The Original Four have been coming to Bald Head for twenty-something years. The island has changed so much since there was only a general store where you could rent VHS tapes and buy a microwave popcorn or batteries. We used to come over for the day and explore by golf cart. Back then it was a humble, wild island. We felt like we were in some magical movie riding through the tunnel of trees on Federal Road. These days the island is much more developed. Not only is there a full grocery store, but there are two huge beach clubs, both with restaurants, and a hoppin’ Harbor scene with multiple dining and bar spots, a coffee and ice cream shop, and more.
But what hasn’t changed is how fun this island is for kids. Mazen loves the golf carts as much as we did, and when I took him on a biking adventure earlier this week he had the same sense of adventure I used to feel, especially when we stopped to hunt for alligators.
Birch likes the beach!
He didn’t love it so much on the first day – he was visibly shaking when we put his toes in! Poor little buddy was scared. But he’s spent more time out next to the big, deep ocean and is more comfortable now. Sitting on a blanket next to the sand is too tempting as a snack, but he loved the little splash pool we brought out for him.
These two obviously love all things beach!
We haven’t been doing that much swimming after a boy got bitten by a shark on THIS BEACH LAST WEEK. Everyone has gotten in, but we just aren’t hanging out in the ocean like in previous years.
Paddle surfing = a great way to be on the water instead of in!
The new club pool has been a great escape
There is zero entry, a splash park, a playground, and a huge (fenced in!) baby pool!
Plus a great new restaurant!
I had this most delicious bang bang shrimp and kale salad!!
Leftovers with more shrimp + pita chips!
I have gotten in a run every other day or so. It’s funny that I used to run 8 miles on this island at my leisure and now I am thankful to escape the house for a two mile jog at sunrise!
Yogurt + cereal + PB + fruit x3 days in a row!
The screened in porch on our house is so wonderful! We’ve had all of our dinners out there, and there’s a lovely little loveseat for reading and napping.
Perfect for reading + ice cream after dark!
I’m reading When Life Gives You Lululemons
Low Country Boil
We made our annual low country boil with shrimp, sausage, potatoes, corn and green beans.
And we had fiesta night with guacamole and fish bowls.
Date night at Mojos
Artichoke + crab dip
Thanks to the grandparents for entertaining the children!