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A Summer 2015 Adventure Encore

The weather is still warm here in Florida but there are signs that Fall is right around the corner. The mornings are a little chilly, pumpkin patches have popped up, stores have their Halloween (and Thanksgiving and Christmas) decor lining shelves, and Starbucks has replaced the Mango syrup with PSLs. (I’ll miss you Strawberry Mango Refreshers!) I guess it’s officially Fall and time to say goodbye to Summer.

But before we go, how about an encore of this Summer’s adventures…? Summer 2015, you were really good to me. Thanks for all the memories.

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Motorcycle trip to the Panhandle for Memorial Day weekend. We kicked off the summer with a trip to the Panhandle for Memorial Day just as we have done for the past two years. This trip is always so much fun. HOT but fun. (And I wrote a little post about my feelings on Memorial Day.)

Lost my cat… and found her! Okay, so this wasn’t fun but it happened this summer. Luna went missing for about two weeks. Just when I had given up hope of her homecoming, I found her walking the streets in the neighborhood behind our house on the way to work one morning. Needless to say, she’s strictly an inside kitty now.

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Spending time on the water. Being in Florida means lots of opportunities for water activities. Adam and I went boating, fishing, and cocktail sipping on the dock.I took one trip to the beach (I’m a terrible Floridian) but there were multiple pool parties at Dad’s and even a kiddie pool at the house. I also took a fishing trip with my friend Capt. Leon Dana and landed a nice redfish.

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Friendcation for the Fourth of July. Our friends Dustin and Bekah from Atlanta came down to stay with us over the July 4th weekend. We had fun exploring Jacksonville and St. Augustine during their time here. We even took them out on the boat to watch the fireworks on the St. Johns River over The Jacksonville Landing. The impromptu trip to the Museum of Science and History to see the dino exhibit was probably my favorite stop. Or was it lunch at The Columbia in St. Augustine with mojitos and Cuban sandwiches? GAH! Can’t pick. The whole weekend was a blast.

Live music. I saw three live shows this summer. Josh Gracin and Saliva played at Mavericks. Luke Bryan rocked the arena. And honestly, I can’t pick a favorite. Josh Gracin has been a long time love, Saliva made for a great impromptu date night, and Luke Bryan… well, he’s Luke Bryan. If you know what I mean, ladies?

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Live local theater with friends. And speaking of shows, seeing Seussical the Musical at the Alhambra made for a really fun Sunday night. After all these years, the Alhambra is still one of my favorite places to visit in Jax.

Painting + friends + wine = fun. Desi and I helped welcome Pinot’s Palette to the neighborhood at their media night. And despite numerous glasses of wine and a lack of talent, our masterpieces turned out really well.

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Hiking the mountains marshsides of Florida. Adam and I (and Lima!) picked up hiking this summer. As someone who isn’t terribly athletic but a lover of the great outdoors, this was a great compromise for squeezing some fitness into our schedules. We discovered some really pretty scenery and cool Florida history at Spanish Pond. As the weather cools down, I’m wanting to discover what other hiking trails Jacksonville has to offer.

Celebrated three years of love and six months of marriage. Adam and I splurged with dinner at Terra Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse for our three year dating anniversary and six month wedding anniversary. Any reason to celebrate, right? So thankful for a life with this handsome guy of mine.

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Spending a weekend in a Blue Ridge Mountain cabin. And we closed out the summer with three nights in a cabin with Dustin and Bekah in the mountains of Blue Ridge, Georgia. Another friendcation! Fall was slowly setting in with crisp mornings and warm days. We went wine tasting, geocaching, shopping, apple picking, and ate lots of cheese. LOTS of cheese. Sign me up for a repeat trip next year!

This post was inspired by a similar style post by Kate of Greatest Escapist.

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