Monday, October 14, 2019

Trapped in the Outerbanks of North Carolina for Fall Break

This fall break, we had a four-day weekend to go wherever we wanted! A group of girlfriends and I (you may have seen them on T&P Thursday’s over on my Instagram stories) took the five-hour trip to the Outerbanks of North Carolina.
None of us had ever been before and we were so excited to go the beach and relax.

Wednesday night we arrived at Sunrise Over Salvo, our Airbnb in Salvo, North Carolina in the Outerbanks. Our hosts were lovely. They lived on the 3rd and 4th floors of the house and the Airbnb rooms were on the 1st and 2nd floors. It was like a real ma and pa bed and breakfast.


Thursday morning, we slept in really late and woke to 15mph winds and rain. But that did not stop us from taking the 3-minute walk to the beach. We walked a mile on the beach in the wind and rain before heading back to our Airbnb to enjoy the hot tub. It was the perfect hot tubbing weather.
There was no kitchen that we were able to use, but we did bring our own groceries and there was a grill we could use. We grilled out Thursday night with burgers, salsa, grilled veggies and guacamole.
We played cards, did some homework and watched the season premiere of Riverdale before heading to bed.

Friday morning, we went back to the beach. We wanted to go to the light house, but the road was flooded, trapping us in Salvo. We did not mind. That’s the thing about a barrier island, there is one way on and one way off. The Outerbanks are also 30 miles out at sea so the nor’easter was controlling the rough seas and the strong winds. 

We spent the day at the beach in our sweatshirts, did some more homework and then headed to dinner at Watermen's Bar and Grill. This seafood spot was hopping with kite surfers and sunset chasers. It was a windy spot on the bay side of the barrier island. We saw dozens of kite surfers over our shrimp tacos. We had the most beautiful sunset.

The power went out Saturday morning. Our Airbnb host did tell us that the roads were still blocked but that they were supposed to be cleared by the afternoon.

Saturday was the prettiest beach day. Only 70 degrees but no wind which was ideal for getting some color, or some sunburn. Oops! It was so warm Saturday we were able to comfortably walk around the beach sweatshirt free and bikinis on.

Now this is where the exciting part of the story starts.
We packed up at the beach around 3pm destined to go to the lighthouse and have dinner in Avon. All day we had been in constant communication with our Airbnb host about the road conditions. When we returned from the beach, we told him our plans to head to the lighthouse and he told us no chance. He said the roads going each way were still flooded from the storm and that we were stuck in Salvo. He also told us that the roads probably would not be open again until Monday evening because the storm mixed with the full moon and high tides from Friday night still were not cleared. The town was also predicting that the road would flood again Saturday evening at high tide. So, we went to dinner in Salvo at Good Winds before figuring out our game plan.

Our Airbnb host told us we could stay as long as we needed until we could get leave the island. He was not hopeful we could get off the island until Monday night. But he did think that they might open the roads before the high tides Saturday night. So, we went for it.

We ran home from dinner, packed our bags, threw our stuff in the car. We sat in two miles of cars for an hour before the road opened at 6:15pm. I sat outside of the car on the road. I was dancing in the street and running to catch our car every time the car moved up a bit. We really started moving at 7pm after the National Guard truck rolled through and told everyone that the road was open for a limited amount of time. Now it was a race against the full moon to get off the barrier island before the road flooded again.

The road was in bad shape when we finally made it to the previously closed spot. The water was very high, and we could see where the 15-foot-high sand dunes had fallen in and let the ocean cover the road. It was a bit treacherous, but we made it out. 
We started our very fun 5-hour drive home at 7pm. We jammed out and we live-streamed the Wake football game, which we sadly lost.
We made it safely home after being trapped on a barrier island for 3 days.

It was a great weekend! I loved being back on the water and back at the beach. I felt like I was home. I was surrounded by wonderfully sweet and kind friends. We laughed our adventurous weekend away. We sadly returned to Wake Forest late Saturday night, a day earlier than planned but a bit more relaxed and a bit less sleep deprived. We arrived home ready to finish out the rest of the fall semester.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

A Day in Asheville, North Carolina

Early Saturday morning we drove two and a half hours west to the Blue Ridge Mountains and the town of Asheville. Friday was 95 degrees in Winston-Salem, Asheville was a balmy 65 Saturday morning. My jeans, long sleeves, scarf and denim jacket came in handy.

Of course, the number one attraction in Asheville is the famous Biltmore Estate. However, $80 for one ticket was a little out of my college student price range. So, we decided exploring downtown Asheville was the way to go.

I found the Asheville Urban Trail, a self-guided walking tour of the town online. Before we took the tour, we had some coffee, well I did not because I do not drink coffee, and a donut at Vortex Doughnuts and we had the name favorite- the Vortex: a cinnamon sugar donut with chocolate drizzle.

The walking tour was a bit hard to follow, even for a girl with very good navigation skills. We did 20 of the 30 points of interest and then bumped into some of the points when we were just wandering freely. 

We saw the Grove Arcade, which is not an arcade, just a beautiful building with little shops. 


St. Lawrence Basilica.


The wrought iron statue.



We stumbled upon brunch at Sovereign Remedies. Carnitas Fries- French fries with avocado sauce, brisket and a fried egg! YUM!

The River Arts District was also recommended. After lunch we headed there and walked about. It was just art galleries. Nothing of interest for my group.
We then tried to go to some breweries but there was no parking, so we called it a day and headed home through the mountains.

A very cute and small city. Very mixed architecture and style. It was not as cohesive as I thought it was going to be. It also really was not anything I was expecting. There were A LOT of homeless people. A little disappointed by the city but nonetheless, I a fun day exploring a new city that I have heard so much about.

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Friday, October 4, 2019

Senior Year Life Update

Here is a little update of my life in bullet points (because life is too busy to write in full sentences)!

·      No one tells you that senior year is EXTREMELY STRESSFUL. Applying to jobs or studying to get into grad school is not fun!
·      I have never cried so much until this semester.
·     Being 21 is really fun! There are so many cool and trendy bars in downtown Winston.
·      The LSAT is a really hard test… I will be no longer taking it in October and no longer studying by myself, I now have a private tutor and will be taking the test in February.
J.Crew Factory blue pom pom top | ASOS polka dot shorts | J.Crew pearl hoops | Jack Rogers sandals in platinum 

·      I am not a napper and have never napped so much until now…
·      Fall break starts next Thursday, so I will be going to the Outer Banks of North Carolina with some friends for the weekend. (I can’t believe we are half way through the semester!)
·     T&P Thursday’s are the highlight of my week!
·      I am not the biggest fan of any of my English classes this semester. But I love my French senior seminar.

·      It is October 4thand still 95 degrees outside. There is no such thing as fall in North Carolina.
·      Being sick stinks! I had a fever on and off for the beginning of the week. Sleep is SO important!
·      My friends and suitemates ROCK! I am obsessed with our little home.
·      Wake Forest University is not transparent. Anonymous and threatening emails were sent to certain departments at Wake Forest, and it was weeks before the University told anyone about it.

·      T&P fans are AMAZING! Y’all are so sweet.

xoxo
-E

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