Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Last week we went on a much needed vacation to Topsail Beach, NC. We haven't had a vacation in 10 years, so this was special. We found a house, for all intents and purposes, beach front. There was actually a road between us and the sea wall, but I'm not complaining. The house was beautiful, the price was right. I haven't been everywhere, but of the places I have been, I think NC has the most beautiful beaches. Topsail Island is pretty much a family area, so there were no spring breakers to keep me up at night. I got there, took out my sketch stuff and realized I had left my pastel paper at home. Heavy drears! But, I had my pencils with me, so voila! It's very difficult to sketch with the wind blowing around, so I did the best I could. The first sketch is from the park after you cross the bridge onto the island. A really nice park with pavilions and tables and a playground for the smaller kids. This view is down the intracoastal waterway from near the bridge. The bridge which instead of raising up to let the boats through, pivots to the left. The whole operation takes less than 5 minutes and was pretty cool to watch. The scond sketch is of the clouds the greeted me one morning after we had had a tremendous wind storm the night before. And the last sketch is the view from the deck. I spent most of my time here, in a rocking chair reading. We did go on the beach, but towards the end of the week it got really cold, so I was content with the view and the sound of the waves. We watched the dolphins migrating all week. The first one I saw was so amazing because all the way up the coast he was jumping out of the water and diving. The others never jumped out of the water, but played in the waves and fed on the fish. When were in the water on the 2nd day, there was a dolphin not more than 20 feet away from us. I wanted to go out and swim with it, but the water was so cold I was only in it up to my thighs. Legs are one thing, but we all know that the only way to do it is to just dive in, and I wasn't up for that! All in all it was a wonderful week, but it's also good to be home again.