Category: Beach

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!

Carova Beach 4th of July

We spent the 4th of July on Carova Beach, NC. Carova Beach is at the north end of the Outer Banks just below the Virginia and North Carolina border. However, it takes us two hours to get there from Chesapeake because we have to drive an hour to reach the Outer Banks and then turn north back to Virginia. The road ends in Corolla and from that point on, you ride on the beach all the way to Carova Beach. But it is worth it. It’s beautiful. There is little traffic. It is famous for it’s wild horses.

Some high school friends of mine settled in Carova Beach 20 years ago when, as he likes to say it, “Went surfing and never came back”. They started a parade on the beach a couple of years ago. It’s a lot of fun. Here are some pictures of it:

Larry and his son surfing

Carova Beach

Carova Beach parade

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Barbie Jeep

Carova, NC

Took the family to Carova, NC yesterday for a day on the beach. It’s a bit of a pain to get there since I have to drive 65 miles south to the Outer Banks then make a left and drive 30 miles north to Carova. But it’s a great place to go. The road ends in Corolla and from there its 4 wheel drives only. We had no one within a quarter mile of us. Only had to look out for passing vehicles since the beach is actually considered a road down there. The weather was perfect. It was about 85 degrees, a few clouds here and there, and low humidity. Beach was a challenge when leaving since the sand was so soft, and we couldn’t find a good set of tracks to follow. I should have probably let some air out of my tires but didn’t. Anyway, here are some pictures:

A Beautiful beach day in Carova, NC

Pelican flying by

Dolphin jumping while kids are surfing

Dolphins were around us all day