I feel like it's been forever since I've had a chance to post anything. We've had a busy couple of weeks. Last week we left for a trip to the Outer Banks for my friend Laura's wedding. It's a 10 hour trip to the Nagshead area - that's a seriously long trip to do with a toddler. My hats off to anyone who regularly has to make a car trip like that with kids. It makes our flights to MN seem very managable.
We had planned on starting the trip at Megan's bedtime last Tuesday night... about the same time we were in the basement under a tornado warning with 3 inch hail falling outside. OK, so that didn't quite go as planned. So we ended up putting Megan to bed here while we got the car packed (after the tornado threat was over) and then were able to load a sleeping baby... not that she stayed asleep the whole first half of the trip. She woke up about 3 hours into the trip and stayed awake for awhile. Then she woke up again right before we got to our hotel. So the shift from car to hotel didn't go quite as smoothly as we had planned. But we got a few hours of sleep before we headed out the next day.
The next day we coordinated driving with Megan's nap time. After a fun breakfast and an awesome stop at the NC welcome rest area (which is the best rest area I've ever been too), She took a nice long nap and woke in time to have lunch in the cool town of Plymoth NC. We got lunch and a history lesson. We found an awesome park on the river and it included a wonderful area to toddle around and a cool museum and lots of artifacts.
Once we got to our hotel we checked out the beach.
These pictures are a little misleading because Megan did NOT like the beach at first. It's very different than her previous gulf coast experiences. It was very very loud, more shelly than sandy and absolutely frigid water temps. But over the course of several days she warmed up to it and loved finding little treasures on the beach (aka - great shells).
AND - she realized it was a great place to drive her little beach car.
There's more to the trip and I'll try to get on later today with part 2.