Unfortunately, we forgot our camera so we began experimenting taking pictures with my old school flip phone. They are a bit grainy, but at least we could capture some of the moments of this trip filled with great memories.
I walked with the kids down to the nature center, "The Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education", a couple times while Marc took some long bike rides. The kids love the stuffed animals and aquarium filled with fish. Abigail is currently loving birds, and on this trip I realized she makes a distinction between birds and ducks. If she sees a bird on the water, it is a duck. It she sees it flying, it is a bird. Smart kid!
We took a family bike ride to the beach, where Joseph's tire went flat and Abigail insisted on eating the sand. Unbelievably, it was warm enough to spend some nice time walking and sitting on the beach.
Uncle Dave came with us to visit the Wright Brothers National Memorial. It was a freezing cold and windy day so we mostly stayed in the visitor's centers rather than venturing out to the flight field. On our way home, we stopped at the outlets and found some clothes and shoes for Joseph.
We had a great visit with Aunt Joyce and Uncle Dave. "The guys" went swimming several times at the indoor pool and hot tub. Joseph loved showing Uncle Dave his swimming skills. Abigail tried the pool once, but was not a fan. Joseph also loved watching Disney's Cars 2 with Aunt Joyce--and as always, hearing her stories.
|We celebrated Uncle Dave's birthday (and Joseph's upcoming birthday)|
One of our favorite days, we took a daytrip to the end of the Outer Banks. We drove down and saw the Bodie Lighthouse, the Hatteras lighthouse, and then took a ferry across to Ocracoke Island where we saw the final lighthouse. The ferry was great fun. On the way over, we didn't realize you could get out of the car so we were all in our van for the 45 minute trip. We ate lunch together, and Abigail and Jospeh were We saw some huge sandbars that were coveredl like a blanket in black birds. The seagulls were following right along the ferry boat so I tossed a chip out the window to see if the gull would catch it. Indeed it did swoop and catch it, and looked like it was headed straight toward me for more. Joseph still laughs about how I started to panic and said, "Roll up the window, roll up the window!" I was afraid the bird was going to fly right into our car. It was a really fun ferry ride. The way home we figured out you could get out of the car so there was much more exploring (but less laughing and togetherness).
|The ferry ride home from Ocracoke|
As we waited for the ferry, there was a big parking lot filled with seagulls. Joseph chased them (which he has done for as long as I can remember) and Abigail walked up to them waving her little hand saying "hello!" It was very cute.
|Joseph and Mom at the Ocracoke lighthouse|
I was really interested in the demographics of the town and the groups of new Hispanic immigrants and the island dwellers whose families have been local to this area for generations. I was fascinated and ready to come live on Ocracoke and do an ethnographic study for my dissertation. I found the elementary school, a house for sale, and Marc said he'd love to work on a shrimping boat for a year. We stopped at a delicious little taco truck (Eduardo's taco--Eduardo was from Hidalgo, Mexico) and I chatted with Eduardo and then another man who worked at a nearby hardware store.Marc finally had to pull me away because we were about to miss our ferry.
February 19-25, 2012