We were graced this weekend with a visit from Ben's dad. We decided to bypass the usual spots for out of town guests and jump into the car for a trip to the Outer Banks. We ended up on Haetteras Island, home to the tree with the only clue from the lost colony of Roanoke as well as to one of several lighthouses. We chose a real motor inn (mostly because they accomodated dogs).
Sophie had a marvelous time at the beach-though I have no pictures, sadly. She went leash free and galloped all over, chasing hermit crabs. She also jumped into the ocean a couple of times. I was so happy to see her happy. It makes me wonder how much greater it would be to see one's children having a wonderful time.
Ben took this shot from a quick stop over in Durham, at Duke. It wins in my book as most aesthetically pleasing college campus. Ever.