The Getaway

I’ve been sitting here trying to think of something really creative and witty to put up here, since I’ve been so remiss about updating, but I got nothing. Not that I have nothing to talk about, just that I can’t think of an interesting way to talk about it. So I’ll sum up then post some pictures.

Senior Seminar is tough but gets easier every week and once I narrow in on a topic for the final paper (and write the thing), I’ll be home free. The Sociology class is interesting if a bit depressing. Reading about some of the horrific things humans do to each other is not the happiest way to spend your evenings.

The writing is still on hold, but I can almost feel my characters getting anxious. They know as well as I do I’ll have loads of writing time come July. Let’s just hope they’ll continue to be patient just a little while longer.

The real news is out trip to the Outer Banks. Happy Mother’s Day to me! I have this habit of buying my own presents these days since no one else does. Not that my daughter wouldn’t happily buy me presents, but if you have to give her the money and then take her to the store, you might as well pick out what you want. J

So I picked the Outer Banks, recruited Hellion to tag along, packed up the trunk and hit the Bypass. Ninety minutes later we were cruising down the middle of the barrier reef islands with the Atlantic Ocean to our left and Roanoke Sound to our right.

A two bedroom cabin less than 30 yards from the ocean served as home base. Sand castles were built, sea shells collected, crab legs eaten, and historical sites thoroughly explored. From the spot where the English first set foot on American soil (that’s right, BEFORE Jamestown) to the spot where man first took flight, the Outer Banks has it all.

I’ll let the pictures tell the rest of the story.

Anyone else taken a little trip lately? Have you planned your summer vacation? Ever been to the Outer Banks? (Tune in next week for an exciting announcement about a new edition to the family.)

17 thoughts on “The Getaway”

  1. irisheyes says:

    You guys look like you had a great time!

    The DH wants to take a road trip this August. Just pack up the kids and head East! His sister lives in NY and the kids want to see Washington DC. I’m still trying to push Williamsburg! Stay tuned!

    My brother approached me a couple of weeks ago asking if I would plan his family’s trip to Disneyworld. He really wants to take his kids in the next year or two but has absolutely no desire to plan it all out. So, I may be heading back there sooner than I planned. I’m just afraid planning for 2 families is going to turn into planning for 6 families!

  2. terrio says:

    Irish – You need to talk him into hitting DC on July 15th so you can come to the Eloisa party during Nationals.

    We did have a good time, but I’m dying to get to Disney World. My daughter went last year with her dad and didn’t have that great a time. I know it can be done for cheap if you know where to get the bargains, but it does take some serious planning. Don’t you let them coax you into doing all the work for all of them. LOL! Stand your ground!

  3. Quantum says:

    Lovely sunset Terri.

    As the sun dropped below the horizon was an image still visible as though shining from under the water?

    I saw this effect recently, but from a cottage built on cliffs high above the water, and in a sheltered bay.

    I liked your sand castle as well. Personally I like to connect my castles by channel to rock pools or to an incoming tide. Makes all the difference to get water in your moat!

    Is that Hellion showing a shapely leg and paddling in the sea?

    I’m surprised kiddo didn’t bury her up to the neck in sand…I would have! *grin*

    Glad you had a good time!

  4. Wonderful pix! I think I told you we’ve been to the Outer Banks several times. We have friends in Virginia who know people who have houses there and we stayed in one a couple of years ago. The only thing they had to read were inspirational romances. I got half-way through one before I realized why there was no sex, LOL. It was the only disappointment of the trip, except that my daughter got an ear infection from the hot tub on the deck. (moral of the story: do not dive/swim in the hot tub)

    We are going to Las Vegas again in August. Hopefully I will have edited/turned stuff in by then. 🙂

  5. terrio says:

    Q – I didn’t stay up by the water long enough to know if you could still see the sunset down on the water. And I’m not sure about the shapely leg question. The only one actually standing in water in any of those pictures is my 9 yr old. 😉 Hellie is the indian in the pirate shirt. Very historically correct, we thought.

    And I actually had nothing to do with the construction of the castles. I actually have an aversion to sand which makes me wonder why in the world I keep going to the beach. LOL! In the fall, kiddo and I are going to hit a cabin in the mountains.

  6. terrio says:

    Maggs – I’m trying to figure out why a guy would duck his head under the water in a hot tub. The only reason I can think of would never make it into an Inspiration Romance. 😉

    You are becoming the queen of Vegas. Goodluck having everything done in time for the trip!

  7. Quantum says:

    Ah! I’ve got it now.

    I thought the girl in the sea and the girl with the pirate shirt (showing her leg!) were the same. Blowing up the pictures shows the differences. For some reason I thought the girl with fair hair was your daughter!

    I definitely envy you in the mountains and you have some fabulous choices over there.

    Here in the UK you can have mountain and sea and lakes as well if that takes your fancy, all within a few miles. I think it is that variety over a short distance that makes me love British scenery!

    Sorry to hear of your sand problem Terri. Never digging sand castles. That must be awful.

    Still, holidaying in the mountains should be wonderful!

  8. Janga says:

    Great pics, Terri. my favorite is the triumphant one of Isabelle. 🙂

    I have a friend who lives in Frisco and has a vacation home in Pigeon Forge, TN. It’s great to visit her because if I time my visit right, I can choose between beach and mountains. Generally I prefer the mountains, but her son was married on the beach a few years ago,and the wedding was a story book affair. I have been to lots of rehearsal parties, but that’s the only one on a yacht.

  9. irisheyes says:

    Ter, I’m not sure I’m going to be able to plan going to the bathroom this July let alone Nationals! My daughter is in softball through the middle of July. The DH is teaching half of June and all of July. And… yesterday we took my son to try out for a tournament baseball team with games 2-3 days a week through the end of July! UGH!

    I keep saying we’re going to lighten the load and it doesn’t seem to be happening.

  10. terrio says:

    Irish – It’s like you’ve decided to pick up my slack once all my activities end at the end of June. LOL! Even I’m not that crazy! I would offer to help out, but the commute might be a bit much. 🙂

    You know where to find me if you ever need to let off a little chaos steam!

  11. terrio says:

    Janga – I love Gatlinburg and have been there a few times. Pigeon Forge being right next door, I had to do the Dollywood experience. 🙂 That is gorgeous country. Many moons ago I honeymooned there in the first week of October. The colors were breath taking. I don’t think I realized beach is an option in that area? What body of water are we talking about?

  12. Janga says:

    No beaches in Pigeon Forge, Terri. But my friend has homes in Frisco (one of the Outer Banks villages) and in Pigeon Forge. I time my visits to her according to whether I am in a beach mood or a mountain mood. If I want beach, I visit while she’s at home in Frisco; if I want mountains, I visit while she’s in Pigeon Forge. I’m blessed to have a standing invitation at both places.

  13. terrio says:

    Gosh, I’m really slow today. LOL! I thought maybe there was a really cool late in Pigeon Forge that I missed. Growing up we used to go to a local lake in Ohio that had a beach, so that would have made sense to me.

    I’m not sure I’ve heard of Frisco. Likely I’ve driven right through it and didn’t pay attention. Some of those villages along the reef are so small, you blink and you miss them. Which is what is so great about them. 🙂

  14. irisheyes says:

    Yeah, and I have also been contemplating working full time which would not be a good thing. I’ve been helping out at the school library 3 days a week and having a blast. They want me to stay on full time next year but due to my health I really can’t commit to a full work week. It’s one of those things that I really, really want to do but I know it wouldn’t be good for me or my family. Doing something I love while people are patting me on the back all day is a very hard drug for me to give up!

    Janga, my whole family (all 32 of us) almost made a trek to Gatlinburg this June. We had a cabin booked and everything, but several had to back out due to finances and other commitments. All my research showed it to be a really nice area. My push was to make a day trip to the Biltmore Estate. I’m sure I’ll make it there one of these days.

  15. terrio says:

    Oh, and Irish – You need to check the ship. There’s good news for you there. 🙂

  16. MsHellion says:

    The sun didn’t set in the ocean. It was the Atlantic on our side of the pond…so we could only see the sun rise out of the horizon of water, not the other way around.

    And we never got up early enough to see it rise out of the water actually. That last one there with me and the kiddo–that was 6:15 am–and I wasn’t getting up any earlier than that.

    Bury me in the sand huh? I would have liked that. *LOL* Actually that’s MY sandcastle that’s shown there. Terri said she was impressed by the degree of my phallic obsessions that they’d even show up sandcastles…

  17. terrio says:

    I’m still amazed how bright it was at 6:15. And I suppose we could have made a point to walk the 50 yards or so to the other side and watch the sun set in the Sound, but we weren’t that motivated.

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