I can’t think of summer without thinking of my beloved Outer Banks of North Carolina, where beach and bay share the same slim, gorgeous peninsula. I spent 14 summers in OBX with my dear family. My boys grew up on those beaches and kayaked on that bay. Even though we stopped going a few years ago, my memories take me back in a heartbeat – to the white, soft beach where I had my walks – to the view of the bay where I started and ended every day with a silent meditation, to the local farmer’s market and the free pie samples my mom and I used to love, to the fresh seafood, to the house that we loved, and to the joy of being with my family.
And of course, to my swimwear! My clothes are so tied into my memories that I could never separate the two; I bought my all-time favorite black one-piece Lisa Curran Swimsuit for summer vacation at the beach. Feminine yet strong and secure, it fit like a glove and I knew it could handle the trip perfectly. And it did. It’s important to find the right swimsuit because, as completely exposed as you are, you need the suit to fill you with confidence and a little bit of attitude! Of course it helped that this particular suit was named Clare, my mother’s name!
Saying good bye to your vacation is a melancholy affair. First, It takes a few days to settle in and unwind, and just when you feel relaxed and de-stressed, you begin to realize it’s almost over. Then, before you know it, you are driving home. My family has been traveling to the Outer Banks of North Carolina for the past 15 summers. Charming painted horses are a mainstay along this beautiful strip of land, and bring out the cowgirl in me. This cowgirl may look happy, but on this last day of vacation, she definitely has the blues …
I am on vacation in my beloved Outer Banks of North Carolina, where beach and bay share the same slim, gorgeous peninsula. At the tip of the Outer Banks, you can still find wild horses roaming free. I will have to settle for my bronze friend. And my favorite cowgirl hat.