Vacation 2012 – Avon – Day One

Day One’s itinerary: drive, move in, find food, relax.

Check-in time wasn’t until three and we knew that traffic was going to suck, so we weren’t in a huge rush. We got up around eight-fifteen, when the dogs stirred from their morning nap, and got moving. Got the van packed and we were on the road around ten. We made a quick pit stop at my wife’s parent’s house (conveniently, along the way) to drop the hermit crabs off for babysitting by her brother and a quick K-cup refill of my coffee and were on the road.

Driving Route 12 to Avon

Traffic was steady until we reached the point that should have been about twenty minutes from the Outer Banks area. The time to actually cover that distance yesterday was more than an hour. We hit Bypass Road, or what once was called Bypass Road, and the traffic got lighter as lots of folks turned off toward Duck and Corolla. We continued on down through Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, and Nags Head, turned onto Route 12 and headed toward Hatteras Island. Another forty-five minutes of driving took us through Rodanthe on our way to Avon and our home for the week, Aloha Hatteras. Total drive time was about five hours.

From the Deck of Aloha HatterasWe unpacked, checked out the gorgeous views, then headed out to find some food. We ended up at The Froggy Dog. A cool little restaurant that serves mostly seafood, like most restaurants in the Outer Banks. The food wasn’t anything to write home about, but it was filling and we didn’t have to cook which was great after a long drive.

We hit the only Food Lion around. It was a madhouse, but we successfully navigated the aisles checked out and made it back to the cottage…where it was wine, rum & coke, and hot tub time.

The hot tub is on the third floor deck and, with very few neighbors, is a fantastic way to view the stars…especially after you send the kids inside and the hot tub becomes quiet and relaxing.

Bedtime followed shortly.

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