Outer Banks Weekend

We took an impromptu weekend trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina last weekend. We were invited to stay at the cottage of some very good friends of ours. So we packed up the minivan with swimwear, boogie boards and beach chairs and headed down on Friday night after my son’s baseball practice.

My wife and I went to the best donut shop in the world on Saturday morning to grab breakfast for everyone. She stood in line while I went to a shop next door to pick up some flip-flops since I left mine at home. I was able to purchase flip-flops and two ball caps and still find that she had not reached the inside of Duck Donuts yet. All in all, it took about an hour to get our donuts. But, oh man, are they worth it!

In the afternoon, we headed over to the beach. The winds were blowing out of the southwest and the water was glassy and smooth. And a chilly 68˚F. But it was in the 90’s so it was very refreshing. The kids had a blast bodysurfing. There were quite a few small but very rideable sets.

Catching waves
Outer Banks Weekend

We decided to pack up and head back to the cottage when we noticed the clouds forming to the north and south of us. By the time we got back to the cottage, the cloud formation was getting pretty spectacular over the Albemarle Sound. I grabbed my camera and jumped on my friend’s bike and rode down to the water and was able to get these shots before the rain came:

Outer Banks Weekend
Outer Banks Weekend

Sunday morning came early. I was able to convince my wife to come out with me and get some sunrise photos by the Avalon Pier. So at 5:30am, I grabbed my camera bag and tripod and my wife and I headed over to the pier. I was really hoping to get some great photos of the sun coming up on the Atlantic, but the clouds wouldn’t allow it. However, the clouds and humidity led to some fog rolling in and I am quite pleased with the shots I captured.

Avalon Pier, Kill Devil Hills, NC
Avalon Pier
Avalon Pier
Avalon Pier
Avalon Pier
Avalon Pier
Avalon Pier
Avalon Pier
Avalon Pier

Hope you enjoy them!

Christmas Storm 2010

What a December. First, we get snow on my birthday. That’s the first time I ever recall that happening. Then, we finally get our first snowfall on Christmas since 1948, I believe. It started around 8pm Christmas night and hasn’t stopped yet. We expect it to continue through the morning. We have at least 13 inches now. Expecting 1 to 2 more inches tonight.

Here’s some pictures I took today of the snow.