The wind in your hair, sea salt on your lips, the sun shining on you face, the sand between your toes. These are a few of our favorite things. So you can imagine how excited we were to be heading back to the beach!
We love everything about the beach: the salty and fresh air, the crashing waves, the sun giving us freckles (and tan skin), sand (and how it gets everywhere), and don’t forget the smell of sunscreen! This experience, however, was quite different than all of that. And we were not prepared for it. (though at this point is that even a surprise?!)
We planned this trip back in January and was looking forward to a warm, but not hot, time at the beach where we could catch up on some reading. You see, the averages in March in the Outer Banks are in the mid-50’s. So, we thought: let’s camp, we’ve never been camping near the beach before, it’ll be fun! Well, do you know the problem with looking at the weather two months in advanced? You probably guessed that weather changes, right? (look at that, you’re already smarter than we are!) So, we didn’t get a warm, mid-50’s beach trip, we got a week of temps ranging from 39F-50F. It wasn’t ideal for camping! Especially when some of the lows at night were in the low 30s (and even one night it was 29!). We loaded up our car with our clothes, all our extra blankets (we brought so many blankets!) and hit up a hotel nearby for the two nights that it got too cold. A warm bed, free breakfast, and a shower? We don’t think anyone would say no to that!
Despite it being so cold and not ideal weather, we were determined to have as much fun as possible! As we shared in our post from Monday (5 Things to Do in the Outer Banks), we saw wild horses, went to an aquarium (and saw sea turtles!), visited the sand dunes, saw the sun rise and set, and even spent some time on the beach!
We also got to eat some amazing food! Although we ate out most nights, one night we did decide to have a fire (to keep warm) and grilled some brat burgers. We kind of forgot any kind of grilling utensils, so we had a handy butter knife to flip our burgers with. Needless to say, out of 6 of them, only 3 were edible! Haha, the others were far too burnt to be recognizable. We think we’ll leave the grilling to Bobby Flay from now on!
We visited some great bakeries while we were there! We spent one day driving around to different ones, collecting baked goods to try and take pictures of! We had croissants, donuts, cookies, bagels, and cinnamon rolls. (hey, don’t judge us, we were on vacation!) We then headed to the beach to get some pictures of all these amazing baked goods! It was so windy, guys, that one of our donuts blew away, landing face down in the sand! So, we ate gritty, sandy donut (we had to try it!) and it was worth it! It was so good! When you visit, you have to visit Duck Donuts. They fry and make their donuts to order, so you get a fresh, hot donut, no matter when you go! Take that Krispy Kreme!
Our favorite day was our last day, it finally got warm enough for us to shed our winter coats, and scarves and visit the beach (in our sweatshirts and cozy hats, hey, we didn’t want to get too cold!) We got to stick our feet in the water and spend more than 5 minutes at the beach without freezing. We had so much fun, basking in the one day of sunshine and warmth we got. The water was sooooo cold, that we couldn’t really feel our feet when we were done. But it was worth it- you can’t go to the beach and not stick your feet in!
*I’m (Ashley) going to interject here and tell you my favorite story from our trip. When we were at the beach, this huge wave came in and Georgia was far enough out that she would have probably gotten soaked up to her mid calf and the water was freezing. So, she, being the athletically inclined person that she is, turned tail and ran. Her face was the most hilarious thing; I don’t think I’d ever seen her run like that before. Head down, run for your life kind of run. This also happened to be the same trip she dropped her phone in the ocean, turned around, and walked away (she didn’t even realize it!) If I hadn’t been there to save the day, her phone would be floating somewhere in the ocean right about now!*
It might have been cold, cloudy, and a little rainy while we were there, but we had so much fun!
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