It's been quite some time it feels like since I have posted on my blog, but I wanted to wish this incredible summer farewell as the crisp fall weather creeps back into our lives.
My last week of summer was spent with the people I missed the most while I was adventuring all over Boston - my family. After I-95 bumper to bumper traffic, a car on the fritz, and a torrential down pour, I somehow managed to move myself home from New England. Home at last or at least for a couple hours before my family was off and headed to the Outer Banks.
Between those two days or what felt like one continuous day, I probably sat in 6 hours of traffic or more. But in all honesty, sitting there with my family and inching our way down to North Carolina was probably one of my favorite days all summer. I had been away for three months and yet, it was like I had been there the whole time. My mom even attempted to show me how much she missed me by purchasing a watermelon for our trip down and asking (forcing) me to hold it for the remaining hour of the trip... This may or may not have turned into four hours but who's counting?
Out of the five times or so that my family has vacationed in the Outer Banks, I would say this was probably my all-time favorite. We had some phenomenal beach days for the first half of the week, and I managed to get in on a pretty big beach volleyball game. It's funny because about a year ago or so, I probably would have been too shy to walk up and play volleyball with complete strangers. I think I can easily attribute this to the past year I had as a THON Captain and living on my own in Boston this summer. Both life experiences seemed to open me up in a different way and give me confidence I had never known.
As usual, my family spent the first night out on the beach, flashlights and all searching for the famous OBX crabs. It's more watching where you step as opposed to a search because these things are everywhere! As a matter of fact, the last night we ended up going out again and my siblings and I played a game where we all turned off our flashlights to see who would run into one of the crabs first. Needless to say, my youngest, most stubborn sister Alexa would not turn off her flashlight out of fear, and she ended up losing the game as she screamed and ran away from the crab.
One thing I have learned about our Koffke vacations is something is bound to go wrong, as I'm sure is the norm with most family vacations. This time, it came down to a morning bagel trip. This bagel shop my parents had visited the first time we vacationed in the Outer Banks supposedly had the best cinnamon bagels and lucky for us, it was within walking distance of our house. I should have known when we started our morning trip going the wrong direction that this was the indicator for me to turn around and go back to bed. As it turns out, once we reached our destination, this particular bagel shop had been taken out, and the only other bakery in town didn't serve bagels...
Regardless of our failed bagel shop adventure, this week was the best cap to the summer of 2013. Teasing my siblings, playing cards every night, and attempting to beat my dad in pool seemed to shape this week at the beach. The only thing missing was a panoramic view of the morning sunrise, which I managed to capture sometime in the middle of the week. My parents always doubt me when I say I'm going to wake up before 6AM (mostly because I struggle to wake up before 10AM on a good day), but when it comes to photography, there is never a doubt in my mind that I will miss out on the opportunity.
Writing this, it is honestly hard for me to believe that the first month of my senior year of college is almost over. As this year starts up, and THON rolls back into my life and I guess some schoolwork too, I can't say that I've ever been happier or more excited to see what the future holds. So, in that respect, here's to the next year and all of the opportunity it brings to my family, my friends, and myself!