In My Mind I've Gone To Carolina.

Saturday, July 05, 2014

The title of this post is actually a lie. I'm in North Carolina physically, not just mentally. And I love it. 
While travelling is usually a fairly hectic and annoying experience, I had the best time catching my flights to North Carolina. Even though I looked less than presentable because of my 4 AM wake up call, I was way too excited to care. My first flight went off without a hitch, but my second flight from Houston to Raleigh was where the real fun began.
I ended up sitting next to a very tall college basketball player. We got to talking and found out he plays for NC State University. My Gran is a major NC State fan and attends as many games as possible, and I happened to mention her. Surprisingly, he knew her by name. So yes, I met a random college basketball player who knew my Grandma. He also told me that the picture below would look better if he was in it. #HumansOfNY more like #HumansOfNC.
After that entertaining flight, my lovely Aunt Pam drove me to my Grandparent's house. I think it's safe to say that their driveway is one of my favorite views in the world.

You know how in 'California Girls' by Katy Perry they say "Wild, wild West Coast, these are the girls that I love the most"? I've changed it to "Wild, wild East Coast, these are the views that I love the most."  

Yeah, I know. The driveway is just a gravel road surrounded by a bunch of tall trees. Nothing really exciting, but being from Texas, I get a little too excited over seeing real trees. And by real trees I mean trees that are over 20 feet tall.

My grandparents have tons of gardens, so we've been spending lots of time gardening.

Eating fresh vegetables, fruits, and spices from the gardens is so cool. I swear homegrown food is 100x better than store bought.

When I'm not gardening or trying to get the red dirt off my hands, I've been exploring the woods.
This picture is actually one I took during a long afternoon hike. I look very happy, but I was completely lost. Even though I had no idea where I was, I had the most fun. It was 70F at 3PM, and I was out hiking. It can't get much better than that.  

I've also tried to start writing college essays. Emphasis on 'tried'.

I ended up doodling in the shade with a terrible case of writer's block. Can I put that on my college resume?

Anyways, this was a fairly pointless blog post. I just wanted to pop in and say that I am still alive and out there. I'm just very busy. (If you count relaxing, eating good food, exploring, swimming, an gardening busy that is :) ) 
I'm loving travelling, but I can't wait to get back in the swing of things and comment on your blogs! (I am still reading them, my internet is just way too shady to comment on them!) Can you guys believe it's already July? Happy (late) 4th of July, and Happy AP Test Scores (ugh)!
What have you been up to?
Do you like travelling?
Any funny/weird traveling stories?
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  1. AGGHH you are SO CLOSE to me!! (I live in NE Georgia!)

    Everything you said about the east coast? Totally true. My mom's parents live down a long, dirt road surrounded by trees, too. It's a culture shock to leave GA and not see all of the trees and woods! I think we forget sometimes that America is incredibly diverse in its regions.

    Omg the gardens are amazing! Home-grown is definitely the way to go.

    I think hiking is one of the greatest ways to pass time. Who doesn't want to get lost for a couple hours (read: a couple hours, haha) in nature?

    I totally think you're busy - busy relaxing still counts!!!! ;)

    Love you girly, and hope you have an awesome rest of your trip!

  2. Wow that's crazy/really awesome that that basketball guy knows your grandma - what a small world!!
    Ahhh your pictures are just GORGEOUS!! I absolutely love the East coast, though I haven't been to the Carolinas. For a while, I really wanted to go to college out East, but I don't mix well with cold weather (how do I get through Colorado's winters during winter break?!) and it would have been too expensive to take my horse.
    I'm so glad you're having such a great time! I love traveling too! It is truly my absolute favorite hobby, if it counts as a hobby at all. :) Enjoy the rest of your trip!

  3. I couldn't stop laughing about the guy who said the picture would look better with him in it - omigosh :D
    I actually just got lost as well on a run at my Grandparent's - they live in the suburbs, though :( Beautiful photos, by the way :D And of course, relaxing counts as being busy! :D

  4. Ahhh those views are beautiful! I can definitely relate to how you're feeling because whenever I go to Norway (my family there has a farm) I can't get over how happy the scenery and nature there make me. Alsooo, WAY too funny and such a weird coincidence with the basketball player and your grandma haha! That would have made my day. Enjoy your time there and odn't work tooooo hard on those essays ;).

  5. What fantastic views those are indeed!! Gorgeous. That is too funny that you met a basketball player who knows your Grandma. She must be quite a fan!! Enjoy your time in NC!


  6. Oh my GOSH, I love this so much. I've never been to North Carolina before. Your grandparents seem sososo cool. That is just amazing about the basketball player (was he cute?!). And your doodles! They are perfect! If I ever doodle they are just ugly blobs and you can't even tell what they are. lol. How long are you in NC?

  7. Random pop in posts are the best!! That story about the basketball player knowing your grandma was crazy, what a small world!! LOVE your adventure into the woods, but glad you made it out safe.

  8. Well, you know I love traveling. :) One of the best parts about traveling is meeting new people like you did on the plane- the best! Have a great weekend girlie!

  9. Your travels sound like so much fun! Hope your summer is continuing to go well :)


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