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Birthday at the beach

April 4, 2013

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Sorry for the radio silence this past month! For those who are wondering, we are settling in well to our new (rental) house in North Carolina, which is an adorable brick two-bedroom in a quiet neighborhood, only 5 minutes from downtown Cary and 15 from downtown Raleigh! We are still learning our way around the area (which has many more twisty, winding streets than I am used to in the Midwest!), but feel that we are starting to get the hang of it. John and I have both secured temporary jobs to keep us busy until the practice gets up and running in a few months–I’m working at a paint-your-own pottery studio, which is fun and stress-free, and John will be working for the Duke Divinity School’s Clergy Health Initiative (essentially doing health screenings for Methodist clergy members to test if the initiative is improving their health.) So far, we are loving North Carolina–the culture, 60+ spring weather, friendly people, beautiful landscape, and the great towns that make up the Triangle area.

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Now that we’ve been here a month we decided to take a day trip to the beach (with my sister and her dog) to celebrate my birthday! Though we are looking forward to exploring the Outer Banks later this summer, we decided to go to Wrightsville Beach, which is the shortest drive (2 hours away). It was overcast and in the 60’s for most of the day, but the sun came out later on. A couple of brave souls were swimming, but we’ll wait for warmer weather for that!

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It was Tassie’s first time to the ocean–she approved!

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We ate a picnic on the sand, with lots of yummy snacks from Trader Joes…

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…followed by ice cream cones from a shop on the beach. (Ironically, they sold Blue Bunny ice cream–shoutout to my hometown!)

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Throughout the day we got to see dolphins swimming, LOTS of pelicans, and a couple of these little guys. This one was dead, but we did see a live crab later on.

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The iconic Wilmington fishing pier–makes for a great photo opp!

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Later in the afternoon, the skies cleared up and the sun emerged. We drove 20 minutes south to Carolina Beach State Park to do a little hiking.

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The park lined the bay, and made for some scenic hiking. We found many oysters, tiny shrimp, and saltwater snails.

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It was a beautiful day, and I felt blessed.

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