Thanks so much for all of your great road trip suggestions on my last post! Between my Bald Head Island trip last week and my 14-hour drive to Arkansas, I used just about every suggestion and passed the time by talking to friends on the phone and listening to podcasts and Spotify playlists.
I haven’t gotten a post up in quite a while since I’ve been traveling, so I’m excited to finally post about Bald Head Island.
Before I left for Arkansas, I spent a few days at Bald Head Island with a good friend, Riley, and her family. Riley and I drove to Southport, NC, on Tuesday afternoon, parked my car, and took the ferry over to the island. It was my first visit to Bald Head Island, which is a unique beach town because, in addition from needing a ferry to get there, there aren’t any cars on the island– just golf carts.
We stayed with Riley’s family at a beach house and it was a full house with 5 of her 6 younger siblings, plus friends they invited, and Riley’s parents. It was a fun set-up since we could spend some time with the whole group for meals and at nighttime, and then Riley and I did our own thing sometimes, too.
As soon as we got to the house, we changed into our suits and headed to the beach.
We spent a few hours in the ocean before coming in to shower and eat a late dinner.
Her dad and step-mom put together an awesome meal that included grilled burgers, veggie dogs, and portobello mushroom caps, watermelon, and corn. Riley also brought her own salad ingredients for the two of us so we could put together a quick salad to go with our lunches and dinners.
Riley and I enjoyed our dinner outside on the screened-in back porch with a beautiful view of the sunset and finished off the meal with a few squares of dark chocolate.
On day #2, Riley and I were up early to run before the heat of the day. We didn’t participate but we did run by a “Turtle Trot” 5k that was going on.
Both of us are major oatmeal lovers so we after we stretched and did some quick core work (she’s a good influence on me), we had our customary breakfast of oatmeal (+ cinnamon & raisins) together.
Then, we changed into our suits to hit the beach for the rest of the day, aside from a quick break for lunch. My beach day #2 and #3 breakfasts and lunches were identical– oatmeal for breakfast and then a grilled cheese, salad, and a handful of crackers for lunch.
We spent most of our time at the beach swimming in the ocean, although I took a break once or twice to lie out and read on the sand. The waves were big and the beach was uncrowded, just the way I like it.
I love days at the beach because I never feel like I’m exercising, yet at the end of each day, I’m totally wiped out from swimming in the ocean, walking on the beach, and staying in the sun.
Day #2 at the beach included dinner at the marina and ice cream– oatmeal ice cream at sunset, to be specific.My other favorite beach activities included bike rides, long walks on the sand, and card games and movies at night. It was a blast and I was sad to have to leave a couple of days early on Thursday afternoon (beach day #3) to drive home to Raleigh.
BUT, I was really excited for my drive to Arkansas that started Friday morning because it took me through Tennessee, and I got to spend a few days with my boyfriend’s family (we met at UNC and he’s from Tennessee). It was fun to see him after being apart for a month, and really great to meet his family.
After a few days in Tennessee, I left on Monday morning and arrived to my grandparents’ house in Arkansas on Monday night after one final 7 hour drive. Then, my internship started Tuesday morning. Phew, I think that catches us up!
So tell me…
What have you been up to this summer?
What’s your favorite beach you’ve been to?
My extended family used to go to Hilton Head every summer growing up, so that area still has a special place in my heart. I loved all of the bike trails!
What are your favorite oatmeal toppings?
I love cinnamon, raisins & almond milk for my everyday oats, or if I’m a little on the hungrier side, a scoop of peanut butter or almond butter or a small handful of nuts is great, too.
Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday says
So fun! Jealous of your proximity to the beach 😉
If we do big family vacations, we usually rent a giant house in the Outerbanks, which is always a lovely mix of fun and chaotic. I think this summer I’m just hoping to do a long weekend girls’ trip with my mom since we all have busy schedules, but that should be fun.
Good luck with your internship!
I’ve heard good things and have always wanted to go to the Outer Banks since they’re just a few hours from were I live! Hope you get to do a fun trip with your mom this summer 🙂
Brie @ Lean, Clean, & Brie says
Looks like you had a great vacation, and what better way to get ready for an internship than to head to the beach for a few days! I hope your internship is going well 🙂 Can’t wait to hear about it!
Thanks so much, Brie! It was a fun and really relaxing few days!
Kristy from Southern In Law says
Hooray for a successful road trip! This really looks like the ultimate summer vacation – sun, surf, sand, icecream, good friends and good food? Totally a winning combination!
I hope your internship is going really well, gorgeous! Can’t wait to hear all about it! <3
I’m so relieved to have made it and the drive wasn’t as bad as I expected it to be!
Carol Eiseman says
So glad you are shadowing the lawyers at the firm. Maybe you’ll want to go to law school!
Sounds like a fun trip!! Yay for friends who like oatmeal 🙂 and that ice cream looks so good! Glad you go to see your bf and his parents too!
masala girl says
oatmeal ice cream?! :O adding that to my bucket list!! my step dad would love it too, he LOVES oats and will eat them in any form. especially if it’s an excuse to eat dessert xD
i used to hate oats- i know, i know- but then i discovered i like steel cut oats with frozen wild blueberries! i love the bite of steel cut + the size and pop of the bluebs 🙂
I’ve been wanting to try steel cut oats but haven’t yet! I have a feeling I’d love them because I’ve never tried oatmeal I didn’t like (other than the sugary instant packets!)
Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves says
Jen from Peanut Butter Runner always says sandwiches taste better at the beach, and I agree! Especially grilled cheese, I imagine. *heart eyes*
Looks like you guys had a fantastic vacation!! p.s. your swimsuits are so cute!
Have a great time in Arkansas! 🙂
Grilled cheese is so good anytime and I fully agree with Jen! Hope you’re having a great summer, Alison!