Adventure nine: literary studies

Well, it’s the time to be back in school. I have officially transfered from community college to a big girl University! YAY! Seriously though, my graduation ceremony for my Associates degree, is in May. However, that means that I am now on my last 2 years, and my work load has gone way up. 

I am a writing major. Therefore, I have a lot of literary courses. To start, I am taking: Writing Intensive Intro to Lit, British Lit II, American Lit II, Reconciliation and Peace building, and Intro to computer science. 

Luckily, for me, I love to read. So far, I am really enjoying my lit classes. Intro to lit, is my favorite, so far at least. We talk about a lot of different meanings behind literature. All of my courses, other than computer science, contain a lot of papers that go along with our readings.

Now, I know that I am a writing major. However, papers every week for almost all of my courses, is still a lot! While I thouroughly enjoy my classes. I foresee a lot of work being done. Therefore, a lot of my adventure posts will be about my journey through school. 

Stay tuned every week for a new post! I will try and update everyone on our snowboarding trips next time!! ­čÖé But for now, I am back to homework. 

~Skye

Adventure Eight: taking a break

This last week has been extremely overwhelming. From homework, to car problems. Sam and I have both been loaded up on homework, I guess that’s what we get for taking 18 credit hours. However, his is even more intense right now. It seems like most of the time we are in the library, or we are even spending our weekends at home, on the couch doing homework. Needless to say, we’ve both been pretty stressed out. But, at the end of the day, we are always there to remind each other that we will always have each other and that we will get through it.

This weekend we decided to take some time out for ourselves. On Friday, we took Ace to downtown Davenport. We let him run around, and we attempted to play fetch with him. Ace likes to run and get the ball and then never bring it back to you, he would rather just sprint around in circles with it. When he wasn’t doing that, he was trying to run right into Sam or I. Yeah, that’s his idea of playing. But, it was fun, relaxing, and a nice break from school work. After we took Ace back home, we ended up relaxing at home and doing a little more homework.

 

On Saturday we had a little date night. We went to Riverside (my favorite restaurant) for dinner, and then a couple of friends joined us for drinks after. Once we left there, we headed to a birthday for the night. It was enjoyable to get ready, and go spend time with people that we don’t get to see a lot. Now, we are back to school and back to spending most of our time dedicated to homework.


We are both so excited for fall so that we can go hiking and sit by a fire. However, I am looking forward to winter so that we can get out snowboarding again!!

 

~Skye

Adventure Seven: Day Dreaming

I find myself day dreaming a lot. Dreaming that Sam and I are on an island in the middle of nowhere, with absolutely no worries in the world. Dreaming that we’re with my dog in some extravagant mountains far away. Ultimately, I just keeping dreaming that we are done with school, that we have a home, and that all of our hard work has paid off…which, one day it will.

I know that I haven’t been on lately, I went from fall courses to a winter course, then to spring courses and from that I went to summer courses, and now I am in fall courses again. However, in between there I managed to have a little bit of fun. At the beginning of August, Sam, my mom, Collin, and myself went down to St. Pete Beach, Florida. We stayed right on the Gulf for 7 days. It was beautiful, and the perfect little get-away that we needed.

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While we were there it did happen to rain a lot. I mean A LOT! Everyday, other than the day that we got there, we had rain. However, we made the best out of it. Anytime that we noticed it wasn’t raining anymore we made our way down to the beach. The storms made for a magnificent tide, so we all went out in the waves as if it as our own gigantic wave pool. It was salty, and it burned your eyes. Yet, it was completely amazing. You could look all around and there was nothing, yet there was everything. There was peace, there was love, and there was happiness.

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Even when it was raining, we found ourselves running around playing Pokemon Go. I mean come on, we don’t have a whole lot of Dratini’s here in the Quad Cities. But, in Florida, we just happened to be right in front of where one of their spawn sites where located. This definitely helped with our entertainment through the rainy days.

One of the days that it rained, Sam and I made our way to Tampa to visit their Aquarium. We had no idea that they had wildlife roaming around as well, it was beyond different. We saw Pink birds (no, not flamingo’s), and blue crabs. We got to see all sorts of different aquatic life, and we even got to pet baby sharks and sting rays. This was hands down one of the best experiences ever, and I couldn’t have picked a better person to spend it with.

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Of course, when we left, my mom got beautiful weather that day! All’s that I can say, is that you have to learn to make the best out of every situation, even if they don’t go as planned. As for now, I am in school, and Sam and I are both doing our best to complete this journey so that we can get a home, and start traveling the world together. I will keep up on here more, so keep posted!

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~Skye

Adventure Six: Let’s Go on an Adventure

“If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine…it’s lethal.”

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These last few weeks have been insanely hectic for me. I’ve had a lot of school work and not so much time to be out adventuring. The everyday routine can get the best of you, so this last week Sam, Ace and I went to Matthiessen State Park and it was just what I needed. You never know how much life truly gets too you, until you get out and everything just goes away. That’s when you realize how stressed you have been. We got to the park, and I was completely happy. Nature has a way of making you feel free and welcomed. We took the time to walk around and view as much as we could. Ace decided that he didn’t want to be on the leash, so he pulled the entire time. Giving Sam and occasionally me, a very good work out. Lol.

We went to an area that was called the “lower dells”. That’s where we found a pond and waterfall. So of course, we had to climb up behind the waterfall. This was tricky at first, Ace was terrified, and I had to climb first in order to get him to follow me. Once we got up there, it was breath taking. It was chilly, and beautiful, and you where able to live right in that moment. We looked out, beyond the beads of water falling before us, and saw magnificent rock, and all of the people that where there enjoying their lives as well. These are the moments in life that people live for. They’re the moments that I live for.

Once we left the “lower dells”, we found stepping stones that laid in the water. Ace couldn’t figure out how to stay on the stones, and kept getting in the water. Probably by choice. But eventually we made it across and found our way onto some more trails. The entire time that we were there, I loved every minute of it, and I love the person that I got to do it with. Even though Sam hurt his leg, and my knee was bothering me, these adventures make take a step back from my everyday life and appreciate everything in my life. I am beyond excited to experience these moments Sam, forever. I don’t think that there’s any better way to live, than traveling the world, and doing it with the love of your life.

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~Skye

Adventure five: adventurers

“There are moments when suddenly our eyes blink open and we recapture the excitement of living. Life becomes an adventure and we, adventurers. -Wayne Visser

Over the last year or so, I have learned more about life than I ever could have imagined. From having the love of my life, losing a friend to suicide and a friend to an accident. It has taught me that we truly don’t know when our end is, or when the people who surround us stories are over as well. Life is something that you should experience with full force, be willing to try new things, love with everything in you, be kind to everyone, see the world, and always learn from the things going on around you.

I have felt myself change in so many ways since the first death. I recognized that I was willing to step out and try new things. However, I also noticed that even when I was out doing something small, I was able to truly enjoy just that moment. That’s something that most people don’t get to do, we all get caught up in everything going on around us, and we end up missing out on what truly matters. The moment you’re living in.

It doesn’t matter what you do in life, how successful you are, what type of house you live in, the kind of car that you drive. What truly matters are the memories that you make, the experiences that you have, and ultimately, happiness. Therefor, with all the bad things that happen in life, choose to take the good away from it. Choose to love, choose to live in the moment and choose to take risks. Always be kind to others, and explore the world. ┬áThis world has amazing things to offer us, they’re just waiting for us to get there. So, that’s what I choose to do. I choose to love, live, explore, see the world, take risks, and be kind to everyone.

That adds a little more back story behind my blog. If it wasn’t for Sam, Katie, and ultimately me finding myself, I may not be the person that I am today. The person that can’t wait to see the world with the love of my life, and the person that wants to share my life journey with others.

Therefor, this last week I have just enjoyed the people that I love, boating, hiking, and relaxing. None of it would have meant anything though, if I wasn’t taking everything in as I was doing it.

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Adventure four: Memorial Day

Well it’s official: Summer is finally here. Although the Quad Cities has had quite a bit of rain lately, we were finally able to enjoy some of the new summer time weather. The temperature finally got up to the 80’s on a day that allowed us to take the boat out. Saturday, Sam and I got the boat ready and in the water around 11:30 a.m. The Mississippi water was a little rough due to all of the wind, but that wasn’t going to ruin the potentially amazing day.
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Getting out on the water for the first time of the year makes you feel a way that’s hard to explain. When we got out of the harbor, both of us just smiled from ear to ear. We had each other, and we where out in the middle of the water without a worry in the world. There was nothing surrounding us, and we had everything and nothing at the same time. For a while, we just cruised around taking in all of our beautiful surroundings. There’s truly nothing like it.

In one of the canals we just putzed around. We came up on a large family of ducks, so we tried to get as close as we could. However, I think that we may have traumatized the poor babies. It was never our intention though, we just wanted to see them.
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After a while to ourselves, we went and picked up Sam’s cousin and met up with a couple of our friends. They just got a jet ski, so they wanted to be out as well. At this point I had ┬ánever been on a jet ski before. I’ve always been on boats. I had just never had the opportunity to experience a jet ski. They let Sam and I take it our for a few minutes (Sam drove, obviously). It was an amazing experience. There is absolutely nothing around you and although I felt like I was going to fall off, it leaves you cravi
ng more. Needless to say, one day we will be getting our own.

At the end of our boating day, we both came out burnt. I thought I had it bad, but Sam had it worse. So much, in fact that it left us questioning our Memorial Day plans. Yikes!

We ended the day with a birthday party for one our friends. He had a cook out at his house. We enjoyed food, drinks and even better company. We played games and just talked about our lives. All in all it was a perfect day.
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Yesterday was Memorial day and it ended up a bittersweet day. A good friend passed away, and so many people lost someone that they loved deeply to something that he loved deeply. Alex was truly the nicest person that I’ve ever met. He always had a smile on his face and I’ve had never heard him say anything negative. I was always greeted with a hug everytime that I saw him. Looking through facebook, I see how many lives he has touched. Including people who are important to me. While I had only known Alex for about a year, from day one he accepted me. He will truly be missed and will always be loved.
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Adventure Three: Preperation

I don’t have anything real exciting to share with you guys today. We have been spending our time preparing for finals this week and getting other things ready for some new adventures.

Most of this past week has been dedicated to the library and time well spent studying our butts off for the end of the semester. However, Sam and I found time for a little bit of fun. On Thursday night we went and saw the new Captain America: Civil War in IMAX 3D. Which, by the way, was awesome. I haven’t seen a 3D movie in years. Let alone one in IMAX as well. The graphics where amazing and the film was full of action and some comedy here and there. It’s definitely a movie that I would suggest to everyone.

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On Friday, the weather was absolutely perfect. It was almost 90 degrees out. However, we where down by the river so we had a nice breeze. Sam and I took my dog, Ace, down to the Marina with us while we got the boat all ready for summer. Sam changed the oil (well attempted to at first), he eventually figured it out though. It was definitely a learning experience. We had a couple of drinks and cleaned out the inside of the boat as well. Now we are all ready to get out on the water next week! I think that Ace had the best time out of all of us, he made a lot of new friends, got to lay down and got attention the entire time. It was an eventful day that was extremely necessary for us to have an eventful summer.

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Now that I get the chance, this is my Ace. He’s a pit lab mix and he’s one of the best things in my life. He absolutely loves people and he would never hurt anyone or anything. Most of the time we are laughing at him because he acts so much like a human. It’s ridiculous. You guys will be seeing him a lot because he will be on most of our adventures with us. And next to Ace is our transportation for some of our Adventures!! Sam’s boat! Sorry that I didn’t have much for you guys this week, I promise that there’s more to come!

Here’s at least a preview of what’s to come!

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Adventure One: Sunset in the Mountains

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Hey guys, Skye here. For those of you that don’t know, I am from the Quad Cities. Some of you may be thinking where in the hell is that even at? Well, I live near Davenport, Iowa and most people are dying to get out of this area and be anywhere else. Mainly because there’s not a whole lot to do here, or so I used to think.

I am finding out that there is so much to do near me! From hiking through majestic places, snowboarding right by breath taking frozen rivers, or even just relaxing on a boat in the middle of the beautiful Mississippi. Talk about peaceful. Since it’s just now warming up, I am going to talk about my snowboarding trips this winter.

My boyfriend, Sam, and I had never learned to snowboard. So this winter we decided to take a trip to Galena, Illinois and visit Chestnut Mountain. The  first time that we went it was perfect weather outside, not too hot and not too cold. We walked in and it was stunning. White snow covered the slopes, looking beyond the slopes was an ice covered river, and along all sides of us were beautiful trees covered in snow.  A beautiful view for a beautiful adventure.

I am not the most coordinated person. My first time down the beginners hill was interesting to say the least. I stood at the top of the slope, my heart was racing and i was feeling completely terrified and excited at the same time. I think I made it maybe a total of five feet before I had already started falling. The first time down the hill I was mainly falling the whole time, yet every time I got back up and kept on going. Sam did a lot better then me, completing the whole slope many times without falling, and having to wait for me to finally make it down.

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Eventually we made it over to bigger hills, and again I was terrified. However, it ended up being one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. I never used to get out and do fun and exciting things, so for me this was incredible. Again, I was still falling the entire time, but that still didn’t stop me. It was beautiful to watch the edge of my board cutting through the white and vibrant snow. Eventually it was time for the part that was going to scare me the most, the ski lift.

Ski lifts have always made me nervous, due to the fact that if you fall off there’s a good chance you’re going to die… When I got on though, the fears started to slip away. We looked behind us at the snow meeting the river, and below us at the advanced snowboarders cutting through the slopes. I thought to myself that these were experiences that I needed, that I craved. It felt so good to get out of my element and enjoy nature in all of it’s various forms.

The most amazing part was getting to experience something new with my best friend, and the love of my life. There where many laughs, mainly at me, and a whole lot of fun learning to do something new together. At the end of the day, we got to see the sunset over the water while finishing our adventure on the lift.

~Skye

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The Beginning of the Road

Hi, my name is Victoria and I dream of seeing the whole world. My passions are writing, adventuring and being outside experiencing all this world has to offer. That’s where i’m different from most. People my age like to spend time in the bars partying. While I do enjoy going to have a drink now and then, I would rather be outdoors with my dog, adventuring to all of the unique places in the world.

Writing has always been a passion of mine. However, this blog is something different. I want everyone to be able to experience this beautiful world and all that it has to offer. So, I am going to provide you with a place to go to see the world.

This blog is titled “Road to Becoming a Traveler” due to the fact that I’m still in college and am currently limited to where I can go. Throughout my journey I will be seeing many beautiful places around me, almost like a preparation for the day that I can explore the world. When I’m finished with college my degree will be in journalism, so as I’m learning to become a better writer and learning about the places that surround me, you will be learning with me.

My dreams have ultimately become my goals in life. I dream of traveling the world with the love of my life and I intend to make it happen. I am beyond excited for where this journey takes me, and I hope that you all will enjoy it as well.

~Skye