summer roadtrip

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After our car broke down, my grandparents graciously offered to sell us one of their cars. The only problem was that it was in Florida. So, within a week, we booked our one way flight to Tampa and prepared for a week of travel through the south.

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We spent a relaxing few days in Bradenton at my grandparents house, enjoying Grandma’s beef with Amish noodles and watching a documentary about Florida on TV.  On Sunday, we headed up to Orlando to attend church with Daniel’s mom before caravanning up to St. Augustine to be tourists for the afternoon.

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A pirate ship!

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After spending the night at my sister’s house in Jacksonville, we traveled up to Charlotte, NC. After a day of driving, we were fairly well exhausted, so we ordered takeout and watched trashy television into the evening.

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The next day, we took a self-guided walking tour through Charlotte, admiring the Painted Ladies and modern downtown architecture, visiting a local Episcopal church, drinking delicious coffee, and eating at a local Greek restaurant.

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It was the sort of trip everyone should take in the summertime. We paced ourselves and managed to see lots of friends and family as we snaked our way back to Charlottesville. I’m grateful that fate forced us to get down to Florida this year. Being with people who have known you forever is quite grounding.

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summer bucket list

1. Go hiking.

I’m hiking up to Crabtree Falls this weekend, but I want to make hiking a normal part of my monthly schedule.

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2. Visit New York City.

The last time we visited New York, it was too cold (and I was too under-dressed) to really enjoy everything. We can take a train ride there from Charlottesville this summer.

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3. Go to the Smithsonian.

We’re under 3 hours from DC, so we better take advantage of all it has to offer.

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4. Thrift in Richmond.

I’ve been meaning to do this for several months. I hear the thrifts are excellent in Richmond.

richmond5. Celebrate our anniversary out of town.

I’m thinking Virginia Beach.

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6. Visit St. Augustine.

Daniel and I love St. Augustine and my family lives nearby. They’re kicking off their 450th anniversary activities this year, too.

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I need to stretch and relax more.

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8. Get a new mattress.

I also need to stop waking up with a back ache every morning.

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This one doesn’t seem very feasible given the above goals. But it’s probably a good idea to put it on the list.