It Don’t Get Much Better Than That

I’m still reminiscing about the sweet times spent with my family during our glorious beach trip to Emerald Isle!

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Our days were filled with watching the babes play, “jumping the waves” with my 4-year-old neice, and hanging at the house, beverages in hand, food on the table, and of course, good music.

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I did manage to get in quite a bit of activity! The first two days, I went for short jogs on the beach to these cluster of cottages up the beach from our house. My brother-in-law thought it was about two miles there, but I just went with what felt right.

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Running in the sand is a whole different animal than running on land! It wasn’t exactly harder, it was actually really invigorating and peaceful.

First thing’s first though; before my morning workout, I had to fuel up on water and coffee. Who doesn’t love sipping coffee ocean front?

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On the last full day, I decided to take a brake from running, and went on a bike ride. I started out on land, but the bike did not have as many gears, and I wanted a little bit more resistance, so I decided to take it out on the beach! Man, was this fun!!

It was early enough in the day that the sand was “un-used” and tightly packed. I listened to my iPod along the way, which made it even more fun. I think overall, I covered about five miles of beach!

After my bike ride, I just couldn’t get enough of exercising on the beach, so I decided to go on a beach walk with my dad, barefoot. While fun, this was definitely no leisure walk, and an hour of my feet in the sand sans shoes, definitely took a tole! At the end, we were both dripping with sweat, and my dogs were barkin’, as my mom says!

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For breakfast and lunch at the beach, everyone was kind of on their own. I basically stuck with the same kind of salad each day, which consisted of beans, veggies, and avocado. Similar to this salad I packed for the drive there Wednesday evening.

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I was mindful of both my neices nut allergies, and did not bring any raw nuts or nut butters along for the trip. My four-year-old neice is highly allergic to peanuts and tree nuts, and my neice who is 16 months old, is highly allergic to sesame seeds and pecans. Poor babies!

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Having raw nuts and nut butters out of arm’s reach for a few days, definitely made me realize how much I enjoy these good-for-you fats a little too much!

The dinners we enjoyed were great. The first night I was there, my sister baked fresh crab cakes and asparagus, and the next night, my brother and sister-in-law grilled a hodge podge of vegetables that included portabello mushrooms, red peppers, onions, and potatoes, topped over arugula with chicken. SO GOOD!!

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Even Dad relaxed on this trip!!

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Checkout was on Sunday, which was nice, because it was fantastic having Labor Day to re-charge. It was a wonderful few days at the beach! Thanks to Mom and Dad for making it all happen. Until next year!

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