Monday, June 4, 2012

Outer Banks Part 1

Nick and I went to the Outer Banks, to stay at a KOA campground in Rodanthe, NC. We left Friday morning(ish) and only went for a couple days but it was still an interesting experience. Spoiler alert: there was beer, sunburn, and bug bites. And food.

We "went with" a group of friends/coworkers. One guy organized it and chose the campground, but we were really pretty independent. There were 4 couples, Nick and I included, and for the most part, 2 of them were more focused on getting in culture/sightseeing, while Nick and I and the other couple were mostly focused on relaxing sans agenda. This focus was apparent on our way down....

I had wanted to leave on Friday "early" but then we stayed up until midnight doing trip preparation stuff and I was stressed out and grumpy and ignored the 7:30 wakeup until after 8. Nick and I got in a quick (as in short... not quick... very slow) 3.5 miles, showered, loaded up the car, and hit the road around 10:30. I had made sandwiches for us so we could make the 6 hour drive as quickly as possible (thanks, Mom, for teaching me about how much time it saves to eat in the car... stopping for lunch is really not necessary). We made it quickly to our first stop....

We did not actually intend to do a brewery tour of far Eastern NC, but we did. Nick found the Weeping Radish online and we stopped there. They also had adorable goats outside. And freshly butchered meat inside... I chose not to make any connection between those 2.

We had a beer sampler and a soft pretzel. Most of the beer was delicious from the tap, and they sold bottles of it too.

Me, with the famous Weeping Radish. I cuddled him, tried to find the cause of his weeping, but no dice. He's just a weepy guy. With a top hat and clothes. We bought some IPA for the road for the weekend. The hops is grown in North Carolina. That is neat.

Second spoiler alert: I don't know how to keep my skirt up, so my tummy is pretty much always hanging out. Sorry. 

Our next stop was the Wright Brothers Memorial which is SO COOL.

It did not look like that when we were there. But it is a lovely monument. We wandered around the museum for a while before heading to our next destination: the Outer Banks Brewing Station. I wish I could say nicer things about this place... I really do. Their brown ale was really, really good. So good that we bought a growler of it. They're also the first wind driven brewery in the US! I love me some energy conservation...but we got there around happy hour time, and although there were maybe 8 employees, 5 of those behind the bar, we got our beer sampler, water and then nothing else! A manager type checked in with us after we'd been there for 30 minutes or so, but we had missed our window to eat an appetizer without screwing up our dinner appetites, so we just had some beer and left. I actually think our waitress was ignoring us, she NEVER checked back in. Major bummer.

We then headed to the campground to settle in... more pictures and updates to come!

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