Party Like It’s Your Birthday

So this year was my 31st birthday. Gah I’m old!

old

This year we decided to rent a cabin in the poconos. Jill’s birthday is the day after ours so we all celebrated together!

Birthday

As an old lady now, it’s nice to just hang out with my friends. We had a good time.

Birthday

Where the house was there was a lake nearby. In the summer you could go there, but we wanted to see what it looked like in the winter.

Frozen Lake

I was surprised that it was frozen over. I mean it was cold, but not SUPER cold.

Frozen Lake

I braved the shores first. Once I realized it was REALLY frozen, I went further out.

Frozen Lake

Yay to still being adventurous at 31!

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World Traveler

So this weekend I got back from my 12 day cruise in the mediterranean on the Holland America Nieuw Amsterdam.

Mediterranean Cruise

We went to 11 different ports in 12 days! It was an amazing vacation. There will be a TON of blog posts eventually.

We got back on Friday afternoon and it took all my willpower to stay awake until a normal hour. The jet lag is going to be brutal the next few days.

Saturday morning I did my laundry and then we got lunch with my cousins. After lunch OF COURSE my mom’s car battery died so we had to call AAA. After she got a new battery we headed to Kristen’s condo-warming party.

House Warming

Around 9pm I had to call it a night. I was extremely tired. Originally I was going to drive back to Philly on Saturday night, but I didn’t want to drive sleepy.

Sunday morning I woke up at 2am and could not get back to sleep. Jet lag fun!

I left NJ around 9am to head back to Philly. About 30 minutes from my apt I got into a fender bender. This weekend was just a mess. The girl in front of me started driving (when the light turned green) and then just stopped and I didn’t stop in time.

Fender Bender

My car is a tank so it got a little scratch and bent the license plate, but that was it. Luckily the girl could really care less and we exchanged info (then her mom showed up to make sure I had insurance) and I went to to police station to file the report. Now I have to file a claim. Just glad it wasn’t anything too serious.

My goal was to write some vacation posts all day Sunday, but catching up on TV shows (like PLL WTF!?!) took over my life.

This week I am excited to get back into my routine. I can’t wait to tell you all about my adventures!

Europe

Happy Monday!

Hiking The Pinnacle

I had last Friday off for the 4th of July weekend. Cindy asked me to go on a hike with her, Maya and Cheryl. We left around 9am and drove about 2 hours to the Lehigh Valley area where the hike started.

The Pinnacle

The Pinnacle is on the Appalachian Trail. There were a bunch of other trails you could also take.

The Pinnacle

Because it was a nice day and a lot of people had off, the parking lot was packed. The trail itself wasn’t as crowded as I would have thought.

The Pinnacle

We started on a pretty basic trail. It was rocky and sometimes steep.

The Pinnacle

We took a little detour off the main trail to see the Blue Rocks. The trail there was a lot rockier and also a steep downhill. The Blue Rocks has a campground area which seemed nice.

The Pinnacle

The whole area was really cool. The rocks were dated to the ice age and were part of a glacier that came down the mountain.

The Pinnacle

You really had to pay attention going over the rocks. I didn’t go out too far, but the field was a mile long of these giant boulders!

The Pinnacle

The Pinnacle

After we went back up the train to the main trail. Going uphill was pretty rough and I was sweating by the time we got back up.

The Pinnacle

We continued up the path to the next point which is called Pulpit Rock.

The Pinnacle

You could see really far. We even saw the Blue Rocks area! I couldn’t believe that was where we just were.

The Pinnacle

We had a snack and then continued on.

The Pinnacle

The majority of the trail was pretty rough. It was basically walking along giant boulders or stones so you really had to pay attention.

The Pinnacle

Finally we made it to The Pinnacle! It took about three and a half hours (with our detour) to get there.

The Pinnacle

You could see for miles! The whole area was very pretty.

The Pinnacle

After some water and snacks we started our trip back down. Walking down a mountain is always easier than going up. We also took a different path along the creek.

The Pinnacle

When we got to the reservoir I knew we were almost back.

The Pinnacle

The hiking part was about 4 hours and 45 minutes, but I stopped my watch when we rested so it was more like 6 hours of hiking.

I definitely felt it the next day!

I think the upkeep of the Appalachian Trail is wonderful. I would love to do more hikes along the route!