walking up the dunes. 🙂
I love Duck! But I hate driving No. after that turn. By then I’m ready to be there! But I do prefer either the so. end or the no. end of the outer banks. More quiet and peaceful.