A couple of weeks ago K and I were lucky enough to have the use of a house (thank Kelly!) in Sunset Beach, which is just under three hours away near the border with South Carolina.
We left the dogs with a friend and hit the road. I packed some trashy books, my embroidery supplies, my camera and a couple of bottles of wine. Of course I also brought my swim suit, but the truth is I’m not much of a swimmer, and my main goal was to lay around on the porch. It was a very successful weekend.
I worked a little bit each morning, and then we headed to the beach for a couple of hours (sorry, no pictures of that as sand and my camera don’t mix), returning to laze around, watch a little Louis C.K., eat, read. It was hot and sultry, so K mostly stayed in the nice, cool house while I dripped outside under the fan.
Notice the hazy glow? This was taken right after the transition from cool AC indoors to the humidity outdoors.
This sewing machine was only $75!! Only the practical concern of not having a way to transport it stopped me from snapping it up.
And what is it about the beach that makes for great signage?
But mostly we stayed pretty close to home base. The house was about a five minute drive from the ocean, and nestled in between a couple of (man-made?) lakes. The marshes were incredibly beautiful; with grasses in shades ranging from brilliant green to dusky purple and flowers adding a bright pop of color every now and again.
I spent most of a happy and peaceful afternoon wandering around taking pictures. The light was incredible: rich and moody, and the landscape was a heady mix of lush, dense vegetation and low-lying wetlands.
I brought my iPhone but (rare for me) managed to stay pretty much unplugged from the wider world. Of course there were a few hiccups; K got a mild case of sunstroke, I lost my hat and missed the dogs. But what vacation is complete without such minor impositions? It felt like such a luxury to be in this magical little spot, dreaming, for a couple of days.