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Whirlwind East Coast Tour

November 22, 2014

I’m baaaaack!  And boy do I have a lot to catch you up on.  It’s been a busy travel month for me – in fact, I don’t think I’ve ever been so many different places in the span of 30 days.  Now that I’m safely back home, I’m reflecting on the fun, busy, crazy month I’ve had.  I’ll be back with more in-depth posts on most of these destinations, but to give you an idea of what I’ve been up to…

Just as the snow started to fly in Colorado, I packed my bags and said goodbye to the phenomenal fall foliage that was sure to be off the trees within days.

Colorado fall foliage

colorado fall foliage

I jetted off to my hometown of Williamsburg, Virginia, where I spent a few days relaxing at my parents’ house.  It was a pretty mellow few days, and the highlight was running around their beautiful neighborhood on a 4-mile route that’s become one of my favorites over the last few years.

the loop Kingsmill

From there, it was up to Washington, D.C. and the nearby suburb of Great Falls, Virginia to spend some time with my sister and her husband.  On our drive up, my mom and I stopped in D.C. and played tourist for an afternoon, strolling around a few of the memorials.

Washington Monument

Korean War Memorial

Later that weekend, we went on a family outing to see the waterfall that gives Great Falls its name.  I’d heard it was pretty spectacular, but I was still blown away by the size and beauty of these falls so close to D.C.

Great Falls Virginia

At the end of that weekend, I jumped in the car and headed to Waynesboro, a town in mountainous central Virginia, to visit one of my closest friends and spend time with her adorable baby boy.  My only priority was spending some quality time with those two, but I also managed to hit peak fall colors in the area and we got to spend a day wine tasting.  Great friends, cute babies, gorgeous scenery and wine… does it get any better than that?  (Hint: no, it really just doesn’t.)

Fall Wine Tasting Virginia

After that, I headed back to Williamsburg by way of Charlottesville, home of the University of Virginia’s picture-perfect campus.  I enjoyed a couple days of downtime in Williamsburg before heading off to New York City for a girls weekend with my mom and my sister.

Manhattan from the air

We spent a jam-packed three days in Manhattan sightseeing, eating, going to the theater and shopping our way around the city.  It was as fun as it was exhausting.

Chrysler Building NYC

From New York, I flew straight to my favorite city in the Northeast, Boston, to celebrate my Nana’s birthday.  My dad met me there, and we spent a great few days in the city, including a tour of Fenway Park.

Fenway Park

After Boston, I relished a couple more days of downtime in Williamsburg before heading south.  I visited another one of my best friends and her family in St. Augustine, Florida.  I’d never been to St. Augustine before, and it quickly became one of my new favorite destinations.  I’ll definitely be back with more photos and details on my stay there.  For now, it looked a little bit like this:

St. Augustine Florida

St. Augustine, Florida

After a great stay in St. Augustine, I rented a car and drove to my final destination, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.  My parents spend half the year down there and have always raved about how gorgeous November in South Florida can be.  I finally got to experience it, and it was truly spectacular.

Ft. Lauderdale beach

Now I’m back in the mountains where I belong, trying to wrap my head around the idea of winter and all of the fun that ski season and the holidays bring.  I’m happy to be back, but it’s always a rude awakening to go straight from the beach to a snowy winter wonderland.  I know, you must feel really sorry for me.  I’ll be back soon with details on some of these adventures!

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