This Is The Love-Hate Story Of Midwesterners And Snow

This Is The Love-Hate Story Of Midwesterners And Snow

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Snow, the true definition of love and hate.

If you grew up in the midwest, you know the feeling you got as a kid the night before a snowstorm. When you would stay up a little later in hopes that school will be canceled even before you go to bed. You know the feeling of waking up to a 2-hr delay and getting some extra sleep. Though nothing beat waking up to a closed school. You knew that meant more sleep and a day of sledding, and you were so there for it.

The love you wish to feel now. That your job will call and you just might not have to go in. The feeling of staying home and catching up on things there. Almost comforting that you'll get to sleep in a bit, in the middle of the week! Wow, what a feeling of joy that is. What love you have for the snow that you hope will be coming.

The heart-warming feeling you get as you watch the weather forecast and peep out the window to see snow gracefully falling down to save the day.

You go to bed, ready to receive that phone call the following morning, saying you get to stay home.

Then you wake up.

That's when the hate sets in. No phone calls. Not your school listed on the news as closed. You peek outside and see a thin layer of snow, filling you with disappointment. You know now, that you've been let down once again.

That promising day you thought you would have and then BOOM. You have to get ready for the day. Have to get ready to face the snow. You walk out and the bitter cold that would have brought you happiness at some point, slaps you in the face.

You don't know who to blame for this hurt you feel. The weatherman, that you literally don't know how they still have their job? Your school that decided it was worth the risk? Yourself, for thinking it could actually happen?

That moment where it felt like you were the only school that didn't get closed, just like when you were a kid, the disappointment sets in… no betrayal hurts more than that.

You know now that your butt is the one that will have to walk, what feels like 5 miles, to a class that you don't understand how you even got stuck taking it. All because you hoped that wishing for snow would save the day.

The realization sets in that what you once thought was full of joy and activities, is no longer that for an adult.

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It's finally summer, classes are out! There are so many things to do in this beautiful state. There are many small towns to visit. These towns are perfect day trips. From the mountains to the beach and everything in between, there is something for everyone! Pack your car up and get ready for a summer of adventure.

1. NoDa

This is a small hipster district right outside of Uptown Charlotte. Music and art paint this town and it has a very creative energy flow. Amelie's Bakery, a 24/7 french bakery, is located in this district. There is always something fun and new to try in this cute, artistic town!

2. Asheville

This town is known for the beautiful scenery and historic importance. The Biltmore Estate is located here, and it is open for tours every day of the year. It is the biggest estate in America. The downtown area is very artistic, and the mountains make for a gorgeous hike. This is definitely an adventure you don't want to miss.

3. Boone

This small town has a lot of outdoor activities. It is perfect for hiking and whitewater rafting. If you love nature, this is a must see. It is a college town where Appalachian State University is located. The downtown area is very old school and for modern hipsters.

4. Crowders Mountain

This is located in Gaston County. Once you reach the Pinnacle, the peak of the trail, with clear skies you can see for miles. It is a quick four-mile hike for the short one, the view is amazing.

5. Wilmington

This city is known for the beachfront. It makes a perfect day to hit the waves. There are many beach fronts to visit, such as Carolina Beach. Cape Fear Ocean runs through this city. White sand, waves and the boardwalk. If you are a fan of One Tree Hill, it was filmed here.The small restaurants and characteristics give this town a vibrant energy.

6. Serendipity House

This house is from the movie Nights In Rodanthe located on a beach in Avon, North Carolina. It has been remodeled, but the amazing characteristics of this make it a sight to see.

7. Linville Falls

This is located in Linville, North Carolina. Attractions close by are also the Blue Ridge Mountain. To get to the main fall, it is about a mile hike.

8. Outer Banks

Small beaches on the outer banks of North Carolina have wild horses. Corolla Wild Ponies run free, and you can even take a ride on them in the water.

9. Sliding Rock

Located in Brevard, this rock is actually naturally made from a small waterfall. You can actually go sliding down it. It is in Pisgah National Forest also near Asheville.

10. Devil's Tramping Ground

This is located near Bennett. It is a 40-foot circle that cannot grow life. If you leave something or sleep in the circle, the rumor is it will be outside of the circle the next day.

11. Land of Oz Theme park

Located in Beech Mountain, this theme park that was once full of life is now closed and for the most part abandoned. It comes alive for one night a year for an event. This is definitely a place to take a night adventure to...

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The Top 10 Travel Destinations You Need To See After College

4. Jukkasjärvi, Sweden


Everyone needs and break. Especially a college graduate who just spent over a handful of semesters completing their degree. Whether you can reach these destinations right away or after you complete other amazing goals, keep them in mind. (Some of these destinations have been inspired by places my friends and I hope to go there with them someday)

1. Flathead Lake. Kalispell Montana

Home to one of the clearest lakes in the world. Flathead Lake in the great state of Montana may have just what you need to get over the post-graduation blues. Set sail on a kayak, a fishing boat, or run right into this beautiful water for the perfect mountain vacation.

2. Lake Tahoe, California

Perfect for both graduates of any semester be it winter or spring, Lake Tahoe may have just what you need. In between the great states of California and Nevada, there are opportunities for everyone in every season. Skiing and lodging at the resort. Hiking and camping in the warmer months. And if you're over 21 and you want to try your luck there are casinos right down the road from Lake Tahoe.

3.  Grand Canyon Village, Arizona

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This is a personal favorite of mine on the bucket list of places to visit. It's particularly warm so you can work on your tan during the day while you are able to just stare at a masterpiece nature has created. It may bring back memories of staring at a blank word document when not knowing how to start a 14-page research paper, but much more rewarding.

4. Jukkasjärvi, Sweden

For December graduates, take a trip from the unpredictable weather and head to the Ice Hotel in Sweden to experience travel abroad experience minus the schoolwork and get a snowy winter. Chill out and relax in this weather wonder.

5. Mykonos, Greece

You deserve to celebrate your big fat graduation day. Take a trip to the island of Mykonos located off the coast of Greece and immerse yourself in the crystal clear water. Friendly locals and wonderful attractions all around Greece gives a reason as to why this beautiful island in the Cyclades should be visited.

6. Hawaii

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I couldn't narrow it down to just one island in Hawaii. It is rich in culture as well as sand, sun, and surf. Take a trip to the beautiful state of islands and learn about the beautiful land and culture that you have no deadline to learn about.

7. Hershey, Pennsylvania

Nothing's sweeter than going to the beloved Hershey Park after Graduation. It neighbors Hershey Gardens and Zoo America. While it seems like any old vacation, Pennsylvania is a state full of history that you do not have to take an exam for. Take a trip and load up on chocolate at Hershey Park. Relax in the gardens. Or see Animals in the Zoo.

8. Paris, France

Take your college sweetheart to the city of love and learn what is so magical about the city that makes lovers fall deeper in love. While you're there with or without someone, visit the Louvre and the Eiffel tower and be the stereotypical tourist. Take your exam about it and visit it too.

9. Las Vegas, Nevada

Feeling a different kind of lucky? Take a trip to the Las Vegas strip and test your luck at the slot machines as you use some of that graduation money for some fun. You have to spend some money to make money, don't you? While you're at it go out to dinner a see a show form hypnotists to white tigers.

10. Warsaw, Poland

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As a Polish girl, it is in my bias to put a destination in Poland. Home to some great sausage and adult beverages alike, Warsaw is a beautiful place to visit and experience.

11. Home

My fiance suggested this one to me. He said home. You should never forget where you came from. If you waited all of college to see the world. Try not to forget those who helped support you through the tough times that college may have given you. Whether it is your blood relatives or the family you chose, always try to come back to them

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