Good Evening Everyone!
I have been AWOL for a little bit, but I promise I have a good explanation.
Covid. Covid Happened.
Covid truly put a damper on everything travel between last September and January. The good news is that next week I will have my second covid-19 shot, and so on April the 7th, I will finally be fully vaccinated, because of the two week waiting period after the shot.
Boy, am I excited.
I haven't eaten inside any real restaurant since March, 2020. Isn't that crazy? I'm so looking forward to traveling, being able to eat fried rice at my favorite Japanese Steak House, and being able to possibly see members of my family that I have never gone a year without seeing until now.
Life is finally, slowly, getting back to normal. Praise God.
Now, onto the subject at hand....Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
In September of 2020, we decided to take a "socially distanced" vacation. What does that entail you might ask?
-No eating indoors
-Always wearing a mask in stores and inside hotels
-Bringing massive bottles of Lysol, Microban, and hand sanitizer
-Staying 6 ft. away from any person at anytime
These rules sound like it'd make for a boring vacation, right? No way!
We had so much fun getting to take Hailee to the beach every day, waking up and watching the surfers and dolphins every morning, and it was even fun being creative while finding ways to have socially distanced fun!
So on day one, we arrived at our hotel, Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks/Kitty Hawk, SUPER early. But thankfully, the hotel staff was super friendly and let us in our room about 4 hours earlier than expected! It gave us a good chance to explore the hotel, which was directly on one of the OBX (Outer Banks) beaches, and all of its amenities.
The Hilton Garden Inn (OBX) has two swimming pools, beach access, a restaurant (the outdoor at the time was available, but the indoor portion was not due to covid), fitness school, business center, digital key (can you say, no touch?!), and room service. I couldn't have imagined anything better for a social distancing vacation for our first family beach vacation.
Right after arriving, we quickly hit the beach which was FILLED with beautiful sand, lots of shells for hunting and even a few crabs, which I was excited to find, because I really love wildlife and getting to see it up close. But it started to rain, and so we decided it was best to come inside for a bit.
A little while later, Thomas decided to go try and find a place to get drinks, and when he came back, he had a little surprise for Hailee. Right across the street from the hotel was a small art shop, Island Art Supply where he purchased an easel, canvases and paint for Hailee to paint on the balcony of our hotel room. It was by far one of her favorite memories, and she still loves to show off her art work to whoever comes to our house.
(Oh...and caca, despite the obvious definition, was actually just the sound the birds were making!)
That evening, we decided to find a local restaurant that had outdoor dining. Of course being right next to the Ocean, it wasn't a difficult task! What we didn't expect was the amount of people that would be trying to eat at the same times as us. We went to a couple different "best rated" restaurants that there was over an hour wait for outdoor dining! But we ended up finding a restaurant really near to our hotel called Steamers! When by the ocean, always eat lots of seafood, right? Hailee LOVED their New England Clam Chowder, and both her and Thomas enjoyed the peel and eat shrimp. I'd say overall it was a success!
After finishing our meal, in the same shopping center, we saw OBX (that stands for Outer Banks, in case you didn't know. Took me awhile to figure that out!) Frozen Yogurt. I mean, who can turn down fro-yo, ice cream, and Dippin' Dots with all of the toppings you could imagine? Certainly not us, and it was SO good! It's definitely a place we'll return to on our next trip. It was the perfect ending to a wonderful first day in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Stay tuned for the next portion of our trip as we travel to other amazing restaurants, more beach visits, shopping and of course the Bodie Island Lighthouse!