Showing posts with label OCEAN ISLE 12-2012. Show all posts
Showing posts with label OCEAN ISLE 12-2012. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

December at the Beach --Part II

If you missed Part I from our beach trip, click HERE.   Today I will share with you one more group of pictures from our wonderful --but short--trip to the beach from Dec. 11-14, 2012.  Above is a picture  of our home that week,  the Islander Inn.  Our unit is the top one on the left (above the gazebo).

Here is a picture showing the units from a distance.  If you locate the gazebo,  you can see our unit on the top...  If you ever get to this area, we recommend the Islander Inn.  For a reasonable price, you get a king bed, oceanfront room with balcony,  sofa/chairs, bath, flatscreen cable TV,  internet access, free breakfast,  frig/microwave, coffee pot,  etc...  It's perfect for a few days at the beach for two.  (They do have larger rooms for families.)

As I mentioned in Monday's post,  Calabash Seafood is one of our very favorite foods --and we enjoy it every night we are in that area..  This time we ate at three different restaurants:  Captain Nance's,  Ella's and the Boundary House.   Our all-time favorite restaurant there (DOCKSIDE) was not open... But--the others were all good...

The top left photo was a picture of George and I taken at the Boundary House... The outside of the Boundary House (boundary of North Carolina and South Carolina) is on the bottom right..   The top right was one of the older Calabash restaurants,  Ella's... The bottom left is a picture of George telling me to quit taking pictures ---and let's get inside and have some SEAFOOD.... The seafood (scallops and shrimp) is pictured in the center... YUM.

In Monday's post,  I showed you a neat picture showing the sun's rays shining down on the water.   Here's another picture that I love,  and thanks to George for taking this one.

If you remember,  I mentioned in Monday's blog, a 'tiny' (ha) beach house that I thought I would like to have.   I 'hearted' that mansion when we were there last May... Above is a picture I took in May --when they were working on that beach house.

Here is a close-up of the 'mansion' when we were there in December.  They obviously are still working on this house... Can you imagine the cost of that place??????  GADS---maybe they'll allow me to be one of the maids!!!!! ha

The sun finally did come out!!!!  Look at those blue skies!!!!  It's quite a bit different from the gray, cloudy skies, isn't it?????

Here is a collage showing you the PIER at Ocean Isle Beach in different weather situations.... Thought you would enjoy seeing how different it looks at different times...

Here's a picture George took of me.  It doesn't need any explanation!!!!! ha

Finally,  I'll close with some pictures of the gorgeous SUNRISE we saw from our balcony.   Now--you can see all of the reasons we love to come to the beach in December!!!!!!  Seeing both sunrises and sunsets is just awesome.  It was wonderful! 

Hope you enjoyed our pictures... As you know,  we love that place --and will return again in MAY, 2013...

Have a wonderful Wednesday.  I finally got all of the Christmas decorations put away for a year!!!  The house looks so bare now!!!!


Monday, January 7, 2013

December 2012 Beach Trip

From December 11-14,  2012,  we made a quick trip to our favorite beach,  OCEAN ISLE BEACH, in North Carolina.   As most of you know, we go there every May for several days and really enjoy it.  Then a couple of years ago,  we made a 2nd trip there in December.  WELL---we enjoyed it so much in December that we decided to go again.

Why do we enjoy the beach this time of year????  WELL---first of all,  we can walk on the beach and have the entire area almost to ourselves.  Secondly,  this time of year, we can enjoy sunrises AND sunsets from our balcony...  And--you know how much we love sunrises and sunsets over the water!!!!!!   Thirdly, and very important,  we love fresh Calabash seafood --and can't get it in Tennessee... SO--we go to EAT at our favorite restaurants...

I will show you some of our photos from this short trip in a couple of posts.  Hope you enjoy them.  Be sure to click on them for enlargements. Above is a picture George took of me the first time we walked on the beach after getting there on the 11th!!!  I will say that it was quite cold while we were there..  BUT--we still loved it...Can you see all of those people making the beach so crowded???? ha ha

We love walking on the beach this time of year.  Yes,  it was quite cold ---but OH--so much fun!!!!! You can see the fishing pier WAY in the distance.

How cold was it???  WELL---cold enough so that all of these little birds were huddled up together trying to stay warm....  Poor little guys!

This will also show you how COLD, windy and drizzly it was.... BUT--again I say,  it was not nearly as cold as the day we spent at Grandfather Mountain in November.... I've NEVER been THAT cold before....ha

Here  are some of the things we enjoyed at the beach this time:
Top left--lots of birds;  Top right---nobody there but US  (that is George in the picture);
Bottom left---Betsy drooled over that tiny little beach house in the distance--ha;
Bottom right--Great reflection of the pier in the water/sand;
Center--a Sand Dollar I found;  Neat, huh?????

Our motel (Islander Inn) is not far from the fishing pier... SO--when we walk on the beach,  we usually walk to the pier and beyond  one direction --and then walk the other direction at another time.  I took this picture of George as we wandered around the pier.

We didn't get to see the moon over the water this year ---but we did enjoy watching the sun peak through the clouds... I love pictures of sunbeams... Do you?

Finally,  here are some of our photos of the sunset....  After a mostly cloudy week,  the sun came out on Dec. 13 ---and really showed off for us.  Isn't it marvelous?

I have one more post from this trip --including a sunrise and some blue sky pictures!!!! If you want to see that post,  click HERE.

Hope you will have a fabulous Monday!