Our trip to the Outer Banks

Over Labor Day weekend Brandon and I decided to take a *little* trip to the Outer Banks off the coast of North Carolina. By little, I mean a 9 hour drive there, and then a 9 hour drive back. And to be honest, I was very apprehensive about the trip and very pessimistic, which is 100% not like me. I've never been camping before, and that made me nervous. I don't like the beach on a normal day because I'm a very fair skinned person. If I don't apply sunscreen every hour, I'll turn into a lobster. So the thought of camping on a beach for three days kinda terrified me. But after people at work basically told me to stop being so negative, I finally started seeing the positive. I don't understand why I was so negative about it, but I started thinking more and more about it and got excited. I was excited to take pictures of the ocean and wide open beaches.

We left Knoxville around 7pm, and drove to North Carolina. We found a campground around midnight and set up camp. Night 1 of camping for Sarah: success.

We awoke to a child running around screaming and hollering, so we got up and went to Chick-fil-a. Yup, that's right. We went to Chick-fil-a on a camping trip. We ate our chicken minis, drank our coffee, and went on our way.

To get to the OBX, you had to take a Ferry from the mainland over to the islands. We were supposed to take the 3pm ferry, but got there at 12:30. Luckily, they had an open slot for the 1pm ride and we were able to load up the truck and go! We used Morris Marina Kabin Kamps & Ferry Service Inc with Rick and Kari, and they were wonderful. We go in and start talking to Kari and she stops us to say, "Wait, where are you two from? I need her to keep talking!" (looking at me) Apparently I had an accent to her, which is new to me. I don't have a very strong southern accent, and I didn't think North Carolina was north enough for there to be an accent. Kari said her and her sister were wanting to take a trip to Nashville and told me text her a list of the best restaurants. That would be a very long list, and I still need to do that. But if she thought I had an accent... she'll love Nashville.

So now begins our very fun, stressful, relaxing, and terrifying vacation.

(I apologize for all the scrolling you will have to do. My web host hasn't added a gallery option for blogs. Once they do, that's what I'll be updating this post to. All images were shot with my Canon 5DMarkII + 50mm 1.8 lens unless otherwise stated)

(Above: shot with iPhone 6s - nothin fancy just showing you the truck on the ferry!)

Brandon doesn't understand why I took pictures of the tall grass stuffs or the birds. But he doesn't see the beauty in it like I do. Like in the image above. Look at the top bit that's in focus and look at the detail that makes up that grass. Normal people doesn't see these type of things — but I do. I try and see beauty in it all. As for the birds? Well, JUST LOOK AT THEM! So cute and fat.

So, Brandon really needs a haircut and we meant to get him one before the trip... but we forgot. So he went to the windy beach with a head full of thick, fluffy hair. The result? See below.

What I started getting nervous about were the storms. We had storms on both sides of us, but not actually towards us. It's like we were in a bubble. I enjoyed watching the rain fall close by, and on both sides. We also saw a beautiful rainbow and it looks like you're sitting right next to the pot of gold! Unfortunately, though, the storm eventually hit us. At 2 am while we were sleeping. The wind was so hard and it sounded like multiple people kept dumping huge buckets of water on our tent. It honestly scared me. Maybe I'm just a wimp... but when I'm trapped in a small tent and it's shaking violently with a heavy downpour... yeah, my heart was racing and I have no shame admitting that.

Right side of our campsite:

So that was the right side of our camp. The left side started out looking like this:

But then, a quick rain storm came and went over there. The next time we looked over, there was this majestic, beautiful rainbow. None like you've ever seen before.

AND THEN, when we looked back over to the right (where it had been raining) WE SEE THIS BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPE: