Hello everyone! This week is already going by so quickly. I know I always say that, but it’s amazing how time can fly. My mom and I have been talking about plans that have only been making me more excited for Friday! I can’t believe it’s almost here. It seems like just yesterday I was saying good bye to my parents and counting down the 50+ days it would be until I saw them next. Does anyone have any quick tips about flights? I still have to look at what is and isn’t allowed. I am so paranoid they will confiscate something, which would be a waste of money, so I am trying very hard not to let that happen.
Our day trip to the beach
On Sunday, we decided to make the most of the gorgeous weather we were having, and head to the beach. This wasn’t just any beach, though, it was an hour and a half away! R has never been there, so I thought it would be a good spot to visit. We are surrounded by beaches where we live, but we haven’t gone all summer (as a couple, anyway). Since I will be gone for two weekends, I wanted to make sure we got to spend some fun time together. This seemed like the perfect way to do it!
For day trips, I don’t think you can be too prepared, so I packed a bunch of snacks. The beach we were going to is extremely touristy, which translates to pricey in terms of restaurants. We planned to have pizza once we got there, because I’ve eaten there before and it’s amazing (and cheap). We weren’t sure how long we would be there, or what traffic we would hit, so I wanted to make sure we had things to eat in the car.
Our goal was to mostly just have fun and enjoy ourselves and the weather one last time before the end of summer. I think we accomplished it pretty well!
What we did and how much it cost
We were both rather hungry upon arriving despite having breakfast, so we headed over to the pizza place immediately. It was $6.75 for three plain slices. I had packed water and coke so we didn’t have to purchase any drinks. The pizza was yummy as usual and worth the price, which is actually lower than some pizzeria’s around here.
After that, we meandered around the town in search of a bakery that had received good reviews on Trip Advisor. I will always check out bakeries! People had been raving about their iced coffee, which sounded refreshing. Unfortunately, the price wasn’t. “Regular” coffee was $3.50 and if you wanted ice, it was an extra dollar. I thought that was preposterous, and I wasn’t in the mood for cookies (not sure how!) so we passed on this. Sometimes, certain expenses are not worth it.
One of my mini-goals was to buy my mom a magnet. She collects them, and whenever anyone goes away they always bring her back a magnet. Before she moved, we realized she didn’t have a magnet that said anything about where we live! I knew I had to get her one from here. I found a really pretty one for $4.33 (with tax). It was one of the cheapest ones they had without looking really plain and boring. I know she will enjoy it, and that’s all that matters.
We weren’t really sure of where else to go at this point, as we weren’t interested in doing any further shopping (which there is a lot of). I presented R with the choice of going to the beach, which would have been free, or going to one of the state parks for some beautiful views. We knew we could come back to the beach if we wanted, so we chose the state park.
Beautiful views can be priceless
The last time I was here, I didn’t remember having to pay for parking. I was pretty peeved as we came upon a sign that said we had to fork over $8.00 for a vehicle use fee. I really hate those parking fees! You need to decide if the couple of hours you’re going to spend there is worth that much money. I focused on the bigger picture: we had driven 2 hours to get here, and this was one of the things we had planned on doing. While it cost $8 more than I thought it would, I made my peace with it and handed the money over. R rarely ever carries cash with him, unless it’s money he’s received in tips, so I financed our little trip.
After stumbling around a bit, we got to where we needed to go. There’s a very narrow path in between the trees to get out to the water. Once we got there, I knew I had made the right decision to spend $8. Just look at these views!
Sadly, I think Hurricane Sandy had done a number on this place, as it looked very different than it had 2 years ago. There used to be huge boulders along the coast that you could use to climb around, and now there were either a bunch of rocks or pebbles in their place. The boulders were mostly out to sea. Nevertheless, we trekked on as we were getting too far to turn back. I remembered there being a separate trail to the exit, or I hoped there was one, as I didn’t really want to have to traverse the sea of rocks a second time.
We stopped a lot along the way to admire the view, and for me to take lots of pictures to remember our trip by. The exit trail was just as great: we had it mostly to ourselves, so it was really quiet and peaceful, and there were some amazing views from the bluffs overlooking the ocean.
Day trips are worth it
While we didn’t particularly enjoy the traffic (4 hours of driving total), it was something different, and sometimes that’s all that matters. We enjoyed going through the little towns and seeing really fancy cars that only rich areas bring about (mostly Porsche’s, but then a few Ferrari’s and Maserati’s came by). Our day trip cost us a total of $34.08 (which includes $15 of gas R needed to put in his car before we left; should have planned for that!) and I think it was well worth it. That’s less than what most people spend to go out for dinner, and we got a lot of memories and some sunburn to go along with it. If we had just gone to a regular old beach around here, parking would have been $10 and we would have most likely been laying there for four hours before returning home. I am all for different experiences and enjoying what nature has to offer!
Have you taken any day trips recently? How much did it cost you? Have any planned?