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Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

A while back, I found a nice waterproof film camera at a thrift store. I meant to test it before our trip, but I never did. It’s a Canon WP1 or something like that. Anyway, it worked well the first time I used it, at the beach. The waves were bigger that day due to distant Hurricane Igor, but some of us ventured out in the water to face the waves. We got knocked around pretty well, and my foot was sore until the next morning, but no permanent damage was done.



One of our friends is in this next shot, enveloped by the waves.





My friends were amused that I took the camera out in the waves. I’d dive toward a wave, holding the camera out, trying to get a good shot. I admit, I was pretty dedicated.

Later in the week, we did an amazing kayaking trip (more on this later), but sadly the film did not advance, so I have no kayaking photos. I have no idea if this camera will work the next time I try to use it, or not. I’m hoping that I can fix it, somehow.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Here are some photos from Cape Hatteras National Seashore, at the very southern tip of Hatteras Island. We didn’t do much here except walk around, though we did come back the next day to visit the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum.


The grassy vegetation here is typical for the Outer Banks.


In particular, Sea Oats were everywhere. Apparently some of these were planted by the Civilian Conservation Corps to prevent erosion. The island is basically a giant hunk of sand that’s constantly changing and eroding, due to the ocean waves and the constant winds.



Indian Blanket was also common.


A boardwalk takes you to the beach.





I am not sure, but I think this little guy who washed up on shore is a Blue Button.


So, this was a fun little excursion that didn’t take more than half an hour. It was well worth it! The fact that I didn’t have a bicycle allowed me to focus more on photography, which was a welcome change of pace.

And now, something completely different …

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Sarah and I are enjoying a wonderful vacation in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. For those not familiar with the Outer Banks, there is a tiny strip of land off the shore of NC, in the Atlantic Ocean. Check out this map. We are on Hatteras Island, which can only be reached via a bridge at one end, or a ferry at the other (or boat, of course).

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We rented a beach house with another couple and have been having a great time. Unlike our only other real vacation, this one is turning out to be rather relaxing. From our beach house, it’s just a short walk down to the beach, literally right out our backdoor.

Our first full day here it was quite overcast, and it rained on and off.






Since then, the weather has been absolutely beautiful … sunny, 70s at night, 80s during the day. We’ve sat on the porch …


… found the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, and climbed up for a better view.




… seen quite a bit of wildlife, including osprey, turtles, egrets, pelicans …







… and possibly our favorite, the Sanderling. These little birds run around on the beach. After a wave comes in, they peck in the water to try to find some food, following the water as it recedes. As the next wave comes out, they run back and start the process over again. It’s quite hilarious to watch.


We’ve also spent a good amount of time at the beach. I’ve never been much of a swimmer, but with the big waves you can’t swim so much as try to withstand the waves.




We’ve also seen a lot of these little crabs. These “ghost crabs” mostly come out at night, due to their sensitive eyes.


Suffice it to say, we’ve having a wonderful time.

I had reserved a rental bike for the week, but after seeing what a non-bike-friendly place this is, I cancelled the reservation. There’s only one road across the islands, and it’s a busy highway. So this is a purely non-bike trip. In a way, it feels good to have a break from riding, along with everything else.

There is much more to write, but I’ll get to it when I get to it.

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