Hendersonville, NC > Greenville, SC > Charleston > Atlanta, GA > Las Vegas, NV > Yosemite, CA > Sacramento > San Francisco > San Jose > Santa Cruz > Big Sur > Pismo Beach > Santa Barbara > Los Angeles > Dallas, TX > New York, NY > London, UK > Glasgow.
That was my August of 2016. I miss every second of it.
The tired drives, the long greyhound buses, loosing half my belongings because of baggage allowances, putting tents up in the dark, having to phone our campsite to see if we had a place to stay due to huge fires, a kind soul paying for gas because the station wouldn’t accept our debit cards, the hostels not having enough beds for us, mermaids swimming in bars, zebras at the side of the road, having no plans between our flights to and from the west coast, almost not getting our rental car due to more debit card problems, living on ramen noodles and microwave mac ‘n’ cheese, arguing over who’s turn it was to charge their phone, having to limit the stops for photos, sharing full life stories in the car, the silence in awe of what was in front of us when we got there, the bar crawls, the walking tours, trekking through cities to our hostel with all our camping gear, sneaking friends into hostel rooms, bumping into friends you didn’t know would be in that city, having that one meal out at a restaurant in every city, watching yourself and your friends grow with the life experiences you were all gaining along the road. I really don’t care how cliche this sounds but my time working in America and travelling for a month afterwards has both scratched my travel itch and made it a million times worse. I can’t wait to be back at camp, meeting more amazing people and catching up with everyone from around the world again. I don’t know if I’m going to travel America again, god knows what state the country will be in this time next year, but I’m so glad this past summer happened and I can’t wait to explore more of the world we live in 🌎
One of Narcissa’s favourite songs began playing in the bar ‘You Don’t Own Me.’ She started moving to the rhythm. One side of her hair was ocean blue at the tips and the other side was seaweed green. She’d separated her hair into pigtails and they bounced as she strut a long to the mellow tune. She’s still leraning about make-up, hairstyle and fashion but is already pretty experienced in beauty techniques, that was all she could do as a mermaid after all; sit on rocks and comb her long blonde hair. She’d heard this song quite a few times since she’s been on land and It’s really grown on her. Land music is a lot more impressive than any music that was attempted underwater. Music in the ocean was wither wales screaming or gathering above the waves to the rocks to sing sea shanties or serenade sailors. Narcissa just prefers the music up here.
She’s heard this song quite a bit now. It took her a while to piece together the lyrics over time as English isn’t her first language but eventually Narcissa worked out the lyrics. She finds It strange how much she can relate to this song. It’s like she’s saying her father and the sea doesn’t own her, she’s her own mermaid and can do whatever she wants. She certainly can play with all the boys she wants up here. Narcissa gathered her stride together as she collected the left over cocktail but just as she was about to head back to the bar she saw a plate of unfnished nachos. She sighs like a half-hearted teenager and heads towards It until she’s stopped in her tracks. Patricia: “ NARCISSA! WOULD YOU GET OVER HERE!!? ” Narcissa’s boss Patrica was in a bad mood. Her voice boomed across the bar as she shouted her employee like a slave. Narcissa nearly spilt the cocktail on her legs but managed to grasp the glass extra tight just in time! That could’ve been a fishy disaster.
Big Blue Bath Bomb: A fresh smelling bath bomb with sea salt and sea weed for a soft and gentle bath. Good for those with sensitive skin, or for lovers of the sea.
Aqua Marina Cleanser: A seaweed and calamine cleanser. Kaolin and calamine cleanse and help irritation, while aloe vera and irish moss gel (a seaweed) moisturise. With a little sea salt to gently exfoliate.
Mermaid Fun: A lime and seaweed fun bar. Can be used as shampoo, soap, bubble bath and to play with. Mould your own mermaid!
Seanik Shampoo Bar: An enzymic and volumising sea salt, lemon and seaweed shampoo bar. Lemon to deeply cleanse the hair, sea salt for volume and seaweed to nourish.