May Top 10 #theusiscooltoo
Wow. I'm way overdue for this roundup. The summer has been nuts so far y'all.
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In May, I published two posts: my April update and #theusiscooltoo roundup and my guide to planning the perfect Sour Fest Weekend in Indianapolis, Indiana. If you're into sour beer, I'd highly recommend checking out that festival next spring. The best sour brewers from around the country converge on Indy every spring for Upland's Sour Fest which is always a good time but to make the most of the event, you should just make a weekend of it and explore the Circle City.
In early May, we celebrated Ryan's graduation and hosted a bunch of his family for a few days. We love playing host and tour guide in town so it was a fun way to kick off the summer.
Mid-month we celebrated my birthday with all of my favorite things in Bloomington. Beers at Upland's Wood Shop, Dinner at Feast, and SUPing on the lake. Pretty perfect if you ask me.
In an effort to manage my day job and the blog, my goal for this year was to keep my traveling down to once a month and so far I've managed to do it! I hate saying no to trips but limiting my travel has made it a lot easier to manage work, home, and freelance projects. So for my one trip in May, we celebrated the beginning of summer with a trip north for Memorial Day Weekend to Lake Erie to stay with Ryan's family at Put in Bay, Ohio. We did lots of hiking, eating, and lounging so stay tuned for more on that trip!
At the beginning of the year, I was assigned my first piece with Limestone Post, a local online magazine here in Bloomington. This year they created their first print edition and asked me to write about historic preservation in Bloomington and how it's shaped development over the years. It was a fun challenge because it took me back to my grad school days interviewing preservationists and diving into property records. The article is in print only but if you're interested in checking it out click here to get the magazine.
May Top 10 #theusiscooltoo
May was an awesome month for #theusiscooltoo hashtag! We've got over 2,000 photos in the gallery now and new people are joining in every day. The goal is to show off how beautiful and interesting traveling in the USA can be so all you have to do is tag your grams. There is so much craziness politically going on in our country, it may seem trivial to talk about travel. One of the best things about travel though is to get out and see and discover something new. I think learning from other places and people is so important now more than ever so I'm going to stick with these photo roundups to hopefully inspire more Americans to get out and explore. Now that Summer is in full swing, I can't wait to see more of y'alls photos from all over the country. Check out my fav photos from May.
This especially loooooong week and the never-ending dreary weather in DC has me dreaming of an escape to the rocky beaches of the Northern California coast. And specifically, the @pointreyesnps , home of the most iconic lighthouse on the west coast (IMHO). A grand total of 308 steps (25 stories) take you to the historic lighthouse and visitor center. It’s a great spot for whale watching and elephant seals can often be found on a nearby beach. ❤️ . . . . #wanderingroad #adventuremore #travelblogger #atlasobscura #roadtrip #travelmore #weekendinthewoods #findyourpark #parks101 #tbt #sharetravelpics #letsgosomewhere #vscogoodshot #takemethere #theusiscooltoo #roadtripusa #localadventurer #discoveramerica #visitcalifornia #pointreyes #pointreyeslighthouse #californiadreaming
This 32-room bookstore is delightful. I added a few titles to my TBR list, including a book about the Sutherland sisters. I’m glad I was able to visit it during Independent Bookstore Day. Ty and I always try to hit up a bookstore or two when we travel — what about you? What are your favorite independent bookstores? #rustbelttakeover
Michigan, you sure are beautiful. Exploring my home state of Michigan is one of my favorite things to do, especially in the summer. ☀️Have you had a chance to explore this Great Lake state? If you haven't yet, be sure to check out my guide to the best summer vacation spots in Michigan! ⛵️🌊🏖The link is in my profile! What are your favorite places to visit in Michigan? #thymeandlove . . . #puremittigan #puremichigan @puremichigan #longlivesummer #travelmore #beautifuldestinations #thatsdarling #darlingescapes #midwest #theusiscooltoo #midwestisbest #michiganawesome #michiganblogger #michigan #greatlakes #unsalted #unsaltedlifestyle #howisummer #travelgoals #picturedrocks #michiganders #optoutside #girlswhotravel #exploremore #travelchannel #huffposttravel
I miss GA...it was home. It was a friendly hug greeting me when I got back from work. A familiar face in a crowd. . . But, somehow, I think travel led me to Charleston as a permanent home. I applied for my current position not two days before I visited...and moved there only days after I took this photo. . . Life is...sweet. And unexpected. . . #travel #travellust #instatravel #igtravel #wanderlust #exploreperry #travelgeorgia #dametraveler #femaletravelbloggers #solofemaletravel #travelblog #travelnoire #iamtravel #girlslovetravel #blackgirlswhotravel #blackgirlstraveltoo #blacktravelfeed #blackgirlswhoblog #girlpower #domestictravel #theusiscooltoo #letsgoeverywhere #travelisthenewdrug #photography #travelphotography #naturallightphotography #foodietravel #ganationalfair #southerncharm
Beards of the South. I’ve always loved the flowering plants that hang from the oaks and cypresses. Spanish Moss adds a beautiful, mystical and slightly creepy look to the swamp trees...and I can’t take enough pictures of it! . . . . . #gcsclc #visitcharleston #magnoliaplantation #charlestonsc #theusiscooltoo
Are you traveling this summer? Where are you headed?