throwback to my trip to alabama.

Back in February, I got a random phone call from my husband while he was at work and he asked me if I'd be willing to make a road trip to Alabama with him.  He had gotten an opportunity from his work to travel down there to pick up some new equipment and needed a travel buddy and naturally, I was all for it.  I had never really been on a road trip before and I thought it sounded super fun.  Plus, it was the first trip we had taken just him and me since our honeymoon so it was much needed.

 
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Let me start out by saying, road trips kinda aren't as much fun as you'd think they'd be.  Don't get me wrong, I absolutely loved all the extra time with the hubs and it was so incredibly awesome seeing new places.  It's just the sitting in a truck for up to thirteen hours a day, gas station bathrooms, and a different hotel room every night that can really wear on a girl. 

I still had the absolute best time ever though.  I'm an easy going lady and honestly, as long as I'm with my best friend, I'm good to go. 

 
Darling Be Brave - Road Trip to Alabama
 

These stunning photos of us are on Navajo Bridge in Arizona.  If you're ever driving by, you have got to stop and take a look out from this bridge.  So beautiful.  Photos don't do it justice.

 
Darling Be Brave - Road Trip to Alabama
 

It was so fun to be a total tourist and stop at all the touristy locations along the way.  This, my friends, is supposedly the worlds largest piece of petrified wood, located in Holbrook, Arizona.

 
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And what's a trip to the south without some authentic southern bbq?  Gonna be honest, I was the tinciest little bit sketched out driving to this place.  But once we got inside, it felt so homey and cool and these guys seriously make the most delicious food ever.  I'm craving their pulled pork sandwiches as I type this.

 
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Since we had made it to Alabama with a few days to spare, we decided what's a few more hours?  And we headed on over to Georgia.  We got up early and hiked Kennesaw Mountain one morning.  Surprisingly challenging.  I was a fool and was teasing about how it wouldn't be much of a hike but man it kicked my little out of shape butt.  (I only had to sit down two times on the way up and zero times on the way down so that's pretty good if you ask me.) 

In case you don't know (and are wondering why I'm standing next to a cannon at the top of a mountain), Kennesaw Mountain pays tribute to a Civil War Battlefield and is a National Battlefield Park located in Georgia.

 
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This little area right here in Atlanta, Georgia was probably my favorite part of the trip: the Georgia Aquarium (which is one of the world's largest aquariums) and the World of Coca-Cola. 

Driving in Atlanta though?  Majorly scary. 

The aquarium is seriously amazing though.  There's this huge underwater tunnel you can walk through where the fish swim right above you and it's such a magical feeling.  And there's even a whale shark that swims in there right above you!  And big ol' sting rays.  I was in heaven.  I'm a total animal lover so getting to see penguins and turtles and fish all day?  Sign me up.

 
Darling Be Brave - Road Trip to Alabama
 

The World of Coca-Cola was also fabulous.  Super crowded (can you see the slight panic in my face?  I don't do well in large crowds) but totally worth it.  There's this fun room where you can taste different Coke products from all around the world and I drank so many flavors I made my self sick (still totally worth it).  The best flavor you ask?  Fanta Melon Frosty from ThaiLand.  Mmm mmm mmm.

I love my home state of Utah but if I ever have to move (and magically get to choose where I have to move to) the south is definitely a contender.  It has such a cool vibe and I had the best time there.

And now that it's pretty much officially summer, I'm already itching for another trip.  We tried to go to my husband's family reunion last week which is where we go on a camping trip up the mountains each year but poor Jake got way sick and we had to come home the very next day.  Kinda a bummer but luckily, he's feeling better and hopefully another trip (even if it's just camping) is in our future.

 
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