AAA: From Sand to Absolutely Nothing

The third day of the road trip back to Nashville started out with a visit to Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado. It was about a 45 minute drive from the hotel. We managed to get there before the visitor center even opened, so we just drove down the road. Tara and I saw the sign that said DUNES. Away we went. IMG_4702

Obviously we expected to see sand, but not mounds of it. We started our walk out to the dunes and soon realized it was a little longer than we thought. Thankfully it was a cool morning. In the distance we saw people hiking up the dunes. No thank you, my dog was not up for that.  We did however climb the closest one to us.

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We looked around. It was crazy to see sand dunes one one side and trees and mountains on the other side. We hiked back down and headed over to a teepee made out of wood. It just happened to be hanging out. We also saw some deer tracks, and probably rabbits of sorts. Abbie’s nose was going crazy. We even think we saw bear tracks, but we thought it would be best not to find out. We got back in the car, still before the visitor center opened and drove around. We soon discovered another dirt road, and figured why the heck not. We drove for a little bit until we saw this sign.

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We turned around, went to the visitor center and started the ever so wonderful drive to Kansas.

Horrible. We came across some cowboys doing what they do.

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Just getting cows across the road. No big deal. Our plan was to go to Dodge City, but we somehow missed the sign for that, so we headed on to the Santa Fe Trail Center, but it happened to be closed. We arrived in El Dorado hours later and tired.

Abbie agreed that Kansas was miserable.

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Two days left at this point, and we could not wait to get to St. Louis.

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Adventure Across America: Round Two

Last week I left sunny San Diego and started the road trip back to Nashville. One of my good friends, Tara flew out for the adventure back and boy did we have some fun. We left on a Thursday and our first stop would be the Grand Canyon. Both of us had never been so we were very excited. It was about an 8 hour drive there. Not a lot happened on the drive, besides hitting traffic all along California. Abbie behaved herself for the day and slept a lot. She also snored. We passed an exit for Oatman, Arizona. I had a flashback to my younger days of driving up an crazy curvy road with my family and my grandpa to go to this old ghost town. At one point in time it was a thriving mining community. They have fake gun fights and touristy places there along with random donkeys that roam the streets. I should really go back.

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Abbie snoozing in the car.

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Looks very comfy.

We arrived at in Grand Canyon Village a little too early to check in so we went on to the canyon. Amazing. Incredible. Awesome. That is all I really know how to describe it. Everyone needs to see this. Everyone. I also recommend spending more than one day there. 563495_10200455640902757_475671757_n

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Abbie enjoyed the canyon. She also tried running into people and enjoyed looking over the edge. Not so fast. She also saw squirrels for the first time since we moved to San Diego. Such a happy beagle. We

We came back to the hotel and had our meal at the hotel steakhouse. In the village, there are steakhouses all over the place, this one just happened to be inside the hotel. There was a guy playing the banjo. It was cool. The food, not so yummy. The best part of the whole night was the hot tub.

Day two gets more adventurous. Luxury off roading.

Surfs Up

Today I crossed number  51 off the 101 in 1001 list, and that happens to be learning how to surf. I should not really say I learned, I attempted. Two hours of drinking the Pacific Ocean is really want occurred. They had me learn on a massive surfboard that I could not even sit on without falling over. I have short legs and it is hard for me to do that, in the instructors words. Well, he said something different, but I will not repeat that. The water as cold. The wetsuit was too big and other surfers did not like the idiot beginner. I did however stand once and apparently I caught a gnarly wave. It felt like it was 10 feet tall, but it was a baby. I think I walked through bigger ones to get out of the surf zone with diving.

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In other news of the day, I went on a date last night with a nice guy. Why do you ask if I am moving on Thursday? He likes sushi and he also made me try salmon eggs. Disgusting.

After my surf lesson, I took Abbie to the pet store to get a new tag made for the place in Nashville, There happened to be a a bunch of bunnies waited to be adopted when we walked in. The hunting instincts kicked in, nose to the ground. After getting everything we needed, Abbie kept pulling me over there. If you know my dog, you know that she is strong. So she sniffed, fine.

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Then all craziness happened. She jerked and knocked over that little fence. Five bunnies went hooping and as I started yelling she yanked and went flying. She caught up with one little bunny and well, she made a meal of it. Yes, my dog ended the life of a bunny at the pet store. She was a very happy dog. The staff at the store, well we are banned from ever coming back. Good thing I am moving.

From 30,000 Feet

I am sitting on the plane headed back to San Diego at the moment. Wifi on the long trip is amazing. The trip home was a great one. I could finally stay in the house, and on the houseboat! Mom is doing great, as well as Dad. I just missed my dog terribly. Abbie is at doggie camp, and from the email updates I have been getting she is having a blast. \

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My arthritis is stil in remission, so that deserves a woohoo! My hearing not so much. The test I had in November was a fluke, and I am back to not so perfect hearing anymore. So no diving at the moment. This leads me to another thing….

I am no longer going to Fiji. Due to circumstances out of my control, mostly mother nature, I will be staying in the wonderful city of Nashville. I won’t get into all the issues on here, but I have come to terms with this and am happy. Everything happens for some kind of reason. Along the same lines, I applied for my first big girl job Monday. We will see what happens. I have one month left here in San Diego, so I intend to get the very best out of it. Maybe I will finally learn, or attempt to learn to surf. Might as well. My brother is hopefully going to be visiting me next weekend, then one of my best friends for Labor Day weekend, and finally my wonderful little is going to make the drive back with me to Nashville in September! We are planning on going to the Grand Canyon, so excited.

The lady sitting next to me is snoring, and it is only an hour into the flight.

Until next time.

Nothing New

Tonight not much has happened besides my dive master class getting underway. While I was thinking about something to blog about, I saw Surrounded by Imbeciles post about the categories that are listed on the side of the blog page. Since the creative juices are not flowing tonight, I am going to follow this and see what the first thing I can come up with might happen to be.

101 in 1001 – I really need to update this more often.

Adventure – I am flying back to Nashville on Thursday. Airports are always interesting.

Adventure Across America – Part II will begin at the end of October.

Beach – I have not been in two weeks. Pathetic.

Books – Currently reading some more Hemingway

Concerts – Old Crow Medicine Show on Saturday!

Dogs – Abbie is snoring

Dreams – Had another dream about clowns last night

Family – Seeing them at the end of this week!

Fashion – Pretty pumped about my new shoes, Blu Kicks.

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Fiji – Soon close!

Fishing – Hemingway’s books also talks about fly fishing

Food – Can’t wait until sushi

History – Talked about maritime history in dive master class tonight

Kayaking – Need to go

Movies –  Haven’t been since Top Gun 3D

Museums – Tattoo exhibit possibility

Music – Daft Punk

Nashville – Thursday

Pictures – Sent the shark one to my grandpa

Quotes –  The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.

San Diego – Amazing

Savannah – Not so much

SCAD – No more school

Scuba – Master Diver!

Sea Life – Shark Week is soon

Shopping – This will be happening in Nashville

Spiritual – I am

Sports – Fall means football in the South

Technology – I am loving my new computer

The South – I miss it

Travel – Everyone should do it

Uncategorized – This post

 

Meet Abbie: The Best Beagle Butt

It occurred to me I have not done a post about my wonderful dog Abbie.

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She’s been in my life for almost 3 years now. Crazy to even think that! She has her weird side, like most dogs. She loves her blanket, and will take over any that is in her sight. 307832_2088494101139_2001485228_n

She’s almost like a little human. She loves squirrels, and hates cats. HATES cats so much that she injures herself because she forgot that there is a glass door….

She also likes sleeping under the bed.

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She’s been a blessing to me and a great travel companion. I really don’t think she signed up for moving to two different states and driving across the country! I could not have asked for a better dog…even when my floor is covered in dog hair, or she pops my air mattress or steals food off the table.

Thanks for being the best and cutest stinky beagle butt there is.