the magic hour on the sound side

June 10, 2011 |  Category:   family life travels

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.

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  • PInk Ronnie June 10, 2011 at 9:47 am

    I love how you’ve captured the dreamlike pastel colours of the sunset sky…

    It is really cool gaining your husband’s family. My parents and I came to Australia when I was four, and we’ve been here on our own pretty much my entire life (with my parents’ family overseas). These last seven years with Rick have been so awesome because suddenly I have a big family right here in Sydney!

    Thanks for sharing as always.

  • Ana June 10, 2011 at 10:03 am

    I love finding inspiration like this on blogs, simply stunning!

  • Cassie June 10, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Hi there. What beautiful photos! I wanted to let you know that I found your blog via Sometimes Sweet Blogger Spotlight and I’ve fallen in love with your blog. The photos tell a story worth reading. Consider me a new follower!

    Happy Friday

  • Bridgette June 10, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    love your vacation pictures/posts. beautiful. so glad you all got away and spent quality time together. cheers to summer! 🙂

  • Jhope June 10, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    That pic of the girls…, so sweet.

  • Emma June 11, 2011 at 4:37 am

    That third photo is stunning! Lovely photos overall you’ve shared with us, thank you :):)

  • sulu-design June 11, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    I came across your blog from a link on Cup of Jo – she mentioned the Outer Banks and I couldn’t resist clicking over here. As a child, I spent many summers in the Outer Banks (it took us two days in the car to get there from Ohio). Little did I know that the man I’d marry did the same (although he was coming from Virginia). Years after we were married, one of us mentioned a little restaurant in the Outer Banks – Sam And Omies – and we realized then that our paths may have crossed there when we were little as it was a favorite place of both of our families. I wonder if it’s still there. Your photos and posts have brought back such wonderful memories. Thank you.