This past week we took a little trip to North Carolina. It was cut short by Irene and mandatory evacuations, but nevertheless it was wonderful to see friends & family.
Here’s what we did:
On Friday we drove to NC after work, taking the long (and rainy) route down 301 to my parent’s house in Durham.
Saturday was the main event of the weekend- my cousin Elizabeth’s wedding and (lots o’ fun) reception in Raleigh.
Sunday we had lunch at Geer Street Garden in Durham with my friend Julia and my mom, and then drove down Route 70 to Morehead City for a couples’ weekend.
On Monday we watched the rain from the porch and then, after fueling up the boat, headed out to Cape Lookout. That night my sister Lauren and her boyfriend BJ made us Louisiana shrimp and fish tacos (yum!).
Tuesday our fishing/diving trip was blown out, so we relaxed for a while and then took the dogs over to the Radio Island beach. For dinner Dan and I made jalapeño crab cakes and whole stuffed pink snapper. Afterwards, there was drinking and dancing.
On Wednesday (another blown out offshore day) we loaded up the boat and headed to Shackleford Banks. On the way we spotted some birds, put out fishing lines, and trolled for a while. Afterwards we took a little harbor cruise of the Beaufort waterfront. That night we got all dressed up and headed out to Beaufort for a special birthday dinner (the Capt’n was 53!). After an amazing dinner we headed back to the swamp house for peach and blueberry mountain pie.
Lauren & BJ headed home Thursday morning, so Dan and I walked around Beaufort watching people board up their storefronts, did some fishing, and went out for burgers with the parents.
After helping the parents with some hurricane prep, we headed home Friday.
It was a lovely week.
1- The Canals of Our City by Beirut
2- Ocean Grace by Jump, Little Children
3- Starman by Seu Jorge
4- In the Sun by She & Him
5- A Pirate Looks at Forty by Jack Johnson