One year married and the happiest place on earth

20 May

We returned home last night from our anniversary trip to Cape Cod, but I’m still 100% there in my mind. It truly was a wonderful trip and the perfect way to celebrate the first year of our journey together as a married couple.

Speaking of, I can’t believe how fast time went by! It seemed like only a moment ago we were saying our vows in front of family and friends and now here we are a full year later, even more in love than ever. Is it cool if we still call ourselves newlyweds?

Kiss

May 18, 2012

A long weekend in Cape Cod was our first trip together as a couple way back in 2008, so it was a natural choice to spend a few days there to celebrate our first wedding anniversary there.

2008 v 2013

Provincetown Then & Now

Even though we packed a lot into 4 days, the whole trip felt easy and relaxing. We spent the days exploring towns and beaches, biking to lighthouses, getting massages, shopping, wining and dining, and simply just being together. Absolute perfection.

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Road trip!

Disney claims to be “the happiest place on earth,” but I have to disagree. Theme rides and cartoon characters are totally unnecessary to me. I’m more of a sun on my shoulders, wind in my hair, sand between my toes kind of girl. Cape Cod is a place where I feel connected to myself, my husband, and nature – pure bliss. It’s truly my happy place. (The Adirondacks are a close second.)

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How can you not be happy here?

Speaking of nature, we spent some time walking around the MassAudobon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. We got to see some beautiful birds and these itty bitty crabs crawling around the marsh. They would start crawling out of their tiny holes in the mud and then if you moved, they all sped back into their hiding places. We spent a lot of time watching these little guys.

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One of the other things we did on our first day was to go for a nice bike ride on the Cape Cod Rail Trail. It’s a 22 mile stretch that runs from Dennis to Wellfleet. Since we were staying in Wellfleet, it was easy just to hop on at the end and go. It’s a beautiful path that’s marked at every tenth of a mile, so you always know how far you’ve gone!

railtrail rbbWe rode to the Nauset Light House and beach before heading back. The ride was about 11 miles total. We were sooo ready for some pizza after that!

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nauset beach rbbAnother fun thing we did was a wine tasting at Truro Vineyards. It’s a small but well-known vineyard with very delicious wines. A couple varietals even come in lighthouse shaped bottles!

truro rbbI fell in love with Corn Hill Beach in Truro…

cornhill rbb…it was so beautiful that we decided to return at sunset. As the sun went down we unlocked the love letter and wine box from our wedding ceremony. Our officiant used the love letters to create our vows to each other, which were a surprise to us until the moment we recited them to each other on our wedding day.

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My favorite part of the trip

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Mark reading my letter to him

Of course, I made sure I took the opportunity to get a nice run in to the Wellfleet marina. Technically it was a naked run, but I had my phone on to make sure I didn’t get lost, so I know that I ended up going for just under 5 miles. I want to run here all the time. 

nakedrun rbbWe spent the day of our anniversary in Provincetown. We walked and walked and walked and did a little shopping and eating. I wish I was logging our miles because I’m sure we walked at least 8 miles. We were so ready for our fancy dinner at the Red Inn!

redinn rbbThe food was incredible and we had a view of the water where a bunch of horseshoe crabs were hanging out near shore. Once we got back to the Wellfleet house we popped open some champagne and toasted to a successful first year of marriage.

anniversary rbbOur little getaway was so wonderful and refreshing, I really could go on about it all day. Mark took tons of pictures and I think I will be staring at them for a while and daydreaming about my happy place!

It has been quite a year and I am looking forward to what adventures the future will bring.

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12 Responses to “One year married and the happiest place on earth”

  1. Amanda May 20, 2013 at 9:38 pm #

    I’m so glad you both enjoyed your anniversary. It sounds like a great weekend. I love how you guys did your vows. It’s so personal and intimate! Oh, and the Adirondacks are also one of my happy places 🙂

    • Nikki May 21, 2013 at 8:00 pm #

      Thank you! Maybe someday we will both be doing a race in the ADKs 😉

  2. Janel May 20, 2013 at 10:42 pm #

    Happy Anniversary Nikki & Mark!!

  3. thepaceofitall May 20, 2013 at 11:11 pm #

    Congratulations and happy anniversary.. The 2 go hand in hand right? Sounds like a wonderful way to spend an anniversary, looks beautiful!

    • Nikki May 21, 2013 at 7:59 pm #

      Thank you, it really was!

  4. Diana May 21, 2013 at 7:32 am #

    Happy Anniversary! Sounds like a perfectly wonderful trip!!

  5. xxJaym May 21, 2013 at 9:27 am #

    aww, so glad u guys had a good time. looks like an awesome trip! next time: bring me… 🙂 haha. Happy Anniversary!

  6. Jennifer {Healthy Wifestyles} May 21, 2013 at 9:38 am #

    Happy Anniversary!! Cape Cod is so amazing – I’m glad you had a great trip!! Nice choice on the champagne, too (it’s Kris’s favorite). Here’s to another successful happy year!! And yes, you’re still a newlywed for at least the first three years 👰

    • Nikki May 21, 2013 at 7:58 pm #

      Thank you! We’re so going to call ourselves newlyweds when we’re married 50 years.

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