Vacation Recap: Part II

So I completely forgot to post the second half of my vacation recap for you all!

Sorry :/ I’ll just continue where I left off

As I mentioned in the first recap, my sister and I wanted to cleanse our bodies during the vacation, so we brought along 6 bottles of Kombucha, a juicemaker, and plenty of healthy foods. Thank goodness we took our minivan.

We started off our day with a glass of Kombucha:

This one exploded on me!

My mom would then make us all a delicious breakfast. On some days we ate potatoes and eggs and other days we ate whole wheat pancakes.

It was truly awesome to have the luxury of eating such a healthy and filling breakfast with my family every morning. A beach-front balcony made it even better!

Th next 5 hours or so were dedicated to the beautiful Atlantic Ocean.

I’m usually not a big fan of swimming in the ocean since I have a ridiculously low tolerance for cold, but I faced my fear and didn’t regret it in the slightest.

How could I miss out on the incredibly powerful and healing sea water? Good for the body, good for the mind, good for the soul.

On the last two days of the vacation the ocean was acting up a bit and sending HUGE waves our way. If there’s one thing I absolutely cannot resist about the ocean it’s ridiculously large and overpowering waves. Ever since I was little (true story), I would revolve my mood solely on the size of the waves in the ocean while vacationing. I’m honestly not sure why I adore being knocked around by the ocean. but I simply cannot resist it.

Little did I know about the dangers of strong waves!

On Friday my sister and I barely left the water. We were having waaaaay too much fun jumping the massive and endless waves. At one point we were swimming and all of a sudden my sister screamed my name, telling me that I was too deep into the ocean. It was at that instant that, as I immediately tried swimming back, I felt the powerful current pulling me backwards.

Two words: instant.panic.

I cannot even describe the thoughts and feelings that flooded my mind. I felt drained and terrified for my life. There were 4 other guys about my age and two teenage girls who were in the same situation as my sister and I. I saw overwhelming fear splattered on everyone’s face and I knew they felt as I did.

Somehow I managed to swim towards shore and only when I was able to feel the ocean floor and actually stand on my two feet did I feel relief. I grabbed my sister’s hand and we made it out to shore together.

My knees were shaking and I could barely walk. One of the guys who had also just made it onto shore collapsed on the sand from exhaustion. The entire occurrence was unlike anything I had ever experienced.

So what happened? We all got caught in a rip current. It truly is a miracle that none of us had to be rescued. The lifeguard was standing at water’s edge ready to dive in after us, but somehow we all made it out.

Looking back, I cannot recall a moment in my life when I felt such intense fear. The occurrence tormented me all night and literally drained all the energy from my body.

Wow.

Needless to say, my sis and I avoided the water for the remainder of the day.

Our afternoons consisted of relaxing and snacking before dinner. We brought our juice maker along so we made fresh juice daily!

The main add-ins were cucumbers, celery, carrots, tomatoes and ginger. The result was phenomenal!

Dinner was always some sort of freshly-caught seafood (except one day when we ate Italian randomly).

Seafood buffet:

The Crab Shack:

To be completely honest, many times I felt completely disgusted by seeing the seafood and even contemplated turning completely vegetarian. We’ll see…

My family and I would finish off our nights with a stroll along the boardwalk.

It was a beautiful and relaxing vacation.

“If you don’t love where you come from, you can’t love where you are going”

♥ Irina

2 Comments

  1. January 9, 2013 / 4:12 pm

    The same thing happened to me ( well almost) when I was in Poland and swimming in the Baltic sea. The current and waves took me back. Bit and I couldn’t feel the ground underneath me and felt such terrifying panic. I thought I would drown. Some guys near me got me. I was like 11 at the time. To this day I don’t go swimming in open water like that.

    • January 13, 2013 / 11:57 pm

      Oh wow! Yes the panic is the worst. It happened to me too and your mind literally shuts down. Awful, especially for you at such a young age :/