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Mount Washington Part 3

Just about two years ago, I wrote about our summiting of Mt. Washington for the 2nd time and mentioned that we aimed to do it every other year. Well…it was time.

The previous 2 times, we have climbed Tuckermans’ Ravine, which is one of the more popular trails. This year, I wanted to try something new. After a little research, we settled on the second most popular trails on the opposite side of the mountain. Ammonoosuc and Jewell. We climbed the Ammonoosuc Trail to the top and ventured down Jewell.

IMG_3502Jewell was an easier slope down and helped avoid the slippery rocks that you find on Ammonoosuc.

It is definitely a little intense looking up in the clouds and know that’s where you are walking to. You can’t even see the summit.

 

 

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The hike itself was absolutely beautiful. It was so scenic and kept you mesmerized the entire hike. The trail follows a beautiful waterfall up until you break the tree line.

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Bacon loved every time there was a little pool for him to jump in and cool off.

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If you can’t tell from the pictures, it was a steep slope and unlike Tuckermans, there weren’t nicely laid out stairs for you to walk up. It made you concentrate a lot more on where you were stepping. But the views were just incredible.

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Brent is TERRIFIED of heights, and would die if he knew what was behind him. He was hilarious to watch climb, simply because he wouldn’t turn around to look at the amazing views. Instead, I decided to snap pictures to show him after he “Was on solid, flat ground” as he described it.

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Just about half way, there is a larger hut that allowed you to warm up a little and take a seat to fuel up. In the picture above, you can see the post amongst the clouds that marks the summit. It is about 1.8 miles away. Not too bad right?!

Just after the hut, there is a really pretty lake…or perhaps an infinity pool??!

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Once we reached the clouds, pictures became impossible. Visibility was just about 10ft so unfortunately, we weren’t able to get any pictures of the views from top. We did grab a picture at the summit marker though.

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Literally, standing in a cloud. It’s cold, windy, and rainy. In case you were wondering. The weather at the summit was 42 degrees with a 20mph wind. So it felt like 32. Chilly.

Once we were at the bottom again, we had to snap a photo of where we just were. See those clouds??

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OOHHH YEAAA.

We are already talking about our next hiking/camping trip and maybe doing a smaller mountain. No need to do the highest peak on the east coast every time. But knowing us, go big or go home.

What’s your favorite hiking mountain??

 

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Margaritaville and Blue Man Group on City Walk

This weekend Brent’s parents came to town for his father’s birthday. In celebration, we headed to Margaritaville and Blue Man Group. Both of them are located at Universal Studios City Walk. SO MUCH FUN.

City Walk is really just the area that connects the two Universal Theme Parks. There are tons and tons of restaurants, dance clubs, and little things to do. The collection of restaurants in City Walk is really impressive. I am DYING to give Emeril’s a try, just to see if my Chocolate Pie measures up to his version of it…haha yea right. But he does have a restaurant here 🙂

Brent’s favorite, by far is Margaritaville. He is always telling me how growing up Jimmy Buffet was the music always playing in the background. It’s what he grew up on. And who doesn’t like Jimmy Buffet?! There’s always one song that everyone can enjoy. Mine…Cheeseburger in Paradise. FOR SURE!

So when Jimmy Buffet comes on the radio, I usually end up hearing some story about his childhood when that exact song was playing. BUT, there is one song that I can already tell you the story to because it is the same exact story every time. Volcano, by Jimmy Buffet. I had never actually heard this song before Brent, but I’ll tell you Cheeseburger in Paradise is still my fav.

When Volcano comes on, I always hear about Margaritaville and the Volcano. Every half hour they play this song and at the end of it, the volcano blows! We ended up sitting right next to the thing, and I was actually kind of excited to finally see what I had been hearing about for the past year and a half. What’s funny, is when the volcano blows, it actually fills up a large blender at the bottom, which is behind the bar. It is actually used in the Margaritas. WEIRD, and cool.

The infamous volcano.

Now as you can imagine, the drink of choice is a Margarita. I’m not such a huge fan so I went with a Banana Habana Smoothie deal. It was DELICIOUS. I loved it. The list of tropical drinks is actually quite extensive. (Sorry the pictures are a bit dark, but the mood was set for romance)

 

 

YUMMO. As far as a vegetarian option, there isn’t much. But then again, Jimmy Buffet doesn’t sing about salads or veggie sandwiches. Cheeseburger in Paradise! They have tons of them. I ended up grabbing a Veggie burger. It was packed with broccoli, corn, peppers and everything else. It was actually really good! Brent said he prefered his real beef. At least they have an option for us veggie lovers!

 

 

We finished up our cocktails and started to walk across the little pond they have separating the two parks. We are actually in the midst of Halloween Horror Nights at Universal, which is supposed to be seriously intense. Their slogan, “Once you’re in, there’s no way out!” Muahahahaha!

If you have seen the commercials for it, it’s usually a group of teenagers running from zombies and they narrowly make it through a gate to where they are finally safe to sip on their Coca Cola (some nice product placement here), BUT! there are zombies awaiting them on the other side too! I’ve heard fantastic things about it and really want to go, but I’m not sure I’ll be able to squeeze it in.

ANYWAYS, Blue Man Group! AMAZING! I have seen it 3 or 4 times (I can’t remember). I’ve been up in Boston and now Orlando. The shows are extremely similar but really just as good. Somehow, without talking or even making a gesture to talk they make it a funny show. It is really centered around the drums and the music but it will definitely have you laughing throughout the whole thing. What they are able to do with so many different types of materials is really impressive. If you haven’t been before, I strongly suggest it. You can check out this site, to find the one that is closest to you. If there isn’t one close to you, I suggest keeping it in mind when you travel. WORTH IT!

That was pretty much the highlight of my weekend, plus seeing Brent’s family of course! This morning I jumped up and went for a 7 mile run! WHOOT WHOOT! But more on that fun stuff later!

 

Have a GREAT Monday!

Do you have songs that remind you of specific events?? People?? Periods in your life?? What’s your most memorable song-event memory??

For me, there are almost too many to remember. The one that sticks out right now it Miley Cyrus, See You Again. My roommate and I in college would be standing in the bathroom getting ready for the night out, blasting this song with a hair straightener in one hand and a bottle of Andre in the other. It really got us excited for the night and put us in a great mood getting ready.

 

 

NASA Kennedy Space Center

This morning I woke up and had the worst headache in the world. I chugged a whole bunch of water and took some advil and am finally feeling a bit better. I did end up getting up at 6 to go work out, but that plan was foiled.

So, in the hopes of just entertaining a few people and keeping the morning light, I wanted to share a fun little trip that is something that you should consider if you plan on visiting the area. OR even if you are from the area and are just looking for something to do on the weekend. NASA.

NASA has been all over the news lately and ever since I moved down here I have wanted to check out the space center. I finally got the chance to this weekend and it was incredible.

 

 

The Rocket Garden is the first thing that you see when you walk into the visitors center and it shows replicas of rockets that were sent out for missions. In front of each of them it tells you what they were used for and what mission. The sheer size of them is incredible.

We walked around building that went over the different capsules, how it all works and the space suits through the ages. There were two things that REALLY surprised me. The early space suits and the size of the capsules they were sitting in for days.

 

Seriously?? It looks like someone took a sweat suit, wrapped some duct tape around and called it a space suit. There is no way I would have gone out into space for the first time wearing that. They didn’t even know what was going to happen to the human body in space yet. There was even talk about your eye balls coming out of your head! SAY WHAT?! There better be some bubble wrap or something else to that thing!

The first space suit that they went outside of the craft in looked a bit like a Janitors uniform:

 

Let’s get serious….would you feel safe floating outside a space craft in that suit?? I wouldn’t.

So the second most surprising thing…the size of the capsules. This is just a look at the inside of the Gemini Capsule. Two people were actually shot into space inside of this and circled the earth in it.

 

Picture two guys sitting inside of that, not moving, just floating in space for days. They couldn’t even stretch their legs. Absurd.

So after walking around that for a while, we headed on a bus tour to check out the launching pads and everything else. One of the doors to the building where they work on the shuttles was open and we snuck a little peak of the Atlantis. Really cool.

 

You can see the tail end of it here. They are building a new building to house the Atlantis in at the Visitors Center now. In about a week they are moving the shuttle to the half built, building and finishing it around the shuttle. Just for scale, look at the porta-potties on the side of the door. Crazy. Those doors are so heavy that they take 45 minutes to open or close.

The last thing I wanted to show you, so I don’t ruin everything! Was the replica of a rocket. The size of the rocket is amazing in itself, but then to put two people at the top of it, you have to be slightly nuts to climb in there.

This is the back part of it. These are the initial thrusters that go off while it is on the ground.

 

 

That breaks off after lift off. Then, where there is another break in the shutter, in the middle of the picture is where the next tank starts. This, is also fuel.

 

This is just a look back at the two fuel tanks, just for size. This second fuel tank also falls off after it exits the atmosphere.

Then you have another section that houses the Lunar Module. The top section breaks off in space, bangs a U-Turn and pick up the lunar module. This is a picture of the top section:

 

Now don’t be fooled, that whole thing is NOT what the astronauts are in. They are in the tiny silver cap at the top. Strapped in. The larger section is fuel and all of the machinery to keep this guy going. It is also the fuel that helps them land back on earth. That breaks away upon entry and they land in the top silver capsule.

 

This is THE Apollo 14 capsule. Picture two guys crammed into that?! It’s TINY!

There are a bunch of other tours, movies and such that you can go on as well. These were photos from just two locations, and not nearly everything. You can even TOUCH a moon rock. Did that. Yup. The whole thing was mind boggling.

I do have to mention. For lunch we went to the cafe and I was crazy surprised at their food quality. I had a Veggie Frittata and Brent had a Buffalo Chicken Flatbread. You had to see the salads that were coming out.

 

 

I DEFINITELY recommend going. It is located on Merritt Island, which is just a 45 minute drive from Orlando. It is worth it. I know I wouldn’t have the courage to get into one of those capsules at the top of a Rocket that large and hope I make it home. MADNESS.

 

Have you ever been to the Kennedy Space Center?? Would you ever get into a capsule attached to a ROCKET?!

Probably not for me. I would give a shuttle a try I think. I think.

 

Daytona Air Show

Friday night, I got bored and had to find a way to entertain myself. Glass of wine in hand, I decided to do THIS, to Bacon. Poor Bacon.

 

No, those are not caterpillars, nor are they normally there. Yes, he has eyebrows! Hahahaha!

Hahahaha!! I couldn’t stop laughing! Every time I looked at his I just lost it! Brent just stared at his dog when he got off work. Then, “WHAT DID YOU DO TO MY DOG?!” Then, laughing hysterically.

On Saturday morning, I got up and met up with some friends to go to the Daytona Air Show sponsored by Embry Riddle, an aeronautics school in Daytona. I have never been to an air show before, and DANNNNG. Some of the stunts that these planes pull off are really quite unbelievable.

The first one that we saw was this massive 747 flying so close to us.

Crazy loud. Then some little stunt planes came out. They would fly STRAIGHT UP into the air, cut the engine and free fall then catch it before it crashed. IT WAS CRAZY. They would spin in circles, fly upside down, and I don’t even know what else. It was madness.

He’s flying diagonally and just stayed at that distance from the water for the length of the beach.

There was a guy that was standing on the beach with a camera that had one of those large zoom lenses attached to it. I asked him to snap a picture of us because it seemed like he knew what he was doing. He took the picture and we ended up talking about the cameras. The lens that he had was almost 4000 dollars. Say WHAT? He actually trusted me enough to put it on my camera and let me take a few pics with it….The thing was HEAVY. Seriously. I snapped a few pictures with it, but it was really difficult because the slightest shake made the planesgo completely out of the photo.

This guy had pictures that you could read the writing on the side of the planes…I need a lens like that 🙂

A few groups of planes doing some stunts came out after that. AND THOSE WERE REALLY NUTS. They were so close to each other that any little mistake would not end up well. They would fly right at each other and quickly duck away. NUTS.

Overall, it was really entertaining. You just sat in your beach chair, and hung out for the day, sunning yourself and watching the air show. I think they should have this all the time because it really gave you something to watch while chilling on the beach.

If you ever have the opportunity to go to an air show, I recommend it. They are spectacular.

I am off to work. Hope your Monday’s are fantastic!

Have you ever been to an air show?? What was your favorite show you have ever been to??

The Happiest Place on Earth

To kick off everyone’s Wednesday, the dreaded hump day, I’m bring the happiest place on earth to you 🙂 I’ve been wanting to post a little break down of the disney parks for people traveling here on vacation simply because there are so many of them and lot of the time you can’t really seem to get to them all. So choices unfortunately need to be made.

My first stop on a day of disney is Animal Kingdom, always. It is the first park to close at night so you really need to make sure that you get this in during the day. It is more of a relaxing park than the others and it is so cool. The three main attractions (I would say) is the Safari Ride, the Bird Show and Mt Everest.

On the Safari Ride you ride on a small truck, with no sides or barriers to the animals through a Safari. Imagine that. You end up getting unbelievably close to the animals. And wild animals a that. Lions, giraffes, antelope, rhinos, flamingos, ostrich and tons more. Every time you ride it, it’s something a bit different because you can’t really predict the animals’ behavior. Here are just a few pictures that I have snapped on that ride 🙂

 

 

 

 

Baby Elephant 🙂

 

How cool?! And just so I don’t spoil it…I won’t post anymore but there are TONS more. It’s about a 20 minute ride. If you look at the picture of Brent and I you can see how open the truck really is.

 

So fun! This is definitely the highlight, I think of Animal Kingdom. Around the safari ride, there is also the exploration forest where you can just walk around and check out some more animals, the majority behind think glass…but still really cool. My favorite is the Okapi. I didn’t even know this animal existed until I saw it here. It looks like a zebra horse mix, but they assure you it’s not…

 

OKay…terrible picture…but check him out.

Some other guys you might see on this walk:

 

 

 

 

And then you have Mt Everest! I LOVE this ride. The first time I rode it I nearly peed myself. It is actually scary. The last time I went on this we actually rode it twice in a row and didn’t tell the people that were waiting for us…I know…mean…but it’s that good.

 

Give it a go if you like roller coasters. It’s fantastic.

Lastly, on my list of favs is the Birds of Flight. This is a bird show that is actually very impressive. The birds are trained to respond to the host of the show and makes jokes, dances and talks to the host. It’s really an impressive show. They have birds that come out and grab money from audience members too…naughty birds.

 

 

 

 

You don’t really realize how pretty and majestic the bald eagle is until you see it up close. It is crazy.

So I’ll leave you with just the little photo tour of Animal Kingdom 🙂 It’s one of my favorite parks simply because you can get so close to the animals. They are really cool up close.

 

 

 

Have you ever been to the disney parks? Are you more of a Safari ride kind of person or a Mt Everest??

 

When it comes down to it, roller coasters are my calling. After I go on one, I spend the rest of the time searching for the next big thrill!