I’m back in DC after an awesome 5 days in the Midwest. The trip was filled with fun adventures and lovely people that made the time fly by. I went out there to meet the rest of Will’s family and they were (unsurprisingly) just as wonderful as he is. I am so thankful I got to meet them and spend time getting to know them. We enjoyed pool time, waterskiing, family meals, volleyball, watching the Olympics and best of all — a helicopter ride!
The helicopter ride over the Mississippi River was definitely the most amazing and unexpected part of our trip. I didn’t know we were going to do it until the day before. I had also never been in a helicopter before, so the initial lift off from the ground was totally exhilarating. With the visibility of the helicopter and its compact size, it felt as if we were floating… or I guess some would just call it flying!
We flew over Missouri and Illinois for more than 30 minutes. There was so much to take in just looking down below and all around us. Luckily the weather was just what we had hoped for. The area we flew over was so green and the skies were perfectly blue and filled with clouds. It poured rain the next day, so in hindsight we really lucked out with timing. Part of that experience still feels like a dream and I feel so lucky to have had the experience. I know it is something I will remember forever.
All in all it was a wonderful trip spent with great company. I’m just sad it went by so quickly. Here’s to everyone adjusting from vacation mode back to reality this week.
After taking a little time off to enjoy the summer, Will and I will travel through Illinois and Kentucky’s Bourbon trail back to the east coast. One of the best forms of entertainment for road trips like this are podcasts. They can be a great way to learn something new or spark a fun conversation. I am sharing a few of my all-time favorite episodes below.
I’m not exactly a huge Johnny Cash fan, but this podcast was fascinating. I felt like I got a glimpse of what this famous and talented man was like off stage. Cash talks about some of the obstacles he faced in life, how he became successful and
This podcast shares a crazy story about a man who wrote love letters to other men for years under the pen name Pamela. What’s most shocking is how the receivers of these love letters reacted when the letters stopped coming.
Sibling relationships can be so unique and incredibly valuable, and this podcast touches on that. Adults discuss the ins and outs, the complex dynamics and the positive things that make up a relationship with a brother or sister.
These podcast channels have lots of other interesting episodes for your travel entertainment. Share with me any of your favorite podcasts too. I’ll be back next week to share how the road trip and bourbon trail adventure went.
Earlier this month, I headed to South Carolina for some rest and relaxation with my family and Will. We celebrated the Fourth of July, and Will and I hung back to have some time for the two of us. It was a much needed break and helped me refocus on what is important to me.
On the Fourth of July, we started the day off with what can only be described as an epic golf cart parade. The photo below will give you a small taste of what it entailed. My little brother Jackson and his friends decorated and rode the golf cart in the parade, while Will and I followed along on bikes. During the parade, neighbors set up on their lawns to bombard the golf carts with water guns, water balloons and hoses. The golf cart drivers and riders also arm themselves with water guns and buckets of water, so it becomes a bit of a battle on the road. It was extremely hot, however, so everyone was more than happy to get soaked during this all-American experience. After that we made a fireworks run, enjoyed the beach, cooked out and watched some fireworks before setting off our own–of course!
Will and I enjoyed paddle boarding, walking along the beach and cooking out. In addition to watching Indepence Day fireworks go off up and down the coast, one of my favorite nights was when we made Oysters Rockfeller on the grill – SO delicious. We loosely used this Sweet + Sour + Savory recipe. Thankfully Will and I use recipes in the same way — as guidelines to be utilized as we see fit!
We also enjoyed adventuring over to the historic town of Georgetown and Pawley’s Island. The charm of South Carolina beach towns is something I’ll always love as it reminds me of my childhood. And of course the whole beach week zoomed by as all great vacations do.