Guess who has two thumbs and won a ticket to Blog Life University? This girl!
Sure Atlanta is hotter than Hades right now and Trae is less than pumped about the car ride, but I am thrilled. Honestly, the conference isn’t coming at the best time either, but I love the idea of an unplanned adventure. One of the biggest lessons we have learned in our six years of marriage is that “adventure is out there…if you say yes to it” Sure most of that motto from Pixar’s UP, but it is true.
When Trae and I started dating way back in the day, I had him doing some pretty random stuff: swimming at the Lake Hartwell dam, sliding down Sliding Rock near Boone, NC, and even swimming in Clemson University’s reflection pond. I had to drag him most of the time, especially when it came to hoping the fence to get to the dam’s swimming hole, but when we got to the end destination, he had a blast. My wanderlust pairs nicely with his reality. (I every once in awhile need to be reminded of the logistics of things. Unless that thing is getting on a plane to Vietnam, then all bets are off.)
After we got married, Trae stopped wanting to go adventuring as much. When we first moved to North Carolina, he wasn’t all about going and exploring the mountain region we were living in. I ended up going to remote swimming holes and hiking on trails with friends while Trae stayed at home. During that period, we drifted from one another.
Then we moved to another town, and Trae realized he had missed out on a lot of fun moments. He vow’ed to say “Yes” to adventures. By saying “Yes,” we are now creating more memories and finding ourselves doing things that we never dreamed of. With each adventure, we find ourselves becoming closer.
Since moving four years ago, we have had numerous adventures from a Valentine’s Day Dinner in an aquarium to going to a Star Wars themed Canes hockey game. Just recently we went to the Greenway in Greenville and took home-made shifters out to the creek to look for prehistoric sharks teeth! We ended up with around 30 teeth varying in sizes from super tiny to pretty large. This past weekend we went to the beach and lazed around. (Not all good adventures have to be Goonies “never say die” action packed. A relaxing day on the beach or in the mountains can be a great way to make memories.) And now here we are about to go to Atlanta. Even though Trae isn’t excited about the drive, he knows that I will make sure we have an exciting time. We already have tickets lined up to see A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse.
Even though we are headed to Georgia for our next adventure, it is important to remember that you don’t have to leave the state or country to have an adventure. The purpose of going on an adventure it is to have great time and create a memory that will cause you to smile and think of your spouse fondly.
Some treasure maps to adventure can be found at
All of these websites show the wackiest and most off-the-beaten path attractions every state has to offer. A quick North Carolina search brings up hang gliding off Jockey’ Ridge in Nag’s Head, visiting the whirligigs at Acid Park in Wilson, and walking the Road to No Where in the Smokey Mountains.
Road Trippers is super neat because it will map out your whole trip and show you where to stop for “weird stuff”, attractions, restaurants, natural wonders, and even places to stay! You know I am going to let Road Trippers make our long drive to Atlanta more entertaining!