Today is my last day at the beach! Wahhh. I’m so sad to leave — especially since Matt and his family are staying until Saturday. I’ve had such a fun time this week, though! Yesterday, we all began our day with a bike ride.
I had a pretty sweet cruiser as my ride (it came with the beach rental house).
The boys — Matt, his brother Chris, and their dad.
We ended up biking about 3.5 miles north until the road ended, then heading back into Duck, a cute OBX town, for lunch. It was perfect biking weather — nice and sunny but not too hot!
In case you’re wondering, here’s how to chain up 6 bikes with one lock.
It was really nice having a kickstand again. I wish my road bike had one!
We went to a BBQ place I forget the name of for lunch. It was tasty! I wasn’t able to finish all of this — it was a massive portion.
We swung by a cute little outdoor market on the way back to buy some sweet potatoes for dinner.
And then, it was time for the beach!
The weather was a bit cooler yesterday and you can’t really tell from these photos, but the waves were a lot rougher, too. All the boys and I were in the water fighting them (and sometimes trying to ride them in on the boogie boards) for about an hour. It was fun and a serious workout, too — we were all tired after!
Dinner last night was over at the Hay’s place! After a quick hot tub session (there’s one here at the beach rental house — amaaaazing), we all got cleaned up and headed on over with various provisions. Here I am with Matt, his brother Chris and wife Jess, and his parents:
On the menu for last night: burgers!
The guys made some seriously delicious burgers — they mixed in some onions, garlic, and various spices into the meat before grilling them.
We also had homemade sweet potato chips, courtesy of Matt’s dad! He brought a fryer down with him — these were amazing — so fresh and crispy!
Plus a salad from Mrs. Hay — deeeelish — great dressing, I’m not sure what it was!
While we ate, we were treated to an amazing sunset.
The photos don’t really do it justice, but it was beautiful — lots of purples and pinks!
And then, dessert. Aren’t these cute?!
This would be adorable for a 4th of July BBQ — just make any sort of cupcake and stick a cute flag in them! These were carrot pineapple cupcakes and they were great — very moist and not TOO sweet. A friend of the Hay’s who came to stay the rest of the week made them and I don’t have the recipe, unfortunately!
We also had some homemade chocolate chip cookies:
Off to enjoy my last day! It’s a beautiful one. I’ll be making the drive back to DC later tonight!