Another week, another road trip: Florida to Texas

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Of course I picked the day storms were all over the southeast to make the drive to Texas. I left around 6:30 AM and didn’t get into to Fort Worth until 8:30 PM. It was an incredibly long day.

The last 200 miles of any long road trip is always the worst. You’re tired, probably hungry and you want to stop for a break, but you’re not really all that far away. Now add in rain, and absolutely nothing for miles and that was about 50% of my drive.

My favorite part of a road trip is the unplanned, spontaneous trips to sight see or to for a certain type of food.

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Roadtrip: NYC to Florida

New York City Times Square Travel

A week ago today I began a 1300 mile , 20+ hour drive through 9 different states and taking place over 2 days. And I did it by myself.

Stressed was an understatement. 5 days prior I purchased a new (but more economical) car, 3 days after that it was side-swiped by a semi-truck and I was already behind on packing and loading up the car.

So how in the world did I get from that to Florida in a couple of days?

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It’s Already Been a Quarter of a Century?

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Bushwhacker at Flora Bama – one of the better ones I’ve had in the PCola area!

I haven’t even been gone a week and I’m already ready to go back! For my 25th birthday, I decided to fly down to see the boyfriend in Pensacola, he promised he’d take me to Flora-bama if I came down. We spent the entire long weekend exploring and checking out the beaches.

For anyone who lives within driving distance and hasn’t been to the Florida panhandle for vacation, do it. It’s spectacular. I’ve spent several months researching the area and every. last. thing. to do there, finally this past weekend I got a chance to cross  almost all those things I’ve been dying to check out off the list.

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Take me to Texas

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Until this weekend two weekends ago I hadn’t been home in over FIVE months, it’s the longest I’ve gone without seeing my friends or family and let me tell ya – it has been really challenging! Flights have been so cheap lately so I finally took advantage of the travel voucher I scored back in December (read about how to fly free here).

I was born an raised in Texas. I never really, truly, appreciated it until I left. Something about you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone? My whole life I’ve been used to the ease, the friendliness, the culture, the cheap cost of stuff, and laid back, easy going way of life in Texas. So when I left home, I didn’t exactly know what to expect, but I didn’t expect a huge change in my way of life.

Spoiler alert: I was wrong.

I took a lot for granted and I spent this time soaking it all in and had an incredible time. Here’s a few of the things I got to do with my short time in Texas and I would highly recommend these places to anyone! Continue reading

OCS graduation and Pensacola Road Trip recap

 

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Anyone else ever feel like they need a vacation to catch up from their vacation? That’s where I’ve been this past week. It didn’t help that I hadn’t at all planned to be on vacation for the entire week, but that’s what tends to happen when you’re significant other is in the military. You can plan all day long, but you should probably have about 3 or 4 backup plans just in case.

My favorite vacations are the ones that are very loosely planned and spontaneous. When I know or even think I’m going on a vacation somewhere, I extensively (almost to an obsessive level) research the area. Having about 4 or 5 different itineraries in my head really helps when we’re feeling too tired to do something or we decide to sleep in, then there’s a really great backup plan ready to go. One of my biggest peeves on vacation is wasting time figuring out what to do.

So I didn’t mind that we found out less than 24 hours before we started driving that we would be headed to Florida ASAP. I had already mapped out 3 different routes, and knew all of the major cities we would drive through when we needed to stop.

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