Gavin and I grew up on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean, but our families both gravitated to the beach for vacation/holiday.
I sometimes wonder what it would have been like to be a family that traveled to the mountains instead or visited a new location on each vacation. I think it would have been fun to curl up on a comfy couch overlooking green valleys after a long hike or to have seen the big cities of the USA.
Though I’m curious from time to time about what family vacations could have looked like, I’m incredibly grateful that our family spot was the Outer Banks (OBX) of North Carolina. We’ve spent a week at the OBX nearly every summer of my life and it’s become like a second home. While my family was sunning it up on the east coast of the USA, Gavin and his family were partial to Holidays to Spain and often traveled to the same places.
Though I’ve been traveling to Nags Head since I was a baby, the earliest photo I can find is when I was 4 and the middle sister was just starting to stand with the help of furniture
When I was 7, my uncle and I “won” a go-cart race and I thought I was the COOLEST thing ever. Speaking of cool, check out my uncle’s fabulous 80s shorts!
A few years later, my sisters and I rocked the best sister pyramid ever. We own sunglasses — why we weren’t wearing them, I have no clue!
If we’re at the OBX over the 4th of July week, we head to Manteo to watch the fireworks. Get there early and bring a lawn chair!
In addition to enjoying the sand and surf, over the course of the week we’ll watch a few movies, buy a few ornaments at the beloved local Christmas shop, and climb Jockey’s Ridge (the largest natural sand dune on the east coast).
My dad and I will end up in a crab leg eating contest or two.
If I’m really motivated, I get up early enough to take in a sunrise or two.
Most of all, I enjoy spending time with my family at a place that means so much to every one of us.
Do you have a place that’s special to you and your family?
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