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June 2016 In Motion

This summer, we’ve recorded an exorbitant amount of video. I’m trying to distill it down into a few short videos for the weekends. This is one such block. Later, I’ll post July, August, September, etc…

Weekend Video – June 18, 2016

The fullest weekend we’ve had in a long, long time. After a Saturday morning run, we went to Crown Center in KC to enjoy the fountain and an outdoor festival before heading in to Kaleidescope and then to Crown Center itself for an indoor picnic lunch. The next day we discovered Cave Spring Park on the Missouri side – what a gem! It has a great little cave that we all explored. It is not a city- or state-run park; rather it appears to be managed nearly entirely by volunteers — a couple of which we ran across on our hike. The park included incredibly varied terrain, including lots of dense forest, a creek, the cave, a little chicken coop in the middle of the forest, and some other oddities along the way. After the hike, we hit up a municipal splash pad not far from the park. After a long bath to rinse away the combination of sweat, sunscreen, and bug spray, we enjoyed an evening bike ride to top off the weekend.

Some day I’ll finally get around to curating all the beach trip video; I have no idea when.

The Beach – 2016 – In Photos – Part 2

After arriving at the beach, the girls couldn’t get enough time in the sand.

We checked out surfers that were having more luck than we anticipated in the waves right outside our door: 160524 252

We dug for buried treasure after finding a map in a bottle:

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A midday trip to the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kitty Hawk, with a picnic lunch: 160524 374 160524 381


Back at the beach in the afternoon, my dad and his wife visited and we were tasked with burying the girls in the sand.  I am told that when I first visited this beach, I wanted nothing to do with being buried in the sand until Natasha went first; then I wanted to be buried too.  The same held true for Lula and Mae:  Lula was eager, Mae apprehensive, but after Mae confirmed Lula’s approval (see the grin below), she couldn’t resist:
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Evening on the beach, as the sun set behind the house: 160524 496

Shell hunting in pajamas: 160524 501 160524 503 160524 506 160524 513

An evening drone flight over the beach: 

The next day, we started out early, to get a jump on the long lines for the ferry to Ocracoke Island.  It turns out we didn’t have to wait too terribly long and fortunately, the weather was perfect, so the wait wasn’t an issue.  

160525 028 Pink Bear accompanied us to the island: 160525 043

Kind of cool to see our present location on the iPhone map as over the water: 160525 064


The rumors of abundant seashells on Ocracoke Island proved true: 160525 019

We may have been a little overcautious with the sunscreen on Mae, but better safe than sorry. 160525 080

Standing on a beach on a sunny, 80-degree day with no other people as far as the eye can see in either direction was pretty incredible.  160525 130

160525 020 160525 138The little specs on the beach are us; the blue car parked on the side of the road is ours.  

An overhead view, looking south from our location.  DCIM100MEDIADJI_0034.JPG DCIM100MEDIADJI_0056.JPG DCIM100MEDIADJI_0087.JPG

We drove south a bit after leaving the beach while briefly considering trekking up the Ocracoke Island lighthouse, but by the time we got there, both girls were completely conked out.  After an exhausting day at the beach, we didn’t have it in us to wake them.  I hustled in for our National Parks Passport cancellation and we made tracks back north.

The wait for the ferry was again relatively brief, as compared to peak times of the day.  We are about 12 or 13 cars back in this line: DCIM100MEDIADJI_0107.JPG DCIM100MEDIADJI_0119.JPG

Back at the beach the next morning, we were greeted by another unexpected sight: dolphins just off the coast! 160528 007 160528 020

And lots of flocks of birds, streaming north: 160528 033 160528 046

Before leaving the beach cottage, we discovered an old pirate flag on the porch that had to be flown before we could depart: 160528 060 160528 085

After leaving the beach, we drove west through North Carolina.  As great as the beach was, some trees (and their shade!) were welcome sights.  Umstead State Park was our midday stop, on the way to Asheville.
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The Beach – 2016 – In Photos – Part 1

In late May, we embarked on the longest roadtrip we’ve taken since the girls were born – a 10 day trip centered on several days on the beach of the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  Photos will be posted in groups – this is part 1 of three — the trek East.

Lunch day 1 at the St. Louis Arch.  Construction on the arch grounds had a large area blocked off, but we were still able to access the arch and go beneath to the museum and gift shop. DCIM100MEDIADJI_0006.JPG 160520 004 DCIM100MEDIADJI_0014.JPG

Looking West, at the Old Courthouse: DCIM100MEDIADJI_0040.JPG DCIM100MEDIADJI_0054.JPGIn line to get (free) tickets to enter the underground portion of the arch. 
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Heading east through Kentucky…160521 009

Lunch on Day 2 — at the New River Gorge Bridge in West Virginia160521 039 160521 092

Adding a cancellation to our National Parks Passport books:
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The small gift shop across the street from the Parks grounds proved irresistible: 160521 146 160521 157

Looking south through the gorge.  We took the narrow winding road down from the Visitor’s Center to the gorge below — the road in the center-left of this frame.  DCIM100MEDIADJI_0009.JPG



Heading east through central Virginia on Day 3: 160521 188

Arrival in Hampton – midday Day 3:

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Arriving on the beach – early evening Day 3: 160522 084 160522 092 160522 096 160522 128

First souvenir stop on Day 4 — a local t-shirt shop. DCIM100GOPROGOPR9568.

Lula wasn’t excited by me repeatedly asking why this chair was so small. DCIM100GOPROGOPR9583. DCIM100GOPROGOPR9599.

The red roof cottage was our home for four days: DCIM100MEDIADJI_0007.JPG DCIM100MEDIADJI_0016.JPG DCIM100MEDIADJI_0027.JPG DCIM100MEDIADJI_0068.JPG 160524 009 160524 029 160524 036 160524 061

Day 4 – Bodie Island Lighthouse: 160524 089

The first beach day’s shell haul: 160524 121 160524 131 160524 156

Late night thunderstorms off the coast: 160524 204

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