Roadie Recap Week 3

October 28, 2013

Hello from the road, world!

Roadie Emmercelle here to give you your weekly dose of YAY from somewhere in the United States. I’m writing to you on the Green RV, rolling along to Fort Myers, FL. But less about that, more about this past week.

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We got to experience more of Texas this last week. Jason and Mariana from Roadtrip HQ came out to play, and they helped us make our presentations THAT much better.

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We had to really dive deep within ourselves, but it all was well worth the work. Our events are only feeling better and better, and we’re working now on making the interaction on stage more conversational. We are especially loving the one-on-one conversations we are getting to have with the students.
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When we weren’t event-ing, we headed out into the Texan world a bit more. We spent most of our time out in Austin – by the time we left, we felt like locals! The weather brought wet streets and much inside activity, which meant movies at the Alamo Drafthouse (Jason and I got to see “2001: A Space Odyssey” – if anybody can explain that movie to me, please do that NOW) and lots of eating (as always)(yay).

We only had three events this week, so after our last high school on Thursday we set out for good old New Orleans, Louisiana.
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The city is eclectic, cultural, and so very interesting. It almost didn’t even feel like we were in America anymore. We spent a couple of days here really taking in the energy, food, and the live music. So much live music! And a good thing, too, because the four of us LOVE live music.
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Luckily, too, we were able to catch the Blues and BBQ Festival they held over the weekend. Kim and I danced around a whole lot, sometimes just with ourselves, sometimes with other fun people enjoying the festival.

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Kim and Andrew also tried oysters for the first time, and they were not at all disappointed. That actually applies to the food in general – most everything we ate proved to be yummy in our tummies, and I’ll tell you one thing – New Orleans knows how to do fried food well!

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Side note: We kept swapping phone chargers, so Andrew came up with a clever way for us to differentiate between all of them. Clever man with a clever plan:

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On Saturday night, we set back out with Florida in mind. Conner was really itching to get to the beach, and we wanted to enjoy the sunshine, too.

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By Sunday we made it to Destin, Florida, a vacation spot that Conner knew of from when he used to go on vacations there with his family. His memories did not disappoint. It. Was. Beautiful.

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We played in the water and on the beach all afternoon. It was just so picturesque. Really. White sand beaches, clear blue water, amazing clouds in the sky…we were even able to see some dolphins swimming from just off the shore! It was all pretty magical. We were content. “This is just what the doctor ordered,” Conner told us.

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We camped out at a camp site by the beach, just down the street from the beach we played at. Though we were starving, we knew that the sun was setting soon, and we didn’t want to miss that just to get some food. Mother nature rewarded us in full.

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We all showered, did a bit of laundry, and dumped out the waste at the campground, so we are refreshed and roaring to go on this fine Monday. Today we’re on the road all day, getting ready for our first event in Florida. Watch out, Fort Myers, we’re coming for ya!

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Here’s Conner to close out this week’s blog:

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“This ain’t my first rodeo.” – Connerism #3

That’s all folks! Catch you in a week!

 

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