Some Beach, Somewhere

Long overdue and much anticipated as I’m sure this post is (ha), I am finally carving out a few hours to pen a few details about my stay in Hawaii.

For those who may not know, in the month of February (brrrr!) I had a trip planned to visit my long-time friend Traci for a three-week tropical adventure (you might recognize this girl from my trip to Alaska). My stay began with one week on the island of Oahu—during which I worked and Traci finished her last week of a pharmacy school rotation—followed by two weeks in Maui. February never felt so good 🙂

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There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays

I was going to send everyone a fun Christmas postcard using this photo but I just didn’t get the chance to get it done. SO I just want to take this opportunity to wish you a blessed New Year! 🙂

It was a bit over a month ago now that I left the heavy accents of the Northeast behind. Guess I’m starting off the new year still catching up from the last. But, I figure, better to post late than never!

My last post left off after my stay in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. From there, I made tracks to Bowers Beach, Delaware, a small coastal town in the central part of the state where there’s only one blinking traffic light and the houses are on stilts (after a quick stop at the Pez Factory in Orange, Connecticut). I was blessed to have a few friendly faces visit my Delaware home base, starting with my friends you heard about earlier during my stay in Maine. Since I was within a few hours of their home in Maryland, they were able to pop over for a long holiday weekend. During this time, we took the opportunity to spend a day in Philadelphia.

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‘Scape of the Cape

Although I headed a bit farther south, I certainly did not escape the accents of the Northeast in Cape Cod.

I spent just shy of two weeks in West Yarmouth enjoying the pace of a summer hotspot after the crowds had dispersed for the season. I could hear the ferry whistle as it departed for Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard multiple times a day, and occasionally strolled down to the Lewis Bay shoreline a couple blocks away to watch the boats pass. While I had a lot of work to accomplish, I did manage to sneak away for some great day trips on the weekends.

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Driving Mah Caaah to Mainah

As I sit here fighting my old lady tendencies to now go to bed at 9PM Eastern Time (yes, I assure you, I’m 25 years old), I feel the desire to add more photos to the World Wide Web!

With fall coming, I figured it was about time I put a few more miles on my Jeep to be sure and drive it out of warranty before year’s end. 😉 My first stop was to Owatonna, MN, and then Coloma, MI (twice in one year—a record!) to visit family. Family time is ALWAYS time well-spent in my book! From there I continued east for some legendary Northeast fall foliage.

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Adventuring Alaska

After a bit of a traveling hiatus, I figured it best to get back into the swing of things by making tracks to my first destination requiring plane travel. Leaving the “lower 48” behind, I was Alaska-bound!

Now I’m going to let you know right off the bat, Alaska is pretty much exactly what you think it to be—beautiful sights EVERYWHERE, wildlife abounding, lots of rain (August is the rainy season), endless outdoor adventures (it is ‘the last frontier’ after all), and way more than I could ever see in a short 11 days. Not a single one of my pictures will do it full justice.

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Rounding Third and Driving Home

This post covers roughly 3,000 miles and six national parks in one week—prepare yourself!

This is where things move into fast-forward a bit. Wanting to optimize my sight-seeing in the short amount of time I had left on the road, I made a lot of quick stops, working mornings but driving afternoons and evenings. After leaving Washington, I started south. On passing back through Oregon, I visited Crater Lake National Park. While snow piled higher than my vehicle lined a lot of the higher elevations, there were still plenty of views of the brilliant blue water of America’s deepest lake situated in the crater of the former Mount Mazama.

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When in Washington

Washington is a state that warrants more than just a week. And while I lengthened my stay, it still whirled by!

Ok that’s enough ‘w’ words. I realize I’m a bit behind, but better late than never, right?

 

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The Great Trip North

Whew! I’ve covered three states and had some pretty thrilling experiences since I last checked in.

In an effort to fit in as many places as possible in the West, prior to heading home for the summer, I have been booking some short stays, which is a bit preventative of exploring, working, AND blogging. But alas, here is where I’ve been:

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Taking the Scenic Route

I sure have been putting on a lot of miles lately. Before starting up the coast, I reached the 5,000 mark in my two months of adventure.

But before staring that journey, I had a couple experiences left for my final days in Southern California. I made one last trip to L.A. for a chance to catch Venice Beach. Stinky, crowded, bad parking—overall, not a fan. I did enjoy my stop in Rancho Palos Verdes on my way back to Oceanside. Beautiful drive and sunset. I also accidentally (in a good way) drove through the San Pedro shipyard. It took me right back to the epic battle scene of Iron Man 3. 😛

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Southern Cali Livin’

California is uncharted territory for me.

It feels different in a way I can’t quite describe. Everybody always says ‘Be careful! You’re in Cali now!’ which finally seeped into my mind at the moment I crossed the border. I suddenly felt very unsure of myself. So many people, so much traffic—and this is the off-season. It’s a lifestyle quite different from any I’ve ever lived. But, with time, I’ve gotten used to life and the view from up here (view from my rental above).

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