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Freedom of the Open Road (Part One: The Coast)

8:16 AMNichole DuPont

Last year I lived alone at a friends house in Chesapeake, VA for four months, during that time I was suppose to figure out my life since there was so much changing in it. Of course four months wasn't long enough to figure it all out but there was time to take fun solo road trips.
I would just hop in my car early in the morning and set out to an amazing new place to explore, it usually started with finding a Starbucks. A girl needs her coffee first, right?
I was able to see the wild horses in Assateague Island National Seashore, walk bare foot on the Outer Banks of North Carolina and drive the scenic road through Shenandoah National Park. 
Yes, lots of driving but I loved it. I always feel better after a long road trip, even if I'm alone. Now if only I could live my life on the road, that would be a dream of mine but enough dreaming, time to share some of my photos from my trips starting with the Outer Banks of North Carolina! 

It was a gorgeous day, clear skies and warm weather. I could of laid out on the beach in my bikini even though it was October but I decided to explore. I went all the way to the end of the road past a town named Duck (I still laugh every time I say it) and turned around when I got to Corolla. A lot of businesses will take you out on the beach to find the wild horses, which is amazing to see and you'll see later in this post! 

I drove all the way to Rodanthe (Yes, I went searching for the house from the movie "Nights in Rodanthe". Found out they moved the house.) until I noticed the sun was going down and it was time to head back to Virginia. I didn't make it to some of the towns but I was still able to see a lot of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The trip ended well with a beautiful sunset and this gorgeous light house I stopped by on the way back. If your visiting Virginia Beach don't pass up a short trip to the Outer Banks. They have beautiful beaches, tons of sea shells and just amazing views. 

 Another full day road trip I took was to Maryland to see the wild horses in the Assateague Island National Seashore. It's not too far from Virginia Beach but there is an expensive toll!! It says to pay in cash but I was able to pay with my card. I call it the bad luck bridge and I will tell you later in this post why. 

The National Seashore was absolutely beautiful, there was not a lot of people around but there were a few campers and tents set up. Just imagine camping on the beach and waking up to the waves crashing and luckily see wild horses walking on the beach.

After driving around and walking most of the beach I decided to head out even though I wasn't able to see the wild horses. 
Suddenly as I was about to drive over the bridge I noticed two horses!! I finally was able to see them, even though it was far away I didn't care! I pulled my car to the side of the road and regretted not having a longer lens but lucky to see to them. I soon got back in my car and noticed you could also see Ocean City from the National Seashore so I decided to take a quick trip up there.

I walked the deserted board walk for a few minutes and soon got back in the car thinking it's probably best to visit when it's more alive in the summer time. 

It was time to head back to Virginia and you probably forgot already why I called the Maryland bridge bad luck for some odd reason besides the expensive toll fee. Well as soon as I got to the woman to pay the fee my tire went flat! I had to pull over to the side and wait for help. Thankfully a man came by and put my spare tire on for me. I drove to the look out point on the bridge just in time to see these beautiful colors and snap a quick picture. 

If your ever on the east coast I highly recommend taking a few road trips to see these amazing places. It's worth the drive and to make some great memories. As you may have noticed the title of this post says "Part One", which means there will be a part two coming soon. Just a small hint, there will be a lot of beautiful views and even some wild animals in the next post!! 

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  1. Beautiful photos! Sometimes it's lovely to just explore and be with your thoughts on your own, I do it often. You've made me want to go to the beach, although British beaches are definitely not the same as American ones.

    Gemma x
    The British Feather - A Travel & Lifestyle Blog

    1. Thank you! You have beautiful coasts over there, I would love to visit one day! You'll have to visit the beaches here! I recommend Florida, softest sand ever! :)

      - Southern Travelista


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