I finally have an opportunity to blog about the beach trip I took in August with Daniel and his family. This was my fourth year going to Bald Head Island with his family, and I have to say that this year may have been the best yet. That’s partially because this is the first year that I actually took a vacation from a real full-time grown-up job. That felt really good.
I took so many spectacular pictures while I was there, and I’ve posted them all on Facebook, but I will put a few of my favorites at the end of this post.
Of course, everyone spent a good part of the week just relaxing, eating well, and drinking a lot. On most days we would go to the beach in the morning and spend almost the entire day there. The weather was absolutely perfect almost everyday. There was one day when I woke up and it was storming pretty hard, but by the afternoon we made it out to the beach and it was beautiful again. Every evening we would head back to the beach house for drinks and dinner.
This year, Daniel and I spent the first night in the beach house that Daniel’s parents rent every year. Unfortunately, the mattresses probably haven’t been replaced since the house was first furnished…in the 70’s. At least, that’s what it felt like to my back the next morning. And I can honestly sleep anywhere, but I was pretty sore the next morning. So Daniel and I took the opportunity to stay in the crofter at the house rented by his aunt and his uncle. They had the extra space that no one in their house was going to use, since they already had 4 bedrooms in the house and were only using 3 of those. It was an adorable crofter over the “garage” consisting of a bedroom and a bathroom, which was perfect for Daniel and me to use for the rest of the week, and their house was just a short golf cart ride or bike ride away from where Daniel’s parents were staying. And the bed was so much more comfortable. It was the first year at the beach that I actually got substantial sleep and didn’t wake up tired everyday. When you’re on vacation, that’s how you’re supposed to feel.
This year was unique because we saw so much wildlife. You get glimpses of some of the animals that live on the island every year, but this year we saw everything from birds to foxes to alligators, and I was fortunate enough to get pictures of almost all of them.
It’s hard to describe the feeling of truly being on vacation for the first time. It feels really good to be getting paid while you’re lounging on a beach. Paid time off is something I will never take for granted. As always, I look forward to the next time I can go to Bald Head. It’s always a treat, and I don’t think I could ever get tired of it.