Y’all know I love the mountains, but last summer Guitar Dude and I decided to take a little vacation to the Outer Banks (that’s in North Carolina, for those who aren’t fortunate enough to live in the Southeast) with my brother and his girlfriend. The hubs had never been to the Outer Banks, and I hadn’t been in so long I pretty much forgot what it looked like. If you’ve never been, the Outer Banks is a 200-mile long stretch of barrier islands off the coast of NC. Days before we were to leave, a hurricane blew in as they’re want to do over that’a way. We set out for the coast anyway because we figured someone would’ve called if the house wasn’t still standing. Now, let me pause in my story about this ridiculously beautiful place to tell y’all that if you ever decide to drive from East TN waaaaaaaaaaaaay on over to the Outer Banks, do yourself a favor and stay the night halfway. North Carolina is a wide state. Like, really wide.
Okay, with that out of the way, we got to our house and the only real damage we saw was to the screens on the porch. So, we got a box of thumbtacks, and my brother fixed it right on up. Our house was beachfront which in the Outer Banks means the ocean is just over a dune. Dunes are very important on barrier islands.
Once we crested the dune, this was the first thing we saw…
So, we quickly went back to the house and slathered up in sunscreen so we could hit that beautiful beach and ocean. Our crowd included three pasty white folks and a Latina. I’ll let you figure out which sunscreen is whose.
My brother has a Jeep so after we were properly sun baked, we decided to head up to Corolla which has wild horses and a 4wd beach that is absolutely breathtaking. It’s supposedly not all that common to see the horses along the shoreline, but we sure got lucky. If you’re a horse lover, or just a nature lover in general, consider giving the fine folks over at Corolla Wild Horse Fund a likey-loo on Facebook. Those folks work long and hard to protect these wild beauties.
I love lighthouses. I suppose part of the draw for me is that I’ve always lived in the foothills and mountains, so I’d never seen one up close. We didn’t get to see all the lighthouses in the Outer Banks because part of the roads were closed to the south thanks to that dang hurricane. But, I can tell you the Currituck Lighthouse is really cool from the ground. We got in line that day to climb to the top, but I ain’t even going to lie, y’all. It was hotter’n hades, and there are like 10,857 steps (rough estimate based on absolutely nothing), so we just decided to look from the outside and be on our merry way.
After that adventure, we were starving. So we set out to find some vittles. There’s a great little restaurant in Duck where we sat on the sound side and watched the sunset as we ate supper. I couldn’t remember the name of the restaurant if I had to, and I couldn’t tell you what I had to eat or drink, but I will never forget this view as long as I live.
Well, that’s been your little beach break in the middle of our cold winter. I hope it warmed you up a tad bit. I know it warmed me up. If you’ve never visited the Outer Banks, please do so. It is a treasure that should be appreciated by all.
’til next time, xoxo