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My Whirlwind Vacation
Published on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 by

Or should I say… “my hurricane vacation?” Because my family vacation had a hurricane tucked in it. Let me share the following quote:

“The National Hurricane Center said Arthur is the earliest hurricane to hit North Carolina since records began in 1851. The previous record was July 11, 1901.”

The actual quote should read:

“The National Hurricane Center said Arthur is the earliest hurricane to hit North Carolina since records began in 1851. The previous record was July 11, 1901. Record breaking Hurricane Arthur will hit on the Fourth of July in 2014 because that is the day that Katherine’s entire family goes to Whalehead for a magical night of fireworks. Oh yea, and they love to swim.  So add several days of upwelling and rip currents… just because.“

Fortunately, after much preparation and anticipation, Arthur proved to cause less damage than many nor’easters we have experienced in Corolla. Let me show you the massive cleanup I had to conquer the day after the storm:

remember hurricane arthur

What else did I do on vacation?

I dyed my daughter’s hair.

dyed tips

I tweeted about a touron who was clearly NOT a beach superstar.

beach superstar

I called the Sherriff about a family who kept launching illegal Japanese Lanterns over the WOODEN HOUSES and DRY BRUSH in Corolla. I was the third to call. Just that week there was a house fire caused by illegal fireworks set off by renters. When a flaming lantern just missed our neighbor’s house, she marched to the beach herself and stopped the stupidity. I may sound judgmental, but fireworks are illegal in the Outer Banks for a reason. Safety. Flying balloons of fire. Uh huh.

illegal sky lanterns

I came across Milton the Turtle at the Whalehead Club docks and fed him at least six drumsticks. We could hear the bones crunching UNDER THE WATER!

giant obx turtle

My son treated me and my daughter to the best barbeque in Corolla from Corolla Village Bar-B-Que. You know the barbeque will be amazing when they only have outdoor tables.

best corolla bbq

I got bored waiting for people to wake up each day. So one morning I decided to make a Henna tattoo. And then I did another. And then another. This is why I should not get a real tattoo. I am afraid I will not be able to stop. (OK OK I’m going to get one!) There was much eye cutting at my tremendous artwork. Cough cough. NO ONE chose to make their own Henna tattoos after taking a look at mine. I’m just sayin.

turtle henna tattoo

mermaid henna tattoo

I walked on the beach the morning after Hurricane Arthur, taking pictures of windblown waves and of children practicing “safety first” with their hurricane-proof beach airbags.

windy waves

beach airbags

And do you know what else I did? I didn’t go online. I didn’t check Facebook posts more than eight times over ten days. I relaxed. And I READ A BOOK. <GASP!>

mom blog

  • You did your vacation the right way. Enjoy no matter what. Well except for the idiots with the illegal fireworks.

    Have a terrific day Katherine. 🙂

    • It is amazing how you can get in a relaxed mode if you just let yourself. Sure enough, as soon as I got back the stress began. I am SO BLESSED being able to recharge on the weekends and never take it for granted!

  • Ron

    Whew! Glad to hear Hurricane Arthur caused less damage than expected, Katherine. Having lived in Florida for 20 years, I know how MUCH damage they can cause because I’ve been through some very severe ones. Here in Philly, we kept hearing that we would be affected by Arthur, but we only got a bit of rain and wind. 4th of July day was actually a beautiful day – cool, breezy and sunny.

    AWESOME photographs! I especially love the ones of the windblown waves (WOW) and the last one. They look like they’re wearing large cotton balls!

    Faaaaaabulous work on your Henna tattoo. Way to go!

    ” I may sound judgmental, but fireworks are illegal in the Outer Banks for a reason. Safety. Flying balloons of fire. Uh huh”

    No, you don’t sound judgmental at all because that’s just plain dangerous and idiotic.

    Thanks for the recap of your vacation. Sounds likes you had an awesome one!

    • Ron… that’s right, you have seen REAL hurricanes with huge strength! The biggest I have experienced was a two that had category three winds off and one. I’m not sure if that officially makes it a three? I can think back to so much damage they have shown in Florida from hurricanes. If a three was coming here I think I would evacuate.

  • I was amazed to hear that those Japanese Lanterns have killed and injured many farm animals, in the UK. If one lands on sheep, it catches their fur on fire. I think they are trying to ban them, because of all the damage they cause. I hadn’t thought about that before and I don’t suppose many people do.

    I hope you managed to have plenty of fun on your holiday, despite the hurricane.

    • Sheep on fire?!?!?! SERIOUSLY!?!? It almost sounds like a joke… sheep running around in flames. We don’t have sheep around here so that just sounds so strange. I can’t IMAGINE. When it really happens – that is HORRIBLE. The pain the animal goes through. You wish that the person who set off the lantern could see the final result of their “folly.” SO SO SAD. I hope they ban them!!!

  • Glad the hurricane was no worse than it was and that you could still enjoy your vacation. I think I’ll pass on the tattoos, and btw ’em are some blue toes! 😉

    • Linda HA HA HA you know what? Those blue toes KILLED ME every time I hunted for seaglass. (which is about every second on the beach) I would look down and see a flash of blue and get excited. Only to see the blue was my toenail polish. EVERY… SINGLE … TIME. HA HA!

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