Old & New Experiences

On Saturday, Tucker & I left Cape Carteret and headed up the coast to Nags Head, North Carolina. As I have mentioned before, my parents own a beach house here, so we will be spending this week with my family. We always come to Nags Head this time of year to celebrate 4th of July. However this year I was with Tucker’s family on 4th of July, which was weird. Don’t get me wrong, I mean I had a lot of fun and Tucker’s family was great, but it was my first time being away from my family on the 4th.

Its hard for me to be away from my family, we have always been extremely close. But being in new surroundings with new people is certainly not a bad thing, hard as it sometimes may be. In Cape Carteret I was exposed to lots of new things that I probably never would have experienced on my own. For instance, prior to last year’s Cape Carteret trip, the only boat I had ever been on was a cruise ship. But now, I have been all kinds of skiffs and dinghies and whatever else… I may not understand any of it but HEY- at least I’ve had some boating experience now, and I learn more every year. Boating is a really cool thing that I’m happy Tucker introduced me to! Oh, and water sports! Tucker loves all kinds of water sports. He sails, water-skis, and surfs… I can only really tube but hey, at least I’m learning, right? By next year I’ll be fully standing on skis for miles… Or maybe I should aim for first just trying the water skis 😉

ImageAlso, last week Tucker’s family and I took a trip to Cape Lookout, where I witnessed one of the coolest things I have ever seen! Wild horses! I had never seen horses in their natural habitat before, and it was breathtaking. Plus, I had no idea that horses could swim, is that like a known thing?

ImageWell I certainly had no clue, but now I have witnessed it with my own two eyes. The horses crossed the water right in front of our ferry! It was beautiful. Now I know it seems rather insignificant of thing, but it was an amazing sight to see, and a memory I will cherish forever. Its all something I never would have experienced had I been in Nags Head. It was sad not be with my family on July 4th, but I guess part of growing up is getting out there on your own and making your own adventures. And I certainly had a few adventures in Cape Carteret!

I’ve found that one of the hardest parts of growing up is balancing those new adventures with family traditions. Tucker and I have a good system for the July 4th celebration: one week with his family in Cape Carteret and one with mine in Nags Head. Now its time for the Wood Nags Head week, where I’ll be a little more in my element. We don’t really delve into much boating or water sports here, just a lot beaching. So I’ll have a lot of time to catch up on my reading and tanning 🙂

It’s so nice to be with my family again, but I had a lot of fun last week too, and I’m glad to have gained those new experiences. Not to be cheesy but I think learning to balance those old and new experiences really is an important part of growing up. And hey who knows? Maybe I can incorporate some of my new experiences into my time here in Nags Head. I’ve had the strong desire to try paddle boarding, I’m sure the water sports expert could help me out!

I’m looking forward to a nice week, and I’ll be sure to write about any new adventures 🙂

xoxo Katie Lou

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