Rodanthe: Finding Quiet

Remember how I said after living in France for a few months everything back in the states felt so LOUD? Well, we found the quiet. It’s here in Rodanthe (pronounced Roh-DANTH-ee, which I just learned). . .

The NOT crowded beach at Rodanthe in November
The NOT crowded beach at Rodanthe in November

In fact at this time of year Rodanthe is practically a ghost town. We’ve rented one of maybe 60 condos in this complex, but we usually see no more than five or six cars here at any one time. It is beautiful and roomy, though . . .

Ah-h-h-h-h! Room to stretch out and unpack!
Ah-h-h-h-h! Room to stretch out and unpack!

. . . which is a nice change after the tiny place we rented in Alexandria, that was barely larger than the bed. Plus, we have this view of the Atlantic from the deck (and the living room and the master bedroom, which both open onto the deck):

The Atlantic from our deck
The Atlantic from our deck the evening we arrived

Sunday was a bit cloudy but no rain, with temps in the 60’s, so we went for a walk on the beach.

The walk to the beach
The walk to the beach
Beach at Rodanthe
Beach at Rodanthe

Here’s one of our neighbors . . .

Beach-walker
Beach-walker

Mornings here so far have been blue-grey . . .

Blue Dawn over the Atlantic
Blue Dawn over the Atlantic

But evenings? Wow! We can see the Pamlico Sound from the kitchen window, but it’s blocked a bit by other condos, so we walked across the street to really see this:

Fiery Sunset over the Sound
Fiery Sunset over the Sound
Sunset over Sound
Sunset over Sound
Sunset over the Sound
Sunset over the Sound

I could not stop taking pictures of this sunset. I promise these sunset photos are not enhanced in any way. These are the actual colors.

We’ve finally unpacked the car and reorganized everything. It was feeling like we just kept cramming more into every corner, which is NOT a restful feeling. So now we’re able to relax a bit, walk a lot, and admire the sky in all its moods. I’m loving the warmth and the peace, but three weeks in Rodanthe will be long enough, I expect. No one to laugh with here, at least not so far.

I hear it has been crazy cold in Fort Collins this week, so my heart goes out to all of you experiencing winter before winter even officially arrives. You know how fond I am of cold! So here’s wishing you warm blankets, toasty fires, and steaming cups of . . . well, whatever you enjoy drinking steaming hot!

 

4 thoughts on “Rodanthe: Finding Quiet”

  1. Beautiful! Amazing sunset photos! Yes is it freezing here as well and even though it is Minnesota it is still way too early for the temps we’re having!

  2. The beach shots look just like in the movie “Night(s) in Rodanthe”, if I remember correctly. It’s the 18th now and we are starting to creep out of the deep freeze–finally. Too cold for too long and too early!

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