Sunday, March 17, 2013

Spring Break, in Which I Was Christine for a Week

So I am sitting here, moderately rested after a 20 hour drive home from Florida, thinking about packing. Packing is interesting to me because I realized today that packing/unpacking always has 2 meanings, either an ending or a beginning.

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.

Now that I've gotten that philosophical discussion off my chest, here are some pictures of Spring Break!

We stopped in North Carolina for my cousin's wedding. This is what we saw:

beautiful beach



The beach house

grandpa bein grandpa while my friends help
set up the wedding





The DiCillos (minus dad)

Lovely Ladies

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

Getting pummeled

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


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.

Blue heron

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

Mr. Pelican

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


hard to see, but they're there

Mamma and baby! Props to Andrea's awesome camera

These guys

Then I got this random shot of Liz at the Golden Corral.

she was so excited that they had
cotton candy

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. 

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