Happy Monday! 

What’s that?  ….I sound a little too chipper for a Monday afternoon?

…Well I suppose you’re right.  I’m not usually in such high spirits on a Monday.  This good mood can only be attributed to one of two reasons:

A: I am still enjoying the bliss that is summer vacation, and in complete denial of the impending return to work in the fall (sorry kids)


B: I just returned from a week-long beach vacation with great friends

Here’s a hint:


Technically, both are true, but this post is referring to a recent vacation in Salvo, NC.  My first trip to the outer banks was an incredible one.  Great weather, good food, drinks, and friends.  While I didn’t take as many pictures as I had planned, I came home with a good sampling of images that represent the overall experience.  Take a look:

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Pit stops at the Weeping Radish brewery, and Outer Banks Brewing Station

OBX Stars

Witnessing the amazingly clear night sky after dark.  No street lights here, so the stars were incredibly bright.  I wish we could have stayed for the recent meteor shower!


Waking painfully early to watch the breath-taking sunrise over the water.  Well worth the effort.

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Swinging by the “Scotch Bonnet” for some delicious fudge and saltwater taffy.


And finally, snapping a few shots of the largest lighthouse in the nation (Mrs Wynn, Mrs. Gillem… this is for you)!

Overall, the trip to the Outer Banks was more than I could have imagined.  I’m looking forward to a return trip very, very soon!

Take a look at the rest of my photos below and have a happy Monday!  Please excuse me while I savor this post-vacay bliss just a bit longer…