You know how in movies people will just buy a plane ticket and run away for awhile? Well last week I was the girl in that movie. I spent hours on the phone with my best friend going over every detail of her summer in Colorado - she's living here for the entire 3 months - and while trying to decide when she would drive from New Hampshire down to Denver we made the snap decision for me to fly out and road trip back home with her. Really couldn't get any better than flying to New Hampshire and road tripping more than half way across the country right?! I flew out just a few days after finals ended - thank goodness because boy was I ready for a break! With just those few days to pack up and move out of my house and back into my parents houses and pack up for my trip it was a busy weekend for sure! After a midnight flight and 9 hours of travel to Boston I finally landed. My best friend and I had yet another movie moment where we saw each other in the airport and ran into each others arms - it was wonderful. We spent the day exploring Boston and even had lunch at a fun restaurant where the waiters were purposely rude and gave us interesting hats -
We were on our way back up to Bedford NH to Brookes family home for a few days to prepare for our long road trip. We spent three days with her family who is basically my family and buying lots of snacks for the car - oh and getting ice cream :-) we spent a day in Portsmouth at a yummy pizza place and buying some fun things for our trip
Early Thursday morning we packed up her Volvo and headed out on our road trip extravaganza.
Day 1: Bedford, NH -> Niagara Falls, NY -> Cleveland, OH
We started of our road trip the way anyone would; with a selfie. Then headed off on the road. only 10 minutes into the trip, on the highway, we killed a squirrel. IT JUST RAN IN THE HIGHWAY THERE WAS NOTHING WE COULD HAVE DONE! We tried to brush off the loss and keep moving. It really wasn't very long to get to Niagara Falls, maybe 5 hours! Red Bull can really make 5 hours feel like 20 minutes so we flew through our first chunk of driving and arrived at the Falls. MY GOODNESS was it a sight to see, so gorgeous and so much more than I ever imagined. We may or may not have snuck up into the viewing deck after they closed it to more people, but it was worth it because woah. Finally we pulled ourselves away from the falls and headed off to our first nights hotel just outside of Cleveland. We got to our hotel around 10:30 and for some reason sitting in a car all day made us so exhausted I think we ran around jumping on beds for only 10 minutes and got in bed.
Bright and early Brooke and I headed off to out next destination, De Moine Iowa. But of course knowing us we had to use some of our time for adventure, so clearly stopping in Chicago was our plan. Same as the day before we had just about 5 hours of driving into Chicago and 5 hours out to our last nights hotel. Chicago is a city I have visited previously but never have I ever been with my best friend all by ourselves and capable of anything. With all of this freedom we chose to walk around Millennium Park and stare at a giant silver bean - and we also ate lunch at an Italian quick serve place and WOW was it yummy for like $6 bowl of basil pesto. Maybe if Brooke didn't shake her Italian soda and spray it all over our table we wouldn't have had orange infused noodles, but it made for a fun day! That night we got to our hotel and I just honestly had never been so grateful for the experiences life hands me everyday. I was on a road trip with my best friend across more than half of the country and ya know what, not many people get that opportunity. It was humbling truly.
The extent of Brooke and I spending days together usually involves lots of unhealthy food, watching way too much Spongebob for 20 year olds and laughing harder than I ever have, so seeing her really was the perfect start to summer - especially when I know I will get to do all of that for weeks to come. Having your best friend move away in the middle of high school can be really tough, but Brooke and I have never been closer and I wouldn't dream of having a friend better than her. I am so grateful to have her back and excited for the adventures that await us!
Through all of the adventures and days full of fun I strive to remember to radiate love every moment that I can - and to stay grateful for every curve ball life throws at me.
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