This year's trip to the North Carolina Outerbanks beach was the second week of June 2011. But it began with a day trip to the Duke University library to physically access and view their Collection of South Asia pamphlets on Friday the 10th June 2011. Then Saturday was a drive straight east, near the end through (surprise to us) the burning peat fire of Pains Bay in the Alligator River park, just before going over the bridge to Manteo and our rental house in South Nags Head.
Then the week at the beach, hanging out at the south Nags Head beach, Coquina beach, a beach near Pea Island, one near Frisco (Sandy Bay), and the beach nearest to the town of Ocracoke. Thursday we had a nice trip to see the Art Show at Avon's Hatteras Realty, with Stephanie Kiker, Scott Gibb, Nancy Costanza, and other artists.
We cooked great evening meals of fish and shrimp from Bill's, Austin, and Whalebone seafood markets, as well as dining out at Sooey's BBQ, Nags Head Pier, Thai Moon, and Sugar Creek restaurant.
The water was very cold in the north, but much warmer on the southern beaches; shells were almost nil. We had smoke in our area the first 3 days, but not later when it shift south or was dispersed by Friday morning rain. That was new - and Deej kept a watch on the smoke situation via the Internet.
Then the trip home Saturday the 18th June 2011, on very crowded, bumper to bumper Interstates (but it kept moving along most of the way).
A nice vacation.