If you recall last Friday I was talking about going to the beach this weekend, so there was no doubt when we woke up on Saturday morning that’s where we were headed. I picked Redhead beach because 1. it’s gorgeous, and 2. there is a quiet surf area which I thought would be perfect for Ben to teach me how to surf for the first time.
When we arrived to the beach though we noticed something a bit odd… there were no cars in the parking lot. Something must be up, so we headed to the beach to check it out….
It’s impossible to show the depth of that swell, but it was a good 10ft high and the red flags were up. No one was going in the water.
We got back in the car and headed to Caves Beach where we thought the swell might not be as bad… nope. 8ft swell here.
We drove around the beaches and Lake Macquarie for another two hours until we found a small spot on the lake perfect for laying out and relaxing in the beautiful weather.
After a few hours on the beach we headed home as I had dinner plans with some girl friends at The Lucky. The Lucky is one of
my favorite the only spot around here for American barbeque, and although the prices are high the food is good and portions are large.
I ordered pulled pork tacos and a side of macaroni and cheese….
What I didn’t order was bat poop. Yes, it sounds disgusting, and no, you won’t see a photo of it… but our table happened to be under a large tree, and just as I had finished one of my tacos I felt a splat on my head, in my napkin, and on my food. I didn’t know that it was even possible to be so unlucky (especially in a place called The Lucky) but it is. As cool as I played it I was freaking out on the inside and rushed to the bathroom.
After washing my hair in the sink, (shout out to the stranger who looked through my hair for anything I might have missed), I rejoined the girls with a new meal, and a cocktail. A much needed cocktail!
After dinner the girls and I walked down to Honeysuckle wharf to meet up with Ben and watch the Socceroos in the Asian Cup. The Asian Cup is like the World Cup just for teams in Asia/Pacific. The game went into over time just as we arrived, and thirty minutes later Australia defeated South Korea 2-1 to secure their first title win in over 93 years!
We headed home following the game and Ben, God love him, deep shampooed and conditioned my hair before we fell asleep. I don’t think my hair has ever been cleaner!
Sunday morning we woke up excited for another beach day, this time up in Tea Gardens where we have vacationed before. We put on our suits and got ready to go when we walked out to the car and saw gray skies and an 80% chance of rain. We turned around, went inside, put on How to Get Away With Murder.
rained poured while we watched for about 10 minutes and then the rain was gone, but if you have ever watched HTGAWM you’d know those episodes can just suck you in, and we watched three before deciding to not waste the beautiful day and head to the beach.
On the way we drove under so many rain clouds, but as we got through the mountains towards Tea Gardens the clouds disappeared and all we had was beautiful sunshine.
We stopped and got ice creams before going to our favorite somewhat secluded spot in Winda Woppa on Port Stephens.
Every time we have visited this beach it’s been quiet with only a few families and not many children. The waters are known to be home to several great white sharks, which means as beautiful as it is, I was not going in farther than my ankles.
After three hours of
sleeping, and possibly snoring relaxing on the beach we headed back into Tea Gardens to pick up Fish and Chips for dinner and enjoyed them in the park next to the Myall River.
We got home that night just in time to catch the Australian Open Men’s Finals before crashing on the couch for the night.
What is your favorite thing to do at the beach?
Have you ever been as unlucky as I was? Please tell me you have an equally embarrassing story!