It was high time to get o-u-t of the city and what better place to go to but the OUTER BANKS? My first experience in the Outer Banks was last summer and I absolutely loved it! My friend Katie has a house there and has been kind enough to let our DC crew crash there twice now.
Cape Hatteras, North Carolina was the #4 spot on America's Best Beaches this year and I can certainly vouch for its wonderfulness! The best part about the beaches at Hatteras is that you can drive your SUV straight onto the beach and park it. We have done this the past 2 summers with Laine's 4-Runner and have had much success (minus one incident this year...that's another story). We load up the troops and our gear and once we arrive at the spot of our choice we open the back hatch and car doors and blast music. It's the best.
Buck invested in a high quality eagle kite.
Samantha, Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte
This was Cooper's first beach trip! He had a life vest.
Another clutch addition to this year's trip was that Jordan bought a tent so that we had the options of sun or shade. My skin is still thanking Jordan.
The actual beaches and water are beautiful too--the sand is not exactly white, but it's tan, and the water was a deep blue green. We had great weather--a few clouds but nothing major and it burned off by noon.
I went on my first fishing trip. Six of us headed out early Saturday morning on the SEA DOG with Captain Chris Bock. We only did a half day trip, but we caught tons of fish (Spanish and Blue mackerel) and had a huge fish fry on Saturday night. It is believed that I reeled in the biggest fish--an honor that I am proud of! Our resident Marine, Grimes, caught the most fish. Be sure to ask him about his experience...
Reeling my fish in!
Nothing like raw fish for freshness...
Captain Chris making sashimi for us
Buck's shirt is off before 10am = bad sign
Katie, Ty and me
Buck, Ty, Kern
Hatteras is officially a tradition now since we have gone in 2009 and 2010. I hope to keep this tradition alive for years to come!