The Last Three Months in Awkwardness

Welp, I’m down to the home stretch of my time in Sheboygan (maybe at some point I’ll post the half-finished piece on my 3-week road trip up here…who knows, miracles do happen). It’s been a stressful, weird, wild ride & as much as I’ve come to enjoy this town, my job, & my new friends, I’m looking forward to getting back to Florida & resting up for a while.  For probably like a week before I get bored.

I’ve finally crawled out from under my rock & gotten a Twitter account, so you can follow me there, Facebook, Instagram, and/or YouTube if you want to.

Winter plans include trying to learn a new language (again), adding some blog posts about past travel experiences, video games, sleeping, having a real refrigerator & oven, paying down student loans, visiting family, uploading some new stock imagery, and just generally being warm & stuff.  (I forgot what cold is like.  Also the sun goes down at 4:30 here once daylight savings time ends.)

Some unique Sheboygan weirdness to brighten your day:

I found this under a bridge; it’s like 4 feet across so not a small undertaking & I seriously have no idea what’s going on in this image or why it’s there – graffiti?  City-sponsored art project?  Who are these people?  Why do they have a monkey skull wearing a top hat?  The world may never know.

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This Week in Awkwardness

I made it from Forsyth, Georgia to Paducah, Kentucky, with stops in Chattanooga and Nashville. Two more weeks of road tripping before I start my new job in Wisconsin!


Crossed Off the Travel Map: Tennessee (mostly) Edition

This Week in Awkwardness

I made it through Georgia in one piece, despite some pretty epic rain storms.  I don’t know why the South has this weird thing about rain, one second it’s perfectly clear and the next it’s pouring so hard the road is barely visible.  Anyway I’m in Chattanooga for the weekend & it’s still raining.  Hopefully I’ll be able to find some stuff to do despite the weather.


Crossed Off the Travel Map: Georgia Edition

 

This Week in Awkwardness

I’ve been busy packing & planning my drive up to Wisconsin – lots of fun stuff to see along the way!  I have 3 weeks of road trip between here & my new job so I’ve just been adding pins to my Google map for anything that sounds remotely interesting, plus of course looking for things to do over the summer & fall on my days off.  I’ve already earmarked Sputnikfest in Manitowoc in September & the Midwest Historical Archaeology Conference in Chicago in October.  Looking forward to getting my hands dirty as an actual working archaeologist!


Added to the Travel Map: Summer in Wisconsin Edition

House on the Rock, Spring Green – weird house with crazy stuff inside.

FAST Fiberglass Mold Graveyard, Sparta – giant molds laying around in a field.

American Science & Surplus, Milwaukee – crazy awesome store.

Mars Cheese Castle, Kenosha – when in Wisconsin, celebrate cheese.

Stavkirke, Washington Island – Norwegian-style church.

45 x 90 Geographical Marker, Athens – The exact geographical center of the N. Western hemisphere. Stop at the Wausau Visitor’s Center to sign the log book & get a commemorative coin!

Al Johnson’s Swedish Restuarant, Sister Bay – they have a sod roof with goats on top, who wouldn’t want to go there?

UWM American Geographical Society Library, Milwaukee – thousands of historic maps, globes, expedition photos, etc.

Circus World, Baraboo – Ringling Brothers circus museum.

Crash site of Korabl-Sputnik 1, Manitowoc- pretty much exactly what it sounds like. Sputnikfest September 7th & 8th!

Man Mound, Baraboo – human-shaped effigy mound.

Mr. Marvel’s Wondertorium, Wisconsin Dells – museum of the dime museum, compounding the absurdity.

Toy Train Barn, Argyle – giant model train diorama in a barn.

Pabst Mansion, Milwaukee – historic home of Milwaukee’s beer baron.

Little Bohemia Lodge, Manitowish Waters – site of a shootout between John Dillinger & the FBI.

Recently in Awkwardness

I got a job! I’m heading up to Wisconsin to work on an excavation for the summer & fall. Planning an epic road trip to get there so be watching for new posts!

I also bought a new inflatable kayak, so hopefully there will be some great paddling in my future!


Crossed Off the Travel List:

Recently in Awkwardness

Well, it’s done.  Two & a half years at USF & it’s all over.  That doesn’t seem like something that should have snuck up on me but it’s a weird feeling to suddenly have this chapter of my life closed.

I’ve been applying for jobs but haven’t gotten anything yet.  Maybe I’ll go on a road trip.

In other news, I watched a bazillion bats fly out of a huge bat house at Fort Cooper State Park.  There were also two owls hanging out there obviously waiting for the bat smorgasbord to begin, which must  be really stressful for the poor bats but was really interesting for me.

 

Recently In Awkwardness: GoPro Edition

I finally bought a GoPro & I’ve been having so much fun with it!  I’ve just been playing with it in the little pond in my apartment complex but thankfully Florida’s weird wildlife can be found even in spots like that so I’m getting some good stuff.  I can’t wait to take it on some adventures!


Crossed Off the Travel Map:

Rainbow Springs State Park, Dunnellon, Florida
Rainbow Springs State Park, Dunnellon, Florida – beautiful crystal-clear water that inspired me to finally buy my GoPro AND made me actually want to swim for the first time in 15 years! Definitely going back, maybe I won’t fall off a sidewalk & sprain my ankle next time…