Every college student knows the importance of a weekend getaway, especially when stress levels are beginning to skyrocket. With finals week just around the corner and summer craziness about to commence, my best friend and I decided to make an overnight trip to Orange Beach! Above is a little video I made to remember our fun little excursion! It really highlights all the most memorable parts of our trip.
Orange Beach is about 3 1/2 hours from Troy, but the driving isn't terrible when you have clear roads and your bestie singing Billie Eilish next to you. There's nothing quite like the feeling of driving over Perdido Pass Bridge and seeing the shining blue-green salt water of the Gulf.
Maddie found us the cutest little Airbnb situated right on Perdido Beach Blvd: a cozy guestroom with private beach access! It was easy to find and the comfort was greatly appreciated after the drive.
We decided to take a chance on Shrimp Basket for dinner since it was pretty late when we got there and we didn't feel like braving a high-end restaurant. BEST. DECISION. EVER. The laid-back, outdoor atmosphere was so enjoyable, the service was great, and the food was to die for! Maddie got her Pina Colada fix, and I was fully prepared to marry their hushpuppies.
After dinner, we hit the beach for a late-night walk to find some crabs. Unfortunately, no crabs were found. But, we did collect some pretty neat shells and got to run around in the sand like the crazy kids we are.
It was late, we were full, and sufficiently tired so we conked out pretty early. We woke up feeling refreshed and ready to go the next morning! For breakfast, we had chocolate chip muffins (courtesy of Maddie) coffee. Well, Maddie had coffee. I can't have caffeine so I happily sipped my chocolate milk. (Not as aesthetically pleasing, but just as yummy.)
Around 9:30, we headed for the beach, which was clean, calm and easy to get to! What more could you ask for? The weather was perfect, at a high of 75 and barely a cloud in the sky. There were lots of people out, but they were all personable, respectful, and fun to be around! The water was a little nippy, with lots of wildlife! We saw minnows, jellyfish, stingrays, dolphins, and I even got up close and personal with a crab that took a chunk out of my toe! Maddie really enjoyed feeding the seagulls (or as she calls them, sea rats) parts of her Lunchable. We brought drinks in Maddie's vintage cooler that her grandfather took to Vietnam, which made us look way more hip than we actually are.
After hours of yoga in the sand and splashing around with the sea animals, we grabbed a bite to eat at Live Bait. It's the perfect lunch location if you still have sand in your hair and smell like sunscreen. I can't believe I'm saying this about a seafood restaurant, but their green beans were great!
Driving out of Orange Beach was much harder than driving in because of all the crazies going to the beach to celebrate the end of finals week. We were grateful we left when we did!
All in all, this weekend excursion couldn't have been better. Good friends, good food, good fun! Trips like this remind me that life is about so much more than my daily ins and outs. It's about friendship and laughter and teamwork and the little things that take your breath away. I am learning to seek these moments out and cherish them when they come.