Ah, vacation…

So, I’m sitting on the deck of the beach house on a wonderfully cool July evening…upper 70’s, nice breeze, low humidity. Listening to Skynyrd on the iPod, piped to the speakers on the deck…Free Bird is on right now; for a southern country boy, that’s good stuff 😉

It’s been a great beach trip so far. Weather is good, crowds are less this year than a typical 4th…maybe the gas prices are having an impact? Actually seemed to be many fewer boats on the water. Have been to Hammocks Beach State Park twice so far, and may go again tomorrow. The beach there is so nice…a 3 mile long island with only the one set of park service structures, and the only way there by ferry or private boat. Took this picture of a live Atlantic Cockle on Sunday…

Great food so far. A wonderful Paella on Saturday, and a Scallop Frittata tonight. RecipeZaar gave it 5 stars and I do too. Tomorrow it’s shrimp & scallops on the grill…can’t wait! Trying to walk enough to burn off the calories!

The Harrier Jets are doing simulated carrier landings tonight over at Bogue Field. Quite a bit of noise when one goes over just a few hundred feet up, but as they say in these parts, it’s the sound of freedom. I’m a liberal, for sure, but I do think that Teddy Roosevelt had it right when he said “Walk softly and carry a big stick.” We’ve had only half of this right for the last 8 years…

Almost time for some shuteye…

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