Would you like to hear about how I almost died this past weekend?  If so, keep reading through the good adventures to make your way to the bad ones (we all have them).

This past weekend, I was fortunate enough to make a five hour trip up to St. Augustine and Jacksonville, Florida.  It was a girls trip consisting of my mother, my sister, and I.  I don’t know how we fit in so many adventures into a 48 hour period, but we made it work.  The wanderlust within me was definitely satisfied 🙂 .  I took a lot of pictures during the trip, and narrowed them down to my three favorites.

My sister unfortunately did not get to partake in any of the events in which these pictures took place because her trip to Florida was strictly for business purposes, but we had fun all the same.

My favorite adventure holds a piece in all three of these photos.  My mom and I decided to visit a supposedly “haunted” lighthouse in St. Augustine.  If you’re ever in the St. Augustine area (which I highly recommend due to the rich culture and wondrous history of it being the nations oldest city) you should definitely visit the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum.  The story behind the lighthouse will definitely give you the creeps, but the adrenaline will make you excited to climb the 219 steps to the top for the breathtaking view.  With the lighthouse being St. Augustine’s oldest surviving brick structure, there have been many deaths within its walls and the surrounding area over the years.  At nighttime, you can choose to take a ghost tour within the grounds and try your luck (or misfortune) at siting a ghost.

My mom and I visited in the afternoon about a half an hour before closing time, and bought our $12 tickets to enter the lighthouse.  There was nothing like the feeling of accomplishment by making it to the very top of the spiral staircase and seeing the view from above of St. Augustine.

wijsejfThis photo is of one of the many windows within the lighthouse that provide a cool breeze as you make the trek up the narrow stairs.  It may be nothing special compared the the photography of professionals around the world, but I wanted to capture the beauty of it framing the view outside.

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This photo is aesthetically pleasing to me.  There.  I said it.  (I’ll refrain from saying it ever again to try to keep up my reputation of being as non-cliché as possible)

Oh, who am I kidding?  I can be pretty damn cliché sometimes, sue me 😛 .

Once we reached the top, I leaned over and looked down into the center and realized how the view put the walk up into perspective, and so I snapped a picture of it.  Simple as that.

 

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The reward of completing the ascension/descension of the lighthouse staircase was exiting and finding this trove of gardenias, my mom’s favorite flower.  Although we were sweaty and exhausted, the scent of the flowers placed a blanket of calm over our scenic walk to the car.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this short #AdventuresFromReality post!  I would love if you shared some stories of adventures you’ve taken with me!

Now, to the scary part of our trip.  My mom and I decided to drive up into Georgia because of it’s close proximity to Jacksonville.  We drove a few miles in and realized that there was hardly any civilization to be found…and zero cell service.  No signal for GPS.  Being the modern chic’s that we are, it freaked us out.  At one point, I received one bar of signal and decided to do a little bit of research before reaching our destination, Dixon Memorial State forest.  Good thing I did, because we discovered the kind of animals that reside there.  There was no way we were becoming Black Bear snacks >.<

After making a swift U-Turn, we tried driving down dirt roads to find a scenic spot to relax at….to no avail.  Don’t judge us, but we felt like we were in a scene of a Chainsaw Massacre movie, and so we hauled a$$ back to Florida.  I do realize that next time we have to actually give Georgia a chance and spend more time finding its hidden beauties, but time was limited.  If you live in Georgia, I apologize for being so nervous!  Next time will be better.

 

Alright, we’ve reached the end of this rushed post, and I just wanted to quickly update you on what I’m currently working on.

  • A review of “A Court of Mist and Fury” by Sarah J. Maas
  • A calendar organizing and laying out a schedule for upcoming posts and book hauls.
  • More Adventures From Reality

Stay tuned!

-Gabrielle ❤