Home Away from Home: Beauty at Atlantic BeachUnited States
There are tons of little beach towns lining the Atlantic coast up and down the south, including popular spots like Wilmington and Kitty Hawk–but Atlantic Beach, NC, is mine.
I have been visiting this place for my entire life, as has my mother before me, her mother before her, and on and on for as long as anyone can remember. My grandmother estimates that my family has been visiting this sleepy little town for 5 or 6 generations, but we don’t really know for certain, because the visits predate living memory.
Of all the beaches nearby, we have most commonly visited Fort Macon State Park to enjoy the sand and waves–it’s free, it’s beautiful, it’s clean, and (important to my mother back in the day) it’s staffed with life guards during the summer.
This road trip was my first time to visit “my” town in the off-season–it was too cold to swim, but Jeremy and I spent hours wandering up and down the beach, photographing all of the sights that are so familiar and comforting (in between getting defeated in Scrabble by my Grammy).
I love all kinds of beaches, and have always had a bit of an obsession with crystal clear, turquoise waters a la the Caribbean, but this will always be the “real” beach in my mind–the place of my childhood, my home-away-from-home, the first place I was dying to share with Jeremy when we started dating. This has always been a place of peace and comfort to me, and these images make me smile every time I see them.