the Nicholas Sparks movie that was filmed there. In fact, our house was right next to the house featured in the movie (which none of us had actually seen), which we realized only after a few days of wondering at people posing for photos in front of it.
So of course we had to, too.
Rodanthe has kind of a laid back vibe -- it's like Duck or Corolla but without the super-upscale feel, like Nags Head used to be when I visited it as a kid. Lots of houses and little shops, not too built up (yet?) The built up thing is a double-edged sword at times, though -- the nearest grocery store was almost 20 miles away and so it was a pain every time we realized we'd forgotten something (um, DIAPERS?)
Rain was called for every day of the trip, but we ended up having a good amount of beach time, nonetheless. The rain also gave us the excuse to explore a little bit more than we might have otherwise. We hit the lighthouse and a museum. The girls did a little bit of thrifting and antiquing, the guys took the kayaks out and fished. And in between the showers we did find time to check off a New Year's Resolution or two.
Flying a kite on the beach: check.
Some other reflections from our week off:
2. Be sure to catch a bonafide Hatteras sunset or two, on the days it isn't raining. (This was the view from our kitchen window -- it made doing dishes a lot more palatable).
3. Speaking of rainy days, don't put too much stock in what the weatherman says. These pics were taken on a day with a predicted 100% chance of rain.
Yes, that is James reading the Brangelina wedding edition of People mag.
4. Driving on the beach is harder than it looks. But who doesn't like an adventure?
5. I'm pretty sure that we have the best friends ever. At the very least, the most photogenic.
This wasn't a true 12 in 12 since I took these photos over the course of a week. I've been slacking on this project lately, sorry sorry. Luckily Darcy and Rebecca won't let you down. Click on over to their blogs see how they spent their day in the life.
P.S.: I have a few more Hatteras posts coming up. In the meantime, there are more photos of our trip on Instagram!