Time For a Vacation?

September 25, 2010

Home News, miscellaneous

It’s rather funny. After spending untold $$ and hours (and blood and sweat and tears) renovating our home… the first thing we all want to do to relax now that it is *almost* over is.. GO TO SOMEONE ELSE’S PLACE ON A VACATION! lol. Well, as much as I absolutely love my home’s new look, a vacation would be sooo nice, especially if it was to an Outer Banks rental. I have been through North Carolina, but never to the coast and Outer Banks. And the kids have never been out of the state, except once when they were babies. They are the ones who really need a nice vacation after all this intensive work.

I have always wondered what exactly was “Outer Banks,” so I looked it up. It’s a very long chain of islands along the North Carolina coast, covering almost half the coastline of the state. Did you know that the Outer Banks was where Wilbur and Orville Wright took off on their first flight, on December 17, 1903? And did you know that the first (recorded) English baby was born on the Outer Banks– Virginia Dare of Roanoke Island, on August 18, 1587. The Roanoke Colony disappeared shortly after her birth. The story is sad but fascinating. This is from Wikipedia:

[John] White [Virginia’s grandfather and leader of the original settlement, who had left several years before] landed [on Roanoke Island] on August 18, 1590, on his granddaughter’s third birthday, but found the settlement deserted. His men could not find any trace of the ninety men, seventeen women, and eleven children, nor was there any sign of a struggle or battle. The only clue was the word “Croatoan” carved into a post of the fort and “Cro” carved into a nearby tree. All the houses and fortifications had been dismantled, which meant their departure had not been hurried. Before he had left the colony, White had instructed them that if anything happened to them, they should carve a Maltese cross on a tree nearby, indicating that their disappearance had been forced. As there was no cross, White took this to mean they had moved to Croatoan Island, but he was unable to conduct a search. A massive storm was brewing and his men refused to go any farther. The next day, they left.

The place is brimming with history. AND beauty. Oh, I do so love the Atlantic Coast. I could spend forever there.

Today, the lovely Outer Banks is a big tourist site, with beautiful rental homes. And no wonder. Just look at the rental homes, aren’t they lovely?! This is the Beachcraft, one of the best (I think) because it is so beautiful, and so close to the ocean. *sigh* It’s lovely.


It would be wonderful to *finally* relax, soak in some sun, waddle my feet in the Atlantic Ocean, and watch the kids relax and find seashells. *sigh*

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