"Keep an extra eye out for Ripe Tides. OBX waters can be pretty unpredictable."
For all I love (and I do love all) about the OBX, I will give you this. We were lucky enough to go up to Duck for a week in April and the ocean ate our football. I overthrew our 11-yo daughter, just a touch, and it landed no more than ten feet from shore. Took no time. Had to say, sorry, honey, the ocean owns that one. Still, wouldn't trade the OBX for any beach.
Steppenwolf, too? I heard them live down the road at Walnut Creek back in my college years (past their prime, but it was flat-out awesome!). It was raining up a storm, and lawn 'seats' at Walnut Creek are nothing but fun to a group of young guys in a rain storm...particularly when listening to SW. Frank - I'm pretty sure you are far left of your posts. CSN&Y and SW are so left-wing, they'd probably tell Bernie Sanders 'no' to using their music. I knew there was a cool dude underneath some of the angry posts.
Again - above all - I hope you and your loved ones enjoy the great trip to the beautiful OBX.