Whether you're spending a day at the beach or a week, there is no bad day at the beach. From the time the sun rises out of the ocean until it sets, time seems to stand still.
The beaches of the Outer Banks aren't as busy as Virginia Beach and Myrtle Beach. Although there are some activities to enjoy, the Outer Banks is well-suited for true beach lovers.
Beaches undergo a transformation after Labor Day. During summer, you'll find many families at the beach. Kids are running and jumping in the waves, building sandcastles and digging in the sand.
After Labor Day, you may still see some families, but many of those at the Outer Banks this week are couples without kids. With young childless couples and empty nesters on the beach, it's much quieter than during summer.
They say that a bad day at the beach is better than a good day at the office. In my opinion, there is no bad day at the beach. Even if it's raining and windy, the beach is still a great place to be.
The rhythmic pulse of the waves draws you closer. The morning people walk the edges of the water as they watch the sky for the sunrise.
Later in the day, small groups of family and friends gather their chairs in a circle, staking out their perfect spot on the beach for the day.
Fishermen cast their lines into the ocean. They don't seem to care if they catch anything. The journey is the destination at the beach.
One family with five boys plays in the waves. The boys' dad explains that it won't hurt them to miss a few days of school this week.
After dark, couples walk hand-in-hand on the beach. Some carry flashlights to watch for crabs scrambling sideways in the sand.
After a rainy start to our trip yesterday, today was a perfect beach day. The sun was shining, there was a gentle breeze and the sand was cool.
Although a back injury kept me from riding the waves the way I normally do at the beach, I waded out through the waves onto a sand bar.
There's no better place to relax and unwind than the beach. Early September is the perfect time for a beach trip. Summer may be over, but it's still beach season.
Leave your cares and worries at home, pack your beach chair and a blanket and head east. You'll come back home refreshed and renewed, ready for another week at the office.