So, I am finally getting around to my blog post about my trip to Corolla. I have been home for about two weeks already but have been nonstop busy. I have been going to the Outer Banks for many years now. Unfortunately, this will be the last year for a while because our group is slowly falling apart and the 9/10 hour car ride is becoming too much. That being said I tried to do a lot while I was there. My friend Lauren and I left on Friday (August 4) around 4:45 after we both got off work. Luckily, we got a hotel in Virginia so we only had to drive about five hours. It wasn’t too bad of a drive but by the time we got food and gas we both were exhausted and passed out. I woke up around 7 so we were able to get on the road early to drive the rest of the way. It was a good drive up until we crossed the bridge that takes you into the Outer Banks. There we sat in traffic for about two hours. MISERABLE. We ended up grabbing lunch with my aunt and grandma at a place called Tomato Patch. It wasn’t that great but considering I hadn’t eaten I was just happy to have food. After we finished we had to kill an hour because our house wasn’t ready yet. The best way to kill time is to shop so that was exactly what we did! Later that night we just finished unpacking then Lauren and I went to get Mexican food at a place called Coastal Cantina. My FAVORITE place to eat. They have the BEST burritos!!! There was an hour wait so we just hung out at the bar sipping on some margs and pina coladas. On Sunday we hit up the beach for a few hours then went to the Currituck Lighthouse. It was my second time climbing it but it was still pretty cool. Climbing 220 steps in like 80 degree weather is always fun right? After that we just went back to the house for dinner then went back to the beach to watch the boy’s fish. We ended that night with some ice cream and passed out early. Monday was a rainy day. Literally ALL day it poured down rain and stormed so bad. Luckily, we planned ahead and decided to make it our shopping day so we were all okay with it. We first went to TJ Maxx and a cute boutique called Foxy Flamingo. After that we stopped for some lunch at Mulligans which has been our spot for lunch on shopping days for over five years. When we finished up eating, Lauren and I headed to J. Crew, The Gap, and the Cottin Gin. You can find all of the stuff I picked up in my Vacation Haul Post. Tuesday we also had bad weather. So we pretty much stayed inside all day long. In the morning we went to Duck Donuts to grab a dozen of their yummy donuts. Then I wanted to stop at this new place I found called The Juice Jar to get an acai bowl and beet juice. I wasn’t that big of a fan of the juice but the acai bowl was amazingggg. Since all of us were inside for hours we ended up playing Pictionary and then went to dinner at a Mexican place called Agave Roja. It was my second time eating there and it did not disappoint. Although I spent $50 on my meal (Ugh). On Wednesday it finally got nice again. We all went to the beach for a few hours then I hung out at the pool that our house had. Wednesday night we went to the Whalehead Club for a ghost tour. It was super cool to go to and I learned a lot about the history of Corolla. Most people find it hard to believe but I am a huge history nerd. Shocking, I know. On Thursday we just had a relaxing day at the beach and then went to Jockey’s Ridge and Pea Island. Jockey’s Ridge is a state park that is all sand dunes. I always love going there because it’s fun to walk around on the dunes. It almost feels like you’re in the dessert. Pea Island has been a place I have gone to for about three years. No one really knows about it unless you’re a local. It is a National Wildlife Refuge but if you walk a while into it you get to a vacant beach with huge seashells. I just like going every time I am in the Outer Banks because it is super relaxing and cool to adventure on. There is also a vacant lifesaving station that makes it even better. Friday was our last day which I wasn’t that mad about. I was ready to come home and sleep in my own bed. It probably would of been better if it didn’t rain as much and we spent more time at the beach but I will take a week of vacation either way. Of course it rained all day though so we didn’t go to the beach but Lauren and I had scheduled a paint and sip at the Lilly Pulitzer specialty store called Life’s A Beach. It was fun because we got to paint a Lilly Pulitzer print not just something random. It was my second time doing it and was just as fun as the first time. After we finished up we did some last minute shopping then went to dinner at Sun Fish Grill. I finally got my crab legs that I was craving all week! On Saturday everyone left at 5 am except for Lauren and I. We ended up leaving at 9 since we were going to get a hotel half way home. After driving like an hour I just wanted to get home so I ended up just driving the rest of the way. It took forever but we got home around 8:30 and I was beyond happy to be in my own bed!