Thursday, June 13, 2013

OBX Day 6: Hot, Hot, Hot

During our trip my sister-in-law Jamie noted that my brother Tay is very good about golfing early in the morning on weekends so that it doesn't get in the way of other plans. Tay and I got up at the crack of dawn to golf a round at the Carolina Club.

Jamie further noted that he is often so wiped out from early golf that he needs to take a nap. This was the case at the children's museum.

Most days in OBX were an ideal temperature, but this particular day was a bit of a scorcher. Since the girls only wade in shallow holes of sludge, we didn't think that a trip to the beach would provide much relief from the sun and heat. Instead, we headed to the children's museum, which was deliciously cool and comfortable.

The interactive exhibits covered many aspects of life, including shopping, doctors, tools and exercise; however, it also had some unique North Carolina features. There was a large "Carolina Flare" style fishing boat that kids could climb in and around, which was complete with fishing gear.

The kids really enjoyed themselves. I was also inspired by some of the things I saw there and decided we should incorporate some things into our basement. I have big plans.

In the afternoon we drove north to the town of Duck, which has a really neat boardwalk and a reputation for good donuts. Unfortunately, the donut shop was already closed and Ava tripped on the boardwalk and smacked her sore tooth again. This meant that the New York half of our party spent a while relaxing in the cool interior of the vehicle, while the Canadian half explored the boardwalk. Normally, I wouldn't be a fan of so much wind, but I can see how the constant breeze is what makes the heat quite manageable.

We polished off the evening with stop at Kill Devil's Frozen Custard & Beach Fries for some of their custard. It was delicious, and quite soothing for sore teeth.

Later that evening a massive thunderstorm rolled in. We stood on the deck of the top story and watched it roll across the land towards the ocean. The interplay between the two weather fronts was very obvious, and I wish I had taken a photo of the very distinct line that it created in the low-hanging clouds. This was the only rain we got the whole trip, and it was kind enough to come late at night when the kids were already in bed and we were enjoying the NBA finals and a friendly game of Dominion.

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