The beach is a hallowed tradition in my family, so I couldn't come to North Carolina and not go to the beach. It's like coming here and not getting barbecue. Theses are just Not Done. I had planned on spending our first Saturday at the beach, but jet lag and a sick toddler decreed otherwise. I was afraid late September would be too chilly, but the weather graciously extended us another chance.
We were all sad to bid the beach goodbye after only one day of fun. Thankfully next year we will be able to attend our family beach week after two years straight of missing it. There really isn't a better family vacation than going to the beach (those of you who disagree with me are welcome to your completely wrong opinion). I'm already counting down the months.