We did manage to have some fun adventures last week in between bad weather and fussy kids. The grand children spent a day at our house before we all traveled to the beach and we had the chance to show them one of the many limestone caves in the area I opted to show them Luray Caverns. Luray is not my personal favorite of our many caverns in this part of Virginia, but it has the biggest "wow" factor. Since I was concerned about entertaining children who are used to the immediate gratification of the electronic world, I went for "wow". They seemed to like it.
Sunday and Monday at the beach were both good beach days with lots of sun and manageable surf. We stay in a town called Duck because it is slightly away from the busy built up areas of the Outer Banks and mostly because the have the most dog friendly beach around. Dogs are allowed on the beach at all times unleashed if you are able to control them with verbal commands. Most dog owners are very good about maintaining control of their pets and about cleaning up afterwards. Our beloved Golden loves the beach. His favorite activity is fetching in the surf and rolling in the sand.
On the sound side of our little town of Duck is a nice board walk that goes through a little park and along some nice shops. I had the chance to walk the length of this with son #3, grandson #2 and Seamus. That had been on my "hope to do" list for this beach visit.
Wednesday was a difficult day for son #3. Stepson #2 rented a fishing charter as a Father's Day present for the husband. So early Wednesday morning all the males (except the dog) headed to the marina for a 6am departure to fish inshore. It was a mixed adventure for son #3. He brought in the season record Spanish Mackerel at 3.5 pounds, but he paid the price in sea sickness - twice. That afternoon he and I had made plans to go parasailing. This also was something I had wanted to do for a long, long time. By this time of day the waters were getting pretty choppy. We were the last of three groups to go up and all the combined motion of the sea and the air was too much. Son #3 lost his lunch 600 feet above the water. Fortunately I was upwind. It's been many years since I've been spit up on by an offspring!
The grandchildren headed home on Saturday morning since they had a 15 hour trip to get to their home. That afternoon the husband and I headed north to the Currituck Lighthouse and I made the climb to the top. The view was beautiful, but it was VERY (what else) windy up there!
In the afternoon we decided to head south. Our original destination was a Dairy Queen where I had enjoyed skee ball in past visits. We were disappointed to find that they had removed the skee ball games. But on the way we stopped at Jockey Ridge State Park. This is the largest sand dune on the east coast. I had never been their in all of my trips to the beach. It was a fun discovery. They have a boardwalk that leads out into the center of the dunes. Many people hike the dunes, but I knew that wasn't an activity we could do so we just decided to follow the walkway. At the end of the path you could go down onto the sand and there a tidal pool (or a small lake? I don't really know what it's called). Seamus had fun walking through the water, fetching a stick and (of course) rolling in the sand.
We've always enjoyed the location of the house we rent. It's right on the oceanfront. But weather like this almost makes that a disadvantage. The high winds brought a LOT of sea spray our way. Even our vehicle parked under the house was covered in salt by the time we headed home. The ocean side of the house was wet with the spray for days.
So, that wraps up our trip. I'm already looking forward to September and hoping for a week of good beach weather to sit under the umbrella, read, fetch with my dog and join the husband in some relaxing surf fishing. Keeping my fingers crossed for no rain, no wind, no hurricanes and lots of sun!