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Down by the Seashore

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Besides my cabin home in the middle of Indiana corn fields, there is no place on earth that I'd rather be than seaside.

 

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Before Covid messed up our lives, we had planned to be in Hawaii with our family to celebrate our 40th anniversary.  When that didn't happen, I scrambled to find us a North Carolina beach house for that same week.  Our regular Emerald Isle spot was already booked, so we ended up staying farther north in Hatteras along the Outer Banks.


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We rented a very nice beach house (yes, it was all ours...we had 17 people, so we take up a lot of space!) beachfront at Hatteras....

 


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...with this view from the spacious living area.  That boardwalk led to our pathway to the beach.

 

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Not a bad place to sit a spell....


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Our bedroom....


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I've always resisted having a beach house with a pool...why do you need a pool with the ocean just outside your door?!  But it's hard to find a nice big house without a pool these days, and as it turned out the pool was a nice asset, a place to relax after supper without messing with all the sunscreen/sand/schlepping/clean-up involved with going to the beach.


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I was also a little leery about the Outer Banks, afraid the water would be too rough and dangerous.  The first couple of days it was rocking and rolling (makes for great photos, but not a lot of water time...)

 

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But as the week went on, the ocean got calmer and calmer and we had plenty of time in the water.

Before I tell you about our week and share oodles of photos of adorable children playing at the beach, just wanted to share a few photos of this gorgeous place God created!

 


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Dolphins lazily feeding their way in shallow water...

 

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I just love the sea birds...we saw lots of gulls, terns, pelicans, sandpipers, and peeps.  Just watching them fly by and show off their diving and fishing skills is great entertainment...

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The weather was fantastic all week...one storm quickly rolled through but the rest of the week was sunny and mild...

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Of all the birds, my favorites were the skimmers...we saw a pair of them a couple of times each day, skimming their long beaks just in front of the breaking waves.  Gorgeous birds, long and sleek with those huge orange and black beaks!


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Our morning view from the deck, sipping our coffee...



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...often included these two young bucks, foraging through the sea oats.  They didn't seem a bit intimidated by us as they mozied along....


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This summer has been one to remember, for sure!  So thankful we were able to leave our worries behind and put our problems on hold for a few much-needed days of rest, relaxation, and recharging in one of my favorite spots on this side of Heaven...

 

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...down by the seashore.

 

Comments

Anique

Terry you have a gift...these photos are beautiful and some just stunning!!!

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