Old & New Experiences

On Saturday, Tucker & I left Cape Carteret and headed up the coast to Nags Head, North Carolina. As I have mentioned before, my parents own a beach house here, so we will be spending this week with my family. We always come to Nags Head this time of year to celebrate 4th of July. However this year I was with Tucker’s family on 4th of July, which was weird. Don’t get me wrong, I mean I had a lot of fun and Tucker’s family was great, but it was my first time being away from my family on the 4th.

Its hard for me to be away from my family, we have always been extremely close. But being in new surroundings with new people is certainly not a bad thing, hard as it sometimes may be. In Cape Carteret I was exposed to lots of new things that I probably never would have experienced on my own. For instance, prior to last year’s Cape Carteret trip, the only boat I had ever been on was a cruise ship. But now, I have been all kinds of skiffs and dinghies and whatever else… I may not understand any of it but HEY- at least I’ve had some boating experience now, and I learn more every year. Boating is a really cool thing that I’m happy Tucker introduced me to! Oh, and water sports! Tucker loves all kinds of water sports. He sails, water-skis, and surfs… I can only really tube but hey, at least I’m learning, right? By next year I’ll be fully standing on skis for miles… Or maybe I should aim for first just trying the water skis 😉

ImageAlso, last week Tucker’s family and I took a trip to Cape Lookout, where I witnessed one of the coolest things I have ever seen! Wild horses! I had never seen horses in their natural habitat before, and it was breathtaking. Plus, I had no idea that horses could swim, is that like a known thing?

ImageWell I certainly had no clue, but now I have witnessed it with my own two eyes. The horses crossed the water right in front of our ferry! It was beautiful. Now I know it seems rather insignificant of thing, but it was an amazing sight to see, and a memory I will cherish forever. Its all something I never would have experienced had I been in Nags Head. It was sad not be with my family on July 4th, but I guess part of growing up is getting out there on your own and making your own adventures. And I certainly had a few adventures in Cape Carteret!

I’ve found that one of the hardest parts of growing up is balancing those new adventures with family traditions. Tucker and I have a good system for the July 4th celebration: one week with his family in Cape Carteret and one with mine in Nags Head. Now its time for the Wood Nags Head week, where I’ll be a little more in my element. We don’t really delve into much boating or water sports here, just a lot beaching. So I’ll have a lot of time to catch up on my reading and tanning 🙂

It’s so nice to be with my family again, but I had a lot of fun last week too, and I’m glad to have gained those new experiences. Not to be cheesy but I think learning to balance those old and new experiences really is an important part of growing up. And hey who knows? Maybe I can incorporate some of my new experiences into my time here in Nags Head. I’ve had the strong desire to try paddle boarding, I’m sure the water sports expert could help me out!

I’m looking forward to a nice week, and I’ll be sure to write about any new adventures 🙂

xoxo Katie Lou



Beach Etiquette


When I was nine years old, my parents bought our beach house in Nags Head, North Carolina. Since then, we have spent a good amount of our summers there. The highlight was always the Fourth of July. We always have a big group of friends and family down there, which makes for a lot of fun. The only negative thing about the holiday is the mass of people that take over the beach. In a short amount of time, the beach goes from being moderately mellow to complete hooplah. The beaching experience of Fourth of July is not particularly relaxing, or even enjoyable at times, its actually pretty annoying.

There is a term some of local friends taught us: tourons (tourist + moron = tourons). Tourons are people who really just seem to know how to handle themselves on the beach. You know, those people whom don’t seem realize that there are hundreds of others on the same beach. Well on Fourth of July, the tourons take the beach in grand fashion.

Tourons are an annoyance to everyone around them. You may be laughing now, but you probably have more touron tendencies than you realize (thats okay- we all do). My mom and I used to joke about writing a book called “Beach Etiquette,” that would teach people all of the dos and do nots of beaching. But now that I have a blog, why write a book? I can post my tips here! I debated weather or not to actually write this post, because I did not want to come off as snobby. But then I remembered that my email address did used to be “BeachDiva94,” so I figured, why not? It’s time for the Beach Diva to go to work.

Here are some tips for all of you beach-goers to ensure an enjoyable day for yourself, and those around you…

  1. Do NOT smoke on the beach. While many of these tips will be more on the frivolous side, this one is really bothersome to a lot of people. The beach is a windy place, people. Your secondhand smoke blows all up in everybody else’s faces. Not only is this annoying, but its also a health issue. Some people have asthma (cough, me, cough). So please, hold off for a few hours.
  2. Stay in your personal bubble. The beach will be crowded for sure, but that does not mean that we all need to be sitting on top of each other. When you get out and set up camp, take a damn look around! Give people a reasonable amount of space. Oh, and please look around as you are walking down to the ocean. Don’t just trudge through people’s stuff.
  3. Do NOT feed the birds. I feel like this should be an obvious one, something we all learn by age three. But no, every year I always see adults giving the birds their leftovers! Haven’t you all seen Finding Nemo? Birds are always hungry, and they are always annoying. If they know food is around, they WILL. NEVER. LEAVE. And then because of your stupid decision, the birds will be flying, squawking, and pooping on everyone else. Image
  4. Keep your clothes on. This is not as common, but every year I always see somebody half nude tanning on the beach. Look, unless you are visiting a known Nude Beach, please keep everything covered up. Sorry that you won’t get a full body tan, but I mean come on. There are families there. Kids. Or people that just don’t want to look at your ass.
  5. Do NOT surf. Surfing is cool, I wish I could surf. But Fourth of July is NOT the time to surf. The ocean will be filled to the brim with people, more than any other day of the year. Surfing quickly goes from fun to dangerous. As someone who has nearly been ran over by a surfer, please go early in the morning or just wait for another day.
  6. Watch your spraying and flapping. This is probably the most common occurrence on this whole list! As I mentioned before, the beach is a windy place. Therefore, your spray on-screen and sand from your towel will travel quick. Be careful! As I have said multiple times, take a good look around! Do not go spraying your sunscreen or flapping your towel in a crowded area. How would you feel to be showered in Banana Boat with a side of sand? Exactly.
  7. Do NOT fly a kite. I realize that flying kites is sort of a beach pastime, and its a fun activity for the kids. But Fourth of July is just not the time. The beach is far too crowded, and your kite will fall on some unhappy beach-goers. I know the beach is kind of an ideal kite flying location, but realistically, you can fly one anywhere. So please relocate and leave all the sunbathers in peace.

There are many more things I could mention, but these are the basics. Don’t feel bad if you realize that you commit many of these things annually, most of us do. Even the Beach Diva herself is guilty of frequent towel flapping. But if we take these tips to heart and be mindful of our surroundings, I believe we can have a peaceful Fourth of July beach day! It can be done. If you take one thing from this post, I hope it is such:


Here’s to a happy, safe, a touron-free July 4th, everyone! Remember your beach etiquette 😉

xoxo Katie Lou

Vacation Plans

Told you I would be back soon!! The good thing is I am currently on vacation, so I have lots and lots of time. I am with my boyfriend, Tucker’s family down in Cape Carteret, North Carolina. His grandparents live down here in a house by the water, it is absolutely beautiful.


The only negative thing is that its supposed to be rainy all week. So we can’t go out swimming and boating like we normally would, but it does allow a lot of time for some relaxation! Which I definitely need right now. While I catch up on my rest, I hope to actually accomplish something along the way. As you may have noticed, my blog got a bit of a makeover! I think it looks cleaner, and a little cuter too 🙂 Also, I’m hoping the relaxing atmosphere around here will give me lots of thoughts, which will translate into good writing!

Actually, I’m taking part in something really cool starting tomorrow… Camp NaNoWriMo! NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, which is November. Every November, thousands and thousands of writers gather together on the site with one common goal: complete a novel in one month. Camp NaNoWriMo is the summer special, and it takes place in the month of July! Pretty cool, huh? Writing a novel has always been a goal of mine, but is never something I have actually taken on. I’m hoping this will be a good place to start. I might not write a very good novel, and I might not finish it in the month allotted, but it is a cool challenge that will better my writing skills, so I am all in! If you are interested, you still have six and a half hours to sign up, so get on it people! Challenge yourselves 🙂

So I’m hoping this vacation will prove to be relaxing and productive, and hopefully the sun will come out soon! I’m looking forward to some good sun, fun, and writing 🙂

Until next time!

xoxo Katie Lou