The day after our jaunt through Boston, Dad and I drove to Concord to visit the former homes of Nathaniel Hawthorne (Old Manse) and Louisa May Alcott (The Orchard House). To our surprise, Old Manse was only yards away from the site of an early Revolutionary War battle.
After a series of unexpected events, my family decided to visit Massachusetts for Christmas. Although Brother and I visited all the New England states in 2017, our quick tour of Boston did not scratch the surface of what Massachusetts has to offer. My family quickly planned more “touristy” day-trips than we could fit into a week, and we started our explorations in Boston.
I have a friend who (before this weekend) had never been on a plane, so when I found affordable plane tickets to Denver, we began planning a weekend getaway.
If you only have one hour in St. Augustine, try to make it 7:00-8:00 am. At this time, the tourists are absent, the sun is in “golden hour,” and the parking is free.
If you only have one hour in St. Augustine, park near Flagler College. The school is only fifty-ish years old, but the buildings used to be a prestigious hotel. The architecture is beautiful!
Every Saturday I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week. These posts may grow or change as time passes. Please feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments section!
1. A change of pace
Work is more fun when you are at a Disney resort.
This week I attended the Ruffalo Noel Levitz conference at the Disney Swan and Dolphin Resort. As a self-proclaimed penny-pincher, I consider the prices at Disney a little, um, steep. However, I did discover a few ways to save money.
1. Choose “Quick Service” dining options.
I ate most of my meals at Picabu and Fuel. These “buffeterias” have delicious food, and (while they’re not cheap) they are cheaper than the more formal restaurants. I especially liked Picabu because I could grab a hot meal (such as tacos or a burrito bowl) and a snack for later (they stock some of my favorite granola bars).
For ten hours on Monday, I drove south at 80 mph in the company car. I am attending a student retention conference this week, and my goal was to reach the hotel before dinner.
About halfway to my destination, I stopped at the Savannah Wildlife Refuge to snap some nature photos and stretch my legs. As soon as I exited the car, 1000 mosquitoes attacked me. I ran in circles while swatting them (killing about 10 mosquitoes per swat) until I could safely return to my car.
I didn’t try to leave the car again for three hours.
Sorry there aren’t more photos of the nature preserve, but I like my blood to stay in my body.