OBX part III

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Great things about OBX in no particular order:

1. it feels über remote and special (the closest airport is 2 hours away in Norfolk, VA).

2. it’s a skinny strip of land off of North Carolina, in some parts you can see views of the bay and ocean on either side of you.

3. my family’s rental house in Pine Island: spacious, airy, tons of windows, huge bathroom, balconies, a hammock, ocean view…

4. eating grilled cheese after a morning on the beach. you’re a little crispy. it’s a little crispy.

5. seeing a dolphin!!!

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6. letting that summer sun glow be the only make-up you need.

7. seafood! lotsa crab in my tum.

8. body boarding in the Atlantic. it’s a thrill!

9. that small town feel. especially in the historic district of Corolla where we get BBQ from a little shack (see below).

10. living in my bathing suit.

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11. reading books (or kindles)! no computers at the beach!

12. the house is upside down. kitchen/family room at the top, bedrooms at the bottom.

13. cocktails! you best believe I hand squeezed that margarita lime juice for my fam! and dad stirred some classy boulevardiers.

14. mom and dad wake up way before me so the coffee has already been made!

15. my whole family (mom, dad, grandmom, willyman) loves it and is together, and that is the ultimate cozy boat my friends.

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OBX part II

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My family has been going on summer vacations to the Outerbanks off and on since I was a kid. A little (largely) known fact about me: I love to lay out and get a tan. I know! It’s so bad! But it feels so good (and some say is the perfect summer accessory). I got a good amount of body boarding and wave splashing in the Atlantic in this trip as well. We had lay-out worthy weather pretty much the whole week. The OBX beaches are so remote and unpopulated. I love the feeling of walking barefoot from our rental house (aptly named Gem of the Ocean) along the wooden walkway that leads you over the dunes to the beach. I truly think there is something therapeutic about an ocean. And you know the best part about a vacation? Waking up and knowing that the day is yours to do nothing. I’m a seriously guilty person. I have no clue why, but unless I’ve dedicated or deemed a day a “vacation day”, I feel guilty doing anything that isn’t serving a greater purpose/goal. So this week I let the feeling of no obligations wash over me. And let me tell you…it felt really good. I love these pictures because they really capture the feeling of what it’s like there–which is sometimes hard to do in land and seascapes. I also played around a little bit with my Diana F+ film camera. Don’t really know what I’m doing there yet, but I’m interested in seeing the results and will post when I get them developed.
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