The day after our Nations Birthday celebration and I am sure work is not where you want to be. I trust you spent your day in fine fashion with family and friends celebrating in a  manner befitting of this glorious day. Why else would you kill yourself cooking all day so others could eat?

 I am very fortunate to spending some quality time with friends on the Outer Banks where the weather could not be any more perfect. Cool nights have allowed us to turn the air conditioner off and open the windows to the enjoyment of the sounds of crashing waves on the beach, music to my ears.

This years 4th of July was somewhat dampened here by the cancellation of all firework celebrations on the islands. Last year one of the trucks storing all of the fireworks for the island of Ocracoke blew up the day before the event. A few issues arose about the handling of the explosives which caused due concern for this years events. Instead most of the villages held festivals to celebrate the public’s participation.

Not to be dampened by the lack of fireworks, Mother Nature decided to showcase her own talents and put on a show of her own. I give you Mother Natures’ tribute to our Nations Birthday.

Cape Hatteras

May we all keep the men and women of the Armed Forces in our thoughts and prayers!!!!

Best regards