We arrived in North Carolina, Friday, November 2; the next day, we visited the Fort Fisher NC Aquarium! I was super excited because this was only the second aquarium to which I’ve ever been (the other being in Chicago). Overall, I liked this one a lot more. We took a TON of photos too, so here’s a few highlights:
On our way down to Texas, Brian realized that his birthday was that weekend, and that after Halloween, we could drive over to North Carolina to celebrate — so we did! It was a 20 hour drive from Austin, TX, to Wilmington, NC, where Brian used to live. On the way over, we passed through a few states (we passed through Mississippi and Alabama at night, so we missed those signs), I caught up on some reading, and I had my first Jack In The Box:
When we went to Austin last fall, we booked a place to stay through AirBNB. It’s like a mix between hotel, hostel, your friends’/relatives’ places, and “winging it.” Regular people like you and me just list the “extra space” they have that you can then rent out for whatever period of time. You can rent a room, a bed, a whole house… and more obscurely, there are options to rent boathouses, treehouses, air mattresses in living rooms, etc. So if I wanted to let someone stay the night on my couch in my living room for $5 a night, I just put that up on the site and see who wants to come stay with me. We stayed with the loveliest woman, Michele. She’s been living in Austin, in the same house for longer than I’ve been alive. She lives north of downtown Austin in a quiet, tree-lined, vibrant neighborhood …
It’s odd that for our Halloween road trip, we went for, well, Halloween! and we ended up not really photographing that night! I was too wrapped up in experiencing the moment, and Brian’s not much of a camera person sometimes. We have a few snapshots from the night, and we definitely have some memories, so that’s what’s important.
There were a lot of little “bits & pieces” that accumulated while we were in Austin – we ate at a few BBQ joints; visited quite a few boutiques (and comic book stores — actually, just about EVERY comic book store); went out for drinks at a few places; and generally just really enjoyed ourselves. A few places featured above: Big Top Candy Shop: I got a custom-made milkshake there – I tried cinnamon ice cream with homemade Dr. Pepper… and it was DELICIOUS! Planet K: Very interesting shop, but we didn’t walk out with anything. Stiles Switch BBQ: We ate here TWICE! Fantastic brisket… OMG my mouth is watering just thinking about it. Workhorse Bar: We walked here one night from the house in which we were staying. They had a great selection of Texas beers at great prices, and a jukebox that played an instrumental version of a …
Disc golf is something Brian got me into. He took me discing for the first time last spring, and we’ve tried to make a habit of it. It’s a great hobby because it’s easy to pick up, in most cases FREE, and occupies a good amount of time. You can make a day of it if you want. It does get a bad rap sometimes as being a “stoner sport” though. Anyways… while we were in Austin, we hit up Mary Moore Searight Metropolitan Park to play their 18 hole course: This course is one our favorites now – it’s nicely kept; the difficulty ranges enough for the two of us; and the holes are not only easy to find and numbered, but they have a map of the layout of the hole at the start of each! More FORGOTTEN PHOTOS FRIDAY. More from our Halloween 2012 Vacation.
We drove into Austin, TX, the morning of Monday, October 29 (2012). Here’s some snapshots of what we did on that first day: Magnolia Cafe South Scenic overlook Pet store Madam Mam’s Boutique shopping Unfortunately, I’m having trouble remembering the names of the pet store and the boutiques. I’m still searching my memory though! More FORGOTTEN PHOTOS FRIDAY. More from our Halloween 2012 Vacation. xo Ashley
Last week, I started to share my photos from the Halloween vacation Brian & I took last year. The first thing we did after the drive down, we stopped at the Dallas Zoo! Visiting a new zoo or aquarium is #25 on my list of 25 things to do while I’m 25. The Dallas Zoo was our first stop after we arrived in Texas. Brian had only slept about 20 minutes prior, and I had brushed my teeth in the parking lot… We were pretty tired and disheveled, but I loved it! We had a good time enjoying the warmer weather and a new environment. More FORGOTTEN PHOTOS FRIDAY. xo Ashley