Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Hurricane Bill Passed Us By (Yeah!!)

Spending the summer on a narrow barrier island is a wonderful and beautiful experience. That is, unless there's a hurricane in the Atlantic. The Outer Banks aren't known as the 'Graveyard of the Atlantic' just for the shallow shoals, but also for the fierce storms that brew off the coast.

We were fortunate and blessed to have Hurricane Bill pass us by. The dunes are a bit smaller today and there are still rip current warnings posted, but all in all, we survived very well. Portions of Highway 12 (the only road in and out) were closed due to ocean overwash and dune spread.

The house featured in the movie, "Nights in Rodanthe" is about a mile and a half north of us and it suffered a lot of overwash and beach erosion.

We had a fair bit of rain and wind Saturday evening, which blew down the tents and frightened a lot of folks, but all is well now.

For the most part the busy summer season is winding down. School has started in a lot of areas, so we still have kids in the campground, but now mostly on weekends. The beach is not crowded but is still sort of dirty from the storm. Shell hunting is nice now and you can find bigger shells after a storm.
We, too, are winding down and looking for the next campground jobs for fall and winter. It has been the most fabulous summer. We've met some fascinating people from all over the world and from all walks of life. There are some pretty wonderful and caring kids out there and this instills hope for the next generations. We have developed strong bonds and found cherished friends in some of our colleague Workampers here.
Even though the season may end, many of the relationships formed here will carry forward. The lesson we continue to learn is that as human beings, we are more alike than different.
We hope your summer has been as enriching as our has.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Do you sell worms?

The last few weeks have been very busy and interesting. We saw the peak of the summer camping season in all its glory. Activities were popular with the kids and adults and we found ourselves wondering why in the world we scheduled so much. But, it has all been good.

The question, "Do you sell worms?" came from a young boy after a long Saturday of serving up biscuits and sausage gravy for breakfast, hotdogs for lunch, and ice cream later that afternoon. He wandered into the conference center and asked this question. We didn't have any worms to sell him but thought, "Why not?" after having served up a variety of things to others all day long.
It is hard to believe our summer is almost over. It seems just a few short weeks ago that we arrived in awe of our new home for the summer. Now, we find our time here drawing to a close and thinking what an amazing summer we have spent at the beach.

In the last several weeks we have tried to check some things off of our list of sights and activities that we wished to see and do. We went out on a pontoon boat with a group of fellow workampers on one of our days off. We spent the day relaxing in shallow waters near Gull Island in the Pamlico Sound. This week, we saw Currituck Lighthouse, the last of the four we had hoped to see before we left the island.

We are preparing our minds and our rig for our next adventure. We have submitted resumes for various positions in several states and we are excitedly waiting for responses. Our desire and enthusiasm to see new places and try new things remain intact.

We are looking forward to seeing family and friends on our way to our next destination.

Until then, be well and be safe.