Well, I’m back from vacation and I had a wonderful time. Before anything else, I just want to say thank you to the people who wrote those great guest posts while I was away! (Sarah for her Summer Veggie Pasta Salad, Madison for her post on egg allergies, Fiona for her tips for exercising in the summer, Christy for her post on independent travel and hostels, and Michelle and Mike for their post on fitting in fitness!) I loved all of the posts, and loved reading your comments on them. I’m sorry I didn’t get back to everyone…I really wanted to focus on spending time with my family and my surroundings, and away from the computer. I hope you all understand. 🙂
Anyway, it’s Monday again, and I’m back to work, but really my vacation was just so marvelous that I want to share some of it with you all, recap style. I’ll be linking this post up to Katie’s Marvelous in my Monday, and Meghan’s Week in Review, but I’m not going to share all of my vacation today, so please come by throughout the week for more pictures and such. 🙂
Last Friday morning, my family and I set out a little after 6 am. My mom had dropped Ella off at the kennel the night before, so once the van was all packed, we could just hit the road. (By the way, I hate leaving Ella. Hate it.)
It was really quite a nice drive most of the way, but when we got to West Virginia, we found ourselves stuck in a massive traffic line up. There wasn’t an accident or anything (thank goodness); it was just because of the semi trucks on the mountains. Either way, it wasn’t great…but the views certainly made it bearable.
We finally made it to Winston-Salem, NC just around dinner time, so after stopping at Outback for a meal, we went to our hotel. The room I had was nice, but the room my parents were put in…? Yeah, that was incredible. They were upgraded to a suite, which was complete with a four-tv entertainment center, movie theatre-style chairs, two bathrooms, and a kitchenette, not to mention loads of space. It was so awesome, I just have to share some pictures with you:
The next morning I woke up early and went down to the gym with my dad. It felt sooooo great to stretch my legs, so I spent an hour on the treadmill (which was more like a computer…it was so high-tech and awesome!) alternating running and walking. After a shower and breakfast, we hopped back in the car and were on our way.
After a little while on the road, we stopped in Raleigh for lunch at a place my dad knew called The Pit. Now, if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know I’m not the biggest fan of meats, so when he told us it was a BBQ place, I was a bit skeptical about finding anything I’d like. But the place was crazy busy, and the atmosphere and menu immediately changed my feelings.
The menu had traditional BBQ plates, different sandwiches and salads, and even some vegetarian meals, like barbecued tofu or a veggie plate. I thought it was so cool that a restaurant like that would go out of its way to make all customers feel welcome and happy.
Anyway, despite my previous statement, I did end up ordering the BBQ pulled pork, which came with two sides (I chose the red beans and rice and fruit) and a biscuit and hush puppies.
Anyway, we all left full and very happy, and got back into the car to finish our drive to Topsail Beach.
If you aren’t familiar with it (I certainly wasn’t), Topsail Beach is at the lower east part of North Carolina, about an hour away from Wilmington. It’s a gorgeous area – the town was not much to speak of, but the beach…wow. Just wow.
That (above) was the view from the deck. We rented half of a duplex for the week (it was named A Pole in the Ayre, and you can click on that name for more information and pictures!), and it was so wonderful to be so close to the beach with home-y comforts and conveniences.
The first day we got there, my mom, brother, and I almost immediately went into the water. It was, and I kid you not, probably about 80*, which to a person who is used to Lake Michigan, is downright tropical. I loved it.
We spent the rest of the day relaxing on the deck and in the water, and were treated to the most magnificent night scape once the sun set.
And there’s the first part of my vacation recap. I hope you enjoyed the pictures – I promise there will be more in my next few posts. Anyway, thanks for reading, and have a great day!