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Turtle Time: The Georgia Sea Turtle Center

Who doesn't love sea turtles? After all, they all are super chill, have Australian accents, and are experts on the major exit points of the EAC.

Oh, wait. You're telling me that I shouldn't be getting my marine biology lessons from Pixar movies?!

While my sister, Britton and I were visiting the gorgeous Jekyll Island Club Hotel, we headed over to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center to find a more reputable learning center than Finding Nemo.

A Short History of the Jekyll Island Club Hotel

Jekyll Island Club Hotel history
I'm one of those people who love learning about the history of a place. I've been known to research the previous owners of the houses that we're thinking of buying just because I want to know more about those homes' stories. I love genealogy and learning more about all of my great-great-great-people.

It's no wonder, then, that I dove into the history of the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. And there was plenty of it for me to swim around in luxuriously.

Jekyll Island Club Hotel: A Tour

Jekyll Island Club Hotel: A Tour | CosmosMariners.com

In the last two days, I've learned, explored, and photographed more than I ever imagined I could in less than 48 hours. One might not think that there would be so much to cram into a short vacation on an island that's only 7 miles long and 1.5 miles wide--but there definitely is.

Scotland, or Something Close to It: Highland Games 2014

Charleston Scottish Games and Highland Gathering at Boone Hall
This weekend, I didn't go to Scotland, but I got as close as I could without getting on a plane. After two long years of waiting, I made it back to the Charleston Scottish Games!

Landon and I went for the first time back in 2010 and had a blast. We skipped 2011 since we were saving up for a trip to Scotland that November. When we went in 2012, I was very early in my pregnancy with Britton, but still had a good time. We didn't make it last year since Britton was only a few months old, Landon had to be out of town for work, and everyone else was busy. 

This year, we made sure to pencil a trip to Boone Hall for the 41st Scottish Games and Highland Gathering.

Road Trip! Jekyll Island Bound

Fall really is the perfect time to travel in the South. The weather is (slightly) cooler than it has been, and the crowds are so much lighter.

I'm taking full advantage of this gorgeous time of year and heading out on a road trip with my sister and daughter in tow. 

Our destination? Somewhere that I've wanted to visit for a long, long time:

The Jekyll Island Club Hotel on Jekyll Island, Georgia

Jekyll Island Hotel Club, Jekyll Island, Georgia
Eek! I'm so excited!!

6 Kid-Friendly Things to Do in Charleston, South Carolina

6 Kid-Friendly Things to Do in Charleston, South Carolina | CosmosMariners.com

So, apparently Charleston's on the map, y'all. Not only do we have the most attractive people according to Time Magazine, we're also the #2 wedding destination (right after Las Vegas!) and the #1 best place to visit in the world (according to Conde Nast). 

More people than ever are considering a trip to Charleston for all of its charm, restaurants, history and ambiance. However, I've met so many visitors who said, "Yeah, we've always wanted to visit, but we decided to wait until we could go without our kids because we thought they'd be bored."

Wrong. So wrong. At least these people made one excellent decision, and that was to visit my fair city. 

But they remain completely wrong about the non-kid-friendly part.

Why I Travel

The first trip that I ever went on was to Disney World. My grandparents, parents, and I all piled into the family motorhome and made the (what should have been) seven hour trip down to Orlando from South Carolina.

According to family lore, from the moment I was buckled into my child seat to the moment that we stopped in Orlando, I yelled, "Out! Out!"

Clearly, I hadn't learned road trip etiquette yet. I was two. 

Change, Change, Chaaaaange...

A shorter blog post would probably be about what we haven't been doing lately, a list that would include kicking small children, eating ghost chilis, and watching "The Goofy Movie."

Alas, "The Goofy Movie" hasn't been in my life recently.

But major renovations have! Real estate wheeling and dealings have! And finding a new house has!

I'm tired just thinking about it.

After three and a half years of sllooooooooooooooooooooowly renovating our townhouse, my husband and I decided that we were sick of living in a half-finished house and we did a million projects this summer. Since June, we've added a deck, gutted two bathrooms, painted the front porch and door, and sheetrocked about fifty holes (leftover from other projects).

And all while keeping up with a 15-month-old who thinks that things are only interesting if they are really dangerous (i.e. hammers, nails, screwdrivers, and rotary saws are way cooler than her stuffed animals).

We've been doing all of these renovations with the intention of moving into a bigger house eventually. Britton's stuff is growing faster than she is, and we're just crammed into our little two bedroom townhouse. We've been looking at real estate semi-seriously since January, but it wasn't until last Friday that Landon and I found a property that we were both equally interested in.

School in the Bahamas: Forfar Field Station, Andros Island

It's rainy and gloomy here, and I'm exhausted from all of the getting-ready-to-sell-our-house stuff that we've been doing the last few days (more on that later this week!).

What better way is there to avoid everything else that's going on than to look at more pictures from my trip to Andros Island?

Answer: there isn't one. At least, there isn't one that doesn't involve my passport and an overseas flight. 

The trip that I took to Andros Island was so different than anything else I'd ever done before. It was this crazy mixture of a college class, a vacation, and summer camp.

How to Have a Low Cost Disney World Trip

Cheap Disney World vacation

Growing up, Walt Disney World was one of my family's favorite vacation spots (though, who am I kidding? At nearly 30, it is still one of our favorite places to go!). 

By the time I started college, I had visited the House of Mouse more times than I could count since my family went at least once during the summer with several smaller weekend getaways scattered throughout the year.

Labor Day at the Lake

Whenever Landon and I visit somewhere new, we're usually up with the dawn and don't go to sleep until very late because we're trying to explore everything we can.

But when some friends invited us up for a long weekend at Lake Gaston (in North Carolina), we figured that three days filled with some sun and lots of relaxation could be a good change of pace. 

Lake Gaston vacation rental house