This motto pretty much summed up my Fourth of July road trip weekend. I made a vow to spend this summer recapturing some of the teenage experiences I felt I had missed out on: weekend road trips and wild, drunken nights with my girlfriends that I probably wouldn't remember all the details of the next day. Within that weekend alone, I did just that!
Although it's been over a month (sorry, I got busy with work and Boule) since my road trip weekend, I still relive that weekend everyday in my head. Our shenanigans began simply as an idea my girlfriend, Ruth, and I had for me to drive on down to Waco to visit her and see a little bit of the Baylor lifestyle - this was one of the top five schools I wanted to attend 3 years ago when I first started applying to college. But being that it was a private school and that Grambling offered me a full ride, I had to turn down the $40,000+/year school. So I decided to do the next best thing and road trip! We plotted and schemed for weeks: Ruth excitingly telling me about all of her friends I could meet, late night texts of potential outfits for 6th Street night, daily countdowns until the big weekend... The excitement increasingly grew with each passing day. Soon our plan became an entire plot for me to drive to Waco on Friday for the small party Ruth and her roommate, Karina, would be throwing that night and for us to make an overnight trip to Austin the next day to simply experience the nightlife on 6th Street like all of the other young adults and Texas State students.
Cruising up I-35 N toward Waco, my epic weekend began. For two weeks, I had been anticipating this moment and scrambling around for the perfect outfit to wear for "6th Street Night". Sunny skies and 90 degree weather greeted me 3 hours later as I rolled through the Baylor University campus toward Ruth's apartment. Ruth greeted me as I pulled into the apartment complex's parking lot and quickly lead me upstairs.
Immediately, I was immersed in the most adorable Fourth of July set-up I had ever seen. The countertops were covered with food that appeared to be from a Pinterest board from one end to the other, red, white, & blue streamers were gracefully hanging above the door ways, and Karina was sitting at the table preparing goodies for the party. Ruth introduced me to Karina, and just like Ruth had said, she was absolutely great! Karina was both gorgeous and kind; I felt more than comfortable spending the entire weekend with them. We chatted for awhile while I watched them preparing for the party. They started with the drinks of course - I mean, that is the highlight of the party right?! Jello shots, Capri-Suns injected with Everclear, and the champagne-fruit punch, all made their way to the countertops for the party. Soon, they began to whip up the food!
As the girls finished prepping for the party, we gossiped about the "tea" happening at Baylor, their not-so-hygienic roommate (yikes!), and who all would be coming to this get together. An hour or so later, in walked one of their good friends, Chierra (awesome name btw lol... Not only are we name twins, but she got extra brownie points for the way she spells her name and for her awesome natural hair!). She showed us some of the items she picked up at the mall and chatted with us about the upcoming weekend! I loved knowing that these were the girls I would be spending the weekend with. The conversation flowed naturally.
Time began to creep up on me and I needed to change for the party. I was feeling very festive, so I threw on a pair of red skinny jeans, a cobalt blue blouse and a white statement necklace. I finished changing quickly, as I began to hear the other guests arrive. A flux of people flooded in and the party began. We laughed, ate, and drank to our hearts content! (The jello-shots were definitely the "drink" of choice if you wanted to start the turn up right away, while the Capri- Suns with Everclear slowly crept up on us.)
Beginning to lose count of how many drinks I had - and what exactly I had - the sun had gone down and it was time to see the fireworks. The party guests, other Baylor students, packed into two cars and drove through campus toward a parking garage. Level by level we speedily drove to the top of the garage, hoping to get the best view of all of the fireworks. Like all of the Waco locals and Baylor students still on campus, we realized we all had the same idea. Flocks of people were posted in their lawn chairs, sitting on the hoods of their cars or standing in groups waiting for the show to begin. And so it did.
The view was breathtaking. You could see the skyline of the city, and simultaneously, two fireworks shows. We spent a few moments trying to capture pictures and videos, until finally one of the guys wanted to do more... fire off our own. In the middle of the show, we packed back into the cars and made our way out of the garage. Driving into the middle of nowhere, we finally found a spot to shoot off a couple of firecrackers and light some sparklers. It was like something you would see in movie. I had a blast watching each firework spiral into the air and twirling around sparklers in both of my hands. One by one they shot into the air, breaking the silence of night. It was a moment that I didn't want to end. But knowing that this was only the beginning of our epic weekend, it didn't break my heart too much having my last sparkler burn out.
The morning sun peaked through the blinds of Ruth's bedroom the next morning and, surprisingly, I felt fine. I downed a glass of Blowfish just to be on the safe side before our mini road trip to Austin. Once I was able to get up and moving, I munched on a cinnamon raisin bagel that Ruth had kindly bought at the store earlier that morning, while chatting with her other gorgeous roomie, Eshe ("Shay"), Eshe's boyfriend, Chierra, Karina and Ruth. We didn't waste too much time, as we were all eager to get to Austin.
Poor Damien, a friend of Ruth and Karina's, who was sweet enough to offer to drive us, waited patiently for all 4 girls to finish getting ready for nearly two hours in the living room. Eventually, each girl managed to gather their belongings together and file into the car. Jamming to OutKast's "Hey Ya!", the 5 of us made our way toward the hippie city.
Blocks away from 6th Street, Ruth managed to book us a hotel room from the night for the low! We pull up to the Amco Hotel and Suites a little suspicious of the hotel, but as soon as we walk inside we are surprisingly pleased with our accommodations.
The sun began to wind down, but our excitement did not. To kick off our "pre-game", Ruth and I whipped up a bowl of "Sweet Lucy". Equal parts orange juice and pineapple juice, a splash of grenadine, and a couple shots of Bacardi later, it was finally done. We sipped on the punch as music played and we started to get dressed for our night on the town.
I decided to go for a more hippie-chic look specifically for Austin! I was lucky enough to find a lace dress on sale for 50% off at one of my all-time favorite stores, Altar'd State. What I love about this store, is their commitment to serving others and giving. Their pillars of philanthropy are:
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The closer we all started to get finished getting dressed, of course we had to make time to take a few selfies! (Have to get our Instagram fame up hahaha!)
It was a night to remember to say the least. Karina's cousin TJ met us there and luckily for Damien, added a little testosterone to the group. From the moment I stepped onto the street, I became overwhelmed with excitement. There were so many bars and lots of people. You could tell this was the hip place to be on a Saturday night. All of the students from Texas State and UT were out and about, as well as the locals from Austin. You couldn't help but to soak up the artsy, hippie, chill vibe Austin gave off.
The night was absolutely perfect. I didn't want it to end. I knew there was a 80% chance I would probably be miserably hungover in the morning - which, I ended up being lol! But luckily, it wasn't the worst hangover I have ever had. *flashback to Bayou Classic in New Orleans* Yikes!
Despite this, I had experienced the best night of my life. Period. Waking up the next morning, all we could do was laugh and relive the night before. I had experienced a night that I could barely remember - luckily with the help of Ruth, I was able to piece it together for the sake of this post - with a group of people that I will definitely never forget.