Lou Ann arrived late Friday night, with her son, daughter-in-law, and two grandsons. Saturday morning we made our first excursion to the beach (the boys had been to the Gulf of Mexico, but had never seen the Atlantic Ocean). Lachlan, of course, went along. The three boys frolicked in the surf, riding their minature boogie boards over and over again. After we adults had had enough the boys busied themselves at the tide line constructing sand castles and moats. Their eyes lit up whenever they discovered tiny crabs or coquinas.
On Saturday the other two sons and their families arrived just in time to explore the NOAA research vessel tied up at the Park Service docks. The captain and crew graciously hosted an "open house" from 5 pm - 7 pm. After touring the boat and learning about the shipwrecks they were documenting, we enjoyed an outdoor showing of the Disney movie "Oceans."
Yesterday I took Lou Ann's three sons out into Pamlico Sound to gather clams (more about that in a future post) while the women and children spent a morning at the beach.
It feels like I'm on vacation on Ocracoke Island!
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the autobiography of Frank Treat Fulcher. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news052111.htm.