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What a Summer!

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I can’t believe how fast the summer has gone.   But what a summer it has been. One of the best things about summer is spending time with my family and going to new destinations and exploring new adventures.

My wife, boys and I just spent a week on the North Carolina coastline visiting my parents, who recently bought a house in this area.   They say the South has the most beautiful beaches and I truly believe that.   Beautiful sand, fantastic coastline, unbelievable shells and warm ocean temps!

One of the joys of summer is watching your kids romp on the beach, playing in the sand, building sand castles, flying kites and playing innocently in the ocean.  It’s almost as if time stands still for those precious moments in your life.

We also spent time in Myrtle Beach checking out the rides, the boardwalk and lots of cool shops.  We also took a day trip to a fantastic aquarium called Fisher Island Aquarium.  The family loved shuttling to the island on the N.C. Ferry System.

I would also highly recommend the Wilmington, N.C. area as a sight-seeing, must-do visit.   Wilmington’s historic and picturesque scenery and history is second to none.  Many of our famous presidents have visited this historic Southern city and did you know it’s the third most-filmed location in the U.S., behind NYC and L.A.?  We took a trolley ride and boat ride on the Cape Fear River and loved seeing the Battleship North Carolina, the Cape Fear Bridge and other sights and sounds.

Earlier this summer, we enjoyed another top-notch “Loudy” vacation at the “Greatest Place on Earth,” Disney World.    While the Best Western hotel we stayed at was anything “best” about it, my wife, the kids and I enjoyed all the Disney Parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios).  My oldest son went on every ride known to man (with the exception of the over-48-inch rides) and seems to have a liking for all the wild rollercoaster rides Dad enjoys.

Photo sessions with the Disney characters ranked very high on our list once again.  My oldest son adored all the characters while my youngest tended to shy away from them.

We spent some great nights shopping and eating out at Downtown Disney, one of the best entertainment spots at DW.  I think everyone loved the new “Dinosaur” restaurant.  It almost seemed like these pre-historic creatures were eating at the table with us.

Many people have made comments that Disney World is over-rated but this cannot be further from the truth.  My oldest son is mildly autistic and Disney was able to give us “fast passes” so he didn’t melt down getting on the rides.

We plan on going to DW again in two years and may even try the Disney Cruise in a few years.

I can’t believe the kids go back to school next week.  But I will always cherish these summer memories.

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