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Wanna Get Away?

Have you ever just wanted to get away? I know it’s #tbt, but this Thursday I am going to dream forward. Maybe it’s because I haven’t traveled recently, I had to cancel my trip to Chicago this weekend, or I am simply in the mood to relax and take in life, but I am itching to go somewhere. Unfortunately, because of prior commitments and work, I am unable to get to a beach and just be. That doesn’t help sooth the soul.

What to do instead? Looks like I will need to recreate a vacation experience at home. I feel pretty confident I have the recipe for what makes a good beach weekend…

  1. Sunshine. Get outside. It may be close to 100 degrees this weekend, but that doesn’t mean you should stay inside. I have a few runs planned to help soak up vitamin D; I also plan on dining al fresco. It’s summer so live like it is – no matter where you are!
  2. Music. I love Kenny Chesney. Something about his music helps me to relax, so blast the speakers! Everyone has their thing and Kenny is mine!
  3. Read a book. When I go to the beach, I read. Even when you’re on vacation, reading can take you to another place. A chance to experience someone else’s life, so it’s the ultimate vacation on a vacation. Well, I will continue “reading” my audiobooks while I run, but I am going to find some type of fiction to read. Any suggestions, let me know! I need something light and funny.
  4. Break a sweat. Nothing releases stress like exercise. I just started back up at Pure Barre, so I’ll be there a few times this weekend, in addition to running. Wearing your body out is good for your mind.
  5. A good drink. My friend and I are going to Le Meridien’s rooftop bar on Saturday to try their popular popsicle drinks and watch the sunset. #winning

Well, that’s my plan this weekend. Hopefully, I’ll fool myself into thinking I’m away. Maybe I’ll purchase a baby pool for the patio while I’m at it…Happy Wanderings!

PS – In the spirit on #tbt, I’ll post some of my favorite beach pictures from my previous travels. Dreaming this is where I was today!

The Bahamas

The Bahamas

Emerald Isle, NC

Grand Cayman

Grand Cayman

Mexico

Mexico

Ocean Sunset

Cruise Stop

Grand Cayman again

Badin Lake

Badin Lake – Home Sweet Home

 

The Stay-cation – MeckDec Day

Since we didn’t get home until late, I slept in on Saturday morning. (a.k.a. productivity would be missing from my day.) Since I was still tired when I got up, the puppies and I snuggled and watched some silly TV shows instead of running. Eventually, I got going and stopped by work for a bit, then it was back to my stay-cation. May 20 marks MeckDec Day here in Charlotte. MeckDec Day celebrates the signing of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, rumored to be signed about 400 days before the American Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia. It’s a rumored, but a reason for a celebration, nonetheless. I guess it used to be a big celebration in the past – presidents have come to visit the city for this occasion. The most recent visit was Lady Bird Johnson, so it has been a while.

I noticed information about MeckDec Day when I was researching museums. I love museums when I travel, so it only seemed appropriate that I make a point to visit all of Charlotte’s museums. The Charlotte Museum of History advertised a MeckDec Day celebration on Saturday, so I wanted to take part. Best surprise – they had free admission!

This is not the first time I have lived in Charlotte, and is a city I have spent a lot of time visiting over the last 9 years. Most people would never associate Charlotte with history. Its growth is relatively recent and its sparkly skyline is quite new. That being said, I’m learning Charlotte has a lot of history, but it’s quite different than what you’ll find in Northern Virginia or New IMG_9515England. The Charlotte Museum of History helped put this in perspective, and it really exceeded my expectations!

(I need to confess that I had incredibly low expectations for this museum. I’ve been blessed to visit some of the biggest and best museums in the world. This was Charlotte.)

First off the museum was much larger than I expected. IMG_1339I didn’t expect much more than a general welcome center, but it was a large building with several rooms for exhibits and the ability to host events. The main attraction for the museum is the Hezekiah Alexander house. He was a wealthy blacksmith and magistrate living in Mecklenburg County in the 1770s. I was really impressed by this house. I enjoy touring historic houses. My experience with Revolutionary War-period houses is limited to Boston, greater-DC, and a little from Charleston. This is unique because Mecklenburg County/Charlotte was “the West” and not inhabited. Everything else I visited was an urban area and quite a different lifestyle. If you’re in the arIMG_1347ea, I highly recommend visiting. The restoration work has been done well and a lot of research on the house. There is even a spring house which is very cool (even on humid Carolina summer days), which they used as a refrigerator (though not that cold). This desk was also original to the house. Just to think of all of the great work that happened on this desk and the impact that had to his family and the surrounding citizens.

After my visit and informative tour, I decided to have a late brunch somewhere. I ended up at Crispy Crepe in South End. I had a savory crepe and a creme brûlée latte. The latte had cartelized sugar on top – my favorite partIMG_1356 of creme brûlée.  Quite delicious; just wish I would have given myself more time to enjoy.

Then I realized, this isn’t a stay-cation! This is just what people do when they stay home for a weekend. Something I am not familiar with! Man, I can’t wait to get to know Charlotte better and make it home 🙂

The Stay-cation – Kenny Chesney

The way things fell this weekend, I was going to be in Charlotte, so I decided to have a stay-cation. I recently moved to the city, but I haven’t had a lot of chances to explore. Then as I thought about it, I moved here about 5 months ago, which isn’t that recently, so I really needed to step up the exploring. I needed to approach Charlotte like I would any city where I decided to go for the weekend. This included the Kenny Chesney concert on Friday and exploring the city on Saturday.

A little clip of Kenny…

Kenny Chesney is my FAVORITE singer. There is something about his music that just wraps me in and can’t be out done. Friday was one rainy mess in Charlotte, but that wasn’t going to get us down! If it rains, there is nothing you can do but embrace it! We got there late because we had to work, but still had a chance to do a small tailgate in the parking lot. A guy that we parked to was complaining about the rain. I mean, please. We knew all day it was going to rain, t’s an outdoor concert pavilion, AND attending is completely optional. Just saying, but you can’t complain when you make the decision to go. And if you make the decision, best to change your mood/perspective and just go with it. Life will be much happier. Anyway, the concert was fantastic! He played hits from 15 years ago that I hadn’t heard in concert before. Way to go, Kenny! I’m probably your easiest fan to please, but I think my friend, Dan, had a good time, too. We looked like we went swimming by the end of the night – COMPLETELY worth it!

Looks like we just went swimming, but super happy!

Looks like we just went swimming, but super happy!

 

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