The Mile High State

Hello friends, family, and followers! ❤

This week concludes the eventful two weeks, and it’s not done yet! Jeremy (my boyfriend) moves back to Carbondale for college Sunday, I just moved in to my apartment down the hall Tuesday (and have been unpacking ever since), and just last week I was in Colorado! School starts up in a week or two and boy am I NOT READY! But that’s another post for another day.

Being more than 5,000 feet higher than what I’m used to at any given moment, in a place where the topography is literally mountains and not just over exaggerated hills, tends to leave one breathless in that the view is amazing and there is very little oxygen. There were times when I was short on breath simply by getting up and walking to the lodge (50ft away) for breakfast! But let’s start at the beginning of the trip before I get too far ahead of myself.

July 28, 2017: I dyed my hair bright blue, much to the dismay of some people, and great delight to others. It took about 6 hours (the bleaching and dying process) and my hairdresser was shocked when she found out that I’d never done something like this to my hair before. She said it was a ‘big jump’ and I said ‘Oh well. Hope it looks cool’ (spoiler- it’s totally wicked).

(My sister and I- we both have blue hair, mine is just a bit more obvious…)

July 29,2017: We hit the ROAD. Actually we drove on it, because hitting it would hurt our hands and we didn’t want a repeat of last year’s arm breaking before we even left (for those of you who don’t know, Mom broke her arm on vacation last year saving puppies from a burning school bus on railroad tracks). We drove about 8 hours to reach the town of Abilene, Kansas where we spent the night. There was a family owned restaurant called Joe Snuffy’s and I totally recommend it. They serve breakfast all day sooooo 10/10. IMG_20170729_190218.jpg

July 30,2017: Abilene is the home of the Eisenhower Presidential Museum. The boyhood home section of the tour was probably my favorite part of the whole museum as it was the most interesting. It showcased a preserved home that Eisenhower lived in as a child, and the home that his parents lived and raised his brothers and sisters in. The boyhood home tour took 15 minutes and I totally recommend it to anyone in the area!

When the family and I had finished ‘oohing’ and ‘ahh-ing’ over the EPM, we moseyed on over to Colorado. Dad let me drive the last four or so hours of the trip, and it rained the last hour (which would have been fine if we weren’t in the mountains, there wasn’t construction, the road lines had been painted on, and my parents weren’t BOTH back seat driving and screaming in general, as if I didn’t know how to drive. Thanks.). We made it to the Buffalo Bicycle Lodge (somehow) and checked in JUST as it stopped raining.

We drove through Garden of the Gods before dinner @ Panda Express and then settled in for the night with hot chocolate and Disney movies.

-That’s all I’m going to post today about the trip, have no fear, I will finish the trip posts! I just want to keep having things to write about, and I don’t want to overwhelm you all at once! <3-

Raye De Sol


Over the river and through the woods and over a mountain and across the plains…

New York Trip Day 2

Wednesday morning had me up with the sun.

That morning we were headed to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. Nat, Steph, and I took an Uber to the Botanical Gardens and boy were they GORGEOUS! The security guard that we bought tickets from recommended the rose garden, and Stef wanted to see the green houses that had the cacti and bonsai trees. A picture is worth 1000 words though, so I’ll let them do the talking:

Packing up and heading to lunch:

We went to lunch at the ramen shop, but because it took so long, and traffic and parking was so bad, we had to skip out on MOMA and Central Park. I was a bit disappointed, but there was really nothing we could do. I did get some NY pics of places that I had wanted to see before we left though!

We drove out to New Jersey and played with Stella on the beach for a bit before packing up and heading home.

We spent the night in a hotel, got up early the next morning, and drove to the airport to drop me off, from which I drove to Jeremy’s house to show off all of my souvenirs. I took a nap and later that night was Melvin’s 20th birthday party!