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This week, we're on a family trip to Rodanthe, North Carolina. The video is from our rental house deck.

We've been vacationing in the Outer Banks for over thirty years. When the kids were smaller and liked to body surf, we would go all the way down to Avon or Frisco, where the beach is milder and the waves have a longer run-in. More recently, we've been going to Rodanthe. We found a rental house that fulfilled my husband's long-time dream of watching the surf wash up to the deck, and we've been there for the last few years.

This is probably our last year in this house--which we have loved. So far, it's perfectly sound, but the houses on both sides have already been emptied and slated for demolition, and the water is already washing up not just to the deck, but all the way under the house. (We're gritting our teeth a bit for Friday night, when high winds are forecast to drive the surf even further--we'll be moving the cars out to the parallel street, just to be safe.)

I love the Outer Banks and we try to be responsible tourists (buying from locals and not chains, recycling, eating local seafood) but I don't know how often we'll be able to return.

If you can access this Post story, scroll down to the photo with the caption "A North Carolina transportation department worker clears sand that has washed over another Rodanthe street," and you'll see the house that we're in, directly behind the yellow bulldozer.



At least a dozen more houses in Rodanthe remain in serious danger of falling into the ocean. Faced with shrinking options, numerous homeowners are scrambling to move their homes — at a cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars — further from the tides that seem to creep ever closer. They have filed permits, lined up contractors and teamed up with neighbors, all in a bid to buy more time from the encroaching sea.

As similar shifts befall other communities, scientists say, millions of acres of U.S. land and hundreds of thousands of homes and offices could slip below swelling tide lines over time. Properties in vulnerable areas could lose value, harming homeowners and sapping local tax bases.

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We love the Outer Banks, too. Thanks for sharing the article. It’s hard to see the houses going into the ocean.

I get the nostalgia, but that seems like a very uncomfortable way to spend a vacation. We used to vacation on Cisco beach on Nantucket. Those houses are all gone now. It’s sad.

Wow! Very sad. We had vacation off the coast of New Jersey for years and the last hurricane that came through definitely altered the beaches and homes where we used to go. 

So beautiful

So very beautiful thanks for shreing

We are camping in Cape Hatteras this weekend. The weather is not desirable, but we love being cozied up in our camper just a dune away from the ocean.

Wow. Thank you for sharing. Rodanthe has been on my bucket list.

Ohhh. Memories! We used to stay up in Nag's Head at the Sand Dollar (no longer there), right on the beach like this. (That was in the 70's.) I can't do city beaches! Have a lovely time.

There are places on the coast of Washington where this has happened and still happening. Scary people still build there but they do. 🤷‍♀️


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