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July 4th in Myrtle Beach

July 13, 2017 in Trips in Eastern United States

Myrtle Beach vacation for July 4th

Myrtle Beach is about 9 hours away from where I live – and lucky for me I have fabulous relatives that live there.  My fiance, his son, and I took a little road trip there for the week of July 4th and as always, we had a great time – even on a tight budget.  We are in the process of putting money toward our wedding, so times are tough.  Having a place to stay for this little vacation was huge in helping us do just that.

Ever since my trip to Vermont for July 4th a couple of years ago, I always wonder how I can TOP that experience.  The professional fireworks show in Burlington was the best I had ever seen!  Myrtle Beach may not have topped the show overall – it definitely came as a close 2nd.

It is legal to buy fireworks in South Carolina, making them easy for anyone and everyone to access.  Because of this, we knew we were going to see a show and we didn’t have to go far to do it.  We sat on the beach at 77th Street (in front of Grande Shores) as the evening progressed.  Armed with our beach chairs as the night fell, fireworks began blasting off all around us.  People were only feet away from us setting off fireworks – and I was sure someone was going to get hurt at some point!  Fortunately, it seemed as though everyone left without a scratch, despite the dangerously low displays.

Fireworks could be seen all over the long stretch of coastline and the beach was packed with people.  We had a truly fantastic time and would highly recommend a visit to Myrtle Beach for an amazing and memorable Independence Day.

Myrtle Beach Fireworks Myrtle Beach Fireworks

3 Amazing Places to Check Out in Montana

August 30, 2016 in Trips in Western United States

Montana is by far one of the most stunning places I have ever been.  Full of incredible scenery and wildlife, it really is one of a kind.  While the entire state is postcard-esque, there are a few spots in particular that I highly recommend checking out.

Many Glacier – Glacier National Park

Many Glacier was by far my favorite area of Glacier National Park.  The landscapes were like nothing I had ever seen.  From enormous mountains to crystal clear waters, everywhere you turn is like a dream.   This also happens to be where you find Grinnell Glacier, a spectacular hike that I also like to refer to as the stairway to Heaven!  That being said, Many Glacier is also full of active wildlife.  With wildlife like this, safety measures are HIGHLY recommended.  Bear spray is absolutely essential!  Read my last Montana blog post to see why I am emphasizing this.

Grinnell Glacier Trail - Glacier NP Montana Grinnell Glacier Trail - Glacier National Park, MT

St. Mary & Virginia Falls – Glacier National Park

The hike to St. Mary Falls was relatively easy and beautiful.  We thought those were impressive until we continued up to Virginia Falls, where we were completely blown away!  This hike does not disappoint.  Be prepared to get a little wet when you reach Virginia Falls!
Virginia Falls - Glacier National Park, MT Virginia Falls in Glacier National Park, MT


Who would have thought that such an open area consisting of almost NOTHING could be something so incredible?  Wide open spaces galore here!  The downside was a lack of cell service.  However, the views were spectacular and allowed for endless photo opportunities.

Rainbow in Montana Plains
Montana Plains

Experiencing Philadelphia for the First Time – DAY 1

January 19, 2016 in Food and Drink / Trips in Eastern United States

On Christmas day my boyfriend gave me the best gift he possibly could have: the gift of Chase Rice.  Quite literally.

To explain further, Bran bought us tickets to the Chase Rice show with meet and greet passes for Christmas.  If anyone knows me well in person, they would know that I have a mild obsession with the country singer.  The closest show to us, however, happened to be in Philadelphia, PA.  So Friday January 8th, we took our first road trip to Philadelphia.  I’m not really sure what took us so long, as it’s a mere 2 hours away from home!  But it was a great opportunity to check out a city that I hadn’t been to before.

Geno’s VS Pat’s

We couldn’t check into the Wyndham until 4pm, so when we arrived in Philadelphia around 12pm, we had quite a bit of time to kill.  Our first stop?  The infamous “cheese steak corner”.  Everyone told me before I went that day to make sure I tried Geno’s Steaks and Pat’s King of Steaks.  I can honestly say I had never even heard of the 2 places until then.  After doing a little bit of research, I learned that these 2 competitors seem to have their own fan bases – and usually people prefer one over the other.  I also learned there is an official lingo when ordering a Philly cheese steak!  Can I get a whiz wit….?  😉

Brandon got his hands on a Geno’s sandwich (with whiz) while I opted for Pat’s (with provolone).  The Geno’s sandwich was dripping with grease and I have to admit, it tasted a bit artificial to me.  Maybe it was the cheese whiz?  Maybe it was the steak itself?  I don’t know.  I preferred the Pat’s cheese steak out of the 2 places.  Neither one of them really impressed me, however.

My not-so-professional analysis?  They are both overrated tourist traps.  But hey, at least we can say we tried them both.

Killing Time

After our little trip to cheese steak corner, we headed across the street to kill some time at a local bar called South Philly .  We we’re the only ones in there, aside from the bartender.  Then again, it was a Friday afternoon…..and barely over 12pm!  It was a casual bar that was clearly a popular Philly sports spot, as it had sports team pennants and autographs all over the walls.  We hung out for a while before we decided to move on.

A Show We Won’t Soon Forget

That evening we caught a cab from the Wyndham to the Fillmore in Philadelphia.  We arrived 2 hours early since the show was general admission, and the line really wasn’t as bad as we had expected.  Tucker Beathard opened the show (he’s a newbie to the scene and fantastic, BTW) followed by The Cadillac Three (they were AWESOME) and of course Chase Rice being the final act, performing not only his hits like “Ready, Set Roll” and “Gonna Wanna Tonight”, but also singing some fun covers.
This show was in my top 5 for sure.  The energy of the performers was amazing and the crowd was electric.  We made a few friends, got GREAT spots, and had an unbelievable time.  I really liked this venue.  The staff was friendly and everything was smooth sailing.  Oh, and while we didn’t get much time with him, Chase Rice was a very friendly guy!  And just as gorgeous in person….just sayin’.


Day 1 was a blast, but I was exhausted.  Day 2 we would see much more of the city…..


Harpers Ferry & Charles Town – For the Outdoorsy

May 12, 2015 in Everything Else / Trips in Eastern United States

A few weeks ago we ventured down to Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia to go hiking and also to play “tourist.”  We started at Shenandoah National Park and worked our way into town.  Harper’s Ferry is such a beautiful historic area, with picturesque scenery everywhere you turn.  The town is very “touristy” but filled with unique shops and inns.  If you’re feeling adventurous, Harper’s Ferry also boasts zip lining, kayaking, rafting, tubing and more.

Be sure to hike along some of the many trails, including the well-known Appalachian Trail and the C&O Canal.  There are plenty of family-friendly things to do.

Charles Town Races are located about 1o minutes away from Harper’s Ferry.  My boyfriend, his son, and I met up with my mother who is a geek for races.  She watches horse racing regularly so she was really excited to see her favorite horses run.  My boyfriend allowed his 12 year old son to pick a horse to win one of the races and he would bet a few dollars on it.  His son picked Moreno, who won- go figure!  If only he had bet more….

Take a look at some of the photos from the trip below!


Harper's Ferry, WV

Harper’s Ferry, WV

Harper's Ferry, WV Church

Harper’s Ferry, WV Church

Harper's Ferry, WV Church

Harper’s Ferry, WV Church

Harper's Ferry, WV Steeple

Harper’s Ferry, WV Steeple

Harper's Ferry, WV Church

Harper’s Ferry, WV Church

Charles Town Races

Charles Town Races

Charles Town Races

Charles Town Races

Charles Town Races

Charles Town Races

Charles Town Races

Charles Town Races

Charles Town Races

Charles Town Races

Charles Town Races

Charles Town Races

Charles Town Races

Charles Town Races


21 great roadtrip songs

21 (More) Great Road Trip Songs

January 24, 2015 in Everything Else

I love road trips…and I love finding new music to listen to on my road trips.  I put a blog post up a few months ago listing 30 awesome songs to take on your next road trip and I wanted to add to that list.  Here I have listed 21 more great songs for your next road trip!  I’ve even created a PDF for you to print and take along next time you’re searching for music.  Or, if you have Spotify, be sure to follow my Roadtrippin’ list!

Here is road trip song list #2 for your listening pleasure:

Dido Sand in my Shoes
Dirty Heads Cabin by the Sea
Don Henley The Boys of Summer
Florida Georgia Line Cruise
Foster the People Pumped Up Kicks
Jackson Browne Running on Empty
Jake Owen Barefoot Blue Jean Night
Jason Aldean Fly Over States
Jo Dee Messina Heads Carolina
LeAnne Rimes One Way Ticket
Lord Huron Time to Run
Maroon 5 Sunday Morning
Mike Mentz Cigarette
Rodney Atkins Take a Back Road
Roger Miller King of the Road
Sheryl Crow Everyday is a Winding Road
Steppenwolf Born to be Wild
The 1975 Chocolate
Tom Petty Free Fallin’
Tyler Hilton Sunset Boulevard
Tyler Hilton When it Comes


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