Since Michael and I went to the Outer Banks of North Carolina this past weekend, I thought I should take the opportunity to share a little bit about the OBX with you today! (I know... for those of you who are local... this isn't very adventuresome! Just deal. Because I am sure there are a handful of readers not familiar with what loveliness we have hiding here on the east coast.)
About an hours drive from my front door you will find the beaches of northern North Carolina... which have lovingly been nicknamed "OBX" - for the Outer Banks. I spent my summers vacationing down in NC. And eight years ago I was lucky enough to work an Activities internship with Corolla Light Resort, which not only meant I became and expert at tie-dye t-shirts and balloon animals - it meant I lived a block from the beach for 3.5 months!
I absolutely love the Outer Banks. From my internship, to special trips with my mom at the Sanderling Inn, to the annual timeshare with my grandparents each spring, to camping with my cousins on Ocracoke Island and fighting off birds that stole our pretzels... The Outer Banks hold a special place in my heart.
So how about a few OBX highlights for you! Some pics were taken this weekend, some are from the past... enjoy!
You have to drive across the bridge to get to the outer banks of the state. Be careful! You will almost always find a cop with his radar gun waiting to greet you and your vacation on the other side of the bridge!
Jockey's Ridge is a landmark in the Outer Banks. It's a ginormous sand dune that sadly, is getting flatter and flatter each year. It's so fun to climb up, check out the views, and race/roll/tumble down it. (Below - Chloe and I sitting on top of Jockey's Ridge) You can see the ocean, the sound, and everything in between. Including the Wright Brothers Memorial! The first plane was flown right here in NC!
There are these convenient places called "Brew Thru." It is exactly what it sounds like. You drive through, pick up your brew and snacks (yes, they will give you alcohol - just don't drink and drive!) and then you drive on. I do believe they will load up the back of your truck with a keg on the spot if you so desire!
Continue on to North Beach in the Corolla and Carova area where the beach is a highway. Good thing you have a jeep! (Carova: get it - carolina and virginia! You are on the beach where Carolina and Virginia meet! You can drive up far enough and see the stateline gate. They only open the gate when hurricanes come.)
While in Carova, if you are lucky, you will see some wild horses. They just roam up and down the beach and the dunes. Quite beautiful.
Now to head back to Corolla and south of that... where the road is pavement not sand... Here are a few other sites we saw this weekend!
(Above) The Whalehead Club.
(Below) This is a pic I snapped this past weekend. It was dreary and cold but it still looks lovely! Kitty Hawk, NC.
Towards the end of the beach, in Nags Head, you will find Jeanette's Pier. This pier has been around for years and has faced hurricane after hurricane. It was recently rebuilt so Mike and I went to check it out!
Beware! You might have a shark bite your head if you don't pay attention!
Want a delicious treat? Try some Duck Donuts from Duck, NC. We had them on Sunday... so not paleo friendly but so incredibly delicious!
Honestly kids - I could go on for hours. Maybe later this summer I will tell you what it's like to camp on the beaches of Ocracoke Island (about an hour and a ferry ride further from where we were this weekend!)
Have you ever been to the OBX? I love it. Peaceful. Calm. Not so touristy like Myrtle Beach. If you need an idea of a place to get away to for a week to read a good book, enjoy the beach, and take the jeep off roading... this is it.
Next Tuesday: Venice. Ciao!