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Miccosukee Arts Festival

2 Jan

Happy New Year! Unfortunately, any celebration was cut a bit short due to a massive migraine on my part and my brother being way under the weather too- he sounds like a barking dog. But we persevered, had a delicious dinner and am feeling much better today.

All the better to share my little travel excursion with you. I’d been hearing about the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida Arts Festival for a couple weeks and thought it would be fun. So, Nicole and I got our coffee and set off for Miami-ish. A few missed exits and turnarounds later (ahem) a lot later, we arrived at the reservation.

There was dancing, alligators, shows, crafts and a very rich culture present.

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Even though it was far away and kinda hard to find, I had a great time. It was fun to try something different. Hopefully this will a common occurrence in 2012. I’m always up for somethin’ new!

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Road trip!

1 Sep

I had a pretty awesome weekend with some great people. I’ve been looking into ¬†graduate schools and Florida State is pretty high on the list. I was invited to their Lit open house, so I thought it was a good time to hit the road and see what’s what. It’s hard to believe that it’s a almost a 7 hour drive up to Tallahassee (Florida is a crazy huge state!) But with a short stop in Tampa to visit my lovely college roommate, ( and a visit to my favorite tea store) I was ready to roll.

Tallahassee is a really fun city with a lot to do. I got to channel my creative side with Painting with a Twist. It’s a painting studio with great instructors that dole out a lot of helpful instruction and much needed moral support. After 2 hours I was able to make this:

I’m no artist. But it’s a good time.

And you can drink wine! It’s encouraged actually.

Now, that’s my kind of art :)

I also went to Maclay Gardens. Unfortunately, it’s August in Florida so naturally it’s hotter than the 7th circle of hell. But on the bright side I was the only one there and it was really beautiful.

Anna and I ventured a short way off to Wakulla Springs.

We went on a boat ride through the spring. I’ve always lived near the ocean, so it was pretty neat to see a different body of water. (It’s absolutely freezing!) Here are just a couple things we saw.

Kinda looks like my painting, huh?

Alligator!

Enjoying the view

Manatee!

Poor "Old Joe"

It was a fabulous weekend adventure and I hope to get back up to N. Florida again soon.