Places

Places

  • Day in the Life of a Lobsterman- As Mike and I are stuck in Maine, waiting (and waiting and waiting…) for our van to be repaired, I decided to cross something off my bucket list; work on a lobster boat!  Spending my childhood summers in Maine, I always felt that this was something I needed to do – a rite of passage will you – to feel like I really could call myself a Mainer. And lucky me, I got the opportunity from a family friend a...

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  • Friend-venture Week- I have quite a few friends in metropolitan cities that I wanted to visit while we are traveling through the East. However, Mike is not quite a fan of big crowds so as you can imagine he was not in love with the idea of going to some of the largest cities the East Coast has to offer. Soooo…. This week was a solo adventure for me! The original plan was to have Mike hike some of the Appalachian Trail...

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  • Waffles & Harry Potter- We’re finally in Florida! We’ve been putzing around a little the past week and a half. We had to get another part in for our van (I have no idea what it was) and so we waited at Uncle Russ’ house again in Charlotte. And surprise! It rained the whole time… so my week was spent at the Y, watching Grey’s Anatomy, and drinking wine. I’m learning that if I don’t have a task list or a full schedule, I...

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  • White People, Here’s Your Next Vacation- After Congaree National Park, Mike and I visited Charleston, South Carolina. The vibe I get from this town is a less drunk family friendly New Orleans; beautiful architecture, water fronts, quaint shops and restaurants, and an incredible, but typically white-washed, history.  We chose to visit sites that would teach us about the deep history of slavery in Charleston, and our country.  First stop was the Old Slave Mart Museum. This moving and sad museum is so informative and so important. We easily...

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  • Week 1: We Have No Idea What We’re Doing- We’ve been on the road, living in our van for one week now. It’s definitely not been what I expected yet. But we’ve learned a lot already! The biggest lesson being that we know nothing.  We already knew that partly – we purposely left without the van being completely pimped out. You know what I’m talking about – google van life, and it’s all these instagram perfect vans. Mike and I have followed a lot of various van life accounts...

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  • Pro Tips: Hawaii- Thinking of going to Hawaii? Learn from my experiences and here are some recommendations for you. Get up early! All the hikes and activities were SO much better without a million other people around.  Surfing and other water activities: you’re not as naturally good at things as you think. Get some lessons and an actual instructor.  Oahu There are more hikes than you could possibly do unless you’re living there full time. Out of the ones we did, I would...

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  • Oahu – Part 2- March 15-20, 2018 Our Hawaii experience can be divided easily; first week was active and adventure, second week was exploratory and junior ranger-ing. This last week I’ll call “beach bum” because lazy and drunk just doesn’t sound as nice. Geoff was able to take most of this time off work, and Robin a few days, so we really got to experience what locals usually appreciate; food and drinks. So true no matter where you go. The first day back we...

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  • Maui- Maui was the next stop after the Big Island. However…. I’m real dumb pretty sometimes. I got confused when I booked flights, and may have gotten mixed up about what island Geoff lived on and which islands had the national parks. Long story short, we flew back to Honolulu from the big island at 10pm… only to fly out of Honolulu at 5am the next day for Maui. We decided to just sleep in the airport. Except that this airport closes...

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  • Hawaii – The Big Island- Mike and I spent three wonderful days on the Big Island where I earned my first Junior Ranger badge of this trip!  Geoff took us to the airport at a time I didn’t even know existed unless you’re a 21 year old that’s making poor choices – 3am. What a good friend. We got dropped off to wait for the doors to open. Then waited in line for TSA to even show up. Then waited to board. All to be...

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  • Waimano Falls- We headed here in the late morning. Again, we trusted various articles/blogs we had read, but there was some conflicting information. It just led to us having a little more adventure than we anticipated though! Fun fact that we learned – Waimano trail does NOT lead to Waimano Falls. A completely different trail, Manana Trail, is what leads to these falls. We only hiked for a half mile at least until we realized this – and I’ll toot my own...

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