July 11, 2009

Toasty Brown {not the blog}

the flight of stairs leading to ocean paradise on a rainy day

But me. Yes, I'm a tad {sun}burnt. A little browner than your regular gal but I'm loving it. A little proof that showed how much I enjoyed my vacation at the beach.

celebrating 4th of July on the beach under a moonlit sky
{Pier illuminated in the background}

We went to Oak Island just off the coastline of NC. Sands were white and shores were filled with tons of sea shells and rocks. Great for collectors. The Pier was the highlight of the beach where Fishermen crowded the deck hoping to catch the King Fish , but instead has been catching several sharks, a hammerhead shark as long as 10 foot and baby sharks, for two straight days.

The Pier - a fisherman's paradise during the day
{8-10 foot shark and baby sharks were caught there too}

We stayed in one of the rental houses at Oak Island Accomodations. It is not a gated community as compared to Oceanlakes in Myrtle Beach SC so the rental rates are a lot affordable. A plus for families on a budget.

My New BestFriend- a Huge Pelican sitting on top of a lamp post

One thing that enamored me at this beach was the Pelicans! I've never seen so many. I took a picture of one of them sitting on a lamp post on the pier and was there for hours waiting for a treat from the fishermen.

Sea Weed or part of a coral reef ? Washed ashore by heavy waves

It rained a good 2 straight days and 2 stormy nights while we were there but we did manage to make the most out of the little sunshine we had. If you ever chance this area, it's a bit of an old part of town and the only Cafe' close by is the Flying Pig Coffeehouse which luckily offers free Wi-Fi. For some local icy treat, visit Luna Pops homemade gourmet frozen ice pops! So yummy! One great thing about this shop is that they have recycling buckets for the sticks which is upcycled in their Craft classes. And for your grocery needs? There's always Food Lion close by.

And if you're heading back to mainland via I-74, take a little detour on Pee Dee Orchard Farms shop right by the highway for some luscious, freshly picked Peaches and homemade Peach Ice cream! Wish I could bring it all home.

Friends Forever

Thank you to the Harrisons who invited us to join them in this getaway from it all vacation. It was a real treat, mostly so, to my dear daughter who bawled her eyes out when it was time to leave. Time does fly when you're having fun...


  1. I LOVE NC! And SC! I especially love the beaches in the Outerbanks, though. So beautiful! We recently visited both Carolinas in April, and it was a perfect weather week! The weeks before and after our trip were stormy, so someone was looking out for us, I think! :) I used to live in Charlotte, and I miss it so much! Looks like you all had a great time! Thanx for stopping by my blog! Have a great day! :)

  2. Glad you had a good trip. It looks amazing!! May I feauture this this on my blog Traveling the Blogosphere?

  3. That sea weed looked cool! Different from west coast for sure. Sorry it rained but it looks like you made the best of it. :)

  4. Looks like a beautiful part of the world - even with rain!

    Thanks for visiting my blog in Northern Ireland and commenting on my photo :)

  5. It looks like you really had a good time. Enjoyed the pictures. Hmmm I can just taste the homemade peach ice cream! lol

  6. Great pictures! It looks like you had fun despite the rain.

  7. It looks like it was a great vacation even with the stormy weather! Good luck on winning my Virtual Vacation! :-)

  8. Looks like it was a wonderful vacation!! So pretty there!!

  9. Sounds like a great vacation in spite of the weather. I don't know what I'd do if I reeled in a fish only to discover it was a hammerhead shark!

  10. It looks like such a wonderful vacation! The pier shot reminds me of how it looks by our pier here.

    I thought that pelican was a statue! LOL

  11. Looks like a fabulous vacation!

  12. How lovely! A vacation at the beach! Looked very dreamy. Were you able to take home that thing that look like a coral reef? Kindof cool:)

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

  13. Looks like such a great vacation! I think i may need to take a trip to the beach soon if i don't make it elsewhere. Vacation - where are you?

    Oh, and my mom loves her necklace :)


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