The Beginning of the Fillmer / Marchio Family Blog

Hello and welcome to the Fillmer / Marchio family blog.

This weekend was an eventful one full of activity. Chris, Gabriel and Jacob went to North Carolina to visit Scott and Deborah at the RV park where they were staying. Everyone had such a great time and there was never a pause in the action until bedtime. Scott and Deborah set up the tent and got the campfire ready to light.

The Marchios arrived on Friday evening and were greeted with hotdogs for dinner and smores by the campfire for dessert.

Saturday was a full day of boating. Everyone went out on the sailboat “Jackpot” for a couple of hours of sailing.

Then it was back to the campground for lunch and out on the river with the Sea Doo for the guys. Deborah stayed at home and enjoyed some quiet sewing time.


Jacob and Chris


Gabriel and Scott


See ya later

Fishing was the next activity of the day. Jacob brought the worms and Scott helped the boys bait their hooks.

Gabriel caught a fish!

Whoa! That is what Gabriel said when he lit the campfire for the evening.

Sunday morning came all too soon and after breakfast the guys were off in a flash to see the lighthouses on the Outer Banks. First stop: Bodie Lighthouse on Pea Island.


Wow that is tall!


Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge

Lighthouses are nice, but the boys really just wanted to play in the waves, so it was off to the beach they went.

Look at the hole Gabriel dug.

Where is Jacob? He is way down the beach looking for shells. Can you see him? This is a little like where’s Waldo.

All that fun in the sun and still more exciting things to see. Cape Hatteras lighthouse was the final destination before heading home.

After so much excitement in one weekend a fella can get a little wiped out. Gabriel is sharing sleeping quarters with the Blaze.

Everyone had such a wonderful time. No one wanted it to end. So, the Marchio’s took the Sea Doo back to Alabama where it will reside for the remainder of the summer and the Marchio’s can take it to the lake.

Meanwhile, Scott and Deborah are on there way to spend a few months in Tool, Texas with Deborah’s family.

Metal Dectecting in North Carolina is Good Exercise and Fun

After leaving the North Carolina Aquarium in Rodanthe we had lunch and then went to the beach for a little bit of metal detecting. This is one of our many hobbies. We didn’t find anything on this day and a storm was beginning to come in so we didn’t stay long.  We have been to this beach on the Outter Banks several times and we really enjoy the peace that comes with this beach.

There is probably not place more beautiful and more empty than the beaches of the Outter Banks.  If you are looking for a nice place to get some peace and relaxation, this is it, just don’t tell anyone.

North Carolina Outer Banks

North Carolina Outer Banks

North Carolina Outer Banks

On the way back home from the beach I took these pictures of Bodie lighthouse out the window of the truck. Not bad snapshots for 45 mph.

North Carolina Outer Banks

North Carolina Outer Banks

Jaws Lives in the North Carolina Aquarium in Rodanthe

North Carolina Aquarium Rodanthe

Two weeks ago we took a trip out to the North Carolina Aquarium. The aquarium is located in Rodanthe, a town on an island between the mainland and the outer banks of North Carolina.

Below are some pictures of what we saw. The shark was behind a 12″ thick (or more) glass tank wall, it was still probably too close to this particular shark, glad I was on the other side and not in the water with him.

North Carolina Aquarium Rodanthe

North Carolina Aquarium Rodanthe

North Carolina Aquarium Rodanthe

North Carolina Aquarium Rodanthe

North Carolina Aquarium Rodanthe

North Carolina Aquarium Rodanthe

North Carolina Aquarium Rodanthe

North Carolina Aquarium Rodanthe

North Carolina Aquarium Rodanthe

North Carolina Aquarium Rodanthe