Mike and I made an epic roadtrip down south this weekend to go to the wedding of one of his friends from college.  

 

The wedding was in NC, so about 10 hours from Rochester. To split the driving up, we decided to drive to VA, hang out with my family, and then drive to NC. By splitting it up, we ended up driving over 24 hours in a 4 day span. And by we, I of course mean Mike, because he ACTUALLY LIKES DRIVING? I hate it. So that works out nicely. [Thanks for driving me all over the east coast, Mike! :)]

 

I did a really bad job at taking pictures (it was actually really nice to NOT be glued to my phone... anyone else feel like that sometimes?) but I'll try to recap our adventures anyway :)

 

Quite frankly, most of our time looked like this, so not taking pictures didn't miss out on much...

 

Thursday:  left Rochester at 4pm and got to my parent's house in VA around 11pm. We got to hang out with them for a bit (why are my parents better at staying up late than I am?!!! this is not okay) then crashed.

 

Friday: drove the 20 mins to our old apartment complex (the one we were living in before moving to Rochester) and walked our old 1.5 mi loop around the neighborhood, just like old times.

 

 

It was B-E-A-UTIFUL outside (like, 75-80 degrees... YES) and we were loving every second of it. We got lunch at Baja Fresh (another one of our fav places while we were living there) and then drove to Burke Lake to hang out and stare at the water.

 

so pretty, huh?

 

Not the most flattering camera angle... whoops

 

Then we went back to my parents house and "tanned" in the front lawn :) By "tanned" I mean I just laid on a beach towel and took a nap ;)

 

That night we met up with one of Mike's old roomies (HI STEVE! you better be reading this!!!) for dinner and then watched Anchorman 2!

 

Saturday: woke up reeeeeally early (7am, haha) to leave for Winston-Salem, NC! The drive went by pretty fast-- it was only a little over 5 hours and we even got to stop for bbq on the way :) We checked into the hotel and got ready then it was wedding time!

 

 

The wedding was SO cute and super fun. No pics because a) I was too distracted to take my phone out and b) they specifically asked people to not take pictures during the ceremony/cake cutting/etc. I thought that was pretty cool- it's nice to not have everyone "watching" those big moments through their phone's camera!

 

Sunday: regretted my beer-drinking life decisions at the wedding. Struggled to pack and get out of the hotel by 11am, dragged our stuff to the car, and discovered a flat tire. WOMP WOMP. (we had driven over a big piece of wood in the road on the way down- Mike was convinced it was going to give him a flat tire and I said "no no no, it will be fine!" turns out he was right). So then we (and by we, I mean Mike, obviously) changed to the spare tire and drove to a thankfully-open Merchants Tire. (not many places were open on Sundays down there)

 

It took a looooong time but they found the hole and fixed the tire- FOR FREE! How cool is that? We think they felt bad because it took over an hour for the tire to be repaired. The manager gave us his card and told us to come back. That was awkward, since we live 10 hours from his shop... but we took it and said "sure!"

 

We finally hit the road to head back to VA at noon. 6 hours later (we took some detours on the way home to see downtown Lynchburg, VA and Charlottesville, VA) we were back at my parents house and had a cookout with my brother and his family!

 

It was such a perfect way to end our time in VA- cookouts probably won't be possible in Rochester for another month or two, so it was nice to enjoy while we could!

 

Monday: we left my parents house at 9am and got back to Rochester around 4pm. LUCKILY it was still pretty warm so the transition back to the Arctic wasn't too painful ;) I convinced Mike that we needed a treat to welcome us back so we walked to the ice cream place that is WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE of our house. (that will NOT be good for my budget)

 

Black cherry frozen yogurt- buy one get one free? YUP.

p.s. are we instagram friends yet?! 

And that is the story of our weekend. Today I'm trying to be productive since I haven't checked email or responded to blog comments since Thursday. I think I am going to declare Bloglovin' bankruptcy because I have over 100 new posts to read... ahhhh!

 

 

 

Where is the last place you road tripped? OR where is the next place you WILL take a road trip? (bonus points: answer both questions ;))