Friday Postcards from Nags Head North Carolina in the Outer Banks

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The Outer Banks. It has been a summer tradition for my husband’s family as long as he can remember. Every year his parents would rent a house on (or at least near) the beach, pack up the kids at 4am and head down. This tradition continued on once the grandkids showed up. Instead of a little house, now we get a massive house that can contain 14 people, six of which are made up of kids with endless energy. So far we meet up every other year, although there are talks of it becoming a yearly event now that our family has moved back to the East Coast. This is my happy place. It is where I pull up, let the kids out of the car and essentially don’t see them except at meals because they are so busy playing with their cousins. I read, I swim, I soak up some Vitamin D and I take walks on the beach.

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One such walk down the beach in Nags Head North Carolina, one of the many towns in the Outer Banks, brought me to this house that wasn’t in the best location. It was being battered by the waves as the tide swept in. I couldn’t imagine what it was doing there. It was obvious that a hurricane had hit, but why was the house so far past the dunes in the first place. Don’t people know you shouldn’t build that close to the water? Whether this house meant to have that much of an ocean front view, or the storms has gradually slipped it close to the sea, I may never know. There was evidence of sandbags in the sand (bag fragments poking out from where they had been buried) from the owner trying to protect it from the storms though. The house wasn’t inhabited, which was probably a good thing since the front steps landed you in about four feet of water depending on the tide. Critters seemed to call it home more than people now. It was a fun sight to come across. It also made for a good walk as I knew that it took me just under an hour to walk from our beach house to this ocean house and back.

If you happen to be in Nags Head and want to check it out, you can find the house around Mile Marker 21. Enjoy, but stay out from under the house please. That tide crashes in quick and can take you back out to sea without a second thought.

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  • Lydia C Lee
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    That is such a great shot with the wave bouncing off the pillars – you can almost hear it!

  • Jill
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    I love the Outer Banks! We have been going there since my grown children were small and now I am lucky that my husband has a client there so I can travel with him and visit. We usually go off-season now – we’ve been in February, March and April – and it’s fun to visit then and see it in a new light. Love your photos!

  • Jill
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    I love the Outer Banks! We have been going there since my grown children were small and now I am lucky that my husband has a client there so I can travel with him and visit. We usually go off-season now – we’ve been in February, March and April – and it’s fun to visit then and see it in a new light. Love your photos!

  • Randolph
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    The house was not originally built that close to the ocean. It was at one time just one of a row of oceanfront homes well behind the protection of the dunes. But nature and time, as they usually do, shifted the sands and eroded the beach. The other houses are the long gone property of the sea now, as I am sure this house will be too soon enough. Actually, these houses were the subject of a rather contentious legal battle.

    Yes, there in the middle of the photo is your little yellow house while it was still painted green – the current yellow coat of paint being one of the owners last ditch attempts to salvage his property.

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