When I first met Josh he had just moved back to school from the Carolina’s. He spent a few summers living in NC,SC,GA, and FL. And since then, he has always spoken about his dream to move back to NC. It was his favorite.
We’ve planned to visit many times but it was never in the cards. Until now! Moving to the east coast has opened up some doors in regards to places we can travel to and explore, so I am feeling pretty grateful for that.
I was excited to finally see this place he has raved about, and he was happy to be returning. There were a whole lot of giddy feelings from the four of us, especially to actually swim in the water. Up here, it is cold. I love hanging out at the beach and splashing around a bit, but submerging and feeling numb isn’t exactly my cup of tea. So we were forward to heading down to warmer waters and full on swimming in those waves.
This was our first day, and some of my favorite shots. We couldn’t wipe the smiles off our faces. It was pure joy to run out there and run free. The sand was the softest I’ve ever felt, and the water was perfect. We were swimming at eight in the morning, and it took no getting used to the temperature.
We spent 95% of our time at North Topsail Beach, and out of the few beaches we visited, it was our favorite. It’s less crowded because it’s not commercialized…we aren’t the biggest fans of boardwalk beaches. So if you like boardwalks, this isn’t the place for you. But if you like a chilled out, peaceful beach, this place is awesome.
Although we never got to see a sea turtle in the wild, we did get to rescue a cute turtle from being run over in the middle of the road. We celebrated Father’s Day (a couple week’s late due to sickness) and I loved the cards the girls made. We also visited Wilmington and toured the USS NC Battleship. It was huge, hot, and stuffy, but it was still interesting and I loved the kitchen. Josh got a nice scrape on the skim board and we learned we have some practice to do with those things.
We spent a couple of days in the Raleigh area. We wanted to check a couple suburbs out that we have had our eyes on in case we ever move there. Cary, specifically, is number one on the list, and it did not disappoint. Josh had been in the area while living there, as well. I love the feel of the town, I love that it’s close to the city, but not in the city, and I love that they have a french place I would go to every weekend, with delectable desserts. I miss Gourmandise in SLC so much, and Connecticut lacks in food, so we very much enjoyed our eating while in Carolina.
We spent some time in the city, itself, walked around the temple grounds, and went to an awesome sacrament meeting. All over NC there are these beautiful trees called Crape Myrtle I want them in my yard one day. We also discovered an awesome school store that would be a homeschoolers dream. Sadly, there is nothing like it in CT, so I guess we’ll just have to travel to NC every few months.
Josh got bitten or something on his foot. He had a little cut after a day at the beach, and a couple days later pulled something out of it, and then another day later it was swollen and had a rash, and it had traveled to his other leg. Some kind of infection. We spent a good part of that day at the doctors, and it ended with two shots, and some antibiotics. Sadly, he had to keep out of the sun due to one of the antibiotics, so that was a bummer. However, we were at the end of our trip, so he only had to miss out on one day in the water.
Some more of my favorite photos, capturing happiness. The girls quickly got very comfortable with the waves, and loved the boogie boards. We also went to a sea turtle rescue, which was not only nice to see all the amazing things they’re doing for the sea turtles, but fun to see them in person. I hope one day to see little baby turtles venturing off to the waters.
Sometimes, people talk up a place so much that you might feel a bit let down when you actually see it. That was not the case here. I loved it. I loved it with all of my brain.
If I could sum up this trip in two words: Pure Joy. And I can’t tell you how much that meant to all of us. This trip was therapeutic and exactly what we needed.
I’m ready to go back.