It has been busy lately. Stefen and his family have been here for two weeks. It was so much fun to watch them frolicking in the surf...and to join them laughing, jumping, and catching waves (there have been some great body surfing waves lately!).
I was able to get my outboard motor purring like a contented kitten just before they arrived (it needed a new fuel pump), so they spent several days knee-boarding (similar to water skiing) in the sound. Sometimes they just motored out near Teach's Hole to swim or look for a few clams.
They went to shows at Deepwater Theater, laid in wait for Ghost Walks (they built an "air cannon" to startle folks), built sand castles, shopped, listened to island music, played cards, rode bikes, and enjoyed the near-perfect weather. On Thursday evening we took Eakin's homemade rocket to the beach and launched it. Built from two plastic soft drink bottles filled with water, and pressurized with a bicycle pump, it sailed more than 150 feet into the air. Lachlan thought it was "really cool."
Of course, I hated to see them leave!
Here are just a few photos Lou Ann took while they were here (click on any photo to see a larger image):
Tunneling in the sand one evening after supper:
Snee and Stefen:
Eliza, Zoe, & Eakin on the porch of the Black Schooner:
The Howard family on Howard Street:
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is Lou Ann's story of the Night Blooming Cereus Cactus. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news072111.htm.