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Our Outer Banks Vacation – Relaxing at the Beach House

As it turned out, I didn’t go to bed last night until 12:30 am. I stayed up and edited pictures. Bob awakened me at 6:00 am this morning, bringing me a cup of tea.

_LG24759I watched the sun rise at 6:54 am from our third floor balcony.

The weather has been on my mind today. Hurricane Maria is approaching the Outer Banks. Maria is not expected to brush the Outer Banks coast, bringing tropical force winds and flooding here. I obtained the following information from a news article from WAVY-TV.

“Mandatory evacuations, closures and tropical storm advisories are being issued in the Outer Banks as the region braces for impact from Hurricane Maria. More than 200 visitors left Hyde County’s Ocracoke Island amid a mandatory evacuation order imposed early [this morning] on that fragile barrier island jutting into the Atlantic. Authorities warn that high winds and flooding are possible threats as Maria passes well offshore. Neighboring Dare County also ordered an evacuation of visitors from neighboring Hatteras Island starting at midday. …The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami has issued a tropical storm warning from Cape Lookout north up the coast to the Virginia line … The storm surge will likely lead to ocean overwash along flood-prone North Carolina Highway 12. Dare County Emergency Management advises drivers to stay off Highway 12 during high tide…”

The surf was rough today, and the wind was strong. Red flags were flying when we got in yesterday afternoon. Red flags mean to stay out of the water. Conditions are dangerous even for the most experienced swimmers.

We spent the day at the beach house. We enjoyed a breakfast of eggs, sausage, fruit and toast.

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Nancy cooked the sausage.

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Brenda cooked eggs.

I prepared the blog post for yesterday’s activities. I published the post, backdating it to last evening. For lunch we made sandwiches. I participated in several conversations throughout the day. I walked on the boardwalk to the dune stairs a few times and looked out at the swelling surf. It is a beautiful view, regardless of the weather.

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I stayed on the dune stairs.
Jim wandered down on the beach for a closer look.

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Jim and Sandy in the living room

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I think Jim and Sandy are reviewing a video that Jim captured,
while he was on the beach.

Bob and I went for a mid afternoon bicycle ride in the neighborhood, using Denise and Nic’s bicycles.

20170925_193558396_iOSWe saw Prickly Pear cacti on our bicycle ride.

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Our vacation beach house is located on Great Gap Point.

Late in the afternoon several of us played an entertaining game of charades. There was lots of laughter. I laughed so hard, my eyes watered. Eric and Alexis arrived, while we were playing charades. They brought with them Wrigley, Eric’s English bulldog. Wrigley made his rounds, making sure he said hello to everyone.

_XZ71433Wrigley is saying hello to me.

Tonight’s dinner was spaghetti and meatballs, tossed salad and bread. Bob and I retired to our room before dessert. We watched one episode of “Beyond”, using Bob’s Fire Stick to connect with Hulu. Bob and I went to bed shortly after 10:00 pm.

You can read Jim’s account of the day by clicking here.

7 Responses to “Our Outer Banks Vacation – Relaxing at the Beach House”

  1. Caro Ann Nelson

    I love reading your blog. It looks like you’re having a great time at OBX. Thanks for sharing. My husband is incapacitated so we can’t travel anymore. So I have to enjoy vicariously.

    Reply
  2. Chris Caughey

    Though I love the ocean I would not want to be there with Maria anywhere near. I spent 4 years in Norfolk, VA. I hated the hurricanes. Hope it doesn’t even rattle too many trees! 🙂

    Reply
  3. DeniseinVA

    This are great to look at, especially as we were only there last week. Looking forward to your other posts from down there. Have fun!

    Reply
  4. Eileen

    Hello Linda, your beach vacation sounds like fun. I love the beach photos and that cute dog. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day.

    Reply

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