It has been a long time. I know you’re probably wondering where I have been and fear not I will give you an update on my life. Before that I do want to say that I’m sorry for disappearing. I didn’t mean to leave like that but I kept putting my “break” post in the back of my mind and before I knew it three months had gone by and it didn’t feel worth it anymore to post that since it had been so long.
Anyways so why have I been gone so long? Well, the last five months of my life have been a whirl wind to say the least. I took the GRE and finally got the score I needed, passed all my finals, got through the holidays, applied to grad school, interviewed with grad schools, got accepted to grad school, finished my thesis, defended my thesis, gave several talks about my thesis, accepted my offer to grad school and now I am about to graduate. In the midst of all this I got a puppy and I got scuba diver certified!
While all of this was happening I realized that I couldn’t do it all. I was struggling with being a student, travel blogger (planning trips), christian blogger, grad school applicant, long distance girlfriend, researcher, soroity girl, and philanthropist all at the same time. Some thing had to be put aside and it ended up being my blogs because even though I love writing, it’s a job that I could control. Everything was time stamped and I had to get it all done so I had to take a step back from writing but now I’m back!
So let me give you a little up data on all of the things that are happening. Chris and I are moving to Arlington, VA in August where I will be attending Marymount University’s clinical mental health counseling master program. We will be moving there with our puppy (Irish setter/golden retriever mix), Jaime (boy) and out ferrets Dexter and Lucy! As for my undergrad, I am pretty much done now which is why I can finally write and have time to myself. We are really excited to move because this means that will have a world of new places to explore and we will also be doing a lot of diving which is really exciting! I got a GoPro for Christmas from my parents so I will be using that for my trips as well as my other camera! I will leave you guys with some pictures of me and my puppy!
Stay tuned for my first “come back” post, until then, travel often!
P.S. I literally have the most photogenic dog in the entire world lol
So I have few posts to publish, I just need to charge my camera to get my pictures from my St. Augustine pictures and I will start writing. I had a lot of midterms the week I got back (which was last week) so I haven’t gotten the chance to write the post yet but I will sometime this weekend. Venice Beach didn’t happen because of outside factors and I tried to plan a trip to the Kennedy Space Center but it was ridiculously priced (in my opinion) so I didn’t feel that it was worth it. I also have a post that I will be writing about blue springs because I recently went diving there. So stay tuned because new posts are on their way! Until then, travel often!
…and coffee. I could really use some!
Last weekend I went to Providence Canyon State Park in Georgia! It is about 2 hours and 30 minutes from Tallahassee so Chris and I woke up early and hit the road. The drive from Tallahassee was really nice, we drove through a city of Havana which has a super cute downtown area, we saw a lot of cotton fields and abandoned houses but they looked cool. I wanted to take pictures of them but I didn’t because we were driving. There was a lot to look at and it was all very scenic (Georgia is my favorite state).
Once we got there, we paid five dollars for parking but that was the only thing we had to pay for at the park. We parked at the visitor center and got ready to make our hike happen! There are two paths you can take, the 3 mile canyon loop or the 7 mile hike. If you are feeling ambitious you can totally do the 7 mile hike but if you only want to see the canyons (like me) the 3 mile canyon loop is perfect. Something that I learned on the hike is that if you want to actually go into the canyons you need to follow the signs that tell you where the canyons are. So there will be two signs one that says 3 mile loop and points straight ahead and another sign that says canyons 1-5 and points to the left, if you want to go into the canyon follow the canyon 1-5 sign. There is also another one that will appear that says canyon 6-9 and thats to go into those canyons. I didn’t figure that out until we had passed the signs so we turned back to get into a canyon.
I highly recommend going inside the canyons, I think it is the most unique part of this park. It also looks really cool when you’re in there. There are signs everywhere that say not to climb the canyons but I did it anyways because you could see trails that people made themselves because most people climb the canyons so I followed those. I am very afraid of heights and I still climbed them so anyone can do it, it was really beautiful and I think it was a really cool experience to be able to go in there. (10/10 would recommend)
After we got to explore the inside of the canyons we got back on the 3 mile trail. On the way up the trail you will see old cars from the homestead that used to be there. I am a huge fan of old cars so I thought it was awesome. The reason that the cars are still there is because they have been there for so long that they have become part of the eco system and to remove it would hurt the environment so they keep them there. It looks awesome and I took a lot of pictures of the cars.
Once you get to the top of the trail you start to see the canyons from the top and it’s really scenic. There is a railing but on the other side you can see where people just walk to the edge and your not supposed to do that but you really wont get the breath taking view if you don’t do that. It feels a little scary but it’s totally worth it. Chris and I hoped the fence and had a lovely picnic over looking the canyons (V romantic). I packed a lunch which I recommend because you are in the middle of no where so it would be a while if you tried leaving to get food.
The 3 mile hike takes you all the way around the canyons and back to the visitor center so thats what we did. For this trip I personally feel that the pictures say more than I ever could. I can only tell you guys so many times how gorgeous it was but you need to see it to really understand. So here are the pictures!
I hope you guys enjoyed the pictures! Travel often!
The best views come after the hardest climbs!
Starting tomorrow for the month of October I have three trips that I have already planned! Tomorrow I am going to be at Providence Canyon in Georgia, in three weeks I will be in Venice Beach and the last weekend of October I will be in St.Augustine! I am very excited to go to all of these places. I have seen photos of providence canyon and it is absolutely beautiful! I can’t wait! I will post about tomorrows trip sometime this week! Have a lovely weekend friends!
I am very excited to tell you all about my first underwater adventure but first if you haven’t noticed, I made a lot of changes to the blog and I am very excited about it! I think it looks great, its the look for this page that I have always wanted and I’m incredibly excited for everyone to see it!
So last weekend I went to Lauderdale by the Sea which is a area located in Fort Lauderdale and I had my first Scuba Diving experience. I have been considering getting certified for a while now but I wanted to go out and try it first so that is exactly what I did. Chris (my boyfriend/heart husband (watch Turn)) is scuba certified and took me. Now if you are a regular diver please don’t have a cow about him taking me. I know that you’re not technically supposed to do that but the night before we practiced in my pool and I learn some emergency safety procedures and everything went well (I’m alive, aren’t I). I wanted to have this experience because I wasn’t willing to commit up to $250 dollars to something that I might not like. Needless to say it was awesome and I loved it! (except for carrying the BCD with the tank on it out to the ocean, it’s ridiculously heavy).
First off, the day was perfect for my first experience because the water was very calm and crystal clear. We got all of the equipment and I carried my BCD with the tank on it (I looked like a turtle that was dying) to the ocean and we got in the water and swam out. Once we got to the bottom it was so cool. I didn’t realize how easy it was to actually scuba dive. I always assumed that it was scary but it was really easy to get down there. I saw so many colorful fish and it was so pretty. Some really cool animals that I saw were a nerf shark (I freaked out a little), two baby squids (they looked like aliens), a baby sting ray, and my personal favorite a sea turtle (It was so amazing that I wanted to cry but the whole being underwater and having the mask on made it difficult). It was so incredible and I can’t wait to go again. I am definitely getting certified next semester when I don’t have a million things going on. I would recommend this to anyone(10/10 would recommend), I thought it was a really unique experience and very memorable. Unfortunately I don’t have an underwater camera but it’s something that I have been wanting to acquire so I can document these moments. I do have a picture of me in my BCD lol. Next time I 100% want to find a camera and show you guys all the cool animals.
This semester is definitely a super crazy because I’m taking the GRE, applying to graduate school, working on my honors thesis and trying to pass all of my classes but I am trying really hard to keep you guys updated on all of my trips. Next time will either be Venice Beach or St. Augustine, it just depends if Venice Beach is a good enough trip to be written about but I will definitely be writing about St. Augustine!
Thanks for reading, check out my new look, and travel often! Till next time!
Recently I have been thinking about travel safety. The world we live in today is pretty scary. There are plenty of bad people out there who want to hurt others. This was something I thought about quite a lot while I was in Budapest this summer. I traveled alone some of the days that I was in Hungary and I was always very aware that I am a single young woman running around a foreign country where I don’t know the area very well and I don’t know the language. While traveling alone is very in-powering it is also important to keep safety in mind.
While I was traveling alone I always stayed in populated areas and places where I knew that they spoke english. I know it sounds like common sense but sometimes crazy things happen and you never know! I took a bus that brought me to different landmark areas that I wanted to see and these places always had a lot of tourists. I am very into checking out local areas but when I was alone I didn’t even think about going somewhere that I didn’t know and where there wouldn’t be a lot of people. Even when I took cabs I was skeptical (I know it sounds horrible but it’s okay to be on guard and still be friendly). So here are some tips that I used and frequently thought about while on my trip!
- Stay in populated areas
- Don’t give away personal information to strangers
- Don’t leave your personal things laying around
- Don’t take food or drinks from someone you don’t know.
- Don’t wear fancy jewelry or clothes around
- Don’t go anywhere alone at night
- Make sure you tell someone where you will be during the day
While you leave your things in your hotel remember to always put things away and to lock away your valuables.
Budapest is one of the safest cities in Europe but I still didn’t take any chances. No matter where you go nowadays there is always risk but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t go. Was a worried about my safety while I was alone in Hungary? Yes! But did it stop me from going? NO! 100% No. Fear is never a good reason do not do something. So be safe and have fun on your travels!
I am currently thinking of new places to visit and write about! For the first time in a long time I don’t know where my next adventure will be but I am going to make a list of places that I think are cool and start planning! If you have any suggestions comment and let me know!