Stand-up Paddleboarding and Waiting

Last night was a late night out, so I didn’t get a post up before heading to bed. That just means I have two days to record.

Yesterday morning’s Little Pink activity was stand-up paddleboarding. It wasn’t ideal weather because the wind was blowing at a good clip. The kite-boarders were out in force, which the instructors commented usually meant it was a no-go for paddle-boarding. But, it was the only day the instructors were up, and at least the wind was blowing on-shore. We didn’t have to worry about being stuck out in the middle of the sound if we got tired coming back in. I must say, the paddleboarding was so much fun for everyone. Even the kids enjoyed themselves. The first time out, I was a little shaky, but every time was easier. The trick was getting out far enough into the sound to make it fun surfing back in, but not so far you got in the way of the wind surfers.

The afternoon was quiet back at the beach house. Mr. Curiosity is still pretty sunburned, and I didn’t want him to get a lot more sun. Besides, the evening activity was putt-putt and go-karting. Everyone needed to be rested up for evening fun!

Go kart fun!

Go kart fun!

We tried all the fun – go karts, bumper cars, and putt-putt. Sadly, StatsGuy beat me once again. I beat him on the front nine, but blew up on the back nine. One of these days I beat him. Both the kids got to play with their friends, which was nice for all.

Today we decided to skip out on the Little Pink morning activities and take the ferry to Ocracoke Island. Things did not work out quite as planned, mainly because we had to wait for the ferry. Oh, we got there just fine, but the UPS truck and giant tour bus got the priority lane and took up half the ferry. Not just on the way there, when we had to wait an hour to get on the ferry, but on the way back. That was only a half hour wait, but we were missing the kids’ pirate party/parents’ date night! Then, the ferry took an hour to make the crossing, not the advertised 40 minutes. We were starving by the time we got to the town of Ocracoke! Lunch was at the marina. It was tasty, but slow. Essentially, we had a half an hour to wander about the island before it was time to get back in the ferry line.

The ferry dock

The ferry dock

We did make it back for the evening event. Dinner out was delightful. We didn’t have to worry at all about children complaining they didn’t like anything on the menu. StatsGuy got a local fish dish. I went with the steamed variety plate. I really wanted blue crab, but they were out. This was the next best thing – snow crab legs, crawdads, mussels, clams, shrimp, and oysters. It was so yummy! The kids had a blast at their pirate party as well – they were chattering nonstop on the drive back to the house.

Tomorrow’s schedule has changed for us. Originally we were going to drive to Kittihawk, but we didn’t want another day of driving with little being done. Instead, we’ll do the Little Pink fishing off the pier. We’ll also get our family photos done, since Friday’s looking like rain. Should be fun!

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