Friendship, Woes, and Adventures

“Happiness is a car, an open road, and best friends.” – Unknown

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Not until very recently, I reconnected with my adventurous self. Somewhere along the lines of responsibilities and taking life too seriously that part of me faded. It resurfaced with the help of a group of people I refer to as my “Tribe”. I found my tribe through a shared interest – Wanderlust.

I don’t know why, but there is just something really special about waking up in a new destination.  My latest adventure was the capital of America, Washington D.C. Our two-day trip was undeniably awesome and much needed to say the least (working two jobs is no easy feat).  However, I think what made the trip really special is that it was a far from  perfect one.

So we hit the road in the early AM hours. My friend Berenice drove, my sister Ashley was the passenger, and I slept in the back seat. When I woke up, we were approaching Delaware. We were making great time and the traffic was light. Apart from having to take a bathroom break, everything was perfect. We sung aloud to our favorite tunes, we never stopped laughing, and the excitement from the adventure that lied ahead, radiated all around us.

A few hours later, we’ve arrived! Our first stop in the magical city was the “Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture”. We even found the perfect parking spot. As we were getting ready to get out of the car, Berenice began fiddling in her purse. Not sure what she was looking for, I proceeded to pay for parking. That is when she disclosed her license was not in her wallet. Panic went through all of us and in that moment all our excitement died. It was bad enough she drove four hours without her license, but another dilemma surfaced when we realized, how were we going to check into the hotel if the reservation was under her name?

We all sat in silence for a brief moment. In that moment, we had a choice to make. We could either return back to New Jersey or we could find a way to resume our trip. We choose the latter.

Berenice called her family to start a search party in her house for her license. Ashley started putting our bags in the trunk, and I paid for the parking. Once her dad found the license, he texted a picture of it so she had proof.

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The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture

As we approached the museum, our excitement returned. I was overjoyed because this museum was on my places-to-visit list since last year. The wait was well worth it. I’ve been to a lot of museums, but this one by far was the best one yet. It was a very liberating and humbling experience.

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After leaving the museum, it was time to head to hotel. In my head, I heard the “Jaws” theme song as we entered the hotel. There was no denying our obvious nervousness. When the Receptionist was ready to assist us, Berenice immediately told her the situation. The Receptionist was unable to help us as it was against company policy to check someone in without his or her ID. On top of that, we were booked under the wrong room plan.

In pure desperation, I told the Receptionist to switch the reservation to my name. This resulted in the price being higher, which interfered with our spending funds.

After paying for the hotel, we were all a bit uncomfortable financially. But the best thing about having a tribe is that you can always depend on them. We put all are remaining funds together and the rest of the trip was spent bonding, exploring, and being in the moment.

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United States National Arboretum

The trip wasn’t perfect, but we made the best out of our situation and most importantly, had each other’s backs. This only resulted in us becoming closer. The rest is history.

I would love to hear in the comments about a time you made the choice to not let your roadblocks stop you.

XO

Katherine

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55 Comments Add yours

  1. Tyrell says:

    Beautiful words, from a beautiful person xo 😘😘😘❤️

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  2. Wow! such a great read and what an amazing time we had. It’s all about the creating memories!

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  3. That’s so awesome that you found your tribe – and that they all love traveling as much as you do. I agree, happiness is a car and an open road and it’s even better if you can do it with your best friends!

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  4. Angel says:

    Katherine, such an amazing post! I would love to hear more about your experience at the museum. 🙂 Overall, sounds like you had an awesome time! Glad it all worked out.

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  5. hleguilloux says:

    Sounds like a really nice outing! Museums have so much to offer, especially if you get to experience it with your friends or family.

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  6. Becci says:

    Adventuring with friends is the best part I think. There is just something special about it that you don’t get with a partner or by yourself.

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  7. thelittlebigspender says:

    Oh my, I think I am having that new young-mom-and-young-wife crisis! The inner solo traveler in me tells me to travel in the near future when I am comfortable to be away for a few days from my family. Luckily, my baby has nannies and her dad to take care of her when I’m busy and more if I am away.

    Im glad you had fun!

    The Little Big Spender | Inna
    http://www.thelittlebigspender.com

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  8. I love this! Meaningful trips with your friends that help you learn and realise more about yourself are the best kind! Thanks for sharing! Glad you had such a fun trip!

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  9. ansh997x says:

    Really nice post and used some cool photos.

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  10. carefreespiritfairy says:

    That’s really awesome! You got to see a fascinating museum in a fascinating place. It looks like you had a blast

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  11. thenafranssen says:

    What a great outing! I love exploring and going to see new things!

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  12. thatssodarling says:

    This post is amazing! Living an adventure is something you will never regret!

    XO-Lisa
    http://www.thatssodarling.com

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  13. Prima says:

    Great post girl. Adventures with friends are the best. I love to do the same. It gives us so much happiness. I need to do a trip with my friends soon!

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  14. Marilyn says:

    What a great story! That’s such a bummer that your friend forgot her license–especially when she and you all very much needed it! But, I’m glad that you all enjoyed yourselves in DC regardless. Happy travels!

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  15. This is awesome you girls stayed together and overcome the situation instead of blaming on each other or give up too soon! I’m sure your friendship will go far! Keep exploring and learn from the journey! 🙂

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  16. Crysta says:

    I learned after landing in Heathrow airport and needing to switch planes that they don’t allow a carry-on and a personal item, just one carry-on. I have never had to re-pack and stuff so fast! I thought my backpack was going to break! And my friends hadn’t been paying attention and left me behind in the busy airport. When I finally got everything together in one bag, I was allowed through the gate only to discover later that I’d left my sweatshirt at the gate. Security went back and got it for me, thankfully. It sure made for a memorable first experience in England.

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing. I’m sure it turned out to be one of the places trips of your life. We learn best from our experiences whether that’s good or bad. Cherish both!

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  17. I love how you solved this issue with your tribe! And the pics of Washington 🙂 We went there this summer, and even though it was just a short trip, I think it was the most beautiful US city I every visited until now. So I’ll definitely go back there one day and visit all the museums we didn’t have time for now!

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    1. Thank you! It is a very glorious place. I hope you enjoy your next planned trip there.

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  18. Continue to be adventurous. It suits you perfectly!!

    Daphne xxx
    http://www.heydaphne.com

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  19. Neil Alvin says:

    The best part of traveling are the memories that you get from it.

    You’re article is a great read.

    More power to your blog. 🙂

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  20. Interesting story with a sweet journey. You really enjoyed yourself. I know the impact will be positive in years to come.

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  21. What an adventure. i have always wanted to go back to Washington DC. I will have to check out some of the places you saw. thank you for sharing

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    1. Anytime, Thank you for reading!

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  22. Herlina Kwee says:

    It’s important to find your tribe and I am glad you have found yours. Road blocks always make the journey worth telling at the end.

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  23. anissa4334 says:

    Nothing like a fun getaway with a great group of friends! Great read!

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  24. You’re so pretty! And yes I get you. I too have a passion for travel. This year I visit Orlando for the first time and hopefully next year if everything goes as plan we’ll be headed to NYC. Cant wait! Nice post.

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  25. Darlene J says:

    That trip sounds like it was so memorable! I’m happy you got to experience it

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  26. Crisly says:

    One stick of match can be easily broken, but grab a whole bunch and you can’t break it easily. That’s how you and your girl friends did, you had each others back and you have enyoyed your journey inspite of its seatbacks. Kudos to you and your tribe. True friends are hard to find.

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    1. I totally agree. Thank you for reading!

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  27. There is nothing amazing like going exploring with your best buddies, and it really helps for those moments when you need to have each others back ensuring the amazing experience is not interrupted. It looks like you all had an amazing time together….

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    1. We did! Thank you for your nice words!

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      1. Enjoyed reading for sure

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