Thanksgiving Break has come and gone, and it’s almost time for Christmas Break. Which means finals are rapidly approaching. One of my favorite things to do is travel, and I’m always down for a road trip. A couple of months ago, I realized that I have been to 10 different countries/territories, and 18 different states, yet somehow I had never been to the state of Michigan. Considering all of the traveling I have done, and having lived in North Central Indiana my entire life, I found this to be a little pathetic. So, I remedied this problem by road tripping to Michigan over Thanksgiving Break. It was an excellent trip, and I was mostly excited for the abundance of Dunkin’ Donuts along the way. Dunkin’ Donuts is hands down my favorite coffee shop, and unfortunately they have been closing a lot of their central Indiana stores, which is pretty upsetting. So, I made sure to stop at every Dunkin’ Donuts shop I passed on my way to Michigan. By the end of the day, it’s possible I was suffering from a new onset of Diabetes.
I was also crazy enough to go to the beach in November, mostly because I really wanted to see Lake Erie. The view was magnificent, but didn’t hide the fact that it was only 20 degrees outside…
I also traveled to one of my favorite stores – Cabela’s. This is really neat because every store is arranged and decorated differently, and the store in Dundee, Michigan is hands-down the biggest Cabela’s I’ve ever visited. I cannot confirm or deny that I was possibly like a little kid at Disney World during this shopping trip. Another neat experience was that there’s a little shop outside of Cabela’s called “Dundee Jerky”, and I was able to try alligator, kangaroo, and elk jerky! Definitely not an experience I’ve ever had in Indiana.
One more experience that was pretty neat, especially for being in Indiana, was the opportunity to tour LifeLine’s Critical Care Transport base in downtown Indianapolis. Having always been interested in flight nursing, this was a pretty exciting experience. I was able to talk to several members of the crew, who do both ground and air transports. I also got to check out all of their ground transport ambulances, as well as their helicopters! Having done a ride along with Saint Vincent’s StatFlight over the summer, it was really neat to see the differences between the two companies. Both have their own advantages and disadvantages – something I may not have otherwise observed.
I’m pretty excited for this semester to end. I am hoping that next semester breezes by, as I am greatly anticipating traveling to Uganda, and more importantly GRADUATING. Speaking of graduating – it’s only 150 days away!