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    Adventuring: Cedar Point

    Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetI’m writing this post while staring at Linus, the Peanuts character, whose face is stamped on my right hand. The stubborn, red ink remains from my last trip to Cedar Point, an amusement park in Sandusky, OH that’s situated on the banks of Lake Erie.

    If you’ve never been, then I highly suggest you stop reading this, get in your car and make the trek right now. Seriously. It’s a place you don’t want to miss. It’s a prime spot for people watching, and there’s something so nostalgic about theme parks in the summertime (Adventure Land, anyone?). Plus, I love the feeling I get when free-falling down 310-feet of track, with the wind from the lake in my hair.

    Make a mad-dash to two of my favorite rides, Millennium Force and Maverick, but be sure to get there when the park opens because the lines fill up quickly (apparently these rides are everyone’s favorites). Take in the beautiful lake views from the top of Wind Seeker. And if you’re really feeling adventurous, walk over to Top Thrill Dragster, a ride that catapults you from zero to 120 miles in just four seconds. Yes, four seconds.

    Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetI know I may talk a big game, but I’ll admit, I didn’t always love rollercoasters. I used to get sick to my stomach at the sight of the hills. And yes, I’ve been guilty of crying at the peak of a hill, too (it’s a long story). But peer pressure worked to my advantage one day after my cousins convinced me to ride the Vortex, an intimidating (at the time) steel coaster at Kings Island in Cincinnati. I’ve been hooked ever since. Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

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    20140604-094533.jpgI  bought my Platinum Pass last weekend (I’m basically a VIP, nbd) so I’ll be making many trips to the park this summer. Here’s to 16oz ICEEs, Snoopy sightings, Toft’s ice cream, thrill rides and more adventures at “America’s rockin’ roller coast.”Processed with VSCOcam

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    weekend recap: the Kentucky derby

    Processed with MoldivWell, friends, I can officially cross the Kentucky Derby off my bucket list. Although, maybe I’ll edit the list to say, “go to the Kentucky Derby at least five times.” Once just won’t be enough for me. It was that fun.

    164,906 people flooded to Louisville for the event, which was the second largest attendance in Kentucky Derby history. The weather was amazing. Excitement filled Churchill Downs as California Chrome raced to the finish line, giving jockey Victor Espinoza his second Derby victory. You go, California Chrome.

    We watched (i.e. attempted to watch) the race from the infield, and I loved witnessing the wide range of fashion choices. I saw everything from people in jean shorts and t-shirts to girls sporting sky-high wedges and big, ornate floppy hats.

    I also learned a few things that day:

    1) The technique I use to apply sunscreen is poor at best (visual evidence: my splotchy, sunburned arms and back)

    2) Mint Juleps are gross

    3) Applying a temporary tattoo to the front of your neck sounds great at the time, but may be a decision you regret the next day

    4) Red Bull comes in other flavors like Lime and Cranberry (maybe I’m late to the party on this one)

    5) Vineyard Vines gives away a lot of cool stuff (i.e. whale hats, croakies, bow tie tattoos, koozies, etc.)

    6) Riding in style means cruising to Louisville in a 36 passenger school bus

    7) Forgetting your sunglasses is a huge rookie mistake

    8) Bring cash – most of the vendors only accept cash, including the one who sells cardboard and calls it a soft pretzel

    9) Raising Canes is the perfect post-Derby meal (can’t wait for them to come to Cincinnati)

    10) Derby is 10 times better with awesome friends to share the experience with

    Until next time, Louisville.

     

    Did you go to Derby this year? I’d love to hear about your experience!

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