Newport NC, NC
We stop by the marina in Morehead City where Matt works to say hello and have a little tour before driving to Newport where he and his family live. Abby, the dog, greets us followed quickly by Sue and Kate. It has been two years since we have seen them and Kate has done a good bit of growing. She is a little charmer and quickly wins our hearts all over again.
November 7, 2009
We spend the morning downtown Morehead City for the Veterans Day Parade. Parade participants throw candy to the kids along the route and by the end of the parade Kate has a bag full of candy large enough, when added to the Halloween haul, to get her through young adulthood. After the excitement of the parade, an afternoon of playing outside and dinner out she was finally out of energy and asleep before we got home from the restaurant.
November 8, 2009
Another gorgeous day so Matt was kind enough to give us on a tour of the area by boat. Nearby Shackleford Banks still has wild horses believed to be descendants of horses that swam ashore from a shipwreck long, long ago and deserted beaches, perfect for a picnic. Shoals and sandbars restrict us from going too far from the channel as Matt skillfully navigates through the inter-coastal waters. Beaufort has a very charming historic waterfront we will return to explore on foot.
November 9, 2009
A short ride takes us across the inter-coastal waterway to miles and miles of white sand beaches and communities along the Atlantic shore. It may be November but the beaches are dotted with swimsuit-clad sunbathers today.
November 10, 2009
Kate goes to story time weekly at the local library and Granddad gets to go along today. The room fills up quickly and the floor is crowded with boys and girls, sitting on small carpet squares and looking at books selected from a white bin. Ms. Teri, the usual storyteller, soon begins reading about the life of Johnny Appleseed. Most of the kids are in rapt attention, others a bit restless. All of those shiny young faces bring a smile to your face. The story soon ends and the kids are encouraged to trace leaf patterns in their choice of crayon colors; Kate is busy with her creations and signs her name on the back. Next up all of the kids are encouraged to dance to a video to celebrate the 41st birthday of Sesame Street. Some very energetic participants are mesmerized by the video. The children end their morning eating slices of apples to carry the theme of the day.
Story time continues at home and later in the afternoon Kate decides that we all need to have our hair done. Grand Dad wins for the best new “do”.