New People, New Places
|April 29, 2011||Posted by Katy under Breakfast, Dinner, Inspiration, Lunch, Restaurant Reviews, Travels|
“A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in.”- Robert Orben
Summer has arrived!
Bring on the sun, beach, and fun nights! … Oh, and the summer classes and long runs!
Today I headed down the coast a little to New Smyrna Beach to soak in a little summer. I went because I was trying to get a better view of the Shuttle Endeavor launch but it was eventually scrubbed…boo!
However, the scrubbing of the launch didn’t discourage me from having a fun day!
I started my morning early with the same breakfast I have had for the past three days…
I then hit the road for the two hour drive to the beach.
The drive wasn’t too awful…just a few crazy drivers!
Once I arrived in New Smyrna Beach, I was pleasantly surprised by how “homey” it felt. I didn’t feel like I was in a touristy beach town at all!
I walked around for a little, but then wanted to get a little blog work done so I used the Yelp! app (LOVE this app!) on my phone to find a coffee shop. After reading a few good reviews I ended up at Chuckeyta’s Cafe.
Don’t let the outside fool you… this place was super adorable! I got the vibe that a lot of locals come here to work on their laptops. Everyone seemed to know each other and everyone was smiling! I definitely loved this place and would return again!
I got a blueberry pomegranate tea and set off to work…
After a few hours of work, my stomach started growling, so I headed back to my car to quickly eat the lunch I had packed (saving money ).
I also had a whole wheat wrap with a little cheese and tuna.
Once I had inhaled lunch, I went down to the beach to take a little walk.
Despite there being a lot of people on the beach, I had sometime to just think and relax a little bit. Even though classes are over, I still have a lot on my mind in terms of graduate school and other matters. I was able to just take in the peacefulness of the ocean and just have a detox of sorts.
After my walk, I headed back to my car and made the drive back to Jacksonville. Back at the apartment, I made some of Diana’s Chocolate Chip Dough Balls for my friend’s birthday present and reheated some leftover spaghetti squash from last night. I had it along side with an omelette.
Today was definitely a fun day to just get away and relax a little. Sometimes we just need to have a “personal day” and just escape from our everyday life.
I’m exhausted and I need to get up super early! My GOTR girls have their practice 5K in the morning!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Do you ever take “mini-vacations” to just relax? Do you prefer beaches on the Atlantic, Pacific, or the Gulf? (I actually prefer the Gulf beaches…but Atlantic ones are alright- if you find the right one!)