Summer started with a super fun road trip back to Baltimore from Austin with Lia, a close friend from my grad program at UT. Our main goals were to discover the Southeast and do as much swimming as we could. Our trail:
Day 1: Drove from Austin to Lia’s friends place in the lower 9th ward of New
Day 2 : Mobile, Alabama to swim in a river in the state park shared seafood and
Soulfood at Cozy Brown’s Kitchen
Swam in the ocean off of Destin Beach, FLA
Camped on the Sewanee River, panhandle FLA
Day 3: Attempted to kayak in Okeefenokee State Park, GA, but it had been on fire for over a month,
so we adjusted plans
Drove to Jekyll Island, GA. We found a small nature trail that lead to a deserted beach inhabited by brown pelicans, then we discovered a sunken ship!
Next stop that day was Savannah, Georgia. We walked around town, had
coffee at a great spot that a friend Anis suggested and took in
the beautiful colonial architecture and Spanish moss covered trees.
Arrived late at my great and old friend Kristen’s in Columbia, SC
Day 4: Marveled at Kristen’s creativity, she had an extensive collection of her
artwork and crafts. She is super talented!
Rode bikes throughout Columbia and had an awesome tour of a park where
Kristen had worked, saw lots of wildlife including a soft shelled turtle!
Slept that night at my cousin Dieter’s house at Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg
Day 5: Left early the next morning to drive the Blue Ridge Parkway (a beautiful welcome home!)
Dropped Lia off outside DC to catch a metro to visit with her friend
Arrived in Baltimore just in time to get fingerprinted for a job that started the following Monday!