When I told my friends about the trip H and I had planned to the Azores in August, most of them were puzzled, asking questions like “Where is that? What are you going to do there? How did you even hear about this place?” Ever since H went to Cabo Verde for work two years ago, we’ve been talking about visiting the Azores, volcanic islands in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean with amazing hiking; European culture; and gorgeous lakes, waterfalls, and beaches. I think the Azores are going to be the next Iceland, so I wanted to go before they become a big tourist destination.
We’ve been looking forward to my cousin’s wedding ever since she got engaged on New Year’s Eve 2018! Since she and her fiancé are living in Princeton, New Jersey while he finishes his doctorate, they decided to have the wedding at the Princeton Chapel. I haven’t been to Princeton before, but I knew it would have that historic, preppy, college town feel I love, so H and I went a day early for ample time to explore the city and enjoy the wedding festivities. Packing for this trip, I brought lots of preppy classics, like I did for the weekend last year when H and I attended a wedding in Charlottesville.
This July weekend H and I drove to Pittsburgh to visit family friends and surprise my parents, who were visiting that weekend as well. We were looking forward to quality time with family and friends and a chance to explore a new city, since neither of us have spent much time in Pittsburgh! Packing for the weekend, we knew Pittsburgh was due for a major heat wave, so I brought light clothing to stay cool and comfortable.
This weekend during the heat of summer was perfect one for one of my DC bucket list items, paddleboarding on the Potomac River! I didn’t want to go too early in the season, since I didn’t want to risk being damp and chilly all afternoon if we got wet, and H and I wouldn’t have another free weekend before our trip to the Azores. My original idea was to go to the boathouse in Georgetown, where rumor has it if you fall in the water they tell you to go straight to the hospital, but H did some research and found a great spot, Pohick Bay Regional Park.
This Fourth of July, I had a mini-reunion in Charlottesville over the four-day weekend with my college friends. I needed a variety of outfits, since we were going to hang out downtown and hike in Shenandoah National Park, and I knew I wouldn’t have a ton of time to get ready (hello, sharing a bathroom [...]
This Saturday I went to my cousin’s bridal shower in Richmond, in anticipation of her wedding in Princeton this August—clearly, my cousins are on a one-wedding-per-year schedule, as evidenced by my cousin’s wedding in Virginia Beach last year. The shower was at the Commonwealth Club in Richmond, which was where the bride’s parents got married! [...]
After backpacking and camping at Sky Meadows, H and I were ready for our next camping adventure (I’m going to make it sound like both of us are doing the same amount of camping and backpacking research, even though H is definitely more into it, since it is my blog). We were looking for places close to DC, so Old Rag wasn’t on our radar until H found an itinerary to camp in Shenandoah National Park and hike to the peak of Old Rag for sunrise. I decided I would brave another night in a tent for a good sunrise!
Our trip to Paris was the most spontaneous, romantic trip I’ve ever taken, and not just because H proposed in front of the Eiffel Tower! I had been talking to my parents about our plans for Thanksgiving, and they kept talking about going to Europe for the holiday week. I was skeptical, since my family never does anything like that, until they called three weeks before Thanksgiving, said they were booking flights and a four-night stay in Paris, and asked if H and I wanted to come. I consulted H, and a day later we booked our trip to the City of Light!
This Easter, H and I went to Lynchburg for the weekend like we did last year. We made a mini-vacation out of the trip—we visited downtown Lynchburg and hiked in the Blue Ridge Mountains on Saturday and spent Sunday with my family. Spring had started in earnest since our trip to Lynchburg in March, so everything was blooming and beautiful!
This weekend H and I went backpacking at Sky Meadows, a close-ish state park in Fauquier County. The campground is pretty cushy, so this was our backpacking trial run. H wants to do more challenging backpacking trips together, like Mount Rogers, and my previous camping experiences have mostly been youth group-style camping in a field on someone’s farm or car camping at a site with running water and other modern conveniences. Since I’m not the most experienced/willing camper