Hi, and happy Memorial Day! I’m glad we can take this day to remember all of our armed services members who died while serving our country.
Although lots of people headed to the beach this weekend, our family actually went to the beach the previous week. A family friend who owns a beach house in Ocean Isle, NC, offered to let us rent it for a few days before the busy Memorial Day weekend started. So, at the last minute, our family started packing for a quick getaway. My sister already started her summer internship and wasn’t able to make it, so my brother, Caleb, and I were beach buds for the week.
On Monday afternoon, we loaded up the car, strapped our bikes on the back, and made the 3 hour drive from Raleigh to Ocean Isle, a quiet little town on the coast.
Each day at the beach was pretty similar, which was fun because I love my “beach routine.” I’d wake up and go for a run, and then come back to wake Caleb up to join for the second half of my run. He’s hiking part of the Appalachian Trail for several weeks later this summer, so he asked if we could start running together to build up his cardio endurance.
I loved the peacefulness of the beach in the mornings. This is what it looked like when I’d leave the house around 7:30 am.
After running with Caleb, I’d shower off and make breakfast, which was the same every day– an omelet with fruit, plus some banana bread I made at home before we left.
After breakfast, I usually spent a few quiet minutes journaling in my favorite room of the house, this cute sunroom overlooking the beach.
I also loved this bedroom with all of the natural light and pretty, subdued colors.
After breakfast, Caleb and I would go on a bike ride either around town or right on the sand, which was a killer workout. Who needs spin class when you can ride bikes behind, or even worse, in front of your brother who’s breathing down your neck because he’s in much better biking shape than you are? 😉
Then, we’d have lunch (again, same thing every day!). My beach lunch consisted of a sandwich with Boar’s Head maple honey turkey, homemade honey mustard (2 parts mustard, 1 part honey), and tomato slices, with carrots and grapes on the side.
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After lunch, I’d usually go for a walk on the beach and lie out by the pool to read. I made it through a few books and I think the most interesting one was a new book called First Women, which was about the ten most recent First Ladies. The author focused on each woman’s role in the White House, as well as the relationships the First Ladies formed with each other, and I loved the “behind the scenes” take on these uniquely different, strong women. I’d recommend it!
I also went swimming in the ocean one day with Caleb, although the water was a little bit chilly. We were the only ones in the water for as far as we could see down the beach, which was a little unnerving, especially considering the 8 shark attacks last summer in Ocean Isle and the surrounding beaches.
Since we had breakfast and lunch at the house every day, we went out for dinner each night. One night was a local Italian restaurant, one night was Chipotle, and one night was Carolina Roadhouse in Myrtle Beach, about an hour away.
My family’s been going to Carolina Roadhouse for years since my dad’s work conference used to bring our family to Myrtle Beach every summer, and I actually went there with friends over spring break, too. I love their honey mustard dressing and they serve the best honey butter croissants with their salads, so a salad it was.
One day also included a trip to the outlet malls in Myrtle Beach, and most nights ended with a few rounds of cards and some moose tracks.I stayed mostly off of social media throughout the trip, save a few Instagram pictures and some Snapchats, which felt nice. As I’m writing this post, I’m realizing I didn’t even didn’t take many pictures (although my brother would probably beg to differ). I’m bummed that I didn’t get a good picture of all of the whole family, but I’m really glad I got to go on a family trip before I leave for the summer.
Next up for me: I’m sticking around for my brother’s high school graduation on Friday and a beach trip with a friend’s family next week, and then I’m driving to Arkansas for a summer internship at a law firm and making a couple of fun stops along the way to break up the long drive.
So tell me…
What does your ideal beach day include as far as food and activities go?
Are you able to avoid getting sunburnt at the beach?
Apparently not, because even though I’d put on lots of sunscreen and reapply it, a different area got a littleeee bit burnt each day, so by the end of the four-day trip, I had a nice collection of small sunburns.