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Buxton Trip - Jan. 11-21

Buxton Trip - Jan. 11-21




I flew into Norfolk last night, and drove down for my first winter trip to the Outer Banks today. On the drive down, my friend Kevin texted to see how close I was and said, “I just caught your dinner.” I couldn’t get here fast enough.

As always, I drove straight to the Hatteras Lighthouse, since it’s what first brought me to the Outer Banks. Then, I drove to the old lighthouse site, and kicked off my shoes so I could feel sand on my feet before it turns cold again. The temperature showed 68, but it felt like 38 on the beach. I stepped in the water a couple times, and it was ice cold, but I had to do it.

I was supposed to go to Kim and Kevin’s house for dinner around 5:30, but Kim texted me around 3:30, asking if I wanted to go the Point “now.” Of course, I agreed, and the three of us were out there until sunset. Kevin fished more while Kim and I walked all over, catching up and looking for shells. It felt warmer then and we were just wearing sweatshirts. I wasn’t expecting to see the Point today, so it made my whole day. From there, they sent me on a Tequila run, then we ate the drum Kevin caught earlier, with homemade tartar sauce, fresh shrimp, potatoes and Kevin’s homemade coleslaw. Best meal I’ve had since my last trip here, and so great seeing them again.

I noticed on the way back to their house that the lighthouse wasn’t on. Kevin texted a few people to see what was going on, but I haven’t heard anything yet. It’s really weird not seeing that beacon shining across the sky. I think about it often at night back home and look forward to seeing it at night, so I hope it’s fixed soon. I’m back at the motel now, and completely exhausted from the day’s activities, but so incredibly happy to be back here. I love this island. Here are a few pics before I turn in.


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Sunset at the Point.




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Pretty Buck we saw, driving back from the Point.




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Tons of shells at the Point.




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Lighthouse under cloudy skies, early afternoon.




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Pick up that olive shell for me! And have fun!



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Picked up a couple olives!


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You jumped right into doing the things you love...gotta love it Thumbs up


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Lovely photos!


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Nice, sunset at the point is great.


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70+ degs today. Don't think it is always like this in January!! Enjoy while it lasts.




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Welcome home, Jessica. Rainbow


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Sounds like you're having a really fun time. Keep it up!! Great report & pictures.


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Thanks, everyone! I just got back from the Point again. Kevin called and said he wanted to catch at least one drum, and asked if I wanted to tag along, as if I could ever turn down a trip to that wonderland. Huge whelks were rolling up as I walked along, and the very tip of the Point was blanketed in big, whole whelks. Kevin gave me a bucket, which I filled in 5-10 minutes. I only brought a small carry-on suitcase with me, so I’d planned on just shipping the shells back... until I picked up the bucket and felt the weight. Had to pick out my favorites and toss the rest back for someone else to find.

We were out there for more than two hours, and it was 67 degrees. It rained a couple times, but not too bad. The dry sand was warm on my feet, the wind was blowing pretty strong, and it felt great! Kevin caught one puppy drum, and he said he’s going to make us all some fish tacos with homemade salsa tonight. I’m taking a little break now for lunch before getting back out. Shot some more pics of today’s trip to the Point.




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Kevin, looking for future fish tacos.




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Lots of birds out.




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Glad you're having a wonderful time. Thanks for sharing your report and photos. You are making me very envious! We'll be down in May and can't wait. Wish I was fishing with Kevin.


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I always love reading your reports. Your love of the Outer Banks shows in every word your write. Have a great vacation!

John


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Love the shot of the gulls......looks like a painting!! Thanks for sharing your trip with us.


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I always love reading your reports. Your love of the Outer Banks shows in every word your write. Have a great vacation!

John

J4yDubs


Thanks, John! I do love it here; nowhere else I’d rather be.


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I spent a lot of time by myself at the old lighthouse site today. I’m sure the last day I’ll be able to be barefoot in the sand. It was sunny and beautiful, but foggy. The lighthouse looked ghostly.

The drum tacos were wonderful! After dinner with Kim and Kevin, I met up with another friend for drinks at the Inn on Pamlico Sound. A laid back night, listening to good music. Several people were talking about going to Turner’s in Avon afterward, but I’d had another long day, and was ready to crash. I got to catch up with Moe, the cab driver on the way home, which I always love doing. He always hugs me and says, “Love you, girl” when he drops me off. It was pouring rain the whole way home, and still is. The wind is is really strong right now, and whistles at times, reminiscent of my last trip here during Hurricane Maria. I can hear the ocean outside my window now, and it’s funny that as loud as it is, it’s just the thing that will put me right to sleep.

I told Kevin today at the Point that there’s no such thing as a bad day on this island, and he agreed. I love all of the constant changes out here, and find every little thing fascinating. The people who live here are the luckiest people I know.

Oh, and the lighthouse still isn’t working.


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I love your reports! As I thaw out from shoveling snow, this is exactly what I need. When you get there permanently, you're gonna post everyday, right!!??!!




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Thanks, Dean! I know I’m long-winded, but I get so excited about every little thing when I’m here! Haha Yes, whenever I’m finally able to move here, I’ll keep up the reports. My mom sent me a pic of her view back home in Indiana yesterday. They are covered in ice and snow, so I’m glad my flight was cancelled last week, and I was able to reschedule for this week. Hope you thaw out soon!


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Good morning! I didn’t sleep as well last night due to the storm coming through. The wind was insane, and was blowing the rain straight at my window. It sounded like someone kept throwing gravel at my window. I’m in a second story room at the motel, and the building kept shaking like the house I stayed in last time during Hurricane Maria. I had the dream again where the Sound flooded out Buxton, and was sure I would be surrounded by water when I got up this morning. Thankfully, no overwash here, but the welcome mats had all blown over and several signs and fixtures are down around the parking lot.

It’s 59 degrees now, but it felt warmer on my beach walk this morning than it did yesterday. It was just me and the birds out there at sunrise. The air smells great out here. I can’t get enough of it. Going to shower and start the day now. Here are a couple pics from my walk this morning. These moments are why I don’t bring friends with me, and why I don’t stay with friends when I come here. I need this alone time with the sunrise and the birds. I’m just in awe of this place everyday.




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Nice waves today, too!