Thursday, June 16, 2011

confirmation of here-ness and southern adventure

Hey guys.

We're still here, I promise. Between finals and training for my new job, it's been remarkably hard to sit down and blog, which is a bummer because we've been having some adventures and I have lots of cool things to share. Soooo... yeah. We're back.

By the way, props to both Ross' and my moms for finally getting me to do this. Moms. Gotta love them.

So, without any further ado, here's an adventure! About a month ago Ross and I took a road trip South. We started in Charleston, SC, where we mostly admired the architecture:

Psst! Super important note: If you'd like to see these pictures in their full glory, click to make bigger. The end. 

Also, while we were in Charleston we decided that our destiny involves big ol' porches.

We were trying to keep our lodging budget small, so we stayed with people we found on airbnb. I was nervous about it, but it was great. Our hosts in Charleston loaned us bikes, and we rode to the beach. This was exceptionally brave of me, by the way, given my bike phobia and overall uselessness with two wheels.

The beach was lovely and warm, by the way. We're not in Oregon anymore. We also went hiking in a bona fide swamp in a state park, where we were bitten demolished blitzkrieged by mosquitos...

...and I got to cross an animal off of my "To See In The Wild" Lifetime List.

Thanks, American Alligator. The coolest thing about this hike (just kidding... obviously, the alligators - plural! - were the coolest thing) A cool thing about this hike was that we didn't see a single other person the entire hour and a half we were out. That was probably because of the mosquitos, and because we're idiot Yankees who don't know to avoid swamps in the summer, but it was still rad to be all by ourselves.

Other notable flora and fauna:

The baby bird was sitting in a tree right on the main path. We saw a lot of other baby birds of the same species, also in conspicuous places. Those mother birds suck. Also, that flower is the most freaking ridiculous thing I've ever seen.

This isn't chronologically relevant, but we also ate a lot of really good food, including deep fried peanuts and coke, which has changed my life forever.

On our way out of Charleston and to Savannah we stopped at the angel oak, which my pictures utterly fail to do justice.

Finally we made it to Savannah, where I fantasized about staging a coup of this building...

... and I read Flannery O'Connor (because I'm a huge nerd and she's from Savannah) and we discovered the best drain pipe in the world.

Clearly, a good time was had by all. Especially the mosquitos.

Seriously. We were unprepared.


  1. ugh, reading flannery o'connor in savannah sounds like the best thing ever.

  2. Thanks. That's much better. What was that weird flower that looked like a cross between a sea anenome, a tri-star and a flower? Try lots of B vitamins two-weeks before your next anticipated mosquito excursion and the bugs won't like you, You take B vitamins every day for at least 2 weeks prior to the time you need it and it really works.

  3. You're back! I missed you. Tim and I are very jealous of your adventures; we have always wanted to go to Charleston and Savannah. Not jealous about the mosquitos, though. That sounds awful. So much love to you!

  4. Haylie! Ross! Great to hear you're alive and well. So are we...barely. Moving sucks! Can't wait for the next ten days of packing/cleaning/sorting/painting to be over!
    The boys are kayaking down the Columbia this week (They are taking their mosquito nets)Love, love, love and have a great summer! Aunt K and Uncle D

  5. Holy crow. You guys are alive... and blogging!
    I had forgotten just how much deep-frying goes on in the southern region of the country. Thanks for the reminder with those peanuts.