A "no clouds, no plans" kind of day
The best laid plans...well, they're sometimes meant to be changed. We had planned to take a ferry out to Shackleford today, but when everyone got up, no one really felt like driving anywhere and doing anything that required planning and orchestration. Instead, we decided to have a "no plans" kind of day. After all, isn't that sometimes the best kind of vacation day?
So after breakfast on our own, some of us went for walks on the beach, others had a morning swim in the pool, and others went kayaking and fishing. Later in the day there was some biking, reading, napping, floating on our neighbors' 6-foot blow-up swan, and sitting on the deck and at the beach. We commented on how blue the sky was...not a cloud in sight!
Annie made a wonderful eggplant lasagne for supper, which we all savored together. We were then treated to some special after-dinner music, as Tom and Brian serenaded us with every single word of C.W. McCall's "Wolf Creek Pass."
Although I hated to walk away from such high-caliber talent, I had hoped to see the sunset off the west end of the island, so I managed to pull Tom away and we drove out along the path we had biked yesterday. We arrived in time to see the sun set over the ocean and snapped a few photos. We picked up a few more shells before heading back to the beach house.
It was a beautiful warm evening, and we all enjoyed a dip in the pool while we watched the evening sky. Military planes were flying over, sometimes at very close range, as the nearby base (Camp LaJeune) was likely running training exercises. We identified Mars, Jupiter and Venus, as well as the Big Dipper and a few other constellations. Jill was even lucky enough to see two shooting stars! We had deep conversations, like where the phrase "are you 'Joshin' me?" came from. ;)
We are all having a great time relaxing, reconnecting and reminiscing. We know our week is coming to an end, but we just don't want to think about that yet.