Topsail Island, North Carolina (June, 2012)

To celebrate Mom's (and sort of Dad's) retirement they came up with the idea of the whole family heading out on a vacation together.  After looking around at the Gulf Coast and Florida Panhandle we started looking along the North Carolina coast.  We thought (incorrectly) it would be cheaper in an area between the Outer Banks and Myrtle Beach.  That place was Topsail Island.

The more research we did, the more it looked like a great place.  The drive was further from Missouri but the houses looked nice, the beach looked great and the towns looked like exactly what four families would need. 

So for the first time since in 1996 we all headed out separately to come together for one week on a North Carolina beach.