12 Steps For A Successful 4-Day Road Trip To College Through 3 Time Zones With 1 Very Happy Pupper

12 Steps For A Successful 4-Day Road Trip To College Through 3 Time Zones With 1 Very Happy Pupper

Try something new, make a bucket list, live a little, check something off your bucket list, and then thank me later.


As we all know school is upon us. Some of us may be a little more prepared compared to others. I'm in the not so prepared, totally stressed out, in complete panic mode category. But luckily, I decided to go to school across the country and also decided to road trip back for my junior year. Here are a few things I'm glad I had/did while journeying across the country.

1. A plan/route

Let's be serious, if I didn't know where I was going things would've ended very badly.

2. An aux cord/Bluetooth

Listening to just the radio gets really boring AND half the time there's no station available to even listen to.

3. A few kickass playlists

Yes a few. One is not enough when you drive 15+ hours for multiple days, you're gonna want to switch back and forth between a couple.

4. My dog

Yeah it made it a little more difficult because she had to stop more often than I did, and she kept pressing all of the buttons in the car. I'm still glad that she got to experience it all with me, even if she was a little annoying.

5. Taking scenic pictures

I know it sounds stupid but driving cross country really makes you realize how beautiful the world really is and I feel like we forget that and take advantage of it when we experience the same view for weeks, months, and years.

6. Cleaning my windshield off when we stopped

This might sound like a no-brainer but the number of bugs that committed suicide on my window was ridiculous and really made it hard to see. Plus, when I didn't clean the windshield it really ruined my photos.

7. Snacks

Another no-brainer, I know, but snacks are SO important so they have to be on the list.

8. A pillow and blanket

This was mainly beneficial for my dog cause she got to sleep very comfortably in the car. But when we stopped for the night it was nice to have a little bit of home with me.

9. Friends who will keep you company

I can't tell you how many times I was on the phone or on FaceTime with one of my friends. Since I only had my dog, who unfortunately doesn't talk back, my human friends really kept me sane.

10. Taking LOADS of pictures/videos of my dog

Just like every other normal pet owner, I take a lot of pictures of my dog. But this road trip took "a lot" to an entirely new level. She was just so cute, I couldn't help it.

11. Taking pictures of (almost) every “Welcome to ….” sign

I didn't actually start doing this for myself since this was my fourth time driving cross country, but my other mother told me she wanted to see all of them, so she would know where I had been! Which as I was taking the photos I realized it would be really cool to remember them.

12. An awesome support system not only back home and waiting for me at my destination but also joining me

I was glad my parents decided to drive cross country with me. We got to spend a lot of much-needed family time together. When you're driving alone for that amount of time you really start to realize the more important things in life. Although I knew I was lucky with the parents I was blessed with I really realized how good I got it during this trip.

I suggest that everyone travels at some point in their life. Whether you travel for fun with no real purpose or destination, for work, or for school, go out and experience life! It's really a great time to figure out who you are as a person and what truly matters to you.

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The Ultimate "One Tree Hill" Location Guide

Many of the locations are still there. Some have changed quite a bit, but you can still visit them and really feel as though you are in Tree Hill.

In Summer 2015, I was vacationing in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. On one of the cold days, we decided to go up and visit Wilmington, South Carolina, where "One Tree Hill" was filmed!

Many of the locations are still there. Some have changed quite a bit, but you can still visit them and really feel as though you are in Tree Hill.

1. Brooke Davis’ House

2314 Tattersalls Dr.

Brooke Davis’ house is in a very nice neighborhood and it is beautiful!

2. Peyton Sawyer’s House

1901 Market St.

3. Haley James' House

1811 Chestnut St.

Right beside Peyton’s house is Haley’s!

4. Lucas Scott’s House

1829 Wrightsville Ave.

Sadly, the swing is no longer at this house and the door is blue instead of black.

5. Rachel Gatina’s House

1417 Market St.

Rachel’s house is actually a bed and breakfast now!

6. CD Alley

8 Market St.

You can now buy "One Tree Hill" merchandise here!

7. Naley’s Bench

Just down from Black Cat Shoppe, you can find the bench! It’s on the corner of Water and Market and it is the last bench behind the visitor’s desk. It has a lot of OTH writing on it, so it’s easy to locate.

8. The window that Nathan was pushed out of

23 North Front St.

9. Karen’s Café/Clothes Over Bros

Corner of Grace St. and N. Front St.

It is now a shoe store and doesn’t really look like Karen’s Café or Clothes Over Bros, but it’s still pretty neat to see it!

10. The Bridge

6th Street Bridge on North 6th St. and Hanover St.

This located in a bad part of town, so be careful. You cannot get pictures from the angle that the camera did because it is overgrown, but it is still possible to get pictures in front of it. Just watch for traffic!

11. The Rivercourt

Across from the USS Carolina

Unfortunately, the Rivercourt is no longer there. However, it is still a cool location to see. It now has a little area to sit in which is filled with “One Tree Hill” writing.

12. TRIC/Red Bedroom

1121 S Front St.

Finally, we were able to visit TRIC/Red Bedroom which was very cool! However, it is also in a bad part of town, so be careful.

Bonus Locations:

These are locations that I was not able to visit but that you might be able to!

13. Brooke and Julian’s House

101 Rouge Cove Dr., Carolina Beach, NC 28428

This is a private neighborhood and not located in Wilmington.

14. Haley and Nathan’s House

2709 Middle Sound Loop Rd.

This is also a private neighborhood.

15. Nathan and Haley’s Apartment

2395 Birchwood Dr.

16. Quinn and Clay’s Beach House

650 New River Inlet Rd., North Topsail Beach, NC 28460

This is also not in Wilmington. It’s about a half hour away, but it's located on a beautiful beach!

17. Dan and Deb’s House

1621 Country Club Rd.

This is also located in a private neighborhood.

18. Tree Hill High

610 N Front St.

This is Cape Fear Community College.

19. Whitey Durham Field House (1-4)

2700 N College Rd.

This is E.A. Laney High School. Their gym was the Tree Hill High gym in seasons one through four.

20. Whitey Durham Field House (5-6)

6520 Market St.

This is the gym that Skills and Lucas coached basketball in. It is the MCS Middle School.

21. Keith’s Auto Shop

19 Covil Ave.

It's now Performance Auto Specialists.

22. Dan Scott Motors

821 S. College Rd.

It's now Stevenson Honda Acura.

Scavenger Hunt Location:

23. Karen's Cafe's Rooftop

The one location that we looked for, but were not able to find was Karen's Cafe's rooftop where Haley and Lucas played mini golf and put their yearly goals. It was not filmed on top of Karen's Cafe like the show says. After some research online, we were able to find out that it was a couple streets over on top of a parking garage. So, I hope that if you are looking you will be able to find it!

Cover Image Credit: One Tree Hill Wiki

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5 Things To Remember For Spring Break

Have fun, but please be safe.


All students look forward to one thing during the school year, no matter what age they are. There's no doubt that we all get excited for breaks, but one stands out more-so than the others: Spring Break!

When you're a kid, you're excited to spend time with your friends, go camping, and spend all your time at the pool. In high school, it's along the same lines, but you're trying to sneak alcohol everywhere and everyone is judgmental about what swimsuit someone decided to wear.

In college, you do one of two things: 1. You sleep for a solid week and Lord help the person that decides to interrupt your sleep deprived, peaceful slumber. And 2. You travel to the beach of your choice and you're drunk the entire time (depending on who you are, you're also drunk during the first half of the week that classes start again).

If you decide to be a party animal during our favorite school break, obviously I want you to have all the fun you could possibly have. The less you remember it, the better..or worse- I don't remember. Maybe a few flashes here and there. Just please don't puke everywhere. But the most important thing is that you keep safe and be cautious wherever you decide to go. Just please don't recreate Spring Breakers or The Hangover. --But if you do recreate The Hangover, video or it didn't happen. I want to see who steals a tiger, loses a tooth, has an Asian man in the trunk, and who got stuck on the hotel roof.--

But seriously, to avoid any unfortunate events happening to you and/or your friends, please keep these things in mind.

1. Have a buddy system

Crazy stuff happens during Spring Break. Everyone knows that. Just don't lose track of each other because something serious could happen and it definitely would ruin the trip. Make sure each other are safe and don't put yourselves in a position that you'll regret later. Spring Break is the prime time for rape, kidnapping, human trafficking, etc. It's crowded everywhere so it would be extremely easy for someone to slip away undetected. People won't be paying attention to anything else except having fun. With all the distractions, that's a perfect opportunity for a predator to strike.

2. Be aware of what you put in your body

Alcohol and drugs are always a factor. If someone offers you a drink, be careful- especially if it's already open. You don't know 99% of the people so you have no reason to trust anyone and you don't know their intentions. As for drugs that you might take, there's a lot of impure stuff nowadays. Even weed is enhanced with things that people aren't aware of. Obviously. That's why there's so many different names. Just be careful and aware.

If you go to the bathroom, take your drink with you. Don't leave it somewhere, unattended, and come back to it. You don't know what could be in it anymore. If anything, get a new one.

3. Always have your ID, money, and phone

Getting into more serious topics, it's important that you have these things. And not for the fun reasons. Always carry your ID. Aside from getting into a bar or whatever, if something happens to you (God forbid), you'll be able to be identified. Always carry money. Aside from being able to buy more booze, always have money on you so you can get away from an area or situation that you won't want to be in. Always have your phone. You need to have a line of communication JUST IN CASE you get separated from your group or you need the police.

4. Please don't end up on Pornhub

Just.. please don't. Everything ends up online. Just don't end up on that site.

5. Make sure you have enough money to get home



Just please be responsible and aware of your surroundings. You can have all the fun you want, but please be careful. I don't want to see any news flashes for unfortunate events that might have happened to you or your friends. Have a great break!


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