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Contrary to the title of the holiday, “Labor Day,” I did nothing laborious that day, much less, all weekend.
It started off on Thursday. I had taken Friday off for my first non-laborious Labor Day celebration. After I got out of class Thursday night, CT3 and I hit the road. We were headed to Seaside for the weekend, and wanted to break up the drive. We had chosen to spend the night at what looked to be a cute little mountain lodge at one of the local state parks about 2.5 hours away.
Upon arrival, we both agreed that it wasn’t the cute lodge we had viewed via the internet. Why do they always do that?? Me being a pretend amateur photographer should fully understand the ability of a camera to capture the visually appealing sides of something -while leaving out the rest.
Realistically, it seemed as if our venture into the outdoors was a glorified camping trip, fully loaded with real beds, a wannabe hair dryer, a half washed and slightly ghettofied shower (which I refused to bathe in) and a dead skunk decomposing under the lodge just to give it the “rustic smell.” Okay, so the lodge wasn’t THAT bad, but I did refuse to bathe there and it did smell like something dead was caught in the air conditioning.
Anyway, we made it through the night with out the woolly mammoth getting us and headed off on the second leg of our trip to the beach. I had gotten all the directions you could have ever dreamed of and compared maps, etc and decided that the mapquest route was the best (and shortest) to take. There was one spot that had a ton of turns, but I just figured it was a windy road or something…
Not so much. We were probably with in an hour of the beach when all of the turns started. Of course we lost cell phone signal and were stuck following the directions. The best part about it was when the directions said, “Turn left on unnamed road.” At one point, the road turned to a gravel road, and then to a dirt road. By this point, I think CT3 was getting annoyed, though I could tell he was trying his darnedest to hide his frustrations.
We continued following the unnamed red dirt road and were now totally off of our directions with no cell phone signal. We briefly discussed turning around, however given the fact that we were probably an hour from the highway, we decided just to pray about it and press on. About 10 minutes later, the road hit what looked like a main highway and we made an educated guess on which way to turn. We realized we were right where we were supposed to be on the directions!!
About 30 minutes later we arrived in Seaside and were greeting friends, unpacking and changing to hit the beach. The weather was perfect and the company was great! CT3’s friends had organized the whole trip for a group of people to rent a house for the weekend and we were one of the lucky couples to be able to go. CT3 had purchased a remote controlled Hummer to play with and I was armed with my school reading as we headed to the sand for some R & R.
We basically spent the next day and a half lounging around and hanging out with friends. We ate at the ever famous Red Bar and though the food was good, I don’t know if it was worth the hour and a half wait. They don’t take credit card either, however I guess when you are one of a few restaurant choices, you have the option to do whatever the heck you want, knowing tourists will still dine with you.
We played paddle ball, some golf game on the beach, frisbee, football and all of your other typical beach games until we were all played out. It was fun watching CT3 with all of his boys cutting up. The sand was beautiful and the water was the perfect temp. We played in the water some, however after Elizabeth spotted a giant crab and the boys tagged numerous jellyfish, I chose to remain hot and dry, rather than wet, pinched and stung.
CT3 and I also ran over to Destin for a few hours to see Ranch friends who were hanging out at the Henderson Casa. Talk about an added bonus, get to see old friends who are only 20 minutes away!! We didn’t stay long as they were with a huge group and we wanted to spend time with CT3’s friends, but it was great to briefly hug their necks and see their sweet faces!
The ONLY bad part of the whole weekend was that CT3 and I had to leave early since he had to work on Sunday. Everyone was staying through Monday and we had to leave them Saturday night to get back for work. We were so glad we went though, even if it was for a short time, and CT3 and I are secretly hoping this will become an annual trip!
Read here to see what I did on the drive home. The rest of the weekend was just as restful as the start. Luckily for me, I had Sunday and Monday off, so I really had time to do nothing so I mainly spent it at Starbucks and watching CNN -to appeal to my obsession with the RNC and Gustav. I did manage to do a few loads of laundry, cooked dinner, finish a wedding video, read some of my school stuff and go for a run, but that was the extent of my labor.
What a great long weekend. Pics to come soon. I vote for more Labor Days…
Its bad news bears when you get three Bowen ladies together….especially if you are the only male around.
Whilst my wonderful father has (I think) gotten used to the wildness of my mom, sister and me, I think poor CT3 is still adjusting. Well, what better way to indoctrinate someone other than full submersion into the culture? Last night, that is precisely what we did….
Mom and K came to visit. K had never been to our hopping metropolis of the middle of nowhere, so it was highly important for her to come. We paraded up and down our two main roads only to see your standard fast food joints and one too many used car lots. I even went the long way home to show her the Kroger I shop at….Impressive, I know.
We arrived home and pulled into the driveway. K and I were in my car, and mom was in her van (a.k.a. the dustbuster-as that is what it looks like). Birds were perched on the edge of the house. Mom and K, being avid readers of my blog, knew what this could mean…bird attack. We all sat still and cracked the window to try and figure out who would go first. We suited up K in a hooded jacket and sent her out, with me closely following. Mom found her own way of protecting herself, and wasn’t far behind.
The pictures speak for themselves in regards to our tour of the station…
CT3 demonstrating how to hook up and use the O2 tank.
The past week or so has been fantastic!! I think I started to get all patriotic and in the mood for the 4th of July when I went to the laser show last weekend with Emily and Brett. The laser show always brings back memories of childhood summers and it was good to relive those days.
Briefly, my two cents on the laser show, was that it was good, but they changed the grand finale song….it has ALWAYS been “Proud To Be An American,” and this year no more. Some how it just seems wrong and I was not a fan of that. Anyway, some of the other parts were a little strange, but I will let you decide for yourself. Still worth the $8 to get into the park.
Now that I was all patriotic and firework ready, all I needed to do was convince CT3 that he wanted to take me away for the weekend…convincing wasn’t really needed as he was pretty excited himself.
Savannah was the destination of choice. Hotel rooms booked, work schedules fixed and we were off on our mini vacation. Here, it is important to note that the “work schedules fixed” really meant that this was CT3’s weekend to FINALLY transition to day shift!!! Praise the Lord!!! After 3 years on nights, it was long overdue. They gave him an extra day to flip his body, which basically gave us an extra day to get stuff done and play in Savannah!
Anyway, the weekend was a blast. We stayed in some normal, non-expensive, doors on the outside of the building hotel about 5 miles from downtown. Friday, we spent the day on Tybee Island and a couple of hours at the beach. That night, we went to River Street, ate a fancy dinner and got tickets to go out on the River Boat to watch 4th of July fireworks! They were amazing and it was lots of fun being in a different setting for the Fourth!
Saturday, we had plans to go see “The Beat Goes On” at The Historic Savannah Theater. If we had time, we were also going to go to an art museum, but we were tight on time AND it started to storm, so instead we shopped. I bought some art from a local artist and have already framed it. Maybe tonight, I will hang it….and then of course post pictures!
The show at the Theater was phenomenal and I would highly recommend any travelers to catch a show there. Post show, we left to head back home.
All in all it was a great 4th of July weekend. I may post more pics tomorrow, my computer was just being weird and I got tired of messing with it….