Showing posts with label VACATIONS. Show all posts
Showing posts with label VACATIONS. Show all posts

Monday, May 11, 2015

OH---How we LOVE the BEACH

George and I spent last week (May 2-7, 2015)  at our favorite beach area,  Ocean Isle Beach,  North Carolina.  I am a 'mountain-gal'  and love living in  the mountains.  However,  I also LOVE going to the beach once or twice a year --just for my 'beach fix'.

When we can,  we go to Ocean Isle in both December and in May.  Even though it's the same beach and same inn (Islander Inn) and even the same room (we request it),  things are very different in December than they are in May.

In December,  we can enjoy seeing both sunrises and sunsets from our balcony.  Because of the movement of the sun--we cannot see this in May.  BUT---this May we got to see something just as good,  a full moon over the water.

In May,  we take our beach chairs and can sit and enjoy the sunshine.  Obviously,  we cannot do that in December.  However, we can walk (and we do) a lot on the beach both in December and in May.

Most of you know that both George and I LOVE good seafood---and we think that Calabash Seafood (DOCKSIDE RESTAURANT in particular) is the BEST.  SO--I'll admit that another reason we love going to the beach is for the seafood!!!!  But--as I told my Facebook friends last week,  we walk and walk and walk each day --so that we can ENJOY that 'fried' fish without gaining weight... Works for us!

Today,  I am sharing a few pictures from our week at the beach.  Hope you enjoy the photos..  Be sure to click on them for enlargements.  The picture above was taken on 5/3/15 from our balcony ---showing the waves at sunset...

We just HAD to get out and take a walk on the beach the first day we got there (5/3/15).
In the picture above,  George has on his new shirt (which I gave to him --actually to us) for his birthday in March.  The shirt says:  "Money Can't Buy You Happiness,  but it can Buy You CAMERAS, and That's Kind Of the Same Thing"..... Cute, huh---and appropriate?????? ha

Fishing Pier near the Islander Inn (where we stay) ---taken at sunset (5/3/15)

Full Moon over the Water  (How romantic is that!)  --5/3/15
We lucked up that week to be there during the full moon... AND---even luckier was the fact that it rose over the water.  We could see this beauty from our balcony.   WOW!

Look at the reflections in the water --from the pier!  (taken 5/4/15)

Islander Inn,  Ocean Isle,  North Carolina  (5/4/15)
We've talked about the Islander Inn quite a bit through the years.  It is the perfect place to stay IF you want to be RIGHT on the beach.  For a good price (off-season price),  you have a comfy king bed (or two queens),  TV/free wifi,  small fridge, microwave, coffee pot,  etc..... We love it and it's perfect for us!

Clouds and Waves  (5/4/15)
Each day is always different..  Sometimes we have gorgeous blue skies and no clouds;  sometimes we have clouds like this picture;  and sometimes ---we get rain clouds!!!   The same is true of the WIND--sometimes, no wind  and sometimes,  a lot!

Kites ALL around us  (5/5/15)
This was another surprise this year besides the full moon.   A man came and flew his four kites near where we could enjoy them.  This picture was taken from the beach --looking UP at three of the four kites.

We walked the beach on 5/5/15 ---and of course took pictures.. The tide was going out ---so we had LOTS of beach to walk on!

One day George wore his Chicago Cubs shirt ---so on this day (5/5/15),  he had to wear his MICHIGAN Wolverines shirt... He always get comments on his shirts from others.

An Angry Ocean  (5/6/15)
We had fantastic weather this year with no rain at all --until the morning (5/7/15) when we left for home.  BUT---we could tell on the 6th that a storm was coming.  We had already planned (thank goodness) to leave on the 7th ---but a tropical storm hit that area --and they had nothing but clouds and wind and rain for the next several days.  SO-as usual,  we were lucky to have chosen the days we did --since our weather was PERFECT while we were there.  Thanks be to God!

On our last night there,  even though we couldn't see the sun going down,  we enjoyed a fabulous sky AFTER sunset.  Aren't those colors awesome?  (taken on 5/6/15)

Us  at Islander Inn,  Ocean Isle Beach, 5/6/15
We bought these new shirts on our last trip to Amicalola Falls State Park  (Georgia) in April.  I love the color ---so I thought they'd be great to wear while we were at the beach.

I cannot thank those of you who came to my two Tulip blog posts last week,  even though I was on a blog-break and didn't respond to your posts.  That meant SO much to me ---and I'm so glad that you didn't give up on me.  I keep lists (because I'm a 'nut-case') of who visits ---and I was thrilled to note that so many did visit last week.  Thanks from the bottom of my heart!!!!  YOU are special!  I promise to visit your posts this week. Much Love to ALL!

Hope you had a fantastic Mother's Day Weekend... I certainly did!!!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina Vacation ---January 2015--Part II

Two people in love at the Gazebo on 1/27/15
If you missed Monday's post (Part I of our trip),  click HERE.     Today I'll share more beautiful pictures from our days last week at the beach...

What we LOVE about going to the BEACH:
-Going during the off-seasons when there aren't many people around, and the prices are cheaper;
-Islander Inn --right on the beach where we can sit on our balcony and enjoy the ocean;
-Leaving our room door opened (even all night) so that we can hear the ocean;  SO Peaceful!!!
-The SEAFOOD --especially at Dockside Seafood Restaurant in Calabash;
-Walking on the Beach (getting exercise so that I could eat that fried seafood);
-Finding shells and watching the Birds;
-Watching the clouds (always different from one day to the next)
-Sunrises and Sunsets (can be viewed from our balcony in winter)
-SUNBEAMS ---which we saw this past week!!!!
-Just being able to totally relax, read, sleep/nap, work on the computer ---anything we want to do!!!!!
-For me this time especially,  we used the steps most all week rather than the elevator;  That gave my bum knee LOTS of good exercise!!!

George eating his favorite Seafood (those big, yummy fried Scallops)--Photo taken on 1/28/15
As I mentioned,  we love Dockside Seafood Restaurant in Calabash---so we managed to go there 3 out of four evenings...  We even got to know our waitress (who is from West VA)...  SUCH wonderful seafood!

The other night (when we weren't at Dockside), we went to another favorite restaurant in Calabash,  The Boundary House.  That is where we get the best PRIME RIB ever!!!!! 

We had never eaten beside the beautiful fireplace at Dockside until this year --but we loved it.  Photo taken on 1-25-15

NO---I'm NOT in the water!!!!!  Photo taken on 1/26/15
George was wandering around the dunes taking photos ---and he captured this picture of me playing Peek-A-Boo..... It looks like I am standing in the water --but I'm not... TOO COLD!!!! ha

SUNSET on 1/27/15
Except for Jan. 26,  the weather was wonderful the entire time we were there. (Even the 26th was not bad though.) We photographed  3 beautiful sunsets  (1/25, 1/27, and 1/28) while there.  This is when the sun was almost 'going going gone'..... Isn't this a beauty?

Lots and lots of BIRDS  (photo taken on 1/26/15)
We enjoyed watching the birds all week...  I guess they love it when 'they' can rest and not be bothered by lots of people on the beach... Most of these are GULLS  I think.

My Wonderful Man enjoying walking on the beach  on 1/27/15
Don't you love seeing the puffy clouds?  AND did you notice that there were no people out walking????  There are usually a few locals who live nearby who walk usually very early in the morning or late in the afternoon.  BUT--when we were out during the day,  we sometime were the ONLY people around!!!!  We loved it.

This Girl was so happy to be there --and be WALKING. Photo on 1/26/14;
Even though my knee is still painful,  it is gradually getting better.  I enjoyed walking on the beach ---and got some good exercise.

SUNRISE on 1/28/15
As much as I loved the sunsets,  the sunrises were even more beautiful (mainly since they were not at an angle like the sunsets were).  Thanks be to God for all of this beauty we enjoyed.

The morning we were leaving ---1/29/15
I was standing out in the parking lot as we were getting ready to leave Ocean Isle Beach..  The sun hadn't come up yet---but the sky was gorgeous....I loved seeing the Palm Trees and the Gazebo from this angle.

Oh how marvelous it is to be out in God's Beautiful World   (1/27/15)
I wanted to end these two sets of photos with this one because it expresses my deep feelings about our time at Ocean Isle Beach.  There are many beautiful places in our country --and this is just ONE of them.  BUT---if we all just take time to get out and look around and enjoy what God has provided for us,  we will be a better people for doing so.  Thank you God and thank you,  George,  for making this such an incredible vacation.


Monday, February 2, 2015

Ocean Isle Beach Trip--January 2015

The SUNSET from our balcony the day we got there,  1/25/15
Hello Friends,   First of all --let me welcome all of you to FEBRUARY.  Let's make this entire month a month filled with LOVE.   I added new quotes on my right sidebar of my blog--so check it out for many quotes about LOVE.  I think you will enjoy them!!!!!

George and I just got home the end of last week from several days at Ocean Isle Beach in North Carolina... Most of you know (if you have followed my blog for several years) that there are two places we absolutely love.  These two places are the Islander Inn at Ocean Isle Beach,  North Carolina, and Mt. Nebo in Arkansas... We go to Mt. Nebo once a year and we go to Ocean Isle twice a year.  However,  this year,  our December trip to Ocean Isle got cancelled due to my knee problem.

After taking care of me for two months (while I sat on my backside doing nothing except hurting) ---I knew that George definitely needed a vacation after my knee surgery.  (Actually,  I needed that vacation also!)  SO---we went this past week and had a marvelous time.

Some of you may also remember that George took me to Ocean Isle Beach after my gallbladder surgery last May...  That (as was this past week) was 'Just what the Doctor Ordered'.... Hopefully,  I have had my LAST surgery for a long long time... ha

Today I will share 11 photos from this latest trip ---and will show 11 more on Thursday... Hope you enjoy this latest trip of ours!!!!!! Be sure to click on the photos for enlargements.

Dockside Seafood Restaurant,  Calabash,  North Carolina
Not only do George and I enjoy the beach/waves/sky, etc.---but we also LOVE LOVE LOVE the seafood from Dockside at Calabash.  The plate contains our two favorites,  fried scallops and fried shrimp... They also have the BEST hushpuppies in the entire world.....  This year though we were smart!  We took an extra cooler and some containers ---so that we could take some of that wonderful seafood home with us for more meals!!!!!  YUM...

Us on the Beach,  1/26/15
There were almost NO people around while we were there at the beach --so most days we had the beach all to ourselves.  However,  we met a lady who was also walking on the beach that morning and she offered to take our picture together.   You can see our inn where we stayed (Islander Inn) behind us.

SUNBEAMS on 1/26/15
This picture shows you how different one day can be from another.   We wanted to see a sunrise (1/26) ---but it was VERY cloudy.   We didn't get any rain (until about 5 p.m --and even that wasn't much) ---but when we went outside to see if we would see a sunset (like we had seen the night before) ----God gave us SUNBEAMS instead.... I love sunsets --but I also love clouds and sunbeams...  Isn't this a neat photo?????  Wow---thanks be to God.

On 1/26 ---we did get to walk on the beach despite the weather.
I love clouds ---and we had them only on one day when we were there (1/26).. The waves were also stronger that day ---which made for some great pictures... Speaking of waves,  we love to leave the door to our room open at nights -so that we can sleep while listening to the waves... VERY peaceful!!!!

The Beginning of a gorgeous day ---1/27/15
On the VERY early morning of 1/27,  we stood on our balcony to see what the sunrise would provide for us.  Even though there were still lots of clouds around,  we loved all of the colors which this one gave us... Wow----again I say,  Thanks be to God.

Walking on the beach on 1/27/15
As you can see,  the beach looked very different on this day compared to the day before.  The clouds were disappearing and the waves were fairly calm.   Look at all of the shells!!!!!!!

One of George's Creative Photos
I know that George will share his terrific photos on his blogs ---but I just had to share one that I love.  He was standing behind one of the palm trees at the Islander Inn  at sunset.... Don't you just love this one?  I certainly do.

Betsy is SO happy to be there!!!!
On 1/27,  we enjoyed walking on the beach.  You would be proud of me that week.  I was really exercising the 'bum leg'....  We took walks on the beach every day --and most of the time,  twice a day.  I also made myself take the stairs (instead of the elevator) most all week --since going up and down steps is good exercise for my knee... I did fairly well!!!!

A gorgeous sunset on 1/28/15
After seeing the Sunbeams the night before,  we enjoyed gorgeous sunsets (with almost no clouds) both on 1/27 and 1/28.

The beginning of another gorgeous day on 1/29/15
We were leaving that morning --and didn't have time to wait to actually see the sun pop up.  BUT---we did enjoy seeing the sky at sunrise just before that sun rose.

Hope you enjoyed these photos from our trip.  I will share another group on Thursday,  Feb. 5.   Please stop back by then!!!  AND--don't forget to check out my quotes this month on the right sidebar.  Thanks!!!

I also have a short blog post on my Photo Blog (click HERE)...  Check it out if you have time.   And---if you want more information on the Islander Inn in Ocean Isle Beach,  NC--click HERE.