03 May 2010

If I can't go to Disney...

Well, honestly... sometimes a vacation to Disney just isn't what the doctor ordered. Yup - there. I said it! Its hard to believe, but yes, sometimes we do like to travel and explore other places.

One HUGE favorite vacation spot of ours is the beach. But not just any beach... it has to be one, very specific beautiful beach on a very special island: Ocracoke Island, North Carolina. The island is scenic, secluded and named as Dr. Beach's #1 beach in the U.S. for 2007 (yes, even beating out Hawaii!).


Ocracoke holds a special place in my heart - its the first vacation spot I ever visited with my husband (pre-husband/wife days!), its the place where I lost my heart to him, and the place he proposed...

Its a place that we can totally unwind. Away from TV, radio, cell phones, and hectic life. It was the place we'd visit without kids: To reconnect and relax together - To have adult time alone without kids, bills or jobs...

These days our Ocracoke vacation has changed just a bit for us. Last year we allowed the kids to join us. Yup, I mean it ... it was hard to do, but we LET them come along. They begged, but we worried. "Would it be the same?" "What would the kids do without tv, video games or cell phones?" "Would they be bored at the beach?" "What would they do at a place that's off the beaten path - a place that no roads lead to- only ferries??"


But... our worries were for nothing. They LOVED the beach as much as we did. They spent hours boogie boarding, paddle boarding, and kayaking. We flew kites. We shelled. And we just enjoyed the sun, sand and surf. Paradise!

Hubby's parents joined us too - so a new house rental was in store since our normal rental wouldn't fit our new group. What would that be like? Giving up our small, two bedroom (twin beds only!) rustic harborside home for a much newer soundfront condo? Well, in all honesty, it was wonderful.

We traded one lovely view...


for another...


And we loved that too!

2010 promises to bring more changes too... we'll exchange the hang gliding lessons for surf camp this year... And we'll welcome my brother-in-law and sister-in-law along on the trip as well...

And I'm sure we'll love those changes as well... Stay tuned for more to come.

1 comment:

  1. Yes, if you can't go to Disney, the beaches in North Carolina are amazing. I can smell the salty air and taste the fresh crabs. Thanks for that brief moment away here in land locked Colorado! =)

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