I was just reading a post I wrote last year about OBX and I chuckled. Sure, the shopping is a mess and the tv packages may not be up to snuff, but I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to being down there again, especially after everything that happened with Irene. The thought of the Outer Banks being swept away was more than I could bear. When I try to think of a suitable replacement my mind goes blank. I can’t think of anywhere at the Jersey Shore being nearly as relaxing and remote.
I’m making a few preparations for the trip. I’m going to try the Mapquest app for navigation, ditching the native Maps app because without voice notifications, I’m lost. There’s no way I’m going to be referencing my phone the entire trip. A quick scan reveals that there will be no such functionality added when iOS 5 rolls out later this year, which is a disappointment. I’m a little gunshy about Mapquest based on my experiences with the service some ten years ago. All it took were some bad directions on a particularly stressful U‑Haul drive and I’d had enough. Mapquest has been synonymous with bad, dangerous directions ever since. I’m glad I can laugh about it now, but veering across traffic to exit Rt 78 to an access road in a steady downpour is not my idea of a good time.
I’m looking forward to an uneventful drive and a very relaxing week at the beach. I may even do a little reading while I’m down there!