Back To Reality


Can you BELIEVE that some Other People–strangers!!–are living in our beach house this week? How rude!!! By the end of the week, I felt like that was MY house! I miss my beach house….. If anyone is looking for the perfect vacation, I recommend the 4×4 area of the northern Outer Banks!

On the way out on Saturday, we stopped to see the Currituck Lighthouse in Corolla. I love visiting lighthouses. It’s a weird obsession. There are three more lighthouses in the Outer Banks that I haven’t seen yet, so my job is not done!

On our last evening there, we found two wild horses frolicking in the surf. I wanted to get a picture SO BAD of them in the surf–they were jumping up, playing, right in the surf. It was so cool. I grabbed my camera and ran! Have you ever tried to run on sand? It’s very difficult, let me tell you! And would you believe–wild horses run from people??? Go figure. They kept heading down the beach, and I kept running along the dune line, hoping they wouldn’t notice me. They kept ahead of me all the time, no matter how hard I ran, and I WAS DYING, let me tell you. I was wearing pants, but I’ve lost some weight recently so I had to keep pulling them up because they were falling down, LOL. In the end, this was as close as I got and by the time I took this picture, they were heading away from the surf toward the dunes.

My daughter wrote our family’s note in the guestbook. Here is what she wrote (misspellings and all):

We saw lots of horses and my brother bilt a lot of tunles. I built some foot holes. We built a cave. Some horses where on the beach. 4 horses walked bye the house. The beach was beutiful. We saw a baby horse probley 1 month old and I saw a horse walking by some houses. They are so preity. Are dogs were so happy.

Pleas come back next year.

And yes this was writen by a kid.


  1. Estella says:

    Sounds like you had a great time.
    Your daughter did’nt misspell anymore words than some teenagers do:grin:

  2. Robyn says:

    Welcome back to our ‘relaxed, raring to
    go’ Suzanne. :wave:

  3. Jill says:

    All week you made me want to go there!

  4. Lynn Daniels says:

    Love the pictures! And your daughter’s note was wonderful. I agree with Estella — I know some adults who don’t spell as well as your daughter. :thumbsup:

  5. Carol says:

    And yes this was writen by a kid.

    She was a happpy kid who had a great vacation and that’s nice! Glad you had a good time too!

  6. kacey says:

    I’ve really enjoyed the pictures, and yes, now I want to try a vacation there…

  7. Melissa Marsh says:

    I love your daughter’s note. How sweet!

  8. Kelly says:

    Love the note, Suzanne! Thanks for sharing, it made me smile. πŸ˜€

  9. Cheryl S. says:

    It’s always great when the kids appreciate something that we (the parents) love, isn’t it? πŸ™‚ We had a great time living vicariously through your posts last week. It looks beautiful there.

  10. Amy K. says:

    Sounds like a wonderful vacation!

  11. Leanna says:

    Welcome back, Suzanne, even if you don’t want to be back. Maybe you could go somewhere else cool and we could live vicariously through you again. πŸ™‚

  12. Eve says:

    There were misspelled words there?
    Glad you had a good time – I can’t get the image of you running after the horses out of my head. So that’s why you go without pants so much :mrgreen:

  13. Trish says:

    I enjoyed all your vacation pics and funny descriptions like chasing the horses for a picture. πŸ˜†

    I love lighthouses too. Been to Currituck and Cape Hatteras when they were in the process of moving it farther inland.

  14. Mary Stella says:

    Yay! You saw horses. Sounds like you had a great vacation.

  15. ruby55 says:

    I’m sure it’s really hard to leave a place like that. I’ve never vacationed or anything right next to the ocean, but I was on it in a ship for about 10 days twice, once in 1951 and then in 1964. I can’t say how much I liked it the first time but the second I loved it–after the steward told me it was better not to drink orange juice for breakfast.:yuck:

    I hope you got a chance to relax or did you actually write as well :shock:? I know you had your laptop. I’m hoping someone will take a laptop to the Dominican Republic in Jan. Knowing some of the kids, I’m sure somebody will although it’s apparently sinfully expensive to use the Internet there.

    I’m sorry you didn’t get your greatly desired picture of the horses frolicking in the water. πŸ™ That must have been some site. At least you’ve got it in your memory–where it might dim but from which nobody can take it.:thumbsup:

  16. ruby55 says:

    Ugh, even I am misspelling words: last paragraph should be: That must have been some “sight” (not “site”–argh).

    Oh yes, I can now see why you might have lost some weight–running after horses in the sand, no less. Does running in the snow come close to running on sand?

    Your daughter did a great job of writing the note. Give her an extra hug.

  17. Rae says:

    Thank you for sharing those gorgeous photos. Friends of ours have a relative that has a beach house somewhere down there and we’re talking about taking the road trip sometime next May when the kids have spring break. Would’ve loved to see those Wild Horses up close and personal.

    Loved your daughter’s letter. Misspelled words and all.

  18. Michelle says:

    Awww…cute note! And I love the pictures. They’re just wonderful. πŸ˜€

  19. Anna says:

    There is so much I want to point out about your obsession with lighthouses….