For 30 years my family and two others have visited Emerald Isle, NC for a week in the summer. That means I was two when the tradition started. Having moved to different states four times before I graduated high school (and three since), Emerlad Isle might be the piece of earth I associate most with familiarity and family. The way most people think of home. In recent years the rental houses have gotten bigger to accommodate new spouses (below) and now a third generation. It's the week I look forward to most in the calendar. My career keeps me from staying the full seven days anymore, but it doesn't really matter. Leaving at any point is always the saddest day of the year.