Saturday, August 31, 2013

Corolla Light

True to form, as on every vacation, we were presented with the opportunity to witness the beautiful sunrise with one little boy who is so excited that he just can't sleep in - even though everyone else in the house can.  We could easily watch from our deck, but one especially early morning Joe Joe and I decided to take it all in from the beach.








Having witnessed the amazing sunsets in Duck before, it was high on my list of things to do again.  No one else seemed very interested, so one night after dinner I just grabbed my camera and biked over to the Sound on my own.  Well worth it!  What is it about the light down there that makes these amazing colors? 









Sunset by myself.  Sunrise with my son.  
I have no complaints.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Surf's Up!

Boogie boarding!


Joseph:



Ashton:



Leyton, AND Mimi:






I think Olga deserves a "coolest grandparent of the year" award!
She had just as much fun as the kids :)



Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Crabbing

Unbeknownst to us, the house we rented was part of the "Corolla Light Resort" community,  which came with tons of amenities we weren't expecting.  There was a fitness center,  playground, shuttle service, and roster of activities every day.  We knew the boys would love crabbing.  They each got a chicken leg and a string for $3, and threw it off the pier to test their luck.




Leyton caught one almost immediately, and I think it was the biggest of the morning.  We stuck to the catch-and-release program.







If you saw a little critter hanging on for dear life as you slowly reeled in the string, you just yelled for a net and hoped that someone would come running with one.







By the end of the morning, everyone had caught some crabs.  Mimi had a hard time getting rid of hers!


We also took the boys hunting for "ghost crabs" at night.  (I had no idea if that's what they were really called, but wow, there's a whole article about them!)  Armed with flashlights and nets, we headed to the beach after dinner and looked for holes that the crabs burrow into the sand.  They mostly blend right into the sand, but with a good eye you can spot one and try to catch it before it runs down into its den.





We mostly hung out and enjoyed the scenery while the kids hunted.








Same crab, 1st picture taken without a flash, 2nd one with flash.  Crab camouflage!




Joseph and his cousins really enjoyed crabbing both by day and by night, but then again, they have fun doing just about anything together!