Hi! I survived midterms and am checking in from Surfside Beach in South Carolina. I’m staying at the beach for a few days with a group of girlfriends during our spring break and it’s been a wonderful getaway. So sad we’re already leaving this afternoon!
I’m here with a group of 5 girls that I’ve been friends with since freshman year of college. They’re lots of fun and we have the same idea of how to have a good time (i.e. blasting rap music and having a dance party in our PJs while eating cookie dough, which may’ve already happened during this trip ?).One of my best friends, Shannon, and I drove to the beach together on Sunday afternoon to meet the rest of the girls there. It was about a 3 1/2 hour drive from my house in North Carolina to our friend’s beach house in South Carolina.
My friend’s family graciously let us crash at their beach house while they’re not there, which is so cute and close to the ocean. Each of us has our own fun beachy-themed room, too, with lots of natural light coming in.
The water is freezing and there’s actually a bacteria warning and no-swim advisory for Myrtle Beach nearby, so we haven’t see anyone swimming in the ocean. We’ve ventured ankle-deep into the chilly water on a few walks, but that’s it.
No swimming definitely hasn’t put a damper on our fun, though. We’ve gone on a bunch of long walks and we laid out on the sand on Monday and Tuesday afternoon talking, reading, listening to music, and napping. Possibly for the first time in my life, my beach goal hasn’t been to burn my skin to a crisp that will eventually turn into a tan. So, I’ve been putting on sunscreen regularly and even spending some time under one of our big umbrellas. (My mom’s so happy right now!)
I was expecting the beach to be super packed with spring breakers, but the section near our house hasn’t been at all.
I’ve started each day with a run on the beach– 4 miles on Monday and 6 on Tuesday (and maybe 5 or 6 this morning after I hit publish on this post). It’s such a great way to start the day, and I love being on the beach early in the mornings! It’s really peaceful, but there are still a few people out so it doesn’t feel too creepy and deserted. I’d forgotten that running on sand is no joke and I definitely felt a little bit sore after the first day.
In true Liv-fashion, I packed lots of beach snacks (and then promptly forgot to snap a picture until after I’d eaten most of my strawberries and bananas and probably other things, too).
I brought my typical quick-cooking oats to make for breakfast, we’ve been packing lunches to take to the beach each day, and we’ve been going out to dinner each night.
On Tuesday night, we went to one of my favorite restaurants, Carolina Roadhouse in Myrtle Beach. I spent a lot of weeks in Myrtle Beach during the summers growing up, so I have lots of fun memories here.
When I can’t decide what to order, I love ordering two things and sharing both of them so Shannon and I split a super delicious chicken salad…
…plus a BBQ chicken sandwich with mac ‘n’ cheese.
It was so good and we both ended up with so much delicious food! (A good thing since we can both EAT). This was just my half.
We made one late-night grocery store run for some “essentials,” and my tiny basket included Boar’s Head honey maple turkey for lunches (my favorite) and some Chubby Hubby to share with the girls (also one of my new favorites!). I always associate the beach with ice cream, so the Ben & Jerry’s was definitely making it into my basket.
Other fun things have been shopping at the Tanger Outlets in Myrtle Beach (love!), playing endless rounds of cards, and getting 8+ hours of sleep each night. If you read this post, you may remember me mentioning feeling really happy at school…but at the same time, really tired and honestly a little bit overwhelmed. This trip has been exactly what I needed after a stressful few weeks of midterms– a chance to get away from school, laugh lots, relax, and spend uninterrupted time with friends. I don’t want to leave, but it’ll be fun to spend some time at home for the last few days of spring break, too!
Questions for you:
Favorite spring break memory or favorite spring break destination?
Road trips: love ’em or hate ’em? Would you rather fly?
The 3 1/2 hour drive was perfect for a fun road trip, especially with a friend. For longer solo trips, I’d definitely choose to fly if possible.
Do you associate certain foods with the beach?
Yes! PB&J sandwiches and ice cream always remind me of the beach.