I love shell hunting, I think I am the only one in my whole extended family that likes to but I can’t help myself -I love it. I am not sure if it is the hunt, possible awesome find, the anticipation, the curiosity of what could be out there, maybe missing out on something or just walking the beach. I would guess it’s a combo of all those things because I love a good sale too-which are the same reasons as above (minus the awesome view of the ocean!!)
So I have been hoping at least one of my kids would take up the love for shell hunting but I am not sure it’s working. Every time we go to the beach I plan and research where to look, what time of day, what is the best beach, what we are looking for-hours of time on good old GOOGLE. Drives the husband nuts. So this vacation was no different. We came to Outer Banks last year but we really just looked at the beach where we were staying. We didn’t find much on the beach BUT we did find an absolute gem of a shell shop called Shipwreck. It took a lot of digging to find this place and it is a bit out of the way depending on where you are staying but definitely worth the trip. Great assortment of shells (though most not local), great prices, very mom and pop shop. I will warn you though if you are looking for great customer service, this is not your spot. Both trips we have made we weren’t spoken to until we were at the checkout but to me the experience, the variety of shells and items makes up the difference. Check this link for their information: Shipwreck Shell Shop
This year, I didn’t do homework ahead of time because I didn’t know if I wanted to bother with making a trek to some random part of the island and coming up empty handed. But once we got to Duck I was determined yet again on this vacation to have a shell hunting adventure. I googled like crazy our first night at our rental house for about 3 hours. I found some beaches that were supposed to be good spots but ALL of the pages I looked said (of course) shelling is partial luck, partial weather, and partial location.
The next morning off we went! We started in Duck, OBX and we headed down to the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse area (We wanted to visit the lighthouses too). The drive was about 1 1/2+ hours so we arrived around 10. (We lost Kid #1’s flip flop somewhere in the house and after 30 mins of looking we just bought a new pair on the way but that put us behind!!)
We got to the beach we could see the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in the background-so cool!! It was cloudy and a bit cool but still good shell hunting weather. As soon as we got there we found an awesome screw shell. It wasn’t in perfect condition but I was ecstatic, one of my all time great finds!
The kids and hubby weren’t as excited as I was to find all the shells especially since we haven’t had great luck at the last couple of beaches for shells. The boys played in the ocean, dug some holes, then would look for some shells and then go off to play again.
The baby LOVED the beach, the ocean and the shells!! Once she realized what we were doing she was picking up all kinds of shells and adding them to the collection. It was a great success at the beach and while I might still be the only one with the true love of shell hunting, it was still a great family adventure!!!
And then off to the lighthouses we went! We got to see Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and the Bodie Island Lighthouse. We didn’t get to climb them because the 2 youngest weren’t tall enough to climb so we walked around outside and took in all that was around the Lighthouses. Definitely a great day!!!
Once we get them all cleaned and dried we are going to work on some fun craft projects with our shells, we will post once we complete them!!
If you are ever in the Outer Banks and like shell hunting I highly suggest checking out the beach and shell store! Happy Hunting!