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April 22, 2012

The Sky Lights Up

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Every year, my extended family packs up and heads to Sunset Beach, NC for vacation. Lots of food, booze, and relaxing ensues.

Within the last year or so, a brand new bridge was completed to span the Intracoastal Waterway. It replaced an old single lane swing bridge. We walked up to the top to take some pictures at sunset.

The sky lights up.

Sunset Over the Waterway


April 17, 2012

Sunset Beaching It

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We packed up the truck and took a ride east to Sunset Beach, NC to visit the family for St. Patrick’s Day weekend. The weather had been unseasonably warm with the sun shining and waves crashing.

A few of my favorites from the walk on the beach.

Sunset Pier

Sunset Beach Store

I always love how a black and white photo can make things seem so much more powerful.

Sunset BW

Under the pier downtown, it’s where I drew some blood!
Pretty sure that’s how that Chili Peppers song went right?

Under the Pier

January 19, 2011

Charlotte Amalie

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Spontaneity. After talking with the wife about doing more on a whim in 2011, this was the perfect way to start. New Year’s Eve, we had great seats to the Chick-Fil-A Bowl in Atlanta, to watch South Carolina and Florida State square off. After the game, we walked from the Georgia Dome to Peachtree Center to watch the Peach drop with friends. After walking back to the car, I realized that Monday was a holiday for me, and the wife was on vacation for the week.

Soooooo, we got home, pulled up Google Maps, and tried to decide on our destination. Flights were pretty full across the board, but we took a shot at some place warm and decided on Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas. Two days later, I was back at work, dreaming of that sand and sun.

I didn’t want to lug my big camera, so these were all taken with my point and shoot.

The island from the plane on the way in.
Island from the plane

Birds eye view of the cruise ships.
Cruise Ship



Sunset over the bay with the cruise ship leaving port.

Sunset on the bay

The view from our balcony at the hotel.
Hotel Balcony View



Beautiful beach. Much better sand in the water than Grand Cayman. No rocks.

The climb to the hotel.
Step Up

WrappedClouds Rising

Marriott Villas

Shades of blue

The pool deck overlooking the Caribbean.
Pool to sea


Bay from the hill

January 16, 2011


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August 7, 2010

New Desktop Background

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Sunrise Wrightsville Beach, NC
Sunrise at Wrightsville Beach, NC at Mercer’s pier.

July 31, 2010

Randoms of July

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I am going to miss this place.

Blue Steel

Sirsy in Raleigh


Wrightsville Beach Bridge

Waterway Row



June 21, 2010

Big Boy Turns Three

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Our good friends’ son Colton turned three this weekend and they had a pirate party at the beach to celebrate.

Happy B-Day

Round 1, we have cupcakes….or just the frosting.


Next, we have the pirate ship cake. No forks necessary when you are the birthday boy.


Frosting beard and ‘stache…classic!

Frosting Beard

Pirate Colt



The Group

Standing in the Waves


Bull Charge

The Boys

Father and Son


The Spread


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Sand has nothing on this little dude.

Sandy Chase

June 10, 2010


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June 8, 2010

Straight Loungin’

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The Memorial Day holiday was jam packed…family in town, sun at the beach, and ball games. Summer is here and life is good!



Packed up


Durham Bulls

Jennings at the plate

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