Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Gulf | Part Four

After our morning at the beach, we headed to Seaside.
If you haven't been to Seaside, you're honestly missing out.
The sweet little beach town is so gorgeous, and full of picture opportunities.
And the restaurants seem to be the jewel of the town.

There are so many different places to eat - I think you could spend a whole week just exploring the different places to grab food and hang out. We had heard of a lot of great places to eat, but the ones that we really wanted to try were the food trucks in the Airstream District. And let me tell you - they most certainly did NOT disappoint. It was hard to choose because everything sounded so yummy. So, my sister and I put together a genius pact to both get something at different airstreams, and just split both. Honestly, it was the way to go. She grabbed a pimento cheese grilled cheese from The Melt Down on 30A, and I grabbed BBQ nachos from Barefoot BBQ. It was more food than we could even stomach, but totally worth the trip and greasy fingers. 

Afterwards, we walked around the town - exploring different little shops. Honestly, we weren't super impressed with the shops, but did stumble upon a beautiful park just behind the amphitheater - Ruskin Place. A quiet little park surrounded by giant oak trees, boutiques, homes, and art galleries. It was much quieter than the hustle and bustle right on 30A.

After our trip through Seaside, we headed back down to our condo and a visit to the beach before the storm hit later that evening. By the time we made it back to the beach, the red flags were up warning swimmers to stay out. We were really thankful we decided to at least go that morning, before all of the wind and huge waves took over the beach. Luckily, we at least got to play in the sand a bit when we weren't pushing our hair out of our eyes from all the wind and sand. And also grabbed a couple of family pictures since we didn't know if we would be able to make it back to to the beach before headed back home on Thursday. Prepare for a complete photo dump. #givemeallthebeachpictures

Friday, October 13, 2017

The Gulf | Part Three

As I'm going through these pictures and putting this post together, I can't help but long to go back. Back in time with summer air, sandy toes, lazy schedules, and an actual reason for it to be 90 degrees outside. I mean, hello, it was summer. But Mother Nature - Department: Southeastern United States - hasn't clued into the fact that it's suppose to be fall. This fall break that I've been on has felt more like a hot and sticky summer break that requires a beach vacation like the one posted below. I'm pretty much demanding it at this point. I don't mind it being warm outside - because let's be honest, come January, freezing temperatures aren't going to sound appealing and I'll be complaining about that also. I'm just saying, if it's going to feel like summer, I need some ocean waves in my life. Like pronto.

Our third day at the beach was a fun one.

We set ourselves up at Inlet Beach, which was the closet beach to where we were staying right at the end of 30A. We really loved Inlet Beach since it wasn't too crowded, and the walk from where we parked wasn't exhausting - which is important when you're carrying your life savings in order to keep a toddler happy at the beach for three hours. Bonus, the sand dunes and emerald waves were beautiful. It was a win-win all around.

With news of a tropical depression hitting the Gulf halfway through our beach vacation - kinda a damper if you're wanting a tan, ya know - we hit the beach early that day before the clouds and wind rolled into the area. At this point, Harper had warmed up to the sand and water. She was totally more into the sand, but did ride some sweet waves in her floaty that brought out the cutest Harper laugh I ever did hear. The dimples were very prominent, let me tell you. She was the ultimate crusher of sandcastles this day and completely rocked her fruit-themed ensemble. 

We headed back to our condo early that afternoon to let a little miss (and maybe a few adults) take a nap before we ventured out to lunch at Seaside - aka. the dreamiest place ever for picture taking.

But before we did all that...

What's the point of having children if you can't have a little fun now and again?
I mean, really.

Luckily, she's cool enough to not let a little parent embarrassment kill her vibes.