GC Beach Trip 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014
I just got back from a truly amazing weekend in Ocean Isle, NC with my grad school classmates. I call them classmates as a descriptor, but they are so much more than that. We are all best friends and have been since about day one of grad school. I can't imagine being a part of any class other than the UNCG class of 2010.

We had an amazing weekend. We did a whole lot of talking and laughing and laying on the beach. And practicing our synchronized jumping. I would love to say that this picture was our first attempt...but that would be a lie. It was more like our 20th. See the outtakes below...seems like somebody or another jumped prematurely or disregarded the instruction to "tuck in your legs."

We rented a little house just right across the road from the beach. It was called "sweet tee." It was perfect with 4 bedrooms, lots of open living space, a private pool, and multiple porches (note the rocking chairs even up on the roof). Ocean Isle is a really nice quiet beach area about an hour north of Myrtle Beach (or an hour south of Wilmington depending on your perspective).

This was the amazing view from our roof-top deck. We spent an evening just sitting up there chatting, working a communal crossword puzzle and watching the sunset.

Our private pool!

The beach was fabulous. The water was surprisingly warm. Our previous experience with the atlantic ocean beaches of the outer banks a couple years ago was really cold water even in the dead of summer. This time the water was perfect and we spent quite a bit of time playing in the waves.

But we spent more time like this...

We went out for dinner each night and snacked at the house for breakfast and lunch. We went to some really yummy local places for seafood. This particular night we went to this place called the Boundary House we had heard good things about. It definitely lived up to its reputation. Many of us had the crab cakes which were amazing. We also got super nerdy and sat in our appropriate places around the table for dinner. For two years in grad school we sat in class along a single table in the same exact order...this order. We just needed to have our director, Nancy, at the head of the table and it would have really felt like home.

We had an early dinner reservation so after we got back to the house we decided to go for a walk for ice cream. Nothing quite like a cup of mint chocolate chip in a beach town.

When we were not by the beach or the pool, or distracted playing the ridiculously addictive game of 2048 on our phones, we played some board games. And came up with nerdy team names. Maybe if Theresa had manned the timer a little more closely the Gene Queens would not have been so far behind...

It was vacation...but Kristen and I still managed to get a run in together the last day (she ran another time too...but I was a slacker that day). We did two miles of running down the road and then walked (and ran a little) the two miles back on the beach. 

It was an amazing three night mini-vacation with some of my favorite people. I am so glad (and a little in awe) that we were able to get all eight of our schedules coordinated to make the weekend happen. Leave it to genetic counselors to create an online doodle pool of potential dates to get a vacation organized. Leaving this view and these girls was hard. But hopefully there will be many more class reunion trips in our future! And check out those 8-person selfie skills.

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