Sunday, June 17, 2012

Dirty Dash to Vacation!

It's only the 17th of June and I feel like I have been so busy and have done so much. Unfortunately I feel like this summer is going to fly by. So we better enjoy it right?

**Disclaimer: If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you have most likely seen most of these pictures.**

June 2nd was a big day for me you guys....I ran (or should I say trudged? walked?) my first 5k! Kyle and I ran did the Dirty Dash! For those that don't know what that is, it's a 5k, but not your average 5k. There are obstacles such as rope ladders, walls to climb over and under, pipes to jump over, and tubes to shimmy through, but to complicate things a tad all of the obstacles are MUDDY!  It was a lot of fun! It wasn't as hard as I was expecting it to be, besides the first 1/3 of a mile that was uphill (death).  There were so many people, that at all of the obstacles we ended up having to wait, so it gave us time to catch our breath.  Kyle was so great...he stayed at my pace and even helped me over some of the walls that were too tall for me to get over! 

So here is the before and after! We might have gotten a little dirty...

After the Dirty Dash I packed my bags and headed to the big apple!!!!

My great friend Amelia (one of my first roommates) invited me to go visit NYC, Boston, and Cape Cod with her.  Her mother's friend Claudia lives in Boston and also has a house in the Cape, so she agreed to be our amazing tour guide! It truly was such a dream come true! It has always been a dream of mine to go to NYC and it was everything I had hoped for! We did a lot of walking, picture taking, celeb searching, but mostly just soaking in all the NYC-ness! I cannot until I get to go back.

We only stayed one night...but lucky us we stayed in Times Square! This was our view from our room! 
Absolutely incredible.
I felt as if I was in a dream most of the time!

Amelia and I with Mickey. 
Who knew he would be in NYC?!

Getting on the subway! I felt like a true New Yorker for about 5 minutes! 

Getting gelato in SOHO.

If you know me, you know I loooooooove me some Betsey Johnson!! 
I am so sad she is going out of business... :(

I am so grateful for Claudia! She took such good care of us and treated Amelia and I to a Broadway show! 
Although it was my third....yes third time seeing was phenomenal!! Words cannot express how amazing it was. I got chills so many times, and I was almost brought to tears it was so good. I could see it a hundred times more and never get bored. It really is such a great show!

 After the show Amelia and I split a NYC hot dog! And boy was it good! 

Me in Times Square!

The next day we headed to the World Trade Center Memorial. It was truly breath-taking. It is so serene and peaceful. There is such a different feeling when you are there. My heart still aches for those who were lost, and those who lost loved ones on that horrible day. Being in NYC I had multiple moments where I thought about what it would have been like to be in the city on 9/11. To be apart of the chaos and sadness. I cannot even fathom what it would have been like.

My collage of the memorial.  Left: the soon to be memorial and Freedom tower. Top right: The North Tower Pool and names engraved around the pool.  Bottom right: Amelia and I.

The pools are so amazing. There are two symbolizing the two towers. Both have all of the names of people who died in the towers, and also who died at the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania. All of the names of those who were apart of fire departments, police squads, bomb squads, etc.  
After the 9/11 memorial we went and saw the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, 5 ave where all the ritzy shops and hotels are. While walking around the city, out of nowhere I saw this beauty! The Manhattan Temple! It was such a great feeling seeing a midst all of the hustle and bustle of the city, this beautiful house of the Lord! 

Well after only two day in the city we headed out to Cape Cod! After the craziness of the city it was nice to head out and relax for four days! We laid by the beach, went on bike rides, watched movies, and just relaxed! It was much needed and the best way to vacation.

Claudia's oh so cute house! 

Sunday we took the ferry over to Martha's Vineyard and enjoyed the day there! It is so cute there! The houses are adorable and the shops are so cute and quaint! 

Our last night in the Cape Claudia took us to Woods Hole for a nice farewell dinner! We then went to the cutest and nicest beach and enjoyed our last sunset in the Cape!  

I feel so lucky to have been able to take this trip. I am extremely grateful for my friendship with Amelia, and for Claudia's hospitality.  She was extremely generous for letting us come out and stay with her.  I cannot wait to go back hopefully sooner rather than later!

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