Papa’s World – Fun times with friends from WNY and WPA!

We all stay in touch – a group of friends from back in the days living in WNY and WPA!

All of us lived near each other or just across the Pa. line.

Slowly we all moved South – to now the N.C. region – Wilmington to OIB

with one couple in Va. Beach and the other couple still in WNY.

We golf together whenever we can – playing scramble guys vs gals – and one other couple – still lives back in WNY – sometimes they also make it down – this time they did not but they were here last year.

Jim – Buck – Papa – Mike

Mike and Carol still live back in WNY – own and operate a large painting business with crews traveling out to the midwest and everywhere in between – painting pipelines etc.

They have a lake house that we go up and stay with them.

The FOUR AMIGOS

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Papa’s World – Sunset at SUNSET BEACH Pier with family – from NWPA!

Looking NE on Sunset Beach – the reflection from the setting sun in the West.

Our family from NWPA drove 14 1/2 hours to be with us for one week – and the first night –

we took them to Sunset Beach to the pier – to experience the famous Sunset Beach – sunset!

My youngest son – Shawn and myself standing on the pier.
Sherry and Shawn’s step daughter Autumn on sunset beach pier.

The air was warm as was the water at 80 degrees.

Many people come here to fish until midnight when the pier closes.

Family is very important to us – and while they live far away – they remain in our hearts.

Papa – my oldest son Troy and Andrea – Sherry and Trisha and Shawn with Autumn.

THE SUNSET at Sunset Beach, N.C. frfom the pier.

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Papa’s World – Sherry and I spending time with my sons and their loved ones!

The first time they have come South to visit from WPA!

We have been planning this for months – both sons will visit at the same time with their loved ones!

Papa – Troy the oldest – Andrea his partner – Sherry – Trisha and Shawn my youngest and his stepdaughter Autumn on the pier at Sunset Beach.

We moved South to NVA in 1999 – both boys stayed in NWPA.

They still work and live there.

It took them 14 1/2 hours to drive down to our new home in Cameron Woods, Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.

Andrea – Troy, and Sherry – on the pier at Sunset Beach, N.C.

They spent a whole week with us – beach time – exploring nature walks – Boardwalk On The Beach and

Barefoot Landing.

Holden Beach – Mary Gone Wild – Calabash waterfront – North Myrtle Beach –

Free open-air concert – Mini Golf – plus many laughs and a few drinks!

Trisha – Autumn, and Shawn at Sunset Beach pier.

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Shawn – Autumn – Andrea and Troy – pier at Sunset Beach.

Trisha and Sherry – pier at Sunset Beach.
YEP – this is ME! LOL

My youngest son – Shawn and Papa.

Andrea and Troy Sunset Beach pier!

Troy Sherry Andrea

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Papa’s World – And on the twelfth day – the parents picked them up!

Bode – Cassidy – Taylor and their MorMor – on the waterfront at Oyster Rock.

TWELVE DAYS of non-stop activity – crossing off all that was on the list plus whatever we added!

Ferry rides – Fort Fisher – aquarium – scavenger hunt – arts and crafts at the park – Wonder Works in Boardwalk on the Beach – Lulu’s and playground at Barefoot Landing – Plus Bullys for lunch –

Then there were go-carts – mini golf – beach time – tidal pool – fireworks – golf cart parade – walking and riding bikes – crafts at home – IPAD time –

There was more – twelve days worth – and yes we were exhausted – but even now we miss them.

Marcus – Taylor – Cassidy – Tammy and Bode – were happy to see them.

The parents came for overnight and then headed to Topsail Beach for vacation with Marcus’s family.

The kids were excited as they would see their cousins and grandparents.

Taylor and her MorMor( Sherry) yes – she is tall – eleven years old – and we have two more who are taller than Sherry – her cousins Ella and Sarah!

It was a full twelve days of non-stop going – playing – creating – laughing – and they were so good!

Taylor – Bode – Cassidy – so long – until next summer – but we will see them often in the next 12 months!

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Papa’s World – Grandkids list – busy times!

No need for this with these three – they are always busy!

When they are home – it is outside they go – playing with friends – riding bikes!

So – before they came to visit for twelve days – we asked them to think about what they wanted to do!

And they came up with a list for each one to do and day by day we crossed those items off –

somedays more than one!

Beach days were our sort of down days – and usually in afternoons – here we are in a tidal pool on OIB – the water was warm and they loved it!
THE LIST!!!!!

I still can not believe we did all of this – each day we added and crossed off – one by one.

And yes – by the end we were exhausted – but it was a good feeling and now –

They are gone and I wish they were back.

The grandkids – Taylor – Cassidy and Bode – “PAPA – WHAT ARE WE DOING NEXT”?
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Papa’s World – Spending time with the little ones!

These three are like this at home – they are outside all day long!
Taylor – Bode, and Cassidy – are our youngest grandchildren.

You should see the LIST – things that they wanted to do and wrote down!

We have one more to do – tomorrow – MINI GOLF!

Bode has wanted to play mini-golf on this one course in North Myrtle Beach

since we have been down here for two years!

The one that has the Airplane and Helicoper!

Bode Cassidy Taylor
It has been a busy TEN DAYS, to say the least! LOL

And the crafts they have done and completed – hours and hours of doing them!

Bode and Cassidy – once in the water they are still there hours later!

We have been going to the beach every other day, mostly in late afternoons or early evenings.

That way – they will not get sunburned and they are now so tanned!

The sun sets on another adventure day.

Having them here has been a joy – it will be twelve days total and their parents will pick them up.

Excitement – laughter – and some groans – but all in all – they have been very good.

Cassidy – Taylor and Bode

Last year it was one week – this year twelve days – and we have done a lot in those times!

“PAPA – MORMOR – WHAT ARE WE DOING NEXT”?

I am going to miss them when they leave but will see them in a couple weeks –

they are going with their parents for an additional week on the beach at Topsail, N.C.

Then home and for two weeks will practice with a professional crew from California

in the musical LION KING!

We are going home to watch them.

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Papa’s World – The amazing MAZE on Sunset Beach!

Sherry – Cassidy – Taylor and Bode trying to solve the MAZE on the beach on the 12th. street beach access!

Almost every day weather permitting – for the last 8 to 10 years – a man ( I do not know his name)

appears on the beach with just a shovel and draws these amazing MAZES!

There have been numerous newspaper articles – Facebook and other social pages and stories

of his unique style of PUZZLES on the beach at low tide.

Sherry is about to enter the MAZE and right below to the left is a diagram on how to SOLVE the MAZE!

The diagram also has instructions on how to TURN at each intersection –

you can not just walk straight through – you must turn in any direction.

The instructions are written in the sand – all done by freehand – and with just a shovel!

The articles I have read – he does this as a hobby and for years for his wife until she passed away.

He decided to continue in her memory each day – she would accompany him and test out the MAZE!

I would like to meet him and talk to him!

While we were there for 45 minutes – at least a hundred people stopped and tried to solve the MAZE!

If you are ever on SUNSET BEACH – go to the 12th. street beach access – either drive or walk the beach- and you most likely will come across a lot of people walking THE MAZE – and it is different each day. He says he starts in the middle and just works his way to the outside and they come in straight lines – curves and other forms of drawings!
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Sunset Beach, N.C. with the grandkids!

Although Ocean Isle Beach is closer to our home – we always take the company to Sunset Beach!

The beach is wider and more flat and shallow!

Plus – Sunset Beach is more residential and not as commercial.

This time we had our three grandkids – Cassidy – Bode and Taylor.
All three love the beach – but Cassidy and Bode – you have to pry them out of the water!
Bode and Taylor
Cassidy is the one who calls MORMOR ( Sherry ) all the time!

The two – Bode and Cassidy are just alike although it is Taylor and Cassidy who are the twins.

Taylor takes after her MorMor who is tall – as do her cousins Sarah and Ella.

All three are going to be over 5’10”!

Cassidy and Taylor hunting for Shark teeth – Cassidy found one!
Cassidy has a heart of gold.

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Papa’s World – Golfing – Ocean Isle Beach – Sunset Beach – Cameron Woods Community.

One of the reasons we moved to this area on the border of N.C. and S.C. is the golfing!

We have almost 25 courses within 30 minutes of our location and we love to golf.

Our friends also live down here and we try to golf once a week with them.

Sunset Beach – we wanted near the beach and we ended up near two of them – Sunset Beach and OIB!
Ocean Isle Beach – both are within minutes of our home!
Papa on the course

Our community of Cameron Woods we chose because it was not clearcut –

a lot of old-growth is here and we love that!

A view of our street in Cameron Woods Community

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Papa’s World – In with the new – outside with the old!

Good day everyone – welcome to Papa’s World – no politics – only fun – family – friends and good thoughts!

“I ordered a new rug for the lanai,” said my wife!

You see – we just had it inclosed as you can see in my previous blogs.

And – true to our concept of BEACH THEME – she nailed it!

It is so bright and fun to be in and sit looking out at the green yard and palm tree and treeline!
Looking at the lawn – solo fire pit and the new palm tree – one of two and the protected forest behind us.

So now with the new rug, we decided to move the waterproof mat outside on the open patio!

For the time being, it will be out here – and will be centered – our thoughts are to buy some used wicker chairs – paint them a bright color and make a little sitting area along with the two high seats for the solo stove and have room for guests to visit!
View from the fire solo stove back to the lanai and rocks instead of mulch.

We are slowly getting it all in place – landscaping and such.

We are holding off on painting inside until after the one-year warranty.

Now we are experimenting with flowers and how they react to the warm summer weather.

The lawn is looking really good as I have fertilized it myself.

When we sold the last home – we sold all my outdoor lawn devices –

keeping a few to trim trees and bushes.

Shovel to dig with and a couple rakes.

Lawnmowing we have hired done every 14 or 15 days.

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Papa’s World – After dinner – once again on the beach – SUNSET that is!

Nature paints the skies at sunset.

We were excited when we moved near the border of S.C. and N.C. – a ten-minute drive to the beach.

A lot of nights we just look at each other after cleaning up the kitchen and “LET’S GO”!

Ocean Isle Beach is a ten-minute drive over the causeway and to the sand.

However – we really like to drive the extra five minutes and go to Sunset Beach!

Here we drive to the far west end and park and walk the long boardwalk over the dunes.

The view up the beach east to the pier.

Even at this time, the beach is busy with people – swimming – walking, or catching late rays from the sun.

The beach here is flatter than OIB and we like that!

This evening the wind was coming off the ocean causing the waves to be higher.
All in all – a great evening to just relax by the sea!

Sunset Beach after dinner – one of the WHYS we moved here to Cameron Woods Community.

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Papa’s World – BEACH tome and FAMILY time with the LITTLE ONES!

Sherry Bode Cassidy and Taylor – gathering shells on the East end of Ocean Isle Beach

When the project of saving the beach from erosion on OIB on the East end came to a close –

not only was there a new 900-foot wide new beach –

but it was full of dredged up seashells and of course, the little ones went searching!

Good day everyone from Cameron Woods Community – Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.

These three – esp Bode and Cassidy – you have to have something planned out to do every day!

Taylor Bode Cassidy and their MORMOR Sherry

MORMOR is Swede for MOTHERSMOTHER!

All three just love her – Cassidy calls her every week or texts her often.

This is Sherry and her influence on them
While Bode played with his cousins – we walked the beach and stopped in here for refreshments.
PAPA and BODE

This summer we will travel North to their home and bring them back for a week with us.

Taylor Bode and Cassidy in the shadow of MORMOR –

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Good Evening from Cameron Woods Community – Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.

Papa’s World – living our dream – beach and family and friends.

WELCOME TO PAPA’S WORLD

We moved farther south – all the way to the border of N.C and S.C.

We wanted it to be warm in the winter – four seasons without snow and ice.

We wanted to be close enough to the beach that we could drive and spend hours there or walk.

A place family and friends would visit – one floor – but enough room to have people stay.

We found our place in the sun in CAMERON WOODS COMMUNITY

It is a quiet place – room to walk –

friendly neighbors – we all are new here.

And we found our beaches – two of them – Sunset Beach and Ocean Isle Beach

Our life has changed – we did like where we were – but times change – getting older

has a way of making those changes.

And now our families are starting to visit.

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Papa’s World – Walking the beach with MORMOR!

Hand in hands – walking with MORMOR – Taylor, and Cassidy.

As soon as we said we are going to take a walk – They both jumped up and off we went!

They love their MORMOR – Swede for MOTHERSMOTHER!

Sitting on a deck with MORMOR – sipping their SHIRLEY TEMPLES!

They are really close to her – Cassidy always calling – texting – face time or zoom calls – every week.

Taylor joining in “HI MORMOR”!

“MORMOR – guess what”?

“MORMOR – I got a new book”!

“MORMOR – only 10 days until we see you”!

And so it goes week to week – MORMOR and the TWINS!

Papa – Taylor – MORMOR – Cassidy – special times on the beach!

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Papa’s World – Family Krohn on the beach!

Taylor Marcus Tammy Papa

Our family came to spend their spring break with us before Easter.

Cassidy and Bode – the one boy on the left.

We spent a lot of time between beaches – and it was a warm week for water and sand.

Shelling – walking – boogie boards – blowing sand – no rain – warm sun and family time.

Taylor – she is growing up so fast – she will be the tall one in the family.

Taylor excels in horseback riding and grooming – riding lessons once a week.

She is very tall for her age and will be taller than her MORMOR Sherry –

who is almost 5’10”.

Ella has already matched Sherry and Sarah will soon.

Bode and Cassidy are on their Boogie boards.

These two are so much alike that they should have been the twins.

Bode will end up also being very tall.

Cassidy is of normal height for her age and is a beauty.

Her warmth and caring – her love of her MORMOR whom she calls all the time.

Her use of YOUTUBE for art projects and drawings.

She is playing soccer as is Bode.
She is quick – fast and agile.

Sherry and Papa on the beach with the Krohn’s – April – 2022

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Papa’s World – saying not goodbye – but until we meet again!

It is always sad when the family leaves!

This time it is Debby and Ella – the spring break is almost over –

and Debby has to drop her off on her way home at Randolph College in Lynchburg Va.

But we had a fantastic six whole days with them!

At the beginning of the day they had to leave.

The weather was cool here the entire time as it was all up and down the East coast.

And the day they left it got almost to 80 degrees!

But – we had days and days of walking the beaches and Ella even went in one day!

Debby Ella Sherry – discussing the trip back to college and the future trip back in June.
All packed up and ready to load the car!

Tears of joy in that we were able to spend the time together –

the laughs and new places to explore.

Not saying goodbye – but until we meet again.

Next time their whole family will be here – and it will be warmer.

The surf and sand beckon – that is our WHY in moving down here.

Ella and Debby

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Papa’s World – Besties over the years.

Cindy and Papa

We became neighbors back in 1988 – but we knew them before that!

Cindy and Buck lived right across the street from us –

They were the first to move South – to the Wilmington – Leland area in N.C.

We would visit on vacations

and that is when we started to think in the future we would move to the area.

Sherry and Cindy

Today we live some 32 miles away from them –

we often get together to golf – see concerts or theaters.

A Sunday watching the bills

Boating or going out to dinner.

We have for years traveled the World together on vacations.

Papa and Dottie

I have known both Jim and Dottie for 40 plus years.

They moved to Va. Beach

and we have celebrated birthdays and good times there with them.

Jimmy and I played softball together in the late ’70s

We are golfing buddies

and Jim – Sherry and I all worked for American Olean Tile – Dal-Tile

and Jim still works for them.

Hoping to retire soon.

Sherry and Papa

We have been blessed to have them all in our BESTIES circle – a very long time!

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Papa’s World – TERMINAL GROIN – OIB – part 2!

The Terminal Groin – part of saving the beach erosion.

When completed – this huge granite rock break wall –

will allow the sand that is dredged from the channel

and pumped out and form a new beach to the left of the wall.

The first and second streets are no longer here

have eroded away.

These houses were in danger as high tide brought the ocean right up and underneath them.

The pipelines from the dredging of the channel – blowing water and sand out to form the beach!
The beach is formed behind that granite wall barrier and is pushed around by bulldozers.
The homes – now sitting on the third street – are now oceanfront – and were nearly lost.

You can see the very large sandbags that were placed to try and save the homes.

Water would run right up to them and underneath.

The beach will continue along the shore – and the sand will build up against the wall of granite rocks.

Each rock weighs in tons – three at a time are transported by forty-foot tractor truck and trailers.

THE TERMINAL GROIN on the EAST END OF OIB.

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Papa’s World – Ocean Isle Beach – Terminal Groin!

East end of Ocean Isle Beach and the project “The Terminal Groin”

For the past twenty-plus years – the beach here has eroded away – taking with it the ends of first and second streets. Third street and fourth street were in danger as the waves came up and under some of the houses. They started building the break wall that extends some 900 feet straight out and into the ocean, and then a right turn and a short distance – the boulders are huge granite – three boulders to a forty-foot long trailer bed – hauled in by the truckloads.

All the beach you now see in this picture is being pumped in from the dredging of the channel behind the groin – which they do anyways to keep the channel clear for boats.

The water came up to the huge sandbags to under the pilings of these houses.

The “GROIN” will continue until late April when it will be completed. Here you see the pipes blowing out sand to form the new beach.

Large bulldozers spread the sand out and the next picture shows how deep the sand is.

The beach access after some sand addition – the last storm –
water came under the steps to the sandbags and over them.
A look West along the new beach – graded – the sandbags were put in place to help keep the water back.
Sherry walking in OIB.

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Papa’s World – Sunset in Cameron Woods.

View from our patio of the sunset

We are blessed in that we can see both the sunrise and sunset from our patio and driveway!

A cup of coffee for either one!

Our house sets so that we face North and South –

So the sun rises from the right as you stand on the front porch – and sets to the left as you stand there.

Sunset at the end of our driveway

We knew when we selected this lot – that this is what we would have as we stood in the road

before we put our down payment on the lot at 2:30 in the afternoon.

With the tree line in the back is protected and not cut down – this made shade for the back yard-

while the front porch all day long would have shade.

That is what I wanted most – a place to sit and talk to people as they walked by.

View at the sunset with the area for new construction cleared off.

The day we visited the model – this lot became available after someone withdrew their downpayment.

It was just meant to be as we had no idea what this development looked like –

and we had just been to visit a condo some 4 miles away.

Five minutes into the tour of the model – Sherry was sold!

And a plus was we were ten minutes to the sand and water!

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Papa’s World – another awesome BEACH DAY in Cameron Woods – Ocean Isle Beach.

We do seem to have sunrises and sunsets here just by walking outside –

go to the end of the driveway – look right – SUNRISE look left – SUNSET!

The ocean and beach at Sunset Beach

But the beauty of the two beaches is what has drawn us to Cameron Woods – Ocean Isle Beach!

Sherry’s HAPPY place – gazing out to sea.

Although OIB is closer – we prefer to walk on Sunset beach as it is more level!

And when we have grandkids – we bring them here as it is calmer.

The pier at Sunset Beach.

What we noticed here in N.C and S.C at North Myrtle Beach – is just how wide the beaches are!

Even at high tide!

While the water was cold – the sun was warm.

Not many people here this day during the week -but there were families enjoying the sand!

Two little girls drawing pictures in the sand!
Footprints in the sand going to the water.

Another sun-filled day and a beach walk – why we moved here – dream come true.

One last look before we depart.

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Long walkway back – preserving the pristine dunes of SUNSET BEACH, N.C.

Papa’s World – Viewing the sunset at SUNSET BEACH – in the windy cold!

SUNSET BEACH, N.C.

Just a little over a month later from our New Years Eve beach gathering and toast to 2021

We once again were back to see the sunset – only it was windy and cold –

far from the 65 degrees of NYE!

The approaching sunset peeking through the trees!
Papa – Diane and Sherry

We first parked and walked to the end of the street – here the last of the end of the houses –

and this then begins Bird Island – marshland protected and wide-open beach.

Our neighbor Diane

The tide was going out!

Here you see the last of the houses on the marsh and bayside – with the tide going out – This is the end of Sunset Beach and the beginning of Bird Island.
Sun setting – time to go to the beach.
This is where we gathered for NYE and drank a toast to 2021!
The pier and people walking the beach.
Sherry – braving the wind chill – it was cold.

As we looked out on the ocean – to think we can do this every night if we want to –

and there still is Ocean Isle Beach – living our dream.

One final look before we returned home – Sunset at SUNSET BEACH, N.C.

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Papa’s World – MEMORIES OAK ISLAND VACATION

Mike Tammy Debby Sherry Taylor Cassidy Ella Maddy

MEMORIES of our week on Oak Island, N.C.

We stayed close to the beach for one week.

The kids were small ( the twins) and the tidal pools were great!

View from our deck as Debby and Tammy return from a run!
Taylor watching her mommy return from a run.

We had a great view of a huge open lot and then one house at the beachfront!

It was a direct walk to the beach entrance.

MEMORIES of OAK ISLAND!

DADDY MARCUS
Ella holding Taylor – Sherry, and Sarah!

We had a perfect week with weather – sunshine and blue skies.

Sarah today with Bode who was not born yet for the vacation on Oak Island.

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TODAY ELLA MIKE DEBBY SARAH MADDY
TODAY CASSIDY TAMMY BODE TAYLOR MARCUS
OAK ISLAND VACATION ELLA TAYLOR MADDY CASSIDY SARAH – MEMORIES!

Papa’s World – Family memories – vacations and life in general!

The families we left behind.

Life is full of memories – past experiences – vacations – get-togethers – sharing fun times!

We told them all that we would only be 6 or 7 hours away and we have done that!

And that we would come back often and we have done that also!

They have visited numerous times and Spring and Summer are ahead to make more MEMORIES!

MADDY SARAH ELLA

Maddy – today a Junior at the University of Lynchburg.

Sarah – A freshman in H.S.

Ella – today a Freshman at Randolph College

Both are older girls who play college soccer.

MEMORIES of past and present!

Sarah Mike Tammy Debby Ella Maddy Cassidy

MEMORIES of vacation times spent together.

Crossing the sound on a ferry boat!

Many a year we spent together as families – in the sun – water and sand!

MEMORIES of times in the past.

DEBBY and TAMMY

They are close with each other and with their mother Sherry –

All three ran the ten-mile Cherry Blossom race – crossing the finish line holding hands.

MOTHER AND DAUGHTERS BONDING – MEMORIES!

SHERRY

When a person comes into your life and you share 40 years together forming MEMORIES!

Today – we are by ourselves in N.C. while the families remain in Va.

Although distance separates us – memories – love and ZOOM – keep us all together!

MEMORIES of families in transit!

SARAH and TAYLOR

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Papa’s World – Family vacations part two!

Our little fashion girl – SARAH who now is a Freshman in H.S.

She is the fashion queen amongst all the grandkids – and is almost as tall as Sherry!

Today – Sarah and Bode!

The years have passed and she is growing up!

MEMORIES OF SARAH!

Maddy and Sherry

The oldest when she was little – the memory of then!

Maddy today – as a Junior – playing forward attacker

She is playing soccer for the Unversity of Lynchburg – and has played since she was a Freshman.

As a Sophomore, she was third-team all-conference and as a Junior – second-team all-conference!

So proud of this young lady who pursued a college soccer career.

They went to Division III NCAA 64 team playoffs where they lost in the last 2 minutes 3 to 2!

MEMORIES of when she was young!

Today – ELLA MIKE DEBBY SARAH MADDY
FAMILY VACATION Sarah Cassidy Ella Taylor Maddy

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Papa’s World – MEMORIES – family vacations.

Sarah Mike Maddy Ella Debby – the MYERS FAMILY!

So many times we all went on vacation together – this one is 9 years ago!

We tried to do a different beach each time – from Oak Island to the Outer Banks.

MEMORIES of family times!

Sarah Debby Maddy Cassidy Ella

Stopping on our way to Fort Fisher ferry.

Cassidy loved Ella!

MEMORY OF COUSINS!

Maddy Debby Sarah

From a prehistoric great white shark!

Memories of fun family adventures!

ELLA and MADDY

We have had many fun times at the beach – hoping we can duplicate it once again in Ocean Isle Beach!

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Cassidy Maddy Sarah Ella and Taylor

Some were big – some were small – others were barely walking and two were tall!

Oak Island – family times – family vacation.

MEMORIES as I recall – all in one location – joy for all!

Taylor and cousin Ella

The sweetness of youth – the bonding of cousins.

MEMORIES of the little ones and memories of the bigger ones!

Cassidy going to the beach

MEMORIES of innocence – laughter – funny looks!

Taylor – take the glasses off – time to eat!

MEMORIES of crawling – then unsteady steps – walking and running!

Cassidy – peeking in at Maddy.

MEMORIES of playing with the older cousins – timeless pictures – cuteness in diapers.

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Papa’s World – the Tour of BALD HEAD ISLAND comes to an end – FERRY RIDE back to the mainland.

One last lookup close to OLD BALDY LIGHTHOUSE!

Our time to leave is almost upon us – we turned the golf cart in – almost five hours of riding around!

OLD BALDY LIGHTHOUSE just outside the bike and cart rental!

Be sure if you do this – check out what places to eat are open!

On Wednesday – ONLY ONE WAS OPEN!

Also – find a map – we found one at the Ferry Boat Terminal – you will need it!

If more than two of you – I suggest a cart with seats – facing forward – it is hard to see looking back!

The ride on the Ferry boat!

Sit outside if you can – find the sunshine – and watch for the boats!

A COAST GUARD CUTTER!

I had no idea they patrolled these waters here!

And a large CONTAINER CARGO SHIP!

I did not expect to see this – among the many barrier islands here

and between the mainland and Bald Head Island!

Making me wonder if that is why the Coast Guard is here?

And just how deep is this channel here?

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Papa’s World – Bald Head Island – beach and departure – one last time on the beach.

Sherry – Diane and Steve

There was hardly anyone here on the beach – in the distance, we could see a few people –

And we watched the fishing boats offshore – some dozen of them –

Soon – we spotted the Dolphins – two pods – they seemed oh so close to the edge of the water.

Diane and Sherry – the only sound was that of the surf.
My view of a quiet lunch sitting on a deserted beach.

Soon – our little tour would be over – I would try to get a golf car where everyone is sitting forward!

It was hard to see as you were always looking backwards –

And – pick up a map at the ferry depot.

You can get mixed up really easily and end up in dead ends!

Diane and Sherry – at the edge of the water.
A bite to eat – advice – on Wednesdays – only one place is open to grab lunch – other days – more places are open.

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Just me and my shadow

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Papa’s World – BALD HEAD ISLAND – part THREE!

BEACH ACCESS – one of the dozens across the island.
Diane and Sherry after walking up the dune of the beach access.
Sherry – Diane and Steve – the sound of the surf is the only sound.

We found every place we stopped and walked onto the beach to be like these pictures!

Hardly anyone around to be seen!

We could see a dozen fishing ships and Dolphins from the beach.

The island is full of these beach access’s with places to park your golf cart.

BALD HEAD ISLAND also has a marsh side and a boat launch!

We stopped many times to wander and sightsee!

Plenty of time to sit and reflect on our blessing of life!

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The streets on cul-de-sacs – palm trees and each house have a small little cottage over the golf cart garage!

The streets are two-way – most of them – through the housing – the houses are a mixture of cape-cod and craftsman style. Two stories and little cottages in the front. Most have elevated views of the ocean and many are beachfront.

The ladies – Diane and Sherry – explore the path to the beach and water.
While Steve goes over the map – get a map or you end up in dead ends!

We had the car for about five hours – and also a map to get around. Here we can see where we want to go – but it is on the other side of the channel – we had to retrace our way back to the main road.

The island has a main road that goes all the way around – and many roads into neighborhoods!

They can be dead ends or through a maze of roads cut through to the other side.

So it is best to have the map.

There also is a 18 hole golf course here – we caught glimpses of it through the trees.

One of the many beach access with a place to park the golf cart!

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Diane and Sherry walking from the beach access to the beach and ocean.

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Papa’s World – for exercise – walking healthy – our go to spot – the beach!

One of the reason we came South and where we choose to build our home – Ocean Isle Beach.

We tried many areas down here and were drawn to this area in N.C. called Ocean Isle Beach.

We are some eight miles or so to the S.C. border – and we are situated on the mainland –

some four miles inland with the ICW between us and the beach.

We also are close to numerous golf courses – which is another reason we moved South.

We decided as we age – it was time to take it serious – well – we are not good – but love to play!

Opposites attract – that is us!

We tried out NMB in S.C. and really liked it there – but in order to find what we wanted –

we each had a list – it would of cost too much in renovations and thus way over our price point.

Then by accident – we stumbled on to a new community being built.

And we could get everything we wanted – all new – for the price we would of paid before renovations!

And here is one of those things on both our lists – access to a beach to walk each day!

We are in our autumn years – still able to get out and about – and one of those reasons why –

is to maintain a healthy lifestyle – eating and walking.

Sherry is a CERTIFIED HEALTH COACH – and prompts me to stay active.

That also is why we golf – being outside in the fresh air –

four to five hours each time – some walking – we trade off and on – and swinging those clubs(often)

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Very important as you age – to eat healthy and move – my heart doctor always tells me MOVE!

WALKING IN THE SUNSHINE AND SURF

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Papa’s World – relaxing and walking the beach – we have seemed to like one better than the other!

Although Ocean Isle Beach is a ten minute drive – we seem to be going to Sunset Beach more often!

This beach is a extra ten minute drive – 8 miles away.

The difference is one is commercial and the other residential.

One is not flat and the other is.

One is more calm than the other.

Both have piers – both have plenty of parking – at least we have had no problems.

The pier at Sunset Beach – a lot of people sit under it to get out of the sun.

And you can see how calm the water is here and the beach wide and flat at low tide.

You can wade out and only be waist high!

Ocean Isle Beach has bigger waves and the beach is up and down.

There is where the mini golf is – the community park with concerts.

Bars and grills and a community center on the beach with bathrooms.

Sunset beach is almost all beach houses and rentals – hardly any big buildings!

We do go to both – Ocean Isle Beach has a big Farmers market a block from the beach.

Sunset Beach has their market on the mainland side as well as their concerts are mainland.

I like the drive to Ocean Isle Beach better – easier to get to.

Ocean Isle has little shops – and easy to walk around.

Many side streets and channels with houses.

Sunset Beach has a marsh on the South end and is where the Kindred Spirit mailbox is.

With low tide – the beach is really wide.

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Papa World – Sunset and night time on Ocean Isle beach with company – ice cream!

Good day!

We decided to take our company to Ocean Isle Beach – play some mini golf –

walk to the ice cream store and then go out onto the beach at sunset!

Eating ice cream on the beach just before sunset!
As we walked out onto the beach – we passed this “WILL YOU MARRY ME” proposal!

The people had gathered waiting for the surprise – we did not see it – but it was beautiful.

Eating the ice cream – no wind – warm – the tide was in.
Our comapny left two dogs home!

It was a fun day – we had gone to Sunset beach in the early afternoon –

then to dinner in Calabash and after here to play mini golf and walk the beach with ice cream!

The sun sinking in the West – dusk near – they had walked to the pier – now it was time to depart!

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And now after sunset – the rising of the moon and the glow across the water!
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Papa’s World – at the beach with the little ones!

Bode – heading out to Taylor and Cassidy at Ocean Isle Beach – N.C.

They were so excited to be able to go to the beach each day – and it was hot – so we decided late afternoon

would be a better time to go – and they played the whole three hours in the surf – riding boogie boards

diving under the waves and getting us nervous as they would inch out farther and farther –

until I would wade out and move them back in.

“Papa – can you fasten this”?

Being young as they are is a exercise in pure energy – being old as I am – it was a exercise just to stand and brace against the waves!

But – I loved every moment of it.

Cassidy and Taylor – heading for the waves.

We did this for five afternoons – on the last night before the parents came – it was mini golf and Italian ice!

I – they – we had enough of facing the big waves and Bode wanted to play as soon as they arrived.

The twins actually ended up liking the mini golf and a lot of laughs on how each one putted the ball.

Both as different as they are but the results were the same.

The beach – we decided the last time for them – we would go to Sunset beach – and they loved it!

As did we – less commercial – more level and the sand more fine.

And it was not as rough as Ocean Isle Beach.

Calling them in for a break – away from the big waves which they were in.

Taylor would stcik more in and closer to us – these two have no fear and are so alike.

Taylor staying closer to us – Cassidy heading out to the waves.

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The twins heading for the waves at Ocean Isle Beach – N.C.

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Papa’s World – Part FOURof new home pictures in Cameron Woods – Ocean Isle Beach – N.C.

A look from the front hallway into the vaulted ceiling living room – to the sunroom and beyond to the open patio.

We wanted open living – being able to see all who are visiting!

And – we wanted LIGHT – FILLED rooms!

Here is the aforementioned rooms along with parts of the kitchen and breakfast nook!

Beyond the breakfast nook is the covered – screened in lanai.

I spend a lot of time out there with the ceiling fan going!

The Kitchen – not real big but comfortable for the two of us to work the same time in!

Seating for four at the island and seating for six at the table with out the extra leaf!

Vaulted ceilings give a feeling of being open and large.

We wanted family to be able to visit – so in the next picture is the Sunroom – with a queen sized pull out sofa!

This makes into a QUEEN BED!

And we wanted the light to come in from outside!

The patio is directly behind these windows and to the left is the lanai!

The screened in Lanai!
Looking out of the lanai to the patio – the tree line is protected and will not be cut down!
This hutch was hand made by Sherry’s father Bill before he passed away.
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Papa’s World – first walk after moving in the new home – Ocean Isle Beach – water – WARM

Sitting in our lanai – we decided it was time to take a break from unpacking and enjoy our first walk on the new beach!
Papa walking the surf line – the water was warm! Made me want to have my suit on and wade in!
The beach here is not as level as NMB or as wide and the waves on this side of the pier – are rougher!

This is the view looking North after you enter the beach by the community center where the showers and bathrooms are – a large volleyball net is here as well as a very long walkway and deck system.

dThe beach also is not as crowed as back in NMB!

This is more of a resident area beach!

Looking South toward the pier – we walked down there to the other side and it was not as rough or the waves as big!

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Papa’s World – Toes in the water – beach life!

Finally we have made it to our dream –

We always vacationed at the beach

up and down the EAST COAST!

Today – until the end of February

we will be next to it!

Sherry and I sold our house and rented a condo

one half mile from the beach

in North Myrtle Beach – S.C.

We did this because I just happen to come upon

this rental – and the view of this small lake

from the top floor lanai!

OUR VIEW EVERY DAY!

And the bonus – during our three mile plus walk everyday

half of that walk is on the beach!

Of course said walk comes after my morning cup of coffee!

Why for five months?

Because we do not know where we want to live

only that it will fall someplace

from here to the northern border of N.C.

We have always talked of this

But where ever we go – the criteria is twofold

We will try to stay within 7 hours of our families

in NVA.

And a place that is warm – no snow – and lots of golf!

We did not know at the time just how much Sherry would come to love this place!

Being here – it is warmer than where we lived in the winter

and we walk everyday –

hardly any traffic as we walk within a gated community –

until we cross a road to the beach.

And then after a 1/2 mile walk – we have this!

I LISTEN TO HER THOUGHTS!

She has leaned over to me and said

” I REALLY LOVE THIS WALK AND PLACE”!

A QUIET PLACE TO WORK ON HER PHONE!
TOES IN THE SAND for me!
WE HAVE SAVED – we have worked all our lives.
We have found our quiet place – our love – and a place for family to enjoy.

We are close to the over seven hours for our trip back to NVA!

The family is now a long weekend away.

We still are searching!

Oh – you can ride golf carts here!

TOES IN THE WATER – OUR HAPPY PLACE!

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Papa’s World – walking home from the beach in Ocean Keyes – NMB – part two.

The small building to the right is golf cart storage and a trash compactor building – the one to the left is for golf carts only. You are on a list here for golf cart spaces – that is the only way to get a spot to park it.
Sherry walking by one of Six Pools just like this one – the two on the main road through Ocean Keyes – have a community building – with TV – pool table – ping pong table and chairs and tables. This one has the work out room with all types of equipment. Each pool has a hot tub and a small wading pool. There are propane grills and picnic tables outside and each pool has men and women bathrooms.

The complex has over 780 individual condo units and town houses – this at one time a golf course called The Old Gator Hole! I think in the mid 2000’s it was sold and made into Ocean Keyes plus two other developments including a plaza with Walmart and Home depot.

Her on the left is one of two trash compactors we use – this one also has recycle bins while the other does not.
On our walk we pass the tennis courts and pickle ball court where we have played pickle ball with friends.
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Papa’s World – walking home from the beach at Ocean Keyes – N.M.B. going to miss this!

As we leave the beach entrance we use almost every day – and walk back to the condo – a two block walk to the gate.
This is the property just before we enter the gate at Ocean Keyes – We love this house and grounds!

This is along the sidewalk outside the fenced in yard – almost everything here comes back every year!

They have irrigation out here as well in the enclosed yard. It is shaded by Cypress trees –

and it is a inkling to what is inside the fence!

As soon as you walk through the gate – you see these three white ducks!

I have given them the names of HUEY – DEWEY and LOUIE ! LOL

Sherry – who is a CERTIFIED HEALTH COACH – will run ahead of me – then turn around and come back – to get her heart rate up – but I think she sees this sign and off she goes! LOL

I have to keep up or the sign in RED is for me!

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From here to the condo is 1/2 mile walking!

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