Monday, September 8, 2014

Last Trip of the Summer: OBX

    Today is the first morning that you can feel the crisp fall temperatures creeping in. It is hard to believe it was over 90 degrees on Friday. 

     This summer DFH and I have traveled like crazy. We took our final trip of the summer the last week in August to the Outer Banks in North Carolina.  Almost every year our group of high school friends rents a house in OBX for a week in the summer. Some years 9 people come, some years it is 12, and  this year we had 20 friends come down to OBX.   Yes, 20 people, all from high school.  What is even crazier is that there are seven couple ( including DFH and I) who both went to our high school who are either married, engaged, or in serious relationships. 
  When you have 20 friends renting a house, not just any rental will do, luckily this trip is planned months and months in advance and we were able to snag this beauty for the week. 

The house can sleep up to twenty eight people and is right on the beach.  We had our own pool, hot tub, and elevator and I loved the three floors of wrap-around porches with porch swings.  It was super fun.

   Unfortunately, I was only able to come down to OBX Wednesday through Sunday because of work, but I was still was able to get plenty of beach time, do a little shopping, and hang out with our friends.   Since most of our high school friends are in NJ and we are in Pittsburgh it is always so nice to get to catch up and spend time with everyone for more than just a weekend, which is so rare for us. 
We lucked out with the weather and it was sunny every day except for Friday, which of course is the day I decided to take all my pictures.    Since the weather was so-so on Friday, DFH and I decided to climb and explore the Wright Brother's Memorial and museum which was really interesting, and informative.  #historynerd

We could even see our rental house from the top of the memorial. 

  It is such a fun group of friends, and everyone gets along so well, which I think is rare for a group of twenty people.   Each night groups of four would rotate cooking dinner for everyone and nights were spent catching up on the deck, playing games, making fun cocktails, and dance parties. 

A few of us picked up matching Spirit Jerseys while out shopping.  Seriously the most comfortable shirt ever, I know this is going to be a fall/winter lounge staple this year. 

    Our friends Luke and Alaina make shirts for the group each year, so a group photo in our matching shirts was necessary on our last night. 

 We also have a tradition where we make a giant seafood feast on the last night.  It is always such a great way to end the week, before the long drive home early the next morning. 

We ended our vacation with the prettiest sunset. 

The colors were incredible. 

Although I love the fall, writing this post already has me craving the beach and warm summer nights. 


  1. That is so awesome that such a big group of you are still so close from high school. What a fun trip. I need to organize one with all my high school friends. That house is awesome. So fun!

  2. Great post! What an amazing trip we had. Can't wait til next year! Xo