I turned 30 this year. Most of my other friends that have hit this milestone have celebrated in some monumental way, like going to Las Vegas or partying somewhere with sashes and tiaras. As much as I wanted something big to represent this “new stage” of my life, I’m not much for crazy parties like that anymore.
Then I remembered that a few months prior, Thom and I discovered that the Mystic Aquarium not only has beluga whales, but they also offered beluga encounters! So back in April when we were figuring out my birthday, we had decided that that was what we would do. I mean, who doesn’t love belugas?!
My birthday was in May and we did a small celebration then that involved surprise cannolis. We had a very busy summer schedule between work, school, and gigs. We decided to plan the beluga trip for the fall when we had the time for it, and so we could save up money to go.
We finally went this month and it was unbelievable! We had a short lesson on belugas (we were in a small group of 6 people plus a trainer) and then we were into the water! The whole experience lasted an hour and it was better than I could have imagined. We learned so much about belugas and are now the resident experts on the animals.
Thom says that my face was hilarious the entire time as I was so ecstatic for the whales.
The whales were very sweet and friendly.
They love showing off their tricks!
They loved having visitors in their tank!
They’re just big goof balls! They were so silly the entire time. I just wanted to take them home with me!
If you live near Connecticut, I’d totally recommend the beluga encounter at the Mystic Aquarium. It costs $40 to enter the aquarium, $165 for the encounter (which includes a free photo), and then $85 for a cd with all of the photos (we had tons more!). It is worth every penny and I’ll do it again in a heart beat!
A few months ago, Thom and I sat down and looked at our schedule for the summer and fall. Both of us work full time as well as seasonally with the Red Sox. We had a few things we wanted to do together and needed to find time to do them. One of our adventures was to go to Burlington, Vermont to visit his best friend (plus girlfriend) for a weekend. This past weekend was the weekend we discovered that worked for everyone and we made the best of it!
The weather was great and the travel to and from wasn’t terrible. We left Friday afternoon and got there in the early evening. Our first trip was to the Fiddlehead Brewery and Folino’s Wood Fired Pizza in Selburne. The beer was great and the pizza was delicious.
Ben and Jerry’s!
Saturday was an action packed day of Vermonting. Our hosts don’t ever do the touristy Vermont things, so we decided to do it all. We hit up Ben & Jerry’s, Cabot Cheese, Lake Champlain Chocolates, and Trapp Lager Brewery. We took the scenic routes along the way (though I think it’s impossible to take an unscenic route in Vermont).
Trapp Brewery Flight.
Beautiful view from the Trapp Family Home.
Yea, I was a little excited about ice cream, cheese, chocolates, and The Sound of Music. Also, beer everywhere! Everything was delicious and beautiful.
Sunday, we headed back to Boston, with a small pit stop in Middlebury to visit Thom’s cousin, as well as grab some apple cider donuts.
All in all, great weekend! I can’t wait to head back up there.
I am always down for a random roadtrip or a new adventure. Luckily, my boyfriend is the same. It’s also his birthday (hooray!) and because we’re basically children, we hit up the brand new Lego Land Discovery Center for Adult Night last night!
Basically, Adult Night tickets get you access into Lego Land (no children allowed!) and you can play with the Legos, see a 4D movie, go on the rides, and win prizes all while drinking booze. It’s sweet.
But first, let’s take a selfie!
For those of you who don’t know, I live in Boston, which is pretty much my favorite city in the whole world. You can imagine my excitement I had when the first room we walked into was all Lego creations of Boston landmarks!
Prudential Center, Hancock Tower, and City Hall!
Thom and I both work at Fenway Park, so it was neat to see the Lego Fenway (for me at least). It even had a little Lego Ted Williams statue!
The whole night was a blast. We played with a lot of Legos, made a cool Lego clown (it was a Carnival themed night), and went on a sweet ride to save a princess. We take princess rescues very seriously, as you’ll see below.
If you get the chance, I totally suggest hitting up an Adult Night at Lego Land. I’m sure the place is fun when you have kids there, too, but it was awesome to just hang out and not worry about small children at your feet. Also, we got to keep the Legos to ourselves.