Sunday, October 15, 2017

First in Flight

On our way home from the Outer Banks, we did something we should have done on at least of our previous trips - we stopped at the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills.   The monument marks the site of the hundreds of glider flights that preceded the first powered flight.





Inscribed in capital letters along the base of the memorial tower is the phrase "In commemoration of the conquest of the air by the brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright conceived by genius achieved by dauntless resolution and unconquerable faith."





From the base of the monument you can see the walkway that leads down to the flight path markers.





The First Flight Boulder marks the spot where the first powered plane left the ground on December 17, 1903.  The smaller First Flight Markers chart the four flights' paths, distances, and landings.





Saturday, October 14, 2017

My Son and the Sun

Anyone familiar with our little family knows well that our son has always been an early riser in general, and it's only worse when we're on vacation.  He must not want to miss a single minute of free time.  The bright side is that I get to share a lot of beautiful sunrises with my boy, and now he even wants to be the photographer.  At least this time we had a great view right from our balcony.




Yes, different day.




We also managed to share one beautiful sunset as a family on our last night in Duck.  Some of Joseph's photos came out great!








Of Sound and Sand

Kayaking seems to be one of our new things to do regularly on vacation now.  We launched right from the Sanderling dock and took a tour with a small group around the salt marsh islands in Currituck Sound.  It was a perfect day to be out on the water!












Our friends left a day before us, so to keep Joseph entertained I suggested we try some sand sculpture.   He got a kick our of being eaten by a shark, and then we worked together on what was supposed to be something like a giant squid.










Friday, October 13, 2017

Busy at the Beach

Five days at the beach, full of fun activities!  We wasted no time making s'mores around the fire pit on our first night there.




The resort had lots of activities for kids throughout the day.  JT, Ben and Chloe all enjoyed making their own necklaces out of sea glass.






One benefit of traveling with friends: free babysitting!  We took the kids out to dinner and an arcade one night so Maia and Bill could have a date night, and of course they all wore their new necklaces.








The next night Maia and Bill watched the kids while Brent and I had our own date night.  Blue Point Grill is a must for dinner without kids!




Ghost crabbing is also a must in North Carolina.  The resort had a nice activity set up where the kids got a bucket and a net with attached flashlight, and a staff member to run them around and help them hunt.  It was a fun and beautiful night for everyone (except maybe the crabs LOL - but they were all set free).












And because jewelry making once isn't enough, they bring in a different artist for another go-around.





One activity that kept me busy at the beach was this needlepoint canvas I bought in New Orleans.  With 5 hours in the car each way, I had plenty of time to finish the entire background!  Hard to tell from the front but you can see it from the back.  Now to get cracking on those tentacles (but there's so much shading I'm kind of scared of them! which is the reason I did the background first).