If sunset and dusk on the ocean side of the island is all about dramatic sand dunes and powerful waves, the sound side of the island is tranquil waters and meadows of long grass. So many of you asked about the house that we rented. Our family rented 2 houses, one on the beach side and one on the sound side. I didn’t do the reserving so I don’t know details, but the realty company that Mark’s family used was called Sound or Surf . We stayed in the sound side of the island (we needed a wheelchair accessible house, so I imagine that housing choices were limited, but I think we lucked out with this great house!). I don’t feel like we missed out on anything by not being right on the ocean since the ocean is so accessible and a short drive away. It wasn’t until our last night on the island that we explored the neighborhood and I’m so glad we took a walk at sunset because what we found was so unexpected. The beaches here were quiet, the water was still (great for mosquitoes, though, which were plentiful, so beware), and an elaborate network of boardwalks connected different areas of the beach.
You know, I remember thinking when I first got married that I was gaining not one, but 2 other families (Mark’s Washington family and his dad’s side on the East Coast). I’ve known them for so long now. It’s kind of cool, you know? Having all this other family after living with just your own growing up and feeling like you’ve been part of the clan forever. As cousins get married and babies are being born, the family is constantly changing and expanding. After the success of this family reunion we vowed to make it a regular thing, every couple of years or so.