Everglades Part 1

Wops, I completely forgot to post our pictures from the Everglades a couple weeks back. I only posted a quick picture of my and Andy holding a baby alligator. You see, after about 6 hours of being outside and another 4 hours of driving I was completely exhausted when we finally got to our hotel in Florida City. We just grabbed a late dinner at Applebee’s and went to sleep. That’s actually how a lot of our vacation days went – I’m surprised that I managed to update my blog as much as I did. I must really love you guys!

I think we left Miami a little before 11 and got to Everglades (the city) almost 2.5 hours later. We were delayed by a lot of roadwork and a stop for coffee. Coffee was a necessity every morning, since we were lucky if we got 7 hours of sleep a night. So I spent half of our trip trying to wake up and the other half staring excitedly out of the window. The view was just amazing! In certain places it even looked just like an African Savannah.

The first thing on our agenda was going on an airboat ride, and we ended up going with Jungle Erv’s. The tickets included an alligator boardwalk, while the actual ride was about 2 hours later. So we had plenty of time for the boardwalk and dinner at a cute local seafood restaurant.
This little cutie was talking and waving to everyone walking by him.
Parrot in the Everglades
And then it was time for us to get to hold an alligator ourselves. I was a little nervous, but he was sitting completely still the whole time. And I was surprised at how soft his skin actually was.
Me holding an alligator
baby alligator
There was also a manatee lookout spot, but we weren’t lucky enough to see one.
Most of the alligators we saw were actually wild ones. They had build spots along the river where they could climb up and lay in the sun. And this giant didn’t even move an eyelid while we were standing there watching him. I just wish I was half as calm as an alligator, because they can lay perfectly still for hours.

Sunset in Athens

This might be the most beautiful sunset I have seen in a long time. I wasn’t lucky enough to see it myself, but I woke up this morning and found these pictures on my camera. I’m just glad Andy thought to capture it. Anyway, these pictures were just too gorgeous not to share!
I always wish it would last longer, though. Two minutes after you see something like this, it’s gone.

A Beautiful Forest Walk

I felt wide awake when I got up this morning – even with just 5 hours of sleep. I hurried upstairs to grab breakfast and noticed that the weather was perfect, so I dragged Andy out of bed for a nice, long walk. He told me about a forest trail not far from here, and that’s where we went. It was a little cold and windy in the beginning, but the sun was shining and walking kept our temperature up.

We really had no idea where we were going, and just picked random trails every time we had a choice. It was so beautiful there that I almost wished I had brought my camera along, instead of just my iPhone.
I also loved the fact that we only met one other person for about an hour. We had all the time in the world to talk and enjoy the scenery by ourselves. It was probably for the best too, because after a while I started getting a bit slaphappy from the fun and lack of sleep, and giggled more than I talked.
There was even a river. I’m already looking forward to coming back here during the summer!

Grand Canyon – Part 1

I have so many pictures from Grand Canyon that I’ll just have to post them in a few different parts. This might have been the best day of our honeymoon, it was so amazing to get to see it. And I know that the pictures simply don’t give it justice, but if you’re ever in the area you just have to go see it. I’m already imagining going back. And this time I would want to stay for longer, instead of just a few hours.

This was our very first view of the canyon. We practically ran over to the view point to get a better view.

It was very misty to start out with, but it cleared up nicely in just 10-15 minutes.

There were a few different view points at different spots by the canyon, and these were all crowded with people. But when me and Andy walked along the edge (for about two hours) it was mostly empty, and we got to take pictures and admire the view by ourselves – which was nice. I don’t think I’ve ever been that amazed before. Pictures just don’t capture it.

The view points all had railings – because it was extremely far down – but everywhere else you were on your own and just had to be careful. I thought it was awesome, everything was so untouched.

Forest Walk

I feel like I’ve pretty much been sitting still for a week straight now, ever since I started wearing this stupid boot. So today I dragged Andy along on a walk just so that I could get a tiny bit of a workout. We had to take it easy, though, because it is surprisingly hard to walk on uneven ground with a stiff ankle. Andy even saved me from falling on my face once. By the end (after about an hour) I felt much more tired than I should be, but it had also been really nice to be outside for a while.

This beautiful trail goes around a pond not far from our apartment. A lot of people use it for running and jogging, but it’s also great for a walk. We were even kept company by geese, squirrels, and turtles.

How cute is this stone peace sign? (Yeah, I know it’s upside down, but that’s how it was from the trail.)

Is walking on railroads illegal? We were wondering, but we still took time for a couple pictures, hehe.

Shorts: Macy’s. Top: Body Central. Shoe: from a small shoe and sunglass shop in downtown Athens.