Thursday, October 18, 2012

Travel Tales: Jockey's Ridge

Well hey there. I went on vacation, and apparently lost my blogging mo-jo. It's quite sad. However, I'm determined to find it again.... so what you get in the mean time is a lot of pictures. Because a picture's worth a thousand words... so this post is worth about a million. YEAH.

C's family has taken a summer trip to the Outer Banks for many years, and have been sweet enough to let me tag along ever since that very first summer we were dating (cue awwws). Now that I'm officially part of the family, I guess it's my trip, too... Added perk of marriage! Hooray! Anyway. The trip usually happens in August, but this year we weren't able to go then due to various family circumstances (mostly C's sweet cousin, who was our wedding photographer, was due to give birth the very week of the beach trip!) - but my mother-in-law was determined that we would get down to OBX anyway, and so she planned a trip for October! It was a much different experience to see the beach in the fall instead of the dog-days of summer, but we still had a blast. We were able to do lots of different things that C & I normally skip in the summer because it's just too dang hot. For example - we checked out the dunes!

I haven't been to Jockey's Ridge State Park since I was there with my family when I was much younger, so this was a fun experience. The dunes are such an amazing act of nature - and standing at the top of them provides incredible views. We hiked around for a while and climbed to the top, then ran all the way down as fast as we could (yes, we are children). It was super windy that day, and the sand was flying everywhere. I couldn't help but think that the dunes were changing shape that very moment, right as we stood there. This little side trip was so much fun!

A bit wind-blown...

After leaving Jockey's Ridge, we went to the Outer Banks Brewing Station for a semi-date - just beers and appetizers while we watched part of the O's game. OBBS was recommended to me by a co-worker, and it's America's first wind-powered brewery! They had six beers on tap, five made in-house and one "guest beer." My favorite was the Lemon Grass Wheat Ale. It had such a distinct flavor, but was still wheaty enough for my tastes. We ordered crab dip since I was craving it, and also tried the appetizer that the bartender recommended: shredded beef taquitos. They seemed a bit out of place on the menu, but they were delicious! I especially loved the micro greens and the herb oil drizzled on the plate. The rest of the menu looked delicious, too. I think we will definitely have to make a trip there again sometime for lunch or dinner.

And because I just can't help myself...

Nothing better than cartwheeling down the beach.


ewechtal said...

the food at outer banks brewing station is pretty legit, definitely worth going back for!

Lindsay said...

Some of the sandwiches looked awesome - I wanted to order at least half the menu!

Domestic Sweetheart said...

Fab blog! I'm a new GFC follower :)