Tuesday, September 24, 2013

A Little More Day Tripping..

We ended our Labor Day weekend with a perfect day trip to the Outer Banks. I know there are PLENTY of beaches here (we've been to Virginia Beach a few times and we go to Yorktown Beach every day) but as a native North Carolinian, I had a problem with the fact that I had never been to such a popular beach destination.

The Outer Banks are close enough for a day trip, but not quite as accessible as the beaches here. It took us a little over two hours to get there, and it was worth it. We had a GREAT day! I absolutely LOVED the area. It wasn't as touristy or commercial as the beaches I'm used to (Myrtle & Virginia), and the best part was how pet friendly it is. We didn't take Hermione, but according to their website, pets are welcome on the beaches all year long.

 We packed up my beach bag & headed out!

We finally arrived at the beach! It was beautiful & relatively quiet. 
We found a secluded spot instantly. 

My husband is special. 

We've been together for four years, & this was actually our first trip to the beach. 

We were bored with the beach after a few hours so we decided to venture out to Cape Hatteras. We both felt like bad North Carolinians, having never seen the famous lighthouse. We had time before they closed, so we decided to climb to the top. My legs felt like jelly once we were at the observation deck (257 steps, the equivalent of 12 stories), but it was worth it. The story of the lighthouse was really interesting. It was moved in 1999 to protect it from shoreline erosion. The cool thing: it was moved in once piece! They have a museum that tells you the story, and it's definitely worth checking out if you're ever in the area. 

The views from the top were amazing!

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