Packing

Packing

‘Tis the season for piling as much as you can in 3 different small bags pretending that you’re not overpacking since you’re not taking a giant suitcase. Packing for a two week vacation with limited room can be a challenge (especially when you’re typically that girl with 8 different types of chapstick in one bag “just in case”) So here’s a few things that you shouldn’t leave home without this summer.

Water, water, water. Especially if you’re going to be in any high altutudes fighting off elevation sickness as I have been for a week. Tervises (or any refillable water container) are great for traveling and you’re not destroying the earth by filling landfills with your empty water bottles constantly so that’s swell.

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Summer sandals because hot is basically unavoidable in the US in July but sweaty feet are. Birkenstocks are back and it’s science that you either hate them or you love them. I choose to love them. They’re wonderful for going through airport security or hopping out of the car at rest stops. Fun fact they are also the most comfortable pieces of heaven you will ever put on your feet. You do have to take the slight risk that you will turn into a granola bar when you wear them. Let’s just appreciate that comfort is trendy right now okay. A cheaper alternative though are velcro sandals like the ones below I got from target. They are great for hiking, climbing and general adventuring.

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This one I’m putting in 90% because it’s cute but it’s also pretty useful. Vaseline is good for chapped lips, burns, and all kinds of injuries you may acquire while venturing into the wild beyond.

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Hats of all kinds are important in the summer if you value your head which I’m taking the risk of assuming you do.  Scalp sunburn hurts I’ve learned after ignoring my mom’s advice to wear a hat for 18 years.Baseball, fedora, bowler, bucket, floppy, party, whatever kind you would like.

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Fanny packs are another 80s/90s trend that I’m thrilled has come back. Who would have thought a pack on your fanny would be so useful? Maybe this isn’t essential but I like to believe it is, especially if you’re hiking or touring around. It’s quite difficult to look like a proper tacky tourist without one.

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An easy final essential is a good book because while you may be off one a whirlwind of adventure, chances are you’ll have some downtime whether in an airport, on a plane, in the back of a car, or during a bad tour guide lecture. So go find a collection of words somewhere and read them. My all time favorite books include: The Catcher in the Rye, Where Things Come back, The Sun Also Rises, Zen and the Art of Happiness, and Plainsong to name a few. Or just read this post again for kicks.

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Road Tripping (continued)

Road Tripping (continued)

30 hours on the road, 8000 feet above sea level, too many drive-through stops; we have arrived in Dolores, CO. I woke up this morning between two mountains– I’ve never said that before. The view here is definitely worth the altitude sickness. From a distance the mountains may look blue but up close they are green green green. My favorite are the alpines with their scrawny bone colored trunks and thin branches with wispy looking leaves. As for wildlife we have managed to avoid bears (rumor has it they wander these parts) but we may have to fight off a skinny grey squirrel or two. The most incredible thing here are the stars. They pop out of the sky, whiter and hotter than I’ve ever seen. Ohio stars have nothing on these. I wish iPhone cameras could do them justice. All I can say is 3 days in a mini van with 3 younger siblings was well worth it. 2 3 unnamed unnamed1

Road Tripping (continued) 

Road Tripping (continued) 

Another 600 miles today & I retract everything I said about Kansas looking too much like Ohio. Kansas is flat flat flat & the sky here somehow seems larger than it is at home. No twisters sighted. We finally crossed the Colorado border & passed a couple hundred more miles of grassy plains sprinkled with the occasional bison or wind turbines. The sky here also seems to span for ages, colorful & vivid. There are highways, Walmarts & Starbucks here just like at home but if you look past them there’s a line of blue mountains in the background. Here’s some pictures of the abyss above us over the course of 10 hours in a mini van:  
  

Road Tripping

Road Tripping

Today we embarked on a two week long road trip and I remembered how much I hate rest stops filled with people wearing socks with sandals and public rest rooms. We drove for 11 hours, I took 7 naps & my hair is probably never coming out of this bun. We’re currently in a motel somewhere in Kansas which is misleadingly similar to Ohio. I was expecting a little more Todo or Dorothy I suppose. One of my favorite parts of traveling in the 21st century (besides air conditioning &  headphones) is finding Snapchat filters in different cities. Ah the wonders of modern technology.

 Here’s to a tomorrow filled with 600 more miles & hopefully a few more Snapchat filters.

Hello world!

Hello world!

To be perfectly honest, I’m not entirely sure what I am doing on here. But I figured if dogs can write blogs now, what’s stopping me? So this is my life, or at least a little of it. This is a freshly graduated 18 year old girl who’s leaving for college in 5 weeks and got 4 hours of sleep last night’s attempt at online content. Bear with me. I suppose this is more so for myself so in 3-5 years I can look back and laugh at everything I thought/wore/did as a brand new “adult” and pretend I’ve gotten so much better at adult-ing since I’ve turned 25. So hi 25 year old me please tell me you’ve learned how to do laundry and cook something other than cereal. Because so far today 18 year old me hasn’t even gotten dressed and it may or may not be 4:04 pm… This should be good.

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