Sunday, January 24, 2010

The Trip Home

We woke up to torrential rain for our trip home.
Now, I want to make sure you understand something.
Not only did we need to load all our supplies into our vehicles,
but we needed to load Brandon as well.
And his chair.
All while keeping them dry.


That didn't happen.

There are no pictures of this for one simple reason.
I helped hold Brandon's poncho over him while we got him in the van.
It was like I jumped into the pool with all my clothes on.
No way was I going to try to take pictures in that rain.
(BS was the other lucky holder of the poncho. :-)
Being soaking wet in the middle of winter is my faaaavorite thing.

The seat heaters in my car got turned to high.
The regular heater was blasting.
There was a lot of steam in that car, I can tell you.

So, how do we turn an otherwise miserable ride home into some fun?
We ditch the others.

I didn't have to go back to the Home to drop off Brandon,
as there were 7 other people who had to go back there,
so BS & I took the scenic route home.

First thing we did was take the beach road back to the bridge.
It's slower, but there aren't any stoplights, and the road floods regularly during hard rains.
My kind of road.
I love to drive through puddles and watch the water whoooosh up the sides of the car.
It didn't disappoint.

You may have noticed that all these pictures were taken from the driver's side of the car.
But, don't worry Mom.
BS was steering while I took the pictures.

See the right side of the road?
See how close the dunes are to the road?
There used to be houses lining the whole east side of the road.
But the Outer Banks are a moving chain of islands,
slowly migrating westward toward the mainland.
Anything along the shoreline will eventually be eaten by waves.
Many of those houses have already been destroyed.
Now, during storms, the road is not only covered by water, but also by sand.

It's quite a nuisance, really, for those people whose houses are still standing.
(Cue sarcasm.)

Damn ocean, thinking it can do whatever it wants.

As soon as we crossed the bridge to the mainland,
the rain tapered off and eventually stopped.
BS had heard me extoll the fun factor of the Currituck Ferry to Knotts Island,
so he wanted to see if we were in time to catch it back to VA.

By golly, luck was with us again - it was just pulling in.

Even though the rain had stopped, it was very misty on the water.

This channel marker reminded me of Neptune's trident.

And then . . .

And then . . .

What happens when there is mist and the sun is at your back?

There was no color, so I can't call it a rainbow.
Maybe a mist-bow?

I couldn't stop snapping pictures -
From the port side, starboard, upstairs, downstairs.
Wouldn't all fit in one frame, though.

It was ethereal, and it hovered in front of the boat all the way to the dock.

I can't tell you how beautiful it was.
I didn't want to get off the boat.
But, when we did, the sky cleared and it turned into a crystal clear day.
The drive up through Knotts Island was delightful.
(I'm trying real hard here not to use the same adjectives for everything. It's hard.)

(Yes Rosie, I got the car inspected.)

About this time, BS got tired of me taking pictures while I was driving.
He said I was making him nervous.
So we switched places.
Made him feel better.

Only one thing missing from the ferry ride this time.
No hoards of seagulls.
That's okay, there will be other opportunities with a loaf of bread.

Funny thing is, as soon as we left Knotts Island and drove up into Virginia Beach,
it clouded up again and started drizzling.
We got the day's beauty at the perfect time.
Thank you God.


Rosie Hawthorne said...

I'm going to have to take that ferry next time I come your direction. Love the mist bow. Beautiful pictures.

Anonymous said...

A couple of blogs! I got some nice pine cones and several shots for BS of his mother throwing caution and respect for the law into the wind. Tell him to contact me for the shots, but I claim a percentage of the blackmail. ;-)

Sista G said...

Hey, RAD - what's the pine cone story??

Oh, boy, blackmail - how fun!

I love the one mistbow pic of just the mistbow and water, and also the trident channel marker.