Log of our third trip of 2020

Avon, NC

The Outer Banks

The Post Pandemic Trip

May 8, 2020 to

 May 16, 2020

Attended: Dad, Toodledip Wooozle and Odo

Start 37,560 - End 39,257 - 1697 miles

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After two months locked down Dare County decided it was time to open the OBX.  Visitors are to return May 16.  As a NRPO, a non-resident property owner, I was allowed back in on May 8.

It was a little unclear as to the reasonableness of the trip.  Covid-19 is still running rampant.  But the power and water has been off in the condo for two months.  Should the electronics not return properly I will be paying out the nose for repairs.  Here I am.

Then I go sit on the deck.  Here I will stay.

Had a few cancellations that rebooked quite quickly.  Hatteras Realty reported 250 new vacation reservations in the hours after the opening was announced.


The ocean is amazing!


Here you see the beach on May 9, 2020.  That is a five foot sand shelf.  You would jump down five feet to get to the beach on the other side.  That much sand was missing.  It looked devastating.



About eighteen hours later the ocean returned almost all of that sand.  Imagine that, five feet of sand all the way into the ocean:



There are piles in the Avon Pier lot!  That's good news!!!  They are fixing the pier!!!



My Dad used to say, Hes got a head on him like a Moscovy duck! Until today I had not witnessed the head of a Moscovy duck. I could only imagine what he meant. Now I know.  This duck is on a Kinnakeet Shores pond.



We have steps!  Bert from Avon Property Owners Association fix them.



Post pandemic mid-May beach.  It is 75 and sunny.



My first Kinnakeet Shores walk:



Second KS walk:



Beach walk to the road:



This is a deaf beggar cat that begs on the street across from the exit to the Food Lion.  Lots of people seem to be leaving him or her food.  But the dogs have figured out he/she is an easy mark.



I first saw that they moved this home in April of 2019.  Here is a full year's worth of work.  Contractors on the OBX have a FAR, FAR, FAR different concept of getting a job done than on the mainland.



Tried to get down the trail to the sound out of Kinnakeet Shores but was driven back by about a dozen flies.  HORRIBLE FLIES!



A part of the OBX I had not yet found, until today!


I really didn't want to walk Saturday morning as I was headed home later.  But big brown eyes prevailed and off we went.  Glad I did.  I stumbled upon a path that led to another world.








I kid you not when I say this walkway is incredibly long.  I need to get back and understand if I can get to it or if it is private.



Here's our walks:


Day Miles walked Total
Friday, May 8 2.87 Oceanview 2.87
Saturday, May 9 6.61 north on 12 twice 6.61
Sunday, May 10 5.94 south on 12 twice 5.94
Monday, May 11 3.25 Kinnakeet Shores and 1.89 N beach 5.14
Tuesday, May 12 3.7 KS and 2.3 Ocean View 6.0
Wednesday, May 13 3.2 beach / 2.3 Ocean View 5.5
Thursday, May 14 4.61 KS and 2.34 Ocean View 6.95
Friday, May 15 3.49 trying to get to the trail out of Kinnakeet Shores to the sound but FLIES drove me back / Ocean View 2.28 5.77
Saturday, May 16  KS and to the sound (WOW!) 3.01

All in all, a fantastic trip.  Very enjoyable.  Driving there and home was the easiest ever as everyone was hunkered down and not on the road.

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