Capel Lookout CabinIs it just me or does everyone feel the same way I do when they return from their vacation. Yes, I had a great time and I could have stayed much longer, but now that I’m home I feel like I need to take another break. Just some time to really chill out. Don’t get me wrong, the beach me and my family went to was fantastic. We went to Portsmouth Island, North Carolina, a remote barrier island that is part of Cape Lookout National Seashore.

When I say remote, I certainly mean it. We traveled over 400 miles by land and had to take three ferries just to get there. If you ever want to get away from civilization, I suggest a place such as this. While it was very relaxing and we rarely saw another human being, keeping the kids entertained took a bit out of me. But alas, it was a fantastic time!

After three and a half days on the island it was time to get back on that ferry and get to the mainland. Now it was back off to the hustle and bustle of civilization as we headed 200 and some odd miles up the road to historic Williamsburg, Virginia and Busch Gardens Amusement Park.

So pack up the load and the kids and five hours later we were in a hotel room and raring to go for the next couple of days. And go we did. It was a marathon day of rides and fun (except for me, I don’t do the ride thing). We were up at the crack of dawn and in the park at the opening bell 10 am and stayed just until the 9 pm close time. Back to the hotel room to hit the sheets and we did it all again the next day except only now we were at the water park. It wasn’t quite as long a day but we had to drive back home that evening so we cut out around 5 pm.

The drive was simply fantastic. Our handy GPS tallied only 271 miles from home and estimated we’d be at out front door by 9 pm. As we pulled into the driveway I noticed that the GPS doesn”t count on traffic, bio stops, etc. So at 11:30 pm we were finally home … and with that I’m ready for a vacation.

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