my one year anniversary of living in delray beach (and with mark, more importantly) was april 1st, and i had high hopes of writing some sort of year-in-review super adventure retrospective but, april fool's! time got away from me. it's now mid-june, and before we set off on our next escapade (tomorrow!), let's take a linked look back!
last summer mark and i went to mexico to celebrate his 30th birthday. we visited the ruins of chichen itza first, then spent a few blissful days in tulum. we still talk about tulum... a lot. despite living three minutes from a lovely beach, there was something incredibly magical about that place. our hotel surely had a lot to do with it, and that unrivaled meal at hartwood too. we filmed that trip and STILL haven't edited the footage, but one day we will. promise.
a few months after i moved in we took the plunge on disney annual passes, and they've already paid for themselves. the parks are only about 2.5 hours north, and knowing we probably won't live in florida forever (wait, don't i say that every summer?), we've loved taking frequent enough weekend trips to fancy ourselves expert park hoppers.
other florida roadtrips? ponce inlet, where we did more beach lounging and climbed to the top of florida's tallest lighthouse. kennedy space center, because mark's a total space nerd and i wanted to see if space ice cream was as weird as i remembered. jacksonville, to parade mark around my birthplace, drink on a different beach, and hang with some of the best humans on the planet.
we hopped planes to virginia beach and new york city for a couple of long weekends with family and friends, because i'm notorious for trying to cram a "vacation" into any slot where the federal government has declared monday a holiday. the way i see it you can pack a lot of fun into a friday night and three full days. never waste a 3-day weekend.
in december we stayed busy and IN LOVE and went on 12 dates of christmas. hot chocolates in hand, we did all sorts of rad stuff which culminated in an incredible european vacation spanning the christmas and new year's holidays.
our first stop was paris, where we spent a romantic christmas (mark wrote about it here, and you can see some of the video he shot here), and walked approximately six thousand miles. it was cold, it was heavenly, and it was undoubtedly the catalyst for this new wine-every-night thing i'm going through. it also turned me into a girl who loves paris in the most girly of ways, at age 31.
on weekends when we were looking for fun but wanted to stay close by, we often drove a half hour south to miami. some of my favorite days? yardbird, wynwood, vizcaya, the seaquarium, marlins baseball, & heat basketball. living so close to miami (without the traffic woes of living IN miami) is badass, period.
but here's what. i've lived A LOT of places in my life, and i figured out at 18 that life's too short not to love where you live and live where you love. delray beach is the perfect place for mark and me to call home right now, and i could never ever complain about palm trees in my front yard and the ocean just a few blocks away. some of the best hometown adventures? the strawberry patch, morikami japanese gardens, mini golf, & sailing (twice). and lazy beach days, always.
we had a pretty good 365 days, M! love you.