Three days. Road tripping. Four beaches. Campfires. Hikes. S'mores. Cafe's. Sightseeing. Memories. Laughter. Driftwood smuggling. Ferry riding. Fun. Too much to fit into a mere three days? Not a bit...
We arrived at our hotel room on Friday, and this was waiting for us on the table. A s'more's kit, complete with kindling and matches, from Erin's sweet Mama, who currently lives near our road trip destination. She also left our whole group, a coffee shop gift card. It was such a fun surprise! I love small towns.
This was our room key. I can't remember the last time I saw an actual "room key."
This is Alli and I.
We ended up visiting four different beaches near my friend Erin's hometown. They were gorgeous and the rocks fascinated me. I brought home a huge pile of driftwood, (though I realize that's not exactly um, "legal") sand, and a ton of rocks. They were so smooth and rounded from the tides.
One of the beaches we visited, was accompanied by a great little hike. This tree was awesome.
This was the second beach we visited. We were in heaven. Miles and miles of sand. It was sunny and warm too. We carried our s'more kit with us to this beach, and had a mid-morning campfire.
Kristin hauled the wood.
This is lovely Kristin, and I.
And then we got down to business. Have I mentioned that I love s'mores? Um. Yeah. Cause I do.
I have actually never sat around a beach-side campfire. I have also never toasted marshmallows beach-side. I highly recommend it.
It's like food therapy.
We goofed around for a couple of hours, writing all kinds of things in the sand and taking hundreds of photos.
After a full day of beaching, (just made up that word) hiking, walking, and relaxing, we made our way to a third location to watch the sunset. We also hiked up a very muddy hill to check out some old castle ruins. I love these girls. I tell them, "Hey you guys, go climb on that log and pump your fists in the air." And guess what? They do it. See why I love my friends?
Then we proceeded to take about a hundred more photos of each other doing various things. I'm not exactly clear on what Nurse Nicki was doing in this photo. The Macarena?
We finally found a huge log to sit on, while watching the tide come slowly in, and the sun sinking over the horizon.
It really doesn't get better than that.
More laughter and photos in the golden sun of dusk.
I took about 200 photos. They all looked the same so I narrowed it down a bit for you...
I wish this photo conveyed the sound, the smell, and the feeling of the moment.
Have I mentioned that I love my friends, lately?
Because I do.
They are an amazing group of women. They can listen and reflect wisdom. They can walk quietly together and sit in comfortable silence while lost in their own thoughts. They can laugh hysterically for hours over memories, stories, and funny moments. They can keep a secret and relate to every emotion.
After the sun sank, we hauled more driftwood and s'more ingredients for round two.
Erin whips up a mean campfire.
We looked like we were huddling around a fire in a disaster zone. It was secluded and cozy. Just the right sort of place for Erin to start breaking out freaky stories of urban legends.
But morning came, and so did breakfast. I like to call this "Cafe art."
I love breakfast.
Erin loves coffee.
This was my souvenir. It's so very "me."
After breakfast, we kicked it, on beach number four! Only today we donned coats, hoods, and layers. Not so warm, and a little rainy. Perfect weather in my opinion. I love the rain. This is wonderful Nurse Nicki, and I. It's really good to have a nurse on board. They are so handy to have around. And so reassuring.
I'm so happy Spring is popping out all over the place.
Precious Miss Erin, and myself.
Beautiful, rocky, rainy beach.
... and speaking of rocks...
It just doesn't get any better than this weekend. Thank you girls, for all the fun, laughter, silence, and conversation. I have never felt more rested after being with four women non-stop, for three whole days. I will never forget that weekend.