Monday, October 22, 2012

On The Road Again: Outer Banks, NC

We were at the Outer Banks of North Carolina this weekend for the wedding of the daughter of our good friends, Kirk and Yasha. We used to go to the beach every summer with Kirk and Yasha and their three girls, another family, and a few assorted friends, and it was nice to hear that the reason the bride chose to get married there was because she has so many happy memories of summers spent on the Outer Banks.  A lot has changed on the Outer Banks--many of the old beach houses are now gone, replaced by fancy, pastel-painted mini-mansions, and lots of condo developments, so strange to see. Even the dunes in Kitty Hawk seemed smaller. On the other hand, we did find two restaurants we used to like that are still there, Sam and Omie's, and The Dunes.

It was a beautiful weekend, warm and sunny, so we spent some time on the beach, walking each morning, and reading on the beach in the afternoon. I was hoping to drive down towards Hatteras, but the weather was so nice we decided to spend time on the beach rather than in the car. 

Kitty Hawk Pier

The wedding was held in the Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo, which were just beautiful. There is a rose garden, an herb garden, a sunken knot garden, and masses of azaleas and camellias, many still in bloom in this warm weather. It was a fun weekend, and great to celebrate with their family and see old friends.

Taplin and Scott get married

Knot Garden
Queen Elizabeth I
Sisters of the bride, Mariah and Jessie

Friends, Phil, Kirk, and Dave

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