Merman Monday! 6/24/19

Merman

Greetings from a picture perfect Monday here on the Outer Banks. The temperatures will be in the mid-80 degree range today, the sun is shining, and it is a perfect time to be on the beach. That leads us to our weekly segment here on Everything Outer Banks – Memory Monday. Or this week we are saying Merman Monday. READ MORE

Father and Son – Memory Monday 1/14/19

Father and son

Greetings from a chilly Outer Banks. The winter weather has finally arrived, and we are really missing those warm temperatures we experienced over the holidays. This week we share a Memory Monday photo of a Father and Son taking a chilly walk on the beach READ MORE

2018 Wrap Up – Memory Monday 12/31/18

Wrapping up 2018
Greetings on this last Monday of 2018.  In fact it is the last day of 2018 as you well know.  How many times have you heard “Happy New Year” today?   Let us also put a wrap on 2018 by wishing you a Happy New Year as well.

Today we look forward to the new year, but at the same time, we look back in our treasure chest of Memory Monday photos from our valued guests here at Outer Banks Blue and want to share with you a number of photos that we did not get a chance to post this year.

We got so many photos from our guests that it was hard sometimes to find just one to choose.  But indeed we did choose just one each week which means we have a bunch that we did not get to.

So as we wrap up 2018 here’s a number of photo memories that we did not get to share prior to now.  Enjoy!

Sandra Hoban shares “Sunset on The Currituck Sound”

So that will do it for 2018.  We actually have more photos that we will share with you from 2018 in the upcoming weeks, but we wanted to get these out so everyone could enjoy them.

We have the greatest guests and we thank you not only for your patronage, but your loyalty to Outer Banks Blue.

We look forward to serving all of our valued guests again in 2019 and we also look forward to sharing more photo memories with you next week.

Until then, all the best from the beach, and Happy New Year!

Christmas Eve on the OBX – Memory Monday 12/24/18

Christmas Eve photo
Greetings from the Outer Banks on this Christmas Eve!  It is a beautiful Monday morning here on the Outer Banks.  I had a refreshing walk on the beach this morning as the sun was rising over the Atlantic ocean and what is left of the cold moon setting in the northwestern sky.   As my dog and I were exploring the beach for some treasures, we saw a pod of dolphins passing by making small waves in the otherwise calm ocean.

We are told the “Cold Moon” that we saw a few days ago will not happen again in most of our lifetimes.  The full moon dropping on the winter solstice is a very rare occasion.  Quite a sight!

What a lucky person I am to live in such a beautiful place and enjoy sights like an early morning walk on the beach with no one else in sight nearly every day.

Kelly Branch stayed with Outer Banks Blue this past summer, and tells us she was lucky to get this shot.   She provided us a great photo memory we share with you today.

Here’s a shot of a full moon from earlier this year setting over some houses in Corolla.

Wherever you are today and whatever you are doing we hope you are doing it with the people you love the most, and are creating great memories (photo memories or otherwise).  Enjoy the Christmas week, and keep in mind the reason for the season!

All the best from the beach!

 

First Flight Day – Memory Monday 12/17/18

First Flight
Good morning from a sunny and warm Outer Banks!   Today is a special day on the Outer Banks, and for us here at Outer Banks Blue as we celebrate the 115th anniversary of man’s first powered flight at the Wright Brother’s Memorial in Kill Devil Hills.

The annual celebration takes place each December 17th, the day that the Wright brothers flew their motorized aircraft for the first time in front of a handful of witnesses.  The official first flight took place at 10:35 AM and is immortalized in this priceless photo.

The Wright Brothers were actually accomplished amateur photographers, and so they set the camera up and when they rallied the nearby U.S. Lifesaving Station staff to come over and help in their attempt at flight.  Wilbur handed John Daniels a bulb and said “if anything happens squeeze this.”   Well something happened, John squeezed the bulb at the exact moment that the motorized glider took flight, and this is now an iconic photo.

The first flight lasted only seconds, and covered approximately 120 feet, but the accomplishment of getting a heavier than air motorized vehicle in the air was done at that moment and it would revolutionize how we travel from that point forward.

Did you know that one of the reasons the Wright Brothers chose the Outer Banks was that this is one of the windiest spots in the country.  Our average daily wind speed is nearly 13 miles per hour.   In the winter when temperatures dive below 40 degrees and the wind is up, is is a very cold place to be.   It is hard to imagine how difficult the conditions were in 1903 for the 2 fly boys from Ohio.

They lived in little more than what can be considered a shanty on the open dunes.  They had a wood burning stove, and lots of canned goods to eat, but they had little more than that.  Just a dream and the friendship of the locals who must have thought those guys were just full of crazy.

The story of the first flight will be told again this morning on this beautiful day, dignitaries will be on hand to celebrate the accomplishment, high school bands will perform, and exactly at 10:35 AM a ceremonial fly over will take place to honor the brother’s achievement.

This year will be even more special as recently a 5 year renovation of the Wright Brother’s visitors center was completed, and the exhibits were all modernized.

It will be a good day to be an outer banker today.

All the best from the beach!

Memory Monday 10/22/18 Sunrise

Sunrise
We really don’t mean to be repetitive here at Everything Outer Banks, but it occurs to us, although most people don’t get up early enough to enjoy them, the majority of photos people have on their phones is a picture (or 12) of an OBX Sunrise.

We that live here on the banks get conditioned to seeing beautiful snapshots of nature on a daily basis, and taking them for granted, but every now and then we get reminded of how lucky we are to live where we live and deal with nice people like you.

So this week we share with you three breathtaking sunrises that we have in our hopper and share them with you to start your day the right way.  What better way to start the day with our most popular product here on the OBX – a sunrise.

So these photos come to us from three of our valued guests here at Outer Banks Blue.

The one on the top left comes to us from Darell Warbird who took that photo of the sunrising as he was on a charter boat headed to the gulf stream to fish one morning this summer.

The picture on the right side was taken and sent to us from Ricki Fairley who sent us a number of pictures that captured their memories of the OBX stay, but this one really caught our eye, and we think you will like it too.

The photo on the bottom left comes to us from Robert Delpercio who captured the clouds just perfectly in this snapshot.

Whatever way you capture a sunrise on the Outer Banks there is one thing for sure, it captures you too so we hope this gives your day a little boost.

As always we thank our contributors and we look forward to serving them all again soon.  We also look forward to serving you and your group too.

All the best from the beach!

Family Time – Memory Monday 9/17/18

Family Picture
Good morning from a beautiful and for the most part back to normal Outer Banks.   They last week has been quite a week with Hurricane Florence disrupting everything in the area.  Family vacations were interrupted, the area was evacuated, we watched with anxiousness, and are now trying to get back to our regular schedules now that the storm has passed.

Yesterday our valued guests were allowed back on the Outer Banks and they were a welcome sight!

Another welcome sight is the sun.   This morning’s sunrise is the first we have seen of clear skies since last Wednesday when clouds from Florence shrouded the area.   Things truly seem to be getting back to normal today.

For this week’s Memory Monday we are titling the photo Family Time, which is what folks enjoy so much of while here on vacation.  This photo comes to us from Cecily Beben of Madison, Virginia who stayed with Outer Banks Blue two weeks ago at the Southern Shores vacation rental “Relax-N-Joy.”

We like this photo of the family on the beach at the end of the day.   Everyone seems very relaxed and happy after a full day of beach fun.

Speaking of fun at the beach here’s another shot from Cecily of “Boogie Board Baby” who looks like he is getting ready to take his board and hit the waves.  We love it!

Thanks Cecily for sharing your photo memories.   We look forward to serving you and your family again soon.  It looks like you had a great time.

Speaking of photo memories, don’t forget to send your photo memories to us.  We publish photos here each Monday, and then each month we randomly select one of our weekly entrants to receive a $100 discount towards next year’s vacation.  You could be next!

All the best from the beach.

Thanksgiving Leftovers: Memory Monday November 28, 2016.

Thanksgiving leftovers

I am sure you are like all of us around the office today and that is trying to figure out how we put on some extra weight over the last few days.    Could have been the last helping of stuffing?   Turkey?  Pumpkin Pie?  Country ham?  Roasted Oysters?   Well, that last one might be unique to the Outer Banks, but we are sure you are feeling stuffed like we are on this first Monday after the holiday, but looking forward to enjoying time with our families again in less than one month for the upcoming holidays!

Today we share a Memory Monday photo submission from Karla Chambers of Williamsport, Maryland who had a thanksgiving holiday of sorts with her family when they stayed with Outer Banks Blue this past summer at the Corolla area vacation rental property “It’s a Shore Thing.

It is great to have all of your family together, just like at Thanksgiving, and judging by this photo that is exactly what Karla had when she vacationed with Outer Banks Blue this past summer

Thanks Karla for sharing your photo memories with us here at Blue.  We look forward to serving you and your good looking family again soon!

All the best from the beach!

 

Fun At The Beach: Memory Monday May 9, 2016.

Fun At The Beach

It is a beautiful Monday on the Outer Banks this morning.  The sun is up, and so are the temperatures.   It is expected to be in the 70’s each day this week with just scattered clouds and a slight chance of rain.   Looks like the weather is getting prepped for another great summer!

Speaking of great times on the OBX, special thanks goes out this Monday Morning to Yvonne Jones, of Rocky Mount, North Carolina who stayed with Outer Banks Blue at the property “@obx.calm” in Corolla.

Yvonne passes along these shots of her vacation with Blue in Summer 2015.

 

What great photos Yvonne!    Thanks for sharing.

Everyone else should keep in mind that every Monday we post a new “Memory Monday” Photo submission.   Then we randomly draw one of the posts each month to receive a $100 discount on your next rental with Outer Banks Blue as a way of saying thanks for sharing!

Now enjoy your Monday!

All the best from the beach.

Surfing the Outer Banks: A Sport for (Almost) Every Season

Did you know that Outer Banks beaches are famous among surfing enthusiasts? You don’t have to go all the way to Hawaii, California, Indonesia—or even Australia—to catch great waves. We have them right here off the North Carolina shore.A wonderful set of unique natural attributes combines to provide the swells necessary for excellent surfing, including:

  • the meeting of the Gulf Stream, coastal waters and Labrador Current
  • occasional seasonal stormy conditions
  • a narrow continental shelf that boosts great surfing waves
  • a low-lying topography that’s exposed to the elements 

These are a recipe for surf-worthy waves. In addition to these ideal characteristics, here are some of the perks of surfing the Outer Banks.

The Outer Banks: World-Class Surfing with a Small-Town Feel READ MORE