Sunday, August 23, 2015

Back Home

One year ago today, Victoria and I got the idea to go on a road trip. Today we returned home from an amazing two months on the road! Crazy what an idea can lead to when you put it into action. We have met some amazing people and experienced so many great things.
This summer just flew by!
We are probably at the age where we should be working legit jobs during the summer and thinking about the future, but life is way too short. Wandering off the normal path is what keeps life interesting! I'm looking forward to our next adventure.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Florida: Rockin' Rhonda's

Our night began with pre-gaming at the house, while we ate dinner and got ready for our night out.
Of course it started down pouring just as we were about to leave.
We had to drop off Eva at Aubrie's house, before our night out.
Aubrie's drive-way is paved and gets very muddy when it rains.
So we of course got stuck with a car full of girls that just put a lot of time into how they look.
We made the guys stand in the rain and figure out the problem.

We finally got to Rockin' Rhonda's and the place was pretty empty and no music was playing.
Victoria and I were a little annoyed at first, but good thing we gave it a chance!
I mean it had a stripper pole in the middle of the dance floor...good times were bound to be had.

The bartender was an old bearded guy that was really nice, but liked to through out pervy comments as often as he could. Around 9;30, the locals finally showed up and the karaoke began!
Victoria and I got immediate shout outs and they made the "Wisconsin" girls sing first.
We met a sweet lady named Jennifer who always made sure I had a shot in my hand.

We danced, we sang, we drank, and we made new friends.
We pretty much represented Wisconsin in the best way we knew possible!
I felt a little bad, because we were not spending that much time with Victoria's family, but I think they enjoyed the show we put on. 
At least I think so from the stories they kept telling the next day...

Victoria's family was a little worried at first, because they have never experienced our magic at bars, but at the end of the night everyone was having a good time!

The night ended with the bartender cutting me off.
It was a first for me, but I decided it was because he was jealous of all the attention I was giving to an equally as old guy sitting at the bar.
Not my fault that I like being nice to everyone, Mr.Bartender! 
It also might be that I walked away when he mentioned wanting to slide me out of my leather pants.
Damn old pervy bartenders!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Florida: New Symrna

I've been slacking at blogging about our adventures in Florida!
I may be watching a lot of Netflix and a cold is currently kicking my ass, but good times are still being had!
We ate at a cute placed called the Dandelion Communitea(not a typo) Cafe with Fiona, her boyfriend, and her friend Matt.
We also danced at a New Moon Drum Circle and ate churros at Tako Cheena's.
Hanging out with locals is the best!

We of course had to fit in a beach day!
We hit up New Smyrna Beach, which has become one of my favorite beaches here.
It isn't overcrowded with tourists, it is really clean, and you can actually drive your car right on the sand to park!

The waves were huge!
My favorite part of swimming in the ocean is playing in the waves.
I love diving underneath them or even letting them hit me full force.
I love them until I've been hit by ten in a row without a chance to make sure I'm not flashing anyone and/or catch a breath. 
Taking pictures with the GoPro is not an easy feat with crazy waves, but it was fun trying!

I'm not a fan of the beach, because of the sand that you end up finding in strange places for the next week, but I'd take the ocean over a pool any day!
I love that within a few weeks I've swam in both the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean.

Time always flies by at the beach!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Our Roots

My biggest heartache is being in a part of my life that I have dreamed about for years and not having the person that I dreamed with by my side for it.

We all grow and evolve throughout the years. It's an unrealistic expectation that you will grow along side the same people for your entire life. I have a difficult time letting go of people in situations like this. Letting go is never fun, especially when you aren't the one ready to let go, but the other person is. Part of growing up is finding yourself and discovering what you want in life. Sometimes people that were once on the same path have crossed unto another one or you have changed your path. So you keep the memories that you have created together, but you move on and continue your own journey.

"Growing apart doesn't change the fact that for a long time we grew side by side; our roots will always be tangled."

It may hurt and the person will probably always hold a piece of your heart, but there is no point in fighting for something that has run its course.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Florida: Under water fun and Wekiva Springs

How is my summer adventure almost over already?
Victoria and I are officially broke, which we knew would happen sooner or later.
Thank goodness it happened with only ten days left of our trip.
Good thing we are staying with her family and they feed us!

We have been doing a lot of random things in Florida.
Drinking margarita's at bars, swimming in Oma's pool, spending money we don't have at H&M, and enjoying home cooked meals pretty much summed up our first few days in Orlando.

We went kayaking and swimming at Wekiva Springs with Victoria's mom, sisters, and cousin Fiona.
When I was here in January we did the same thing, but this time we spotted more gators during our kayak adventure down the river!

You can actually attempt to swim down near the source of the spring.
It is a difficult task because of how deep it goes and the spring pushes you back up.
We attempted and failed many times and finally settled on just taking pictures closer to the surface.

Wekiva is probably one of my favorite places to visit in Orlando!
The water is crystal clear and the perfect temperature!
Plus, it is not everyday that you get to see multiple alligators swimming near you.

Besides spending a ton of time in the water we have been hanging out with Victoria's family.
Casually drinking and having dance parties in the living room have become our favorite past time.
After jumping from place to place for the past month and a half it is nice to have a place to stay for a long period of time! 

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Georgia: Peach Tree City and The Walking Dead

Our time in Georgia was very low key.
We stayed with Victoria's Aunt Pam and Uncle Stephen.
Their daughter Aubrie and grandson Kellen were also visiting.
They have a beautiful house in Peach Tree City.
We spent our time having deep talks about politics, feminism, raising kids, eating healthy,etc.
This entire trip we have had these deep conversations with almost everyone we have stayed with. 
It has been so wonderful!

Victoria's uncle is a camera man on The Walking Dead and we got to go on set!
We couldn't take pictures and had to sign a nondisclosure agreement promising not to leak any secrets. We were there for two and a half hours and they probably only get a few minute of footage done. They had to do retakes and get different camera angles. There were so many people working behind the scenes! We got to wear a headset and listen while watching the monitors with the producer and other important people. Seeing everyone fly into action when make-up was needed or the camera needed to be moved was crazy! I never realized how many people are behind the scenes and makes everything happen.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

New Orleans, Louisiana: Cemeteries, Miss Claudia's Vintage Clothing, The Rivershack Tavern, and Sno-balls

New Orleans has some of the cutest vintage/costume clothing shops!
My favorite Youtube star Mamrie Hart was part of a show called Hey USA.
 She went to Miss Claudia's which was right down the road from where we were staying!
If I was rich and in New Orleans for Halloween I would go to this place to get a Flapper girl outfit.
We kept hearing that we needed to get a sno-ball, not to be confused with a snow cone, while in New Orleans. It was a perfect treat for a hot day! They actually stayed flavorful until the end unlike snow cones. We are big fans!

Cemeteries, haunted places, and Voodoo are huge in New Orleans.
Apparently, a Voodoo shop was not scary enough for us and we needed to check out a cemetery.
Only in New Orleans can cemeteries become a tourist attraction!

The city is built on a swamp so the dead have to be buried above ground in stone crypts and mausoleums. 
It felt a little eerie walking around and snapping pictures.
We paid our respects and got the hell out of there when we finally got creeped out!

 For dinner we hit up The Rivershack Tavern!
It was featured on The Food Networks show "Diners, Drive-Ins, and and Dives" hosted by Guy Fieri.
It definitely lived up to its reputation with good food and funny barstools!

New Orleans you have been a blast!
We might be leaving with a few less brain cells, but the memories have been worth it.