So, it’s that time of year again. Girl’s weekend time of year! For this third year of my annual trip with Kailey and Crystal, we decided to visit Orlando. I’d been having a hankering to visit Harry Potter World, and instead of dragging a reluctant Drew, I suggested to the ladies that this might make a good vacation for the three of us. They agreed, thankfully, so we spent a couple days enjoying some quality time in Florida.
They got in earlier than I did Thursday (living in a destination where I always have to connect, on the west coast, means that I’m never into the east coast before 7 or so), so they went and did a few things before I got there. But once I arrived, we checked in to World Quest Orlando and went to grab a bite to eat at a local tavern (I’m not going to get into where we ate because honestly, most of it was mediocre) and chatted away before heading to bed to rest up for Universal Studios!
We totally should have pre-ordered our tickets for Friday’s park day, but we didn’t end up spending more than half an hour in line so it wasn’t too bad. I decided to shell out for valet parking because it was only $20 more than regular parking and honestly, for the price of a bottle of wine, it was worth it to me to not have to deal with remembering where we left the car and then having them bring it back to us at the end of the night. We spent most of the day at the Harry Potter stuff. The park is only open until 7, so we didn’t have much time to spare! My favorite ride was definitely the Hogwarts one at Hogsmeade…most of the “wait” is actually a line through the castle, getting to explore (within the confines of the barriers, of course), so it flies by and is totally worth it. We had lunch at The Three Broomsticks, went to Ollivander’s and I got a wand, and of course, shopped and shopped and shopped. There were a couple of rides that the girls wanted to go on at the end of the night, so they did while I chilled out. A full day of fun-having is exhausting!
Saturday was much more like an actual vacation-vacation day. Crystal wanted to do some beach time while were in Florida, so we headed about an hour east to Cocoa Beach, which is right by Cape Canaveral. We let ourselves sleep in, drove out there, enjoyed a day of sunshine and fruity beach drinks and watching super drunk people have a little too much fun, watched the sun set, and headed back to Orlando. We grabbed some Chinese food and watched the Michigan football game (and after it became obvious that the good guys were not in fact going to win, tried not to watch it) and then passed out.
Sunday I flew back without anything particularly interesting happening, and while I was certainly happy to get back to my husband and pug, I was bummed that the weekend was over. This time with my friends, after literal decades of knowing each other, is so precious and meaningful. I’ll happily admit that I’m really jealous that they live close to each other and get to see each other all the time. It’s hard not to feel like I’m missing out on things, like watching Crystal’s son grow (he’s 7 months old now!). But that we take the time and spend the money to make our reunion weekends happen is incredible, and I’m already looking forward to next year’s adventure!