7 Days, 11 States: Day Seven

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Washington – Home

No parking ticket! Praise Jesus. We take the car and drive it to downtown Washington, the only spot we could find had a two hour limit, so the only logical thing to do was see all of Washington in two hours.

We started at the White House, allowed some creepy old man to hit on us so he would take a picture of us together in front of Barack’s place. We then proceeded to take way too many selfies and headed south to the Washington Monument (which we called ‘that stick thing’ all day), took some absurd hand stand pictures in front of it and ran into our friend from The White House again, thankfully he just said hello and kept walking. Next was the Jefferson memorial, nothing too exciting tbh. Next we see the World War II memorial the reflecting pool and the Lincoln Memorial. Of course we took some selfies with Abe, Sasha even attempted to and succeeded at a face swap with the statue.

We did it! Saw all the important sites (that we knew of) in Washington and made it back to the car in pretty much exactly 2 hours. We added another couple cents to the meter so we could grab Which Wich sandwiches for the ride home. The one I got was pretty much the length of my arm, but it was amazing so the more sandwich the better.

We left Washington around 12:30pm; we were planning on making it home for our hockey game that night at 10:15. The drive (according to Google maps) should be approximately 8 hours, so we couldn’t afford much delay. We made our way through Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York then Crossed the border in Niagara Falls. Thankfully we had no border delays this time around. With a couple stops along the way we made it home by 9:30, grabbed our hockey bags and headed over to the rink.

In case you were wondering, yes, we won our game!

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7 Days, 11 States: Day Six

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Myrtle Beach – Washington

IMG_1031Beach day. We got incredibly lucky with the weather, it was calling for cloudy skies and rain but all we got was blue skies and HEAT. So naturally we coated our selves in tanning lotion and laid out until we were a new race. Of course we swam in the ocean and threw around a rugby ball too, who can just lay in the sun for hours on end? Not us, that’s for sure, gotta toss some activity in there. We used this day as a relaxing day, really just hung out on the beach for hours, the carnival side of Myrtle Beach didn’t interest too much.

It was time to hit the road for one of our longer drives (6 hours) to Washington, but as usual it passed extremely fast. We made one pit stop for dinner at P.F. Changs (Sasha had never been) and it just so happened to be in a mall. After dinner we reorganized the car, changed out of our beach clothes and into warmer clothes (sweats, obvi). Then decided we should use the washroom (restroom to Americans) before hitting the road, the only washroom to use was the one in the mall. We then proceeded to confidently strut through the mall looking like absolute degenerates as we had just changed into all of our ugliest clothing, again didn’t phase us but we did get a few looks.

On the road again, we reached Washington in just a few hours. Parked our car on the street, prayed for no parking tickets and headed up into our AirBnB, no roommates this time.

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7 Days, 11 States: Day Five

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Charleston – Myrtle Beach

Started our day with sub-par complimentary hotel breakfast that consisted of one waffle maker and soggy yogurt, but of course it didn’t even phase us. Post-breakfast we made our way down to Charleston to explore, parked the car and took the town by foot. We walked along the water, visited waterfront park (beautiful), grabbed iced coffees and went along as our white-girl selves. Had lunch at a cute little place that made the most absurd deep friend chicken sandwich on a bacon waffle (yes, that is literally a waffle bun with bacon cooked into it).

Onto Myrtle Beach, with a short driven (2 hours) up the coast we reach the beach town, it feels like you’re in Niagara Falls on steroids, carnival rides everywhere and so much colour. We decided that we were going to age about 30 years for this night, so we got Thai food and ate it in bed (we got a cheap hotel) while watching a movie just before passing out early.

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7 Days, 11 States: Day Four

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Great Smokey Mountains – Savannah Charleston

We woke up in a PACKED parking lot, thankfully we put sheets over the windows of our mobile home (car). We enjoyed some cereal out of plastic cups for breakfast then headed out on a hike. We did two different hikes: one that lead us to panoramic views and another that lead up to the highest point in the Great Smokey Mountains. Successful morning to say the least.

Off to Savannah we went, about half way through the drive we decided we’d rather go straight to Charleston instead. So, when we were about an hour out we decided it was time to figure out where we were staying that night. We chose a hotel in North Charleston (oops – we later learned that this is by far the sketchiest area in Charleston). We tossed back a few four locos (in the States they are 12% alcohol) then off to the bars. The first bar we went to had a massive line but we were determined to get in. We walk directly to the front of the line and asked the bouncer if there was any way around it, he told us definitely not. So naturally we start mentioning we were Canadians (they eat that shit up there) and the people in the front of the line liked that and invited us to join them into the bar.. Yea the people in the back weren’t too pleased about that but we’re Canadian, sorry.

Sasha manages to talk a guy at the bar into trying a long pour (he lays on the ground and she pours the drink carefully in his mouth, in theory), she proceeds to absolutely shower the guy in beer, not what he was expecting but made for an amazing snap chat story.

Post bar drunk munch: Street meat – these heavenly cone shaped pita meat things with lots of garlic sauce, still to this day to not know what it was but omg, yum.

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7 Days, 11 States: Day Three

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Nashville – Foster Falls – Ruby Falls – Chattanooga – Great Smokey Mountains

Left Nashville in the early AM (10ish) to get started with our busy day. It should be noted that our original plan for the day was just Foster Falls and then to the Great Smokey Mountains. Of course with a poorly planned road trip its unlikely to stick to any sort of agenda.

Foster Falls was a much easier hike than we thought but it was still beautiful. Post-hike we enjoyed a picnic of lettuce, turkey and mustard, and then headed out to the Great Smokey Mountains (or so we thought). On our way we saw a sign advertising for Ruby Falls, the worlds largest underground waterfall; sounds intriguing right? We thought so too. Off we went to Ruby Falls expecting a cave hike experience, turns out its a guided tour. Nonetheless it was very cool. While on the tour our guide recommended a restaurant in Chattanooga, so of course we had to check it out. We had the most delicious meals but what was the most delicious was the (literally 7 pound) carrot cake we shared for dessert.

Finally off to our original destination, the Great Smokey Mountains. On our way up we had a near-death experience with some elk, which we learned were a lot bigger than we expected. We were intending to camp this night; we drive up to the starting point for all the best hikes and arrive there around 12am, no campsite. Good thing we put a mattress in the car because that was our home for the evening.

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7 Days, 11 States: Day Two

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Nashville

A first thing first, pancakes. Once we were functioning we made our way to Pancake Pantry, highly recommended. I mean Doug the pug has eaten there, so you know its good. Post-pancakes we wandered around Vanderbilt campus, and then headed to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Yea, its $50USD so that was a quick turn around, although I did get a guitar pick from the gift shop so that’s like kind of the same thing as going in, right? From here we headed to the bluebird café, closed. We took a quick picture out front then headed to Franklin, drove around and grabbed Starbucks in Cool Springs. Last stop was the Grand Ole Opry, took some normal pictures out front, wandered around, then found some giant guitars that had a sign “Do not sit or stand in the area”, so we climbed them.

Time to turn up; we got ready and headed out (after taking 8 billion pictures in the backyard). We wanted to try this cool restaurant that was recommended to us called AVO, we got there, closed. So we made our way to the road to call another Uber, on the way I nearly ate it up a hill and then my toe fell out of my shoe (don’t ask me how.. I don’t know). With empty stomachs we head to the bar, first ACME, upon arrival we immediately ask for the menu (because, priorities) and order tacos. We then proceed to DEMOLISH these tacos sitting at the bar (this is a popular, busy bar) and we could not have been more content. We dummy a few beers, and then head out. We go to two other bars (can’t recall the names) then head back to our AirBnB.

Post bar drunk munch: Leftover sweet potatoes

 

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7 Days, 11 States: Day One

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Home (Oakville) – Nashville

Its 7am and we’re drained (definitely not from staying up until 4) and Sasha’s on the first shift for driving. We make our way through Southern Ontario heading for the Detroit border. Approximately 3 hours into the drive we reach the border, excitedly we make our way into the nexus line, as we are both cardholders, we were looking forward to getting across the border quickly.  Jokes on us apparently, one of us (Sasha) never actually activated the card. One-hour delay. When finally released from the border we make our way through 5 States (Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky & Tennessee) and finally (in 13 hours total, including border delay) reach Nashville, Tennessee.

While we were making our way through Kentucky we decided that was a good time to figure out where we were staying for the allocated 2 nights in Nashville. While Sasha was driving I arranged an AirBnB in East Nashville. We were set to stay in a private room in our host Brett’s home. Lets just say Brett is exactly the type of person you’d expect to meet in Nashville: southern charm, friendly, and very respectful. We felt comfortable in his home.

As exhausted as we are from the long drive (which surprisingly didn’t feel very long) we got ready and hit the town. Taking an Uber black SUV obviously, because alcohol. Night one in Nashville we hit up 3 bars, Tootsies, Honky Tonk and Tin Roof. Let’s just say it was a hell of a night, made new friends and danced like no one was watching (seriously, there were way too many people watching). Side note: if any of you actually know Sasha and I, you know that lots of dancing in public is something we should not be doing.

Post bar drunk munch: Lettuce, Turkey and mustard (on a budget, remember), (shit was seriously good though).

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7 days, 11 States: Intro

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With a week off and nothing to do, what better than a quick road trip? My friend Sasha and I each had one week of free time before our lives began this summer and we wanted to travel, but on a strict budget (we’re students, okay). So we thought we’d head south of the border with little to no plan. I mean, we had an idea of the destinations we wanted to hit but nothing booked, no hotels, Air-BnB’s or any other accommodation what so ever. So we thought it would be a good idea to bring a tent along (just incase)… also we put a mattress in the car (cause who knows where we might wind up).

Through this road trip (as noted in the title) we see 11 States, although we may not have stayed in all of these states we did at least drive through them at one point or another. The 11 States we see are as follows:

  • Michigan
  • Ohio
  • Kentucky
  • Tennessee
  • Georgia
  • South Carolina
  • North Carolina
  • Virginia
  • Maryland
  • Pennsylvania
  • New York

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