Welcome to my daily blog of my vacation in the Outer Banks, North Carolina. I’m going to post about the daily activities or more likely, the lack of daily activities I have during my 1 week vacation here in the sandy shores of Nags Head (central portion of the Outer Banks). I left last night on the red-eye from Seattle, hoping to get a few hours of shut-eye before starting my trip. Turns out, there were 100 knot tail winds that got me into my Detroit layover about 45 minutes early. Thank goodness, since my 4 hour layover wasn’t already long enough (insert sarcasm here). Finally arriving in Norfolk, Virginia, I went to the Avis desk where my rental car was supposedly waiting. The guy there was dead set on getting me to upgrade to a higher class car. He mentioned how convertibles were the only true way to experience the beach and that you “only live once, so you might as well enjoy it”…. being the fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kind of traveler, I said, “sure, a convertible it is….”, but turns out, there weren’t any available, so the guy ended up just wasting my time. I have a normal Pontiac Grand Prix now, which is plenty of car and has a cool heads-up display that tells me how fast I’m going without having to look at my speedometer. The drive from Norfolk to Nags Head is just under 2 hours, so that added a little extra travel after the 2 connecting flights. Too bad the Outer Banks doesn’t have a major airport nearby. Oh well, at least it has brew-thrus….. and if you don’t know what a brew-thru is, here’s a link.
I met up with my friends at the beach house that they have been occupying for the past 2 days. Sure enough, the house is spectacular, with an array of bedrooms and bathrooms, decks and tvs and couches galore. This is definitely going to be a relaxing week. The beach is quite flat, with no noticeable dunes that can be typically found near Kitty Hawk (where the Wright brothers first took flight). The water was mildy cool and only had 1 foot breakers right at the shore. Barely enough to even notice. However, this week isn’t about catching waves or seeing historic Wright Brother gliders. It’s about experiencing the south (as much as North Carolina offers) and kicking back from the daily stresses of work. Tonight we cooked traditional barbecue (although not carolina-vinegar style) with cole slaw and baked beans. A definite summertime menu that put us all in the right mindset to enjoy the evening activities. After a couple rounds of board games (Jenga anyone???) my tired and jet-lagged self just wants to curl up and catch up on my zzz’s that I sacrificed during last night’s red-eye flight. So ends day 1 and the exhaustive travel that it involved. Tomorrow looks to be full of more fun and I’ll let you know how that turns out.