As I discussed on Wednesday’s post, Bill and I have a bit of a passion for travel, especially road trips, and have made it our life’s goal to visit EVERY national park there is and collect stamps for them in our passport as we go along.
One particular national park holds a special place in both our hearts as our families vacationed there when we were kids – Cape Hatteras National Seashore on the great Outer Banks of North Carolina. It’s a beautiful stretch of pristine beaches that are completely protected – they’ll NEVER have a house on them. There are several villages and towns that break up the stretches of dunes, but there’s something really fantastic about hitting highway 12 and having the ocean lapping on one side, and the sound gleaming right on the other side of the road. It’s a magical place.
Besides being known as the ‘Diamond Shoals‘ and being THE place to study Pirate lore, the Outer Banks have also been the star of several Nicholas Sparks novels, most notably Nights in Rodanthe (turned into a movie starring Richard Gere and Diane Lane!).
So far Bill and I have made it down for the past two summers, and plan to make the trip every summer we can afford it. Mayyybe even for a big party involving a poofy white dress someday. *sigh*
Given that we have solid plans to return many many times, and that I actually purchased the full expansion version of the passport for Bill for our anniversary last year, using our original passport stamps wouldn’t be bad as we’ll be getting lots more. After I saw Urban Jane’s West Elm knock off using ticket stubs, (I’ve pinned it here) I thought framing our first trip’s stamps (along with a ticket stub to the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse) like she outlined would be a meaningful piece of artwork that would also be a great conversation piece.
I used one of those graduation tassel shadowbox frames that you NEVER really use. I removed the original matting and used scrapbook paper and foam stickers to set the pages off the back a bit.
The project took me a total of 10 minutes to put together while watching an episode of Parks and Rec with Bill. Easy peasy! And because I already had the old frame collecting dust in a closet, as well as the pages and the scrapbook materials, it also ended up being a zero-dollar project. Can’t beat that!
As you can tell by the stamps, there are SEVERAL points of interest along the Outer Banks that you can get a stamp at, including every lighthouse. Our favorite is the obvious spiral painted Cape Hatteras Light.
So there you have it. A little piece of art that captures some fantastic memories of one of our favorite National Parks.
What’s your favorite park to visit?
Check out the first National Park trips we’ve shared with you!