Fall is traditionally my favorite season. Though I've reached a point in my life now now that I love and appreciate each season, cherishing something different about each one, there will always be something special to me about Autumn. One of the things I really love about Fall is going to the beach, especially in the early part of the season where there is still a lot of activity but the crowds have died down, and the weather is still usually warm and nice.
The last weekend of September, Mitchell and I went to Nags Head on North Carlina's Outer Banks. Believe it or not, in 2 years of dating this was our first trip to the beach together as well as our first real vacation to an exotic location. Even though it was only 3 days and 2 nights, we had a blast and enjoyed out stay in an oceanfront hotel room with a fabulous view. The weather was supposed to be gorgeous and warm, but the remnants of a Tropical Storm passed offshore and caused a lot of wind and heavy surf. This made for some chilly afternoons and evenings, but with sunny days and temps in the 70's, the weather was pretty nice overall. At least it didn't rain.
|Red flags mean no swimming in the heavy surf...view from our 5th floor hotel window...|
|Sunset as seen from Jennette's Pier..|
|Brenda and I on the end of Jennette's Pier...|
After we left the pier, Brenda and Dave left to go back to Norfolk and Mitchell and I went for some ice cream, did a little more shopping and drove down to Oregon Inlet where we drove across the Bonner Bridge to Hatteras Island and then came back across to see the Bodie Island Lighthouse. It was getting dark by then so we went back to the room for awhile to freshen up and rest a bit before going for a few drinks and a late dinner at the Outer banks Brewing Station. Brenda and I took a picture at the Brewing Station during my trip in May, which I talked about in my earlier post, Really Big Update. Saturday night, Mitchell and I enjoyed a great dinner and as soon as were finished, some men removed our table and the spot we had been eating became a dance floor..:) It seems that between 10 and 10:30, this place morphs from a bar/ restaurant into a dance club. We sat at a table on the side for a little bit, but while I enjoyed the dance music, it was very, very loud and the bar was quickly becoming packed, so we went back to the room and called it a night. I don't think that we are too old to enjoy the nightlife, but we were tired from a long, fun, Fall beach day.
|Mitchell and I on the pier Saturday...|
|Bodie Island Lighthouse...|
|Mitchell wore the shirt I gave him for our anniversary Saturday night. He loves this bowling shirt, similar to what Charlie Sheen wears in Two and a Half Men.|
|Waterside dining at the Lone Cedar Cafe...|
|Sunday on the pier...|
The only thing that could make the Fall beach experience any better is to go back again. Tomorrow I am heading back down to the Outer banks to visit my friend Lisa Lesher, who lives 10 miles from the northern bridge at Kitty Hawk. We had planned to go fishing, as I mentioned in my summer blog, Independence Day, but it looks like another weather system is bring both wind and rain this week, so we will just have to see about any fishing. She also lives a short distance from Tidewater, Virginia, so I know we will be going there for shopping, meeting some friends and more fun stuff. Stay tuned to see what all happens, as it is time for yet more fun here in Tammy World..:)
Video of Friday evening surf and sunset, as seen from Jennette's Pier in Nags Head, North Carolina....
|The big one that didn't get away. Hello from the Outer Banks. Wish you were here!!|