Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Well it's over for another year

Well, sad but true, another vacation is over and I have post vacation depression. Hmmph, what now? There is just something about the Outer Banks of North Carolina, God must have made them for me. 
I was there when I was 12 for a very brief time when the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse was still on the beach. I went to the Wright Brother's Memorial and the Dunes in Kitty Hawk. I went to the lighthouse, played in the ocean and that was that. But that place had been haunting me for 37 years. My daughter metioned 3 years ago that she wanted to go to South Carolina. I am not a big beach person, I told her to have fun with that, I want to go to North Carolina. A few weeks later, she decided that's where she was going and I was welcome to come too, she was going to rent a house. The whole family went and the love affair started. We have gone as a family for the last 3 years and have even included a few friends.
There is just something about the fact that you are on a very thin strip of sand land in  between the sound and the ocean. I sit in awe the entire time I am there. If you go to the farthest end at Hatteras, there is nowhere else to go other than by ferry. It is not commercialized there, very family oriented, no boardwalk, and beach for as far as you can see. Blue green water that is so very clear and some huge waves at times. The history of the Outer Banks is very fascinating in itself. I have learned more there than I ever did in history class. 
The sunsets are phenomenal, but I haven't been awake in time to catch a sunrise, one year I will. I get a sense of peace when I am there that I just can't get at home, sad to say. I have tears when I leave and needless to say, it takes forever to get back into  "real life" as I call it. Sometimes the thought of living there takes over, but then I remember that I really am not a beach person and the thought of the hurricanes that they have down there really scares me, not too up for them!
So another vacation over and now to focus on getting back to the real life again, I will be savoring the sights and sounds for awhile.


I did manage to get some thrift store time, just a little and I did find a few things, but next year there are a few bigger thrift stores that I will get to, couldn't do it this time. Here are my finds and I had sure better start painting them soon! If I don't marie is waiting to take them from me!
It was funny because most of them had no prices on them and I had so many that they just started making up prices and nothing over 1.50. I was a happy camper with my paper grocery bag full of new treasures!

 Well, I wasn't so funny this time, more emotional than my norm, but I am missing the beach and wanted to share some memories with you. This has been long, I will let you leave now but with some fantastic sunsets, you can share my memories with me!
 Good night my friends!!

14 comments:

  1. It looks like a wonderful vacation..and some fantastic finds! I agree about how hard it is to leave a place where you feel so at home, but I think that's part of the appeal...it really is something that dreams are made of...

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  2. Beautiful photos! Time to get back to reality, I guess.

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  3. Heather, much agreed on that, but I can't figure why I have such a hard time leaving there, been many places and have never felt that way, I feel like I am nuts, LOL.

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  4. Yes back to reality, just hard to do right now, it will come, slowly but surely! It is pretty down there and that is for sure!

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  5. oh leelee *hugs* I can't imagine how you feel...because this may seem silly. But looking at all your wonderfull pictures is making ME blue to be there. And I never went to begin with lol.
    It looks like an amazing place, I hope I get to visit it too someday.
    It's always hard to get back in the swing of things after a well deserved and much needed vacation. If I could I'd give you a truckload of money so you could stay there as long as you want *more hugs*

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  6. the longing.. that's a sign of a brilliant holiday!
    As you say, not for everyday living, because of the hurricanes.. but a brilliant vacation, nonetheless.

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  7. Thanks Evi, if i had a truckload we would all go there and have a great time. I hope that you get a chance someday too! I have been blesses with that opportunity from my girls and couldn't have done it without them, believe me.

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  8. Pat, yes, it was wonderful, always miss it when I leave, this year just more so. I must be having a moment. LOL.

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  9. Well, just to comfort you, time is going really fast, so what's in a year! It'll be June 2011 soon enough, and then you can go again :D But I do understand the passion for one particular place all too well :) It's a pity you can't live there...

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  10. I know time goes way too fast and I am wondering why that is. When I was young it didn't but now it flies and I keep getting older, LOL. I wish that I had the same passion for where I do live, though I really like where I am situated, it's not mine, so though I call it home, and try to make it home, I dislike the state of Pa. The house is rented. I guess that this vacation has brought on some real thoughts about things and maybe that's why it was so hard to go this time, I was truly able to think about things, but I wasn't quite finished with that yet! Well, I need to stop dreaming and make the most of what I have in the here and now!

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  11. I decided to read some blog posts today--catch up--and was so thrilled to see yours! How gorgeous! I want to be there. I've never been to Myrtle Beach or any beach along the coast except Ocean City, Maryland in '73. I loved it. Thanks for sharing. I feel your excitement and pain in leaving. You can meditate on those visions after you've been home awhile, and believe in your heart that you're right there on the beach again!!!

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  12. Thanks for the minivacation via your post.
    That area draws you in and makes you long for it the other months of the year. I know about the ability to just BE there. I also walk the sound for hours sometimes dragging a clam rake and sometimes just 'looking'. We need to bottle that feeling and bring it home with us!

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  13. Lynn, so true, I wanted the clam rake this year, but didn't get it, hoe far out do you have to go to clam? We walked the sound across from where we were, saw lots of clam shells. The blessing to be there I do cherish, cause I couldn't do it on my own, but I wish that I could take it home with me. I'd like to stay for 2 weeks, but, well...that's alot. Maybe someday. And you are welcome, I like to share that place!

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  14. Hey E....yep, it has taken me this long to find your blog....you snuck it in on me, huh? Glad you enjoyed the vacation. Now get back to painting! Love ya!

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