I'm not sure if you've noticed or not, but I've sort of been avoiding posting about my trip to North Carolina. Not only was it my third time traveling without Dan, but just like the two previous times, it went horribly. (New life rule: never travel alone ever again.) Some of the trip was fun, and I did every single thing in my power to make sure I wouldn't have any regrets once I left. I'm only going to share the great parts with you, and the one really awful part where my trip took its turn.
I traveled all day Tuesday, February 18 and arrived Tuesday night in Wilmington, NC. (On my short flight from Charlotte to Wilmington, btw, I sat between this adoooorable family and snuggled and played with the most precious baby boy the entire time. It was heaven and I honestly wish that would've been my whole trip, haha. At least until Sunday afternoon.) So - Tuesday night, I had a wonderful caprese salad before I headed up to bed in such a lovely historic home from the 1800's. I slept okay, but of course from traveling all day, my fibro was wreaking havoc on my body and I was ten steps past exhausted once I woke up --
Wednesday afternoon. Got fro yo that day, then got a tension migraine that evening. Went to bed early (around 9:30) and slept in a bit the next day, Thursday, but woke up early enough and headed to Ulta, Target, and a restaurant for lunch called K38 Baja Grill. Yummy food, reminded me sooo much of Cali, so that was nice. We then headed over to Greenfield Lake (where the alligators roam) and walked around in the gorgeous wilderness for a bit, and watched some ducks hang out on the lake. It was beautiful!
Some more of downtown.
Before I continue, there were a few things about this trip that I had in mind I really wanted to do before I left and headed back to Cali on Wednesday, February 26. You see, my sister-in-law is from NC (in case you forgot), my brother went to college in NC, I've been on vacation there at least eight times, and this was my second time in Wilmington. There are certain things on the east coast that we just don't have here in Cali, and those things were calling my name. The top three on my list were: Cookout (they have over 60 milkshake flavors), Dunkin' Donuts, and Cracker Barrel (in that order). Those 3 were things I absolutely had to do or I would regret for the rest of my life (dramatic much?).So on Saturday morning, we headed to Cracker Barrel for breakfast. Of course I enjoy the food there, but my favorite part about that restaurant is the old-town country general store you have to walk through before you get to the restaurant part; they have the absolute best vintage candies! I snagged a few bags of my favorite melt-in-your-mouth peppermint sticks, 8 of those yummy flavored candy sticks that look like candy canes without the cane part, my favorite Neopolitan coconut candy, and a pack of Teaberry Gum. After Cracker Barrel, I headed to Target because the beautiful, generous, loving, and amazing Rebecca from Beauty in Your Eyes Blog and I were supposed to meet up, but then couldn't because of sickness, and she felt so awful so she sent over some money for me to get some things I absolutely needed on this trip, including a memory foam pillow. That woman is an angel and I am above and beyond thankful for her. Saturday night, after much nagging and asking, finally got to get my dream milkshake from Cookout: a banana milkshake with mint Oreo. Oh goodness it was... it was a dream come true. Then we headed to Saturday night church and it was alright, but it was no Rock Harbor - and their worship blew me out of the room it was so loud.
>> Because this is already so gosh dang long, I've decided to post this portion of my trip today, and then I'll post the second half tomorrow. I can't wait to share with you what God did on this trip in my next post, so be sure to check back later tomorrow morning! Have you ever been on a trip that you wish you wouldn't have gone on? How did it turn out?