Our family beach week started today. We didn’t have too much trouble in the early part of the drive, although in North Carolina we hit slow traffic a few times. Once was because people were slowing to see damage caused by a tornado less than two weeks ago. The other must have been due to a short traffic light, because once we got past that, we were fine again. Ocean Isle is a barrier island near the southern end of North Carolina’s coast. This year we had a loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) nest right next to our house’s beach access. Most of the turtles had hatched the day before we arrived but we got to see the stragglers make their way to the water. The sun had set by the time I got this photo, so it’s a little less sharp than I’d like, but you get the idea.