You pack before the start of a trip, ready to go on an adventure and have all sorts of fun experiences. You unpack when you get there (or, if you're like me and you aren't staying long, your suitcase kind of just explodes all over the place with no rhyme or reason... still unpacked tho), and you're ready to begin and see what this trip holds.
But you pack up at the end too, often solemnly and sadly, wondering how the week went by so fast and wishing you could stay. And then you get back, and you have to unpack the vacation clothes and the travel sized toiletries and put it all back and start living your life like normal again.
Packing and unpacking. The beginning and the end of any journey.
We stopped in North Carolina for my cousin's wedding. This is what we saw:
|The beach house|
|grandpa bein grandpa while my friends help|
set up the wedding
|Isn't Andrea SO ATTRACTIVE|
|The DiCillos (minus dad)|
|Yup, Nick got caked|
The next day we moseyed on over to Florida, relaxed, then on Monday hit the beach. Andrea's grandpa knew lots of places to go and is crazy active. He bikes like 12 miles a day. Uuhhh, that's nuts. Also, he thought my name was Christine for the entire week. It was kind of cute so I didn't mind.
|Massive waves. Liz trying to save Andrea|
|They both fell|
Then we tried to see some manatees
|that grey blob is one|
It didn't work. But more on that later
|But we saw a bald eagle!! Props to Andrea for catching|
it on camera
|ya we are so pretty|
|Lighthouse. AND PHOTOBOMB LADY|
|Liz made it to the top!|
|the view out to the ocean|
|We are the most attractive people ever.|
|Andrea's uncle's dogs|
|This is Penny. She has no hair on her body.|
which is weird. But she's friendly
We also got to hang out with Andrea's Grandpa's dog, Smokey.
|Walking him. Or rather, he's walking me|
Then we went to the beach again
|practicing my flying skills|
We also went on a river cruise of the St. Lucie river and saw tons of animals.
|great blue heron|
|uh these are rare night something birds.|
|This is some rare split tail kite bird something that we|
apparently will probably never see again in our lifetimes
Ok, so I was more absorbed in looking at nature than remembering the bird names. SO SUE ME
|great blue heron in flight|
Lastly, we decided that WE HAD TO SEE MANATEES. So we drove down to the manatee observation center with hope in our hearts.
|found some pretty flowers|
|AND THE MANATEES|
|hard to see, but they're there|
|Mamma and baby! Props to Andrea's awesome camera|
Then I got this random shot of Liz at the Golden Corral.
|she was so excited that they had|
Overall, it was an amazingly relaxing spring break. Andrea's grandpa was so nice and knew a lot of places to take us, and we just had a great time (despite a 20 hour drive back on my birthday that ended at 6:30 am). I'm so glad I got to go on a road trip with my wonderful, awesome friends.
Back to the grind! 7 weeks left. Oh my.