Queen of Trades; Travel and Photography- Category [Travel/Stories/Tips]
2019-06-22 13:39 by Sarah Denninger
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The whole reason I went to New Orleans was to go see Twenty One Pilots for the third time. I had tickets that were about five or six rows away from the pit and let me tell you the actual placement of our seats was amazing. When I got to my seat and sat down I really took it all in. We were in an amazing place and it honestly felt so surreal. I couldnt believe that I was there, sitting in New Orleans about to see Twenty One pilots play once again. They are one of my favorite bands of all time so for me to be there seeing them, is like a dream come true all over again. I may have seen them play twice already but the feeling is still there. 

When the actual concert started I felt like the world stopped moving. Everything was amazing and there was a part in their performance where Tyler felel through the stage in a very dramatic way, the lights went dark, and next thing I knew Tyler was standing on a platform right next to me. I Turned around and I felt like I was melting. Every part of me lit up and I was so excited. I had never been that close to either of them before and to get to experience that was a dream come true. I got to see him up close and personal. 


From there the rest of the performance was just as amazing as the other ones I had been to. Just closer, more personal and amazing. I felt like I was on cloud nine the entire time and I didnt want that moment to end. I really didnt. It was one of those times where I felt like everything was just perfect. 

I can't wait for another performance and I hope someday they will do VIP. Now that would be a real dream come true. 

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Yesterday was so much fun. I had never been to New Orleans before and even though I didn't have a lot of time to look around and truly explore New Orleans, I am grateful for the small amount of time I did have there. 

One of the first places I went to once I got into the city was this climbing gum called the New Orleans Bouldering Lounge. The nice thing about them is that you can fill out the waiver an watch the safety video all online and even if you have never climbed before they do go over the rules in a way that not only will crack you up but make you really understand how dangerous the sport it. So once you get to the Bouldering Gym all you do is give your last name, pay and your set. 


Compared to the gym I work at I will say that it is much smaller. They have four different sections in the gym and once a week they do a total reset for one wall. To me that seemed to be pretty intense but when you have a small gym you have to figure out ways to make work easier on yourself and your crew. The Routes that they were much easier then the ones at my gym but to be honest it made me feel pretty good because it meant that I could do 3/4's in their gym and that was the first time I had done 3/4' in general. So it was a very rewarding moment for me. 

I think I am surprised by my own ability to adapt to sports and to give them a chance. I never thought climbing would be for me. Ever. I thought that it would be one of those sports I would try out just because my friend really enjoyed it and now here I am, in love with the sport. I hope I can go back soon and visit that Bouldering gym because it was amazing. I enjoyed every second of it and I am so glad that I got a chance to check it out. 

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In the end we got pretty lucky. When we got to Mackinaw City we were told that the weather had been pretty bad up there. It had been rainy, nasty, cold, and windy and when we arrived it was the first time that had gotten good weather. We were pretty surprised by that considering that we normally go up to Michigan right after the first few days of the Lilac Festival. Every time we have been up there we have pretty good weather and we hardly have any issues doing what we like to do. It also helps us to have good weather since we like to camp out and of course if you are a person who tents a lot then you know that having rain come down upon you for the entire night or day is not a fun time. It means you pack up a muddy tent and if you are really unlucky then you are packing up your tent in the rain and wind. Needless to say I have done that once or twice and it was not a fun time in the slightest. 

SO of course we had a few days of amazing weather. It was sunny, in the high 60's/ low 70's and of course close to 0 humidity. The only issue we really had....the bugs. They are usually bad up there but this year they were horrid. I'm not sure if its always like that the first week of June but if it is, I can see what people come earlier or stay in hotels. I got bit all over my neck and shoulders and I can say that I am not to happy about it. Most of the bugs up there don't bite but unfortunately they also have mixtures of mosquitos which DO bite and they are not easy to run away from. 

One our last day we ended up going back to the island and we had some fun biking around the island and stopping to take pictures as we went. Its a nice place to take photos and its a lot of fun to just take a relaxing ride around and not really put in any real effort. After our adventuring on the island we returned the bikes and decided to go back to the mainland. Once we did we got dinner and realized that the forecast called for pouring rain all night long. The big question came after that. Do we stay in the tent, get ****ed up and listen as the campsite became drenched and muddy or do we pack up and start driving home. We decided to get everything packed up and head home. It honestly sounded better then waking up the next morning to only have our campsite be flooded. Of course we then have to pack up in the mud and rain and that was less then ideal. 

Unfortunately when it comes to camping, tenting, or even sleeping in a hammock you just never know what will happen. It can be really good or really bad depending on what Mother Nature decides to do. So our trip to Mackinaw has come to an end and I can say that it was another successful trip. I got some weapons, we got some fudge to split and I got some time outdoors by the campfire. 

Does it get any better then that? I don't think so. 

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Today is our last day up here in Mackinaw City. We have had quite a blast here and we have enjoyed the quiet and peace that we were given. We've had a lot of drinks, lot of of exercise, and of course lots of time to chat along this journey. Tomorrow we will start making our way down to gross, humid, and very rainy Florida. Really I have quite enjoyed being able to have some time to myself. I've liked the cold weather and the ability to sit outside with the campfire and not feel like I was roasting myself to no end. 

Of course we will be back next year. We will once again visit the Enchanted knights store to buy more weapons and we will visit the wine store (that is also a beer store )to get more drinks and of course stay at the campground to have more campfires in the peace and quite. I honestly am already excited for the next year to come. A lot will be different at that time and I am sure that things will be settled down when that comes. I'm excited for what is coming our way and I only hope of bigger and better things. 

So I ask you guys to please check out my gallery to see if anything peaks your interest. I always have trips going on and I always try and share those experiences with you so that you can then decide where you want to go to next. I always recommend Mackinaw City and Mackinaw Island just because it is one of my favorite places to visit. To some it may seem kind of bland and boring but for some the bland and boring is exactly what you need to get away from all the chaos. 

While we are up here exploring please help me out by clicking here to go to my gallery and see if anything interests you. If it does you can click the buy now button so that the piece can you be yours today! 


As always I appreicate you guys quite a lot and I always look forward to what is to come. The next trip I will be going to is in about ten days and that will be my trip to New Orleans. I have never been there before and I am so excited to finally see it with my own eyes. Of course I am mainly going there for a Twenty One Pilots concert so that will be the focus but I also want to explore and see what the great city has to offer. 

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Today we did the Lilac 10k up on Mackinaw Island. It was one of those days where you don't really get a lot of sleep and yet you have to be up at 5 a.m despite the fact that you are still tired as hell. So we got up at 5 a.m, saw the sunrise and hunted down some coffee to consume before we boarded the ferry. From there we sat around until the first departure at 7:30 a.m where we followed the massive amount of people to this little school that we never really paid any attention to. Really it was surprising how well kept it was and they even had showers that we could use when the race was done. So of course, we made sure to make use of everything we had at our disposal. 

Once we got to the school we stood in line to get our bibs and from there it was just us waiting around until the race started (it started at 9:30). Of course we had to strip down our comfy warm clothes and into our running clothes. It was pretty chilly so we were walking around mumbling about how cold it was while we went ahead and got a second cup of coffee to warm up and get us ready for this brutel race we were about to take on. 

Let me just say right here that the race is pretty rough the first mile and a half. It starts out on the road and after a half mile of running you start going up this ridiculous hill for almost a mile. Its a lot to take on and I saw people who walked up the entire thing instead of running it. I somehow managed to make it all the way up the hill without stopping but man did my time go up for those first two miles. I felt pretty tired and my calfs were killing me but after a mile of going downhill and having shade it evened out pretty well. 


I managed to finish the race in 54 minutes and I almost placed (I got 4th) in my division which was wonderful to see because I didn't really train for this race. I just did my usual long distance runs and that seemed to be enough. Of course if you are not a runner then I recommend doing the walk instead of the run which is also an option if you just want to take it easy and enjoy the views. 

In conclusion, if you want a challenge as a runner then I recommend doing the 5 or 10k to see how you feel about the run and if you are one of those people who just likes to walk, take your time and enjoy the view then I recommend the walk over the run. You will have a much more enjoyable time and you might even get some of your friends to join you and make some fun memories.

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