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Dirt Road Adventures – Annual Mother/Daughter Beach Trip

Welcome to Dirt Road Adventures. Here’s a look back at all things happening last week and behind the scenes of our annual Mother/Daughter Beach Trip.

A few behind-the-scenes adventures, all things on the blog “in case you missed it.” Some inspiration from around the web, what I’ve been shopping for, and what’s coming soon.

For most of this week, I’ve been at the beach cottage with my daughter. We have an annual ritual of spending time together to celebrate her birthday and Mother’s Day, which are both in mid-May.

However, weather and other circumstances have delayed our trip until last week.

Although a little windy, it was a great time to be at the beach.

Kure Beach NC with lifeguard stand.

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Adventures at the End of the Dirt Road

This is a look back at all my adventures this past week.

When Jennifer and I are at the beach alone, there’s always lots of beach time, reading, and porch sitting.

Dining in Wilmington, NC

But first, I wanted to share some of the new dining experiences and places her dad and I have discovered recently.

Unfortunately, time didn’t allow for more than one trip to Wilmington, so Jennifer picked the spot.

We had lunch at The Half and then went to the Edward Teach Brewery, which is just around the corner in the Brooklyn Arts District of Wilmington, NC.

The Half is a quirky 1,000 sq. ft. restaurant featuring delicious sandwiches and beer.

As you travel down the historical brick street, you’ll know you are getting close to your destination because both sides of the street are packed with vehicles.

Thankfully, this tiny dining spot has an enclosed back patio with picnic tables to expand its dining experience.

Come hungry or plan to take half home for dinner, which is what we did.

Sandwich, chips and beer at The Half Restaurant in Wilmington NC

Thrift Store Shopping

Although Jennifer isn’t the thrift store junky I am, I convinced her to make a quick stop at the Mission Rescue Center Thrift Store.

This was my second trip, and both times I’ve come home with some great deals.

A little vintage copper and silver were added to my collections. Plus.. brand new grilling planks for Brad.

Wilmington NC Thrift Store Haul - Copper pan and silver candlesticks.

100-Year-Old Pier

We also walked every day and took a stroll on the Kure Beach Pier. The Pier has been family owned since 1923. You can see banners along the pier celebrating 100 years.

100 Year Old Kure Beach Pier

We traveled back home on Saturday to celebrate Father’s Day at The Ponds. The weather has warmed up, and the pool has also. Thankfully, we were able to spend some time by the pool, played corn hole, and enjoyed an Old Fashioned Father’s Day Celebration just like I shared with you last month.

Since Edward Peach Brewery is her dad’s favorite, Jennifer was able to pick up a Tee Shirt and some of their Teache’s Peaches beer as a Father’s Day Gift.

Edward Teach Brewery Tee Shirt and Teach's Peaches Beer

In Case You Missed It

Last week’s blog was filled with DIY Projects, Thrifting with the Gals, and Summer Porch Tips.

Adventures off the Dirt Road

Why Didn’t I Think of That?

Each week there are so many wonderful blog posts, and I’m sharing some of my favorites with you today.

There are so many creative ideas, and I’m always asking myself, “Why didn’t I think of that”? LOL

Heading out for vacation soon? You’ll want to read Stacy’s tips on How To Care For Plants While On Vacation.

I love all the tips and styling ideas for Vintage Cutting Boards that CoCo shared last week.

Kim shared the cutest ideas for styling a 4th of July tablescape.

My friend Jennifer also shared some great ideas for decorating with thrift store items.

We all need a reminder to enjoy life’s simple pleasures, and Kim’s post is filled with inspiration.

Do you have family recipes that you treasure? See all these brilliant ways to preserve sentimental recipes that Susan shared.

What’s In My Cart

We are in project mode again, so here are the latches we ordered, and they look great. Stay tuned for the tutorial.

A safety hinge was needed, and this is the one we choose to install.

I shared these shoes last week, but I’m in love with how comfortable and cute they are.

I’m loving these casual pants for summer.

This fun hat came in handy while at the beach. It’s so comfortable, and even the wind didn’t carry it away.

This umbrella arrived while I was at the beach. Just in time for our Father’s Day weekend by the pool.

These capri sweat pants are so comfortable.

Have you tried these Chunky Granola Bites? I can’t decide which is my favorite, so I’m getting one of each.

Coming Soon:

  • Planning for a Hawaiian Cocktail Party
  • The cutest and easiest DIY Napkin Rings
  • Burlap placemats tutorial
  • Tropical Cocktail recipes and appetizers
  • See what we did with our old beach cottage windows.

I hope you have a wonderful day celebrating Father’s Day with all the dad’s in your life.

Kim | Shiplap and Shells

Sunday 25th of June 2023

It really looks like you and your daughter had a great time together Rachel. Thank you so much for sharing my 4th of July table ideas my friend. You're the best!


Sunday 25th of June 2023

Kim It was a great trip. Thank you and I love that table.


Wednesday 21st of June 2023

It looks like you guys had such a great time, Rachel! It's always so much fun when you can spend one on one time with your Mom. I really appreciate you sharing my cutting board post. I can't believe how hard they are to find these days but that makes the hunt for them that much more exciting. Big hugs and thank yous, CoCo


Wednesday 21st of June 2023

CoCo, I really appreciate this.

Wendy McMonigle

Monday 19th of June 2023

Sure looks like you had a great time with your daughter Rachel. So fun to share those special times together.


Tuesday 20th of June 2023

Wendy, Yes, we had a great trip. Thank you for stopping by.