We had a great time on the Outer Banks, a 200-mile long string of barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina. Our home base was in the small town of Frisco, where our four-story tall beach house swayed ever so slightly during strong gusts of wind. We spent most of our time walking on the beach, sitting in the surf or bobbing in the waves. Amazing how much sand you can get in your swimsuit!
At 200 feet tall, the nearby Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the 23rd tallest traditional lighthouse in the world. We skipped climbing the 248-iron steps to the top. There were too many people in line, and the breeze-free temperature inside was a sweltering 90 degrees.