Fairhope, Alabama – My new home

As I was filling up my car with gas yesterday, a man walking back to his truck – boat in tow – walked right up to my bumper and said, “Ah-owa…That’s a lonnnnng drive.”

 

I said, “Yep, sure was, but I’m here to stay.” He wished me luck and that was the end of the conversation.

 

I paid with my credit card, filled my tank and sat in my car for a few moments. It really was a long way!

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Everything has happened so quickly in the last two weeks that the drive south felt like a quick road trip rather than a thousand mile transplant.

 

Monday, June 9 I found out I got the job at Fox10. I spent a week rounding up my things and celebrating with friends and family. Then Monday June 16 I packed everything I could fit in my car and began my 908 mile trek to Mobile, Alabama.  By Tuesday afternoon I had arrived in Mobile. By Wednesday morning I had signed a lease. By Thursday evening I was all moved in, and on Friday Ryan drove over to see me and help settle in to my new life.

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My life in a car

I hadn’t had a moment to breathe and really think about this incredible move until yesterday when a stranger pointed it out. All I could think was, “HOLY CRAP I’M AN ALABAMIAN! (Kind of)”

Starting over in a new city is harder than it looks. I’m still sleeping on a mattress pad on the floor. I’ve been eating cold food on paper plates while standing up at the counter. My boxes remain full in the corners because my things need table tops to live on.  The only edible objects in my fridge are wine, English muffins and some eggs. My clothes are neatly folded on the closet shelf because I don’t have a dresser, and my single chair doesn’t quite cut it as a couch.

Luckily my amazing boyfriend surprised me with shelving, a living room table set, a lamp and some important odds and ends. My nine-year-old niece said, “Wow, he must really love you!” I think so.

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Man of the house.

The great thing about where I live, though is that I’m five minutes from the Fairhope pier and beach. I’m even closer to cute downtown with fun boutiques and delicious food. I’m very very lucky to have snagged this apartment right in town. It was literally the last one in Fairhope until late July or August.

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I miss my friends and family dearly, but I haven’t looked back yet. This is my first big career move. This is my new and exciting adventure and we all know how much I love adventures.

Cheers from Alabama,

Rebekah

 

More pictures of the beach and pier to scroll through:

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My Dr. Suess/Snapchat version of home:

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Day 7: Hiking and Running at Lake Tahoe

A beach is a beach

I woke up early this morning to fill out postcards on Nevada Beach. It was freezing cold, but so worth it. A beach is a beach. I don’t care how many cool things I’ve seen, nothing will ever be as therapeutic as a beach.

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With the mountains in the back

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early morning chilly!

 

A hike in the mountains

I wanted to hike some well known trails by myself…you know to have time to think and meditate and reflect since this is my eat pray love tour.

I couldn’t figure out where I was supposed to go.

So I called up Jeff and he took his dog, Zephyr and we went hiking up what I like to call, “Granite Mountain.” That’s not really what it’s called but that’s what it looked like. It was a beautiful view of Lake Tahoe. At the top we drank a couple beers before heading down. Perfect. Just perfect.

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Pure beauty

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Bliss

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Trees make great tripods, too.

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This is precisely why I don’t let other people frame up my photos…was this lady drunk?

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I made it!

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Lake Tahoe ❤

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Mountains

 

A run on the beach ❤

I decided to go for a run on the beach once I got home. It was about 3 miles to get to the pier. Then I walked about another mile and sat  on the beach and just smiled. It really is too bad that Lake Tahoe isn’t warm more months out of the year.

I ran most of the way back…not a runner.

A Diet Coke at the bar

Yes, I did order a Diet Coke at the casino. I just wanted to get dressed up and go out. And I figured I wouldn’t really have seen all of Nevada until I went in at least one casino. #Fail. At least I tried.

What I learned in Stateline, Nevada

1.) Medical Marijuana cards are not hard to get

2.) I need to learn winter sports so I can enjoy Lake Tahoe area year round.

3.) Lake Tahoe, contrary to what I thought, is NOT warm in May. And I brought swimsuits instead of sweatshirts. How embarrassing.

4.) Hiking is beautiful there, too.

5.) Tahoe area is probably the only great part of Nevada.

6.) There are a lot of great places to meet people…the casino is not one.

7.) Don’t buy soda at a casino bar. It costs more than the liquor.

8.) Boutiques in tourist towns have awesome clothing…that’s unaffordable.

9.) TripAdvisor is a Godsend. It helped me find the most amazing cabins in the whole town.

10.) I love Tahoe and I will move to Carson City so I am close to my job in Reno and the beach at Lake Tahoe. You betcha.