Tandem Hang-Gliding in the Outer Banks

It took no courage at all to make a reservation for a tandem hang-gliding lesson on my annual trip to the Outer Banks with friends. With very little thought, I booked Mark and me with Kitty Hawk Kites for mile-high flights where we’d each be strapped into a harness,...

Canines Observed on Hatteras Island

Guest post by Montague Calvert-Mitchell Call me Monty. As you can see, I am of the feline persuasion. I trust I need not add that I am handsome and highly discriminating. I have been asked to guest-author this blog post because of my recent experience with a horde...

It Was a Dark and Stormy Day…

Here on Hatteras Island in the Outer Banks, we had a few rainy days last week…and a tornado warning that sent us scurrying into the locker room at the gym to find the safest place to weather the storm (it never arrived). The next morning, as we often do, Robin and I...

Fighting the Good Fight…for Wifi

I was wrong. Surely I knew better. But still, the minute I arrived in my room at the Grove Park Inn, I unpacked. I hung my clothes in the closet and tossed the rest of my stuff around. I went out to grab a sandwich for a late lunch. Only then, around 3pm, did I try to...

(Almost) Hang-Gliding at Kitty Hawk

It was more years ago than I care to recount that my friend Mark and I drove down to Kitty Hawk so we could take hang-gliding lessons. We weren’t deluding ourselves that we’d ever really become hang-gliders. What lured us was the idea of a “safe” thrill; we could...

Boiled Peanuts

In the photo, my friends, is a mess of boiled peanuts. If you grew up in the Carolinas or Georgia, you probably have a taste for these soft wet goodies. And if you’ve never eaten a boiled peanut, just don’t scoff till you’ve tried it. (Then you’ll likely scoff, but a...