Sunday, November 24, 2013

Oh hey there,

I recently had two days off in a row. While that doesn't seem impressive, I was going on 16 days without a true day off. I spent it helping a friend move, going to lunch, and seeing a movie one day, and then the next day: I slept. It was glorious!

The next day, I was reading a camping magazine, where an article talked about writing reference letters. The author started the article with a quote that is especially true in the camp world.

"From the outside looking in, you can't understand it. From the inside looking out, you can't explain it"

Wow. If this doesn't describe my life, I don't know what does! It's so true. When friends and family hear my "horror" stories of cleaning up poop, staying up ALLLLLLLL night, getting beat up in a crosswalk in the middle of the road and working 90 hours a week, they often scoff in horror. But when I share these stories with my fellow camp counselors and supervisors, they laugh right along with me. Sometimes, laughing is all you can do to get through a situation, but sometimes, I just want people to understand how wonderful this world can be. I'm sure my friends get tired of hearing my stories, and I know a lot of them don't understand why we do it. But all it takes is one traveler to say something funny, and everything is ok.

Back to the real world.

I'm currently sitting in a hotel watching the Broncos beat up on the Patriots! It's funny, I spend more nights in hotels than I do in my own bed, but this time is much better :) I finally have internet that doesn't block this site, so I figured I'd update you all on my life!

What have I been up to? Just crossing things off my bucket list, and finally becoming a world traveler!

On one of the coldest days of the year, I rode a bike around DC! It was so fun, and I got to see a lot more than I would if I was just walking. 

We're going to Disneyworld!
It feels like we hit the Access Adventures championship! It's been my favorite trip so far, and it was so fun! We stayed at a Disneyworld Resort hotel, and visited all of the parks! I've never been so tired, but it was so much fun! Disney really knows what they're doing, especially in terms of accessibility. They have everything planned, which made my job a lot easier! 

Epcot at night! 

After Disney, we took a quick weekend trip to Hershey, Pennsylvania! It was soooo cold, but we got to make our own chocolate bars, and buy all the chocolate!

The Bahamas! 
While the summer is 9 trips in 9 weeks, it seems that the fall is more exhausting, but that may be because the best trips are in the fall! We went on a cruise to the Bahamas and Turks and Cacicos, which means I finally got to use my passport! The cruise is different experience, and we hit some crazy swells, which made sleeping impossible one night, but overall it was a blast! It was so cool getting to swim in beautiful blue water, and dancing with the DJs on the island. 

Watching the waves

I'm on my way home to Colorado for Thanksgiving! A short trip home for snowmobiling and Catching Fire (round 2!) is followed by a long drive to Montana. Then, it's back to Maryland for two more trips. Once that's over, I'll have a nice break where I'll get to plan everything for the summer, and get caught up on office work :( I'm looking forward to a little bit of downtime though! 

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!