What will I do while I am there? Well, like my boyhood days I know that once I arrive at my lodging destination and check in, I will be out to the beach. I want to smell the briny air, feel the cool ocean air and luxuriate in the beauty of the sea. Regardless of the changes through development or architectural change, no one can change the sea. It is beautiful and can be a very difficult taskmaster, but always it retains its majesty and power. I will walk it morning early and late afternoon and think back as the memories of my past flow. I might shed a tear but it will not be of sadness but of remembrance.
On Tuesday, I am blessed to have been invited to walk on the land where I grew up. The owner of the property next door to our family cottage where a wonderful family and friend lived graciously has offered me the chance to see how it looks today. I am grateful and will take many pictures and, again, the memories of the past will flood my mind as I picture my mother in the kitchen in late afternoon, preparing a great meal, my father floating for hours in the ocean until he was as red as a lobster and we kids setting out down the beach to climb Jockey's Ridge, always a fun adventure. And there will be more, much more. Then it's off toward the south to Bodie Island Light to honor my great-grandfather Peter, the long time lighthouse keeper, then a trip back north to the Wright Memorial where my grandmother as a young woman met the Wright brothers the year before their famous flight. History and memories will join together and will be locked in as an update to my memory bank.
Wednesday, I will meet the one cousin that I remember who is still alive. We'll update each other on our lives and share some memories. It will be a joyful time and long overdue, then off to Kitty Hawk, where I will give my presentation on those wonderful days on the Outer Banks. I'll bring both of my books and hopefully meet a lot of people and sell a few books while chatting with others among us who might have some stories as well. I'm very appreciative of Ami Cannon Hill, owner and proprietor of Muse Originals OBX in Kitty Hawk for hosting the event and offering my books in her establishment.
When Thursday comes, I will take an early walk and start my slow trek back to the Piedmont section of the Old North State, stopping on Roanoke Island on the way out to see how Wanchese and Manteo looks in a more modern time. And after arriving to see my dear sister, we'll have dinner together, chat and exchange the latest news and I'll head back to Florida on Good Friday morning. It will be a short but good visit on my whirlwind return to my roots and arriving back in Florida I am sure I will be exhausted but happy that night as I share my week with my dear wife. Come Saturday I'll be back at doing the things I love to do down here. I'll continue to write blogs, stories and books and care for our land-locked Ark of animals.
After I ponder things for a few days, I'll write about it. Who knows, I might even make it into a short and free Kindle Book about the return of the old boy to Nags Head. We'll just have to see. Blessings to you all, friends, and have a most blessed Holy Week.