This past weekend, I drove to Galveston, Texas for a conference for BLOGGERS!
Whether a person is serious about blogging, or it's a sporadic hobby, I came home with a renewed outlook. For example, the BLOG ELEVATED conference mission was to teach you and I to be AUTHENTIC, and to BE YOU, and to BE TRUE TO YOURSELF.
My teen daughter attended the conference with me and we both discussed how the conference was motivating and that many of the principles taught could be applied to so many things in life.
Although I had packed two cameras, I ended up using exclusively my reliable and handy (pocket sized) Canon 12.1 mega pixel. This camera was dropped several times while I was in the Middle East and it still keeps snapping! Best of all, it only takes two AA batteries.
Originally we were forecasted CLEAR WEATHER, so I took the longer route by driving highway 290 from Austin to Brenham. From there I took 36 south all the way till the road ended at Surfside Beach. With the coast on the right side of me, I headed east, crossing a bridge into the backdoor of Galveston, Island.
I. Will. Never. Drive. That. Route. Again. IN THE RAIN.
Of course, I didn't know it was going to rain, until I had already passed Brenham and was headed for the coast. Let me tell you, there is nothing more harrowing than driving that tiny peninsula on a narrow road, waves crashing on both sides of you, flooded roads, not seeing another vehicle for miles, low visibility, and HYDROPLANING.
The good news is that we survived (white knuckles intact) and we made it to our final destination - Moody Gardens hotel, where we would plant ourselves for the next 4 days. The rain was a bit depressing at first, but once it cleared, it was breathtaking!
Pictured, is one of our meals served at the conference.
Lots of fun activities at the conference. I made my own essential oil sugar scrub, and my daughter is getting her nails done.
We also watched people dragging their suitcases to the cruise ships and I got to meet and talk with employees of the cruise lines who were taking breaks at the nearby pub and Starbucks.
I'm planning to attend next year's Blog Elevated conference. It was THAT much fun!