Ode to a small-town vacation

Well, somehow spring is gone and it’s basically summer. It’s 90 degrees outside, the strawberries are here, and it’s two weeks until graduation (because when you work in Higher Ed, you never stop judging the passing of time by the academic calendar).

So, naturally, this means I’m dreaming of summer vacation! For us this year, vacation will be long weekends spent backpacking in the mountains or floating around at the lake with a margarita in hand. No big trips for us this summer—partly because we’re working on plans for a really big trip in the near future (more on that later…), and partly because we just took a big vacation in March up to visit friends in New England.

I’ve already written about a couple parts of this trip: our adventurous Mount Cardigan hike and our day trip to Burlington, VT. But, with vacation on my mind, I wanted to share one more thing about this trip. Specifically, a small revelation it gave me—how FUN it is to vacation in a small town!!

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Five favorites in Burlington, Vermont

Last month, Chris and I took a trip up to visit friends in New England. (Here’s Part One, about our Mount Cardigan hike, if you missed it.)

On our first full day after arriving in Hanover, the two of us took a little day trip over to nearby Burlington, Vermont.

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Finding our adventure dog (a love story)

Exactly two years ago today, Chris and I fell in love at first sight.

Just a few months earlier, we had moved into our little rental house and negotiated just one addendum to the lease—that we would be allowed to adopt a dog.

Chris likes dogs, but he never really loved them. I, on the other hand, have been a crazy dog person as long as I’ve been alive. I was the driving force of the whole process, and he was happily, if not super enthusiastically, along for the ride.

So on the evening of March 6th, 2014, we drove out into a rainy, windy, freezing cold evening toward the shelter. We had researched dog breeds, read up on puppy training, and purchased a crate, toys, and a puppy gate. We didn’t know if we would find our puppy that day, but just in case we did—we were ready.

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Friday favorites

It’s Friday!

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(It’s also National Grammar Day, so this weekend is already off to a great start.) It’s already starting to feel a little like spring down here in South Carolina, and I’m so excited to spend some time outside—even if it’s just walking down the street to Kalmia Gardens or putting up the hammock. 🙂 Other weekend plans include a gender reveal party, a Mario Kart tournament, and friends visiting—a.k.a. five people + three dogs all staying in our 700-square-foot, one-bathroom house. #youngadultlife

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