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Adventures in Parks and Recreation!

My 30 Before 30 list becomes a bigger elephant in the room as we get closer and closer to my birthday! So here I am with three months to go.

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Thankfully, my friends and family have been incredibly supportive in helping me accomplish the many goals of my list. One of my favorite things on the list has been #15. Visit at least 3 state and national parks. Well I have killed #15 between hiking with my brother and adventures with my friends. (You might remember my NC adventure in the rain: https://adventuresinpolkadots.wordpress.com/2014/08/18/adventures-in-the-rainy-wilderness/)

This weekend, my cousin Erica took her mother and one of my favorite aunts and me to Devil Millhopper Geological State Park in Gainesville.

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The weather was perfect for an outside adventure. We had so much fun! We loved the crisp fall air, the beautiful woods, and really cool sinkhole that has now become a pretty neat geological feature. Don’t worry we took tons of photos…

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There were soooo many stairs down to the sinkhole…

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Then there was the time that I started teasing my Aunt Hilary about her posing and I basically turned our adventure into America’s Next Top Model.

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We may be goofy but we always have a great time together! I would wholeheartedly recommend this park to anyone! It was a blast and I can’t wait to go back!

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Adventures in Tea Parties!

For those of you following the blog, you know by now that I am working on my 30 Before 30 List!

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#17 Experience High Tea can be checked off the list!

My friend JQ helped me out by indulging me/jumping in wholeheartedly in an afternoon of tea. In our minds, we looked something like this…

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 But I think we pulled something more along these lines…

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We went to one of my favorite places in Tampa — The Oxford Exchange. It’s a bibliophile paradise! And the home goods are to die for! (Also the food is amazing! Obviously, I am a huge fan!) Check it out: http://oxfordexchange.com/

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We had the best time. We wore sweet vintage hats and chatted about Jane Austen and Virginia Woolf while munching on delicious treats and giggling.  Here’s a great view of JQ’s hat — classic daisies!

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We took a sweet selfie (in the bathroom)! tea party 7

(It took us a bunch of tries… which I have included in the spirit of journalistic integrity!)

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And here were our treats! Complete with homemade scones and macarones!

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Then posed adorably with our treats and hopeful looks!

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Real ladies toast their scones, right?

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Thanks for coming along on our tea party! It was a fantastic afternoon and the 30 Before 30 adventures continue…

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#19. Go to the Florida State Fair

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I did it! It was AWESOME! Special thanks to my dear friends Jess R. and Meg for joining me on this culinary journey through the state fair. I am so lucky to have friends who are up for anything and always support me as I snap 1000000000 pictures for this blog. So, we really enjoyed the people watching, the varied food choices, and the giraffe! What did we eat? A turkey leg, corn on the cob, cotton candy, sweet tea slushie, fresh squeezed lemonade, fried dill pickles, fried avocado, corn dogs (all of us agreed best we ever had — they were buttermilk corn dogs!), salt water taffy, fried snickers, and red velvet funnel cake. I don’t think I missed anything… whew! What can I say, it was a great day!

Join us for the adventure…

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The crowds were pretty intense…

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Fried pickles and fried avocado… so yummy and delicious. We sat in the grass and watched the paddleboaters. It was very idyllic.

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That’s a deep fried snickers… Jess was a major fan. I didn’t try to take it away from her– it seemed like it was dangerous.

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Red velvet funnel cake, yes, that happened.

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I thought this guy had a handsome profile.

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EVERYONE was pretty psyched about the giraffe. The three of us were definitely part of that group!

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Jess really really wanted to pet the zebra. It was the only animal I let her pet. I got a little freaked out around the animals, small children, and my pregnant friend.

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Why is this not my profile pic on Facebook??

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Two good looking ladies gnawing on food… like a pair of caveladies.

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The turkey leg was oddly delicious. We couldn’t resist getting one and it was worth it.

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I am sipping on a sweet tea slushie (in a fun at the fair cup) holding a bag of cotton candy. Basically, I am 10. And I am about to run around screaming until I pass out in a corner. 🙂

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It was a beautiful day at the fair and I had a wonderful time with my friends!
#19 is DONE!

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