because i went to the BEACH! with my FRIENDS!
and i did a subpar job with the self timer. lol. a few months ago, when it was cold and drab and dark and all i really wanted was to feel the sun on my face, airplane tickets to florida were cheaper than, oh, an uber ride during peak hours probably, so we snagged a few and started counting down the days to last weekend. (we also vowed to get beach ready and quit buying so many tubs of ben n jerry’s…. but, well, whatever feminism tells me that being bikini ready just means putting on a bikini, right? RIGHT!) so we flew to orlando and rented a van.
jeff drove. eliza took shotgun. it was like mom and dad and the four kids and i was all about it!
a friend told me we needed to go to st. augustine, florida. he was on point. this city is allegedly the oldest civilization in america, and was discovered by ponce de leon 450 years ago. the town is super cute and spanish, the beaches are pristine and the water is WARM! and there were no sharks. (that i knew of.)also, please enjoy my use of filters in this pic to make us look a little less white. is it working? hehhhh
we rented off airbnb and let me just say that i will probably never travel any other way again. we had a huge house at an affordable rate and there were enough beds and sheets and kitchen space and random christian movies that teach good moral values and entranced us. i mean, maybe we watched the sound of music in its entirety over two nights? yes, we are in our twenties and single. i know. i know.
the people were really nice. for instance, one lady literally jumped out of her car to take this photo. people were following us around at the grocery store with shopping carts. the people at church told us we definitely needed to move into their ward. (lol)
one day we went to anastasia island and enjoyed the sunny beach capri suns, FTW! sadly, afterwards i read an article about how unenvironmentally friendly the packaging is. womp womp. sorry, mother earth. sorry, seagulls! this trip i kinda slacked/ was apathetic towards taking pictures with my food becuase… idk. just keeping you on your toes, people! but we ate great food at the floridian where they put honey in my salad and it was so good i wanted to cry, and gas full service restaurant, where i had portabella mushrooms with parmesan garlic mashed potatoes that could bring grown men to their knees. then we food crawled over to cousteau’s waffle and milkshake bar one night for waffles topped with toasted coconut ice cream and espresso reduction and a million other foodgasmic ingredients. also, the restaurant loved bill murray a la life aquatic, and i was so INTO IT!
and then, like a beacon in the night, one night at the end of our food tour we happened upon the hippo, and without thinking i just walked in and ordered an avocado coconut popsicle, and it was the best thing i’ve eaten in months. truly, madly, deeply in love with that one.
and amy got the piña colada, which she deemed wonderful.
the trees in florida are so swampy feeling. i imagined zombies traipsing out of the forest a la walking dead the whole drive. also, the misty effect is all thanks to getting water in my phone. how artsy. how… technologically uncool.
and then on our way back to the airport we made a pitstop at the orlando temple, just to say we went. we were all sunburned and miserable and having a hard time walking, but we did it. in and out. that temple is a beaut, ps. but the best part?? the fact that the fountains kinda misted us. ahhh misters.
temple selfie! put us in the ensign, church!
and then we hopped on another plane headed northward. PRO TIP don’t fly out of orlando unless you want to be packed on a plane with a lot of children detoxing from disneyworld. oh, the screaming.
see how i didn’t complain there? ;)
suck it, winter.
hey summer it is nice to meet you.