Exploring & Escapades

bits & pieces of my travels

Tag: Florida


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Florida, my second home. A six hour drive to the beach was much better than Memorial Day weekend, alone, in Mississippi. The sand was like snow. The sky, a watercolor. 


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Hello again, Florida. Quick excursion to Destin for Taco and Tequila Fest. And to visit friends, of course :). 

Alma Mater

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“Southern suns and sky blue water, smile upon you Alma mater.” One of the fastest trips of my life; we left for the airport Friday afternoon and drove four hours to catch a plane in New Orleans to sunny Miami, so that we could watch our Canes play FSU on Saturday evening. Our flight home left Sunday morning at 9 am. Every minute was worth it. I saw all of my best friends. Tailgating. Our beautiful campus. Miami will always be my second home. 

Southern suns and sky blue water,
Smile upon you Alma mater;
Mistress of this fruitful land,
With all knowledge at your hand,
Always just to honor true,
All our love we pledge to you.
Alma Mater, stand forever
On Biscayne’s wondrous shore.

The Gulf






For Labor Day weekend, we drove down to the Gulf Coast – specifically, the Florida / Alabama line, which is about four and a half hours from where we are in Columbus, Mississippi. I had never been to the Gulf Coast before, and I had been deeply missing the ocean, so it was a highly welcomed escape. 

The Gulf is very different than the beaches I’m used to at home. It felt much less developed. No candy stores and arcades or other attractions – the kind that pop up in the most touristy destinations. Instead, the focus was on the beach and the water. Simply being alive and enjoying it. 

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Coral Gables

Good morning, “City Beautiful,” Coral Gables. It reminds me of Spain, or some far away place, the colors and the way the sun hits as it rises over Biscayne Bay.

Alma Mater

Sunlife Stadium

The U

Sunlife Stadium insideAlma Mater love & an excellent excuse to escape to sunny Florida for a weekend with friends. Tailgating began before the sun came up, but what a game.


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