Vacation Fun

ocean view with two girls in the water

The girls and I snuck offย  to the beach a while back. We had a wonderful time. The weather was perfect, the ocean was beautiful, and I got to read a lot of books!


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The girls tried to make friends with every bird on the beach ๐Ÿ™‚

crab trying to bite girl on beach

crab trying to bite a book

There was a pesky crab that kept showing up.


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You know there had to be music.


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And along with the music you know there had to be some silliness ๐Ÿ™‚

As we laid on the beach one of the girls said “This is so nice, but I wonder where people who live here go on vacation since they live at the beach?” I said “I bet a lot of them go to the mountains where we live.” Sure enough the next day we met a woman who said she’d just taken a vacation to the mountains of TN and it was the first time she’d ever seen the Smoky Mountains. She allowed she was already planning another trip to the mountains for her and her family.


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    Ann Applegarth
    September 1, 2019 at 11:47 pm

    I loved singing along with you girls!

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    Ken Roper
    August 31, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    When I was younger, me and the Girls visited the Ocean a couple of times a year. I liked the Grand Strand better, but most folks like to go to Daytona. I hope you all had a good time at the Beach.

    Today I worked on deburring 62 Fish Knives, I sawed another set earlier. I don’t always feel good, so it takes me a whole longer to do a set. …Ken

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    Ed Ammons
    August 31, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    I love the ocean but not the beach so much. Maybe the sand reminds me of when I had to mix concrete by hand.
    We rode the ferries out to Ocracoke and the Outer Banks a few times. Talk about sand! It’s not much more than a big sand pile. But there is ocean on both sides of you. Well technically to the West is the Pamlico Sound but its the same water. The hurricanes make sure of that.

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    August 31, 2019 at 12:44 pm

    We sure enjoy a beach and we also do enjoy those mountains…. and lots more ๐Ÿ™‚ ….it’s really nice to head out when we can….. looks like y”all had a real nice time :), …we’ve been to a few ocean beaches , Myrtle, Mexico , Fort Walton, Destin. ,Panama City, up near Charleston SC … some on vacation, some visiting our Son on Military Bases …so nice to let the waves wash the sand out from under your feet. …..then also there are the beautiful waters of the mountain areas , like Lake Lure, Fontana Dam area, The Smokies, everywhere you have the privilege to see and experience them. We haven’t been to the Mexico Beach area since the big hurricane came through, our Son had just transferred and moved to another Base right before .

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    Paula Rhodarmer
    August 31, 2019 at 12:29 pm

    I love the beach, but its been years since I’ve been there. It looks like you and the girls had a great time. I will say, however, there is something suspicious about that crab!

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    Garland Davis
    August 31, 2019 at 11:05 am

    People pay thousands of dollars to come here. It is a beautiful place but I guess after a while you just get used to it and don’t see it anymore. I look forward to my once a year trip from Hawaii to Branson in the Ozark mountains for a reunion of shipmates who I served with. in the Navy out on the Western Pacific rim.

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    August 31, 2019 at 9:29 am

    Wonderful that you and the girls were able to take some time to relax and enjoy the ocean. Growing up about 7 miles from Lake Michigan, I thought it was an ocean. So big you could never see land on the other side. Moving to PA with our jobs, we found people here saying they were going to the shore for their vacation. It’s about a 5 hour drive from us. Lots of traffic. After we retired, and had traveled all over the West we decided to take in the gulf during the cold snowy winter and I must say I did cherish the Ocean there and its calming influence when it is calm. The aqua color in the gulf too is so soothing to look at. I have been on every beach around the gulf from Galveston to tip of Florida, Naples and across that state to the Keys and then back down the east side of Florida all the way to Virginia Beach. They are all beautiful but the gulf waters are truly gorgeous. So nice that you and your daughters had some time together to just relax for a couple days without all the distractions of the to-do-list at home.

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    August 31, 2019 at 9:15 am

    I have lived in the hills and mountains almost all my life. Water and the beach is where I would rather be. A friend from Louisville came to visit recently and said if he lived here he would sell his camper and never go on vacation again. Sometimes we take things for granted until it is pointed out by someone else.

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    Edward Karshner
    August 31, 2019 at 9:13 am

    We went to the beach this summer and it was relaxing. Kim is a beach bum but I’m not sure I could live there.

    But, it’s nice to just relax by the water for a few days.

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    Ron Stephens
    August 31, 2019 at 8:13 am

    “Snuck off”, I wonder if that is an Appalachianism or not. Always the way it seems, near at hand is too familiar and is not enough change. Affects a lot of things, such as where children live as adults.

    Too bad there are so few places in the US where the mountains meet the sea. That would really be a vacation hot spot. I like to visit the coast but I want to live in or near the mountains.

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    Sheryl A Paul
    August 31, 2019 at 6:41 am

    True I live on the beach and always go to the western NC mountains to get away. Of course we have ties to NC going back to the 2700’s

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    Bill Burnett
    August 31, 2019 at 6:26 am

    Glad you had a good trip to the beach, so glad the only shark involved was puppet.

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    Miss Cindy
    August 31, 2019 at 5:58 am

    Looks like it was a great trip! I love the mountains but I also find the ocean very soothing and relaxing. Glad you had a good trip!

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    Sue W,
    August 31, 2019 at 5:45 am

    We don’t live “at the beach” but are within 10 miles of it. And I have been all my life. I am on the west coast of FL, on the Gulf of Mexico. I’ve never been a “beach” gal. And yes, when we go on vacation, my favorite place to be is the Smoky Mountains area. I hope to someday retire there!

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