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03 June 2008 @ 10:53 am
A Final Update Before Vacation  
That's right. The time has come for me to get into that car and get the hell out of dodge for 5 weeks touring the US of A. Gus and I are doing some final packing today and then first thing tomorrow morning we're heading down to D.C. to visit a good friend of mine from high school that just graduated from George Washington. I'm hoping to hit up the National Gallery, the Smithsonian's Natural History Museum, and possibly the Phillips Collection. Not only do I like art, but I'm doubly a geek because I work in museum marketing and work with the buyers of all these institutions. I promised my work buddies that I'd go to the gift shop and take pics of Galison products, just like I did when I went to London and visited their National Gallery in '06. 

 

Oh, the perks of working for a stationary company! 

Also, observe me on vacation and me in school:

  

Happy!                                             Emo... [This was the night before graduation.]

June 5-9 we will be spent in the Outer Banks for 4 days of beach. Yay! We're staying in a private campground about midway down the Cape on the oceanside. I have booked us a dolphin-watching cruise for Friday afternoon and made reservations for myself to take an equestrian tour through the woods and beaches of Hatteras Island on Saturday morning. This is going to be interesting, people. I haven't rode in about 10 years. I also have never rode Western, which I understand most people in the US ride. Yup, my hoitee-toitee Yankee self grew up riding English, so this is going to be very different, and maybe even a little uncomfortable/scary. I spoke at length with the woman that works there on the phone, so I trust she'll pick an "easy" horse for me to ride given my unfamiliarity with the riding style, as well as my long absence from riding as a result of an unrelated back injured I sustained at age 12. Up until that point I had been riding summers, and then shelling out for lessons at a stable in Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. 

I saw some really cool ecotours on kyaks that looked majorly fun, but Gus wasn't really feeling those. I may just go and do one without him though. I've only been kyaking once in Orlando and I really loved it. They have sunset outings, as well as evening ones where they take you through marshes so you can see the algae and plant growth bioluminescing through the water. That is SO COOL! Though my college courses wouldn't be an indication, I'm actually a huge nature geek. I love the outdoors, astronomy, geology, and animals. It's all quite fascinating, so I'd hate to pass that up. 

After North Carolina there's going to be a lot of driving through the Southeast, but not a lot of siteseeing. We're going to have to drive through South Carolina, Georgia, northern Florida, and Mississippi until we get to New Orleans, where we'll spend a few days. 

I'm uncertain how often I'll be able to keep y'all appraised of what's going on with me, but I'll occasionally try to post so that you guys know how I'm doing. And, of course, what exciting adventures I get myself into  :)

I'm signing off! See you girls (hopefully with lots of fic!) in five weeks. 

Lots of love, 
Cat 
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Sevensevendeadlyfun on June 3rd, 2008 03:35 pm (UTC)
Hey hon! Just a note from me: I'll be in OH for the week of July 4th and home before and after that. So, however that fits into your plans, just drop me a line. Have fun on your trip and I'll have your personalized "Kiss my ass" icon done when you return!
ClawofCatclawofcat on June 4th, 2008 05:33 am (UTC)
Sweet! There's a good chance you'll be home by the time we get back to NY state. Whee! Visit with Mags! I'll call you to confirm in a few weeks.
eowyn_315: this talleowyn_315 on June 3rd, 2008 04:19 pm (UTC)
I just went to the Phillips Collection when I was in DC for my GW meeting. I'm not really into modern art, so I wasn't very impressed, but my mom wanted to see Renoir's "Luncheon of the Boating Party," which we both agreed was by far the best piece there.
ClawofCatclawofcat on June 4th, 2008 05:34 am (UTC)
Oh, geez. Galison has a licensing agreement with NGA and Philips collection, so we often have their art on our products. We have tons of Renoir stuff with that particular picture. Would be kinda cool to see it in person though.

Sorry I fell through on "Closure." I might be able to do it on the road, but it's unlikely. Patti will have to pick up the slack for me.
eowyn_315: want to be supportiveeowyn_315 on June 4th, 2008 02:23 pm (UTC)
Oh sure, you tease me with your vague "this needs work" comments, and then peace out and leave me all paranoid. :-P I finished chapter 6 last night, and started on chapter 7, so I think this is probably going to end up being the winner. Figures, the one fic I hadn't been working on with Patti...
Herself_nycherself_nyc on June 3rd, 2008 05:58 pm (UTC)
Have a wonderful crazy time!
ClawofCatclawofcat on June 4th, 2008 05:35 am (UTC)
Oh, you know I will! I'm already up to p.115 on a certain book, too. *whistles*
Herself_nycherself_nyc on June 4th, 2008 11:23 am (UTC)
Huh. I've never actually just READ the book like a novel. Good for you. Not that it really has a plot.
hello_spikeyhello_spikey on June 3rd, 2008 06:32 pm (UTC)
Have an awesome vacation! Wow five weeks! *is envious*

And you look so cute! (Like, keeeeeeuuuute!)

*hugs you* Even when you're emo! :P

Hook a sistah up with some stationary!!
ClawofCatclawofcat on June 4th, 2008 05:36 am (UTC)
Thanks! I wish I could bring some stationary along, but space is limited. When we swing by Ohio, it could be cool to meet up. I'll try and get a message to you somehow before getting nearby. I imagine we'd be around there sometime after 4th of July.
shawty got flava like a peach lifesaver: btvs: cordy don't thinkonly_passenger on June 3rd, 2008 08:00 pm (UTC)
excited to see you and hear your adventure stories.

love.
ClawofCatclawofcat on June 4th, 2008 05:38 am (UTC)
*tackles* Oh, me too.

I'm afraid I couldn't find the Shining Time Station tapes I thought I had. Gah! But, I'll try to find some other Thomas playthings for the tricky one along the way.
keleosnoonna: heartkeleosnoonna on June 3rd, 2008 08:42 pm (UTC)
Awww, I'm jealous of your 5-week vacation *is still studying for Uni*

Have tons of fun!! =)
ClawofCatclawofcat on June 4th, 2008 05:39 am (UTC)
Thanks! And good luck with the remainder of your semester. I'm relieved that graduation is behind me and I can enjoy some well-earned time off.
missus_grace: thumbsupmissus_grace on June 3rd, 2008 08:44 pm (UTC)
Hey! We might see you around! We'll be in Georgia over the 4th of July.

Have a great time!
ClawofCatclawofcat on June 4th, 2008 05:40 am (UTC)
Heh, it's the travelin' season. Enjoy your time getting away too.

By the time the 4th rolls around, I expect to be heading back to NYC on the northern route and stop off in Minneapolis. We'll be zipping right along through GA going out to the West.
Immortal Belovedbeloved_77 on June 4th, 2008 12:46 am (UTC)
Have a wonderful vacation, kitty cat!
ClawofCatclawofcat on June 4th, 2008 05:41 am (UTC)
Thanks, hun :)

>^..^< meow...
louise39: JM  JOYlouise39 on June 4th, 2008 09:10 pm (UTC)
So much to see.
Hope you have a mavelous travel adventure!
ClawofCatclawofcat on June 10th, 2008 01:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks, hun! I"m about to update with what I've seen so far. The only downer part of it is it's SO HOT! I can really do without 97 degree weather. Phew!