Belated travel documentation

I’ve been slacking. This blog is supposed to be about my trips, the trials and tribulations of figuring out where I want to end up, and life in general. Instead…well, I just haven’t posted. So here’s a little catch-up post.

August – I visited Erin in Colorado. It was awesome.

September – Becca and I went to see Betsy at the South Dakota State fair. It was awesome.

Okay, done!

Just kidding.

When I visited in August, Erin and Matt took me on a lovely hike (see photo above). The weather was gorgeous – sunny but not too hot, and the mountains were rocky, as mountains should be. It felt to me like it had been forever since Erin and I had hung out (a mere two months, in actuality), so seeing her was a high point. Erin came to visit me in Omaha this month (she drew the short straw in destinations, right?), and it was just like old times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We found an O! that we hadn’t found last summer on our quest and some refrigerator art from the Omaha Public Power District (OPPD). It’s part of their refrigerator recycling program and designed to promote energy efficiency awareness.

While at the South Dakota State Fair, Becca and I were lucky enough to taste the culinary delicacy that is…deep-fat-fried Nutter Butter.

 

 

Try to contain your jealousy. Actually, it was pretty delicious. I would rank it above the deep-fat-fried s’mores and milky ways.

What a like most about the fair (besides seeing Betsy and her family), is what a complete break from reality it is. For the weekend I barely check my phone, I don’t check my email, or Facebook, or Twitter and I just focus on the moment. You can be anyone at the fair, because no one knows you (last year we convinced some guy my name was Payton), and you can eat whatever you want, do whatever you want. Plus, there are tons of baby animals to “oooooh” over.

 

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spontaneous road trips

In this last month of school, we’ve started trying to cram everything in that we always said we’d do during college.  I’m pretty sure we’ll never achieve everything, but we’re sure gonna try to make the most of the time we have left.  So last weekend, we took a spontaneous road trip to Colorado.  (Not entirely spontaneous, the planning started on a Sunday and we left Friday afternoon.  So, we did put SOME thought into this).

I’m not going to regurgitate the trip itinerary, but I want to mention a couple things.  Erin and I had done a road trip to Colorado once this summer, but two of my roommates came along this time, too.  It was really great to have a chance to spend the whole weekend with them, because I feel like I’m hardly ever in our apartment and we’re all so busy that we don’t get enough time to hang out.

We put an emphasis on “doing CO on the cheap” on this trip, which I think forced us to really explore the area and check out the things that make Colorado unique, instead of just shopping or doing something we could have done in Omaha.  Downtown Boulder was an adorable area to mosey around, the scenic drive was gorgeous (even though it made me car sick), and the self-guided tour of the Coors Brewery was really fun.  Downtown Denver is always fabulous, albeit the most expensive part of our day!

Even though we spent 16 hours driving to and from, and really only one day in Colorado, it was a great trip.  I love traveling and hopefully will continue to have many more blog posts about road trips 🙂