My son Stefen and two of his children, Eakin & Eliza, are here this week (Stefen's wife Snee and their eldest daughter Zoe couldn't make it this year). We took a little scud in my skiff on Friday, and spent Saturday afternoon at the beach with Lachlan. The waves were just about perfect -- big enough and frequent enough for some great boogie boarding and body surfing, and no dangerous rip currents. We had a wonderful time. Saturday evening we had a big family dinner. Afterwards the children filled balloons with water and had a grand time running around outside just being kids. Lou Ann and I sat on the porch as the sun was setting, watching the sky darken and listening to the sounds of children playing.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the Hurricane House and the Hurricane Boards. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news072112.htm.