Warning: this post is NOT dial-up friendly and is quite image-heavy :D
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So, my tags aren't as obnoxious this time around. If you want something fullsized and untagged, it might take me a while to get around to sending it to you, depending, but I will try my best if you request one. HOWEVER, PLEASE DO NOT UN-TAG THEM YOURSELF, OR USE THESE WITHOUT CREDITING ME ANYWHERE.
I'm not trying to be a hard-ass, it's just that-- they're my pictures! And I want to share them with you guys, that's why I take them, but I've had problems in the past so I just have to give this little disclaimer thing.
NOW ON TO THE BIGGEST HANSON TRIP WE'VE EVER TAKEN.
DAY 1 - TRAVELLING.
Michelle and I left Maine around 4pm, after I went to my classes for the day and headed for Manchester, NH to meet Julie & her mom. The ride to Manchester felt SO SHORT and in retrospect it was the easiest part of our trip, haha. We got to Manchester around 8pm, dropped off my car at Sarah Y's house (WHO SAVED ME $50 IN PARKING FEES FOR THE WEEK, SHE'S AN ANGEL.), loaded up Julie's vehicle and WE WERE ON OUR WAY!
I hate tolls. Almost as much as I hate the Masspike.
we got a little silly at the rest stops
IT WAS CABIN FEVER, SRSLY.
meanwhile, this is Julie the sexy coed hanson fan. haha.
yes, those are directions to the Flying J truckstop.
yes, we were only going because of hanson's truckstop FUTYs.
yes there will be footage of this later, haha.
HEY GUESS WHAT. NEW YORK IS A BITCH TO DRIVE THROUGH.
DAY 2 - BUFFALO
We ended up pulling into our hotel in Buffalo around 6am. We hit snow on the way, but unfortunately no snow plows so the whole drive from Maine to Buffalo took 14 hours. We went straight to bed, slept about 40 minutes total, and then we all got up early for what we were hoping would be an EXCITING ADVENTURE TO NIAGRA FALLS before hopping in line for the day.
...we woke up to more snow!
ugh not excited for the day
buffalo........ is sketchy.
WHITE KNUCKLIN' ALL THE WAY TO CANADA, BABY
WHAT A CREEPY AMUSEMENT PARK, AMIRITE?
so we got to Niagra Falls, and realized that it was just NOT the day to be there.
none of us were feeling it and the weather was so shitty that we couldn't even see anything.
SO WE TURNED AROUND AND WENT BACK TO BUFFALO.
...buuut not before we got coffee (well, julie did. I h8 starbucks. YEAH I SAID IT.)
SICK OF TOY SOLIDERSSSSSSSSSSSS
kenya dig it?
sitting on a cardboard box because HEY we didn't bring any chairs with us.
(ps that blanket is probably still hanging on a fence in Toronto somewhere...)
aka mother mary
what a qt little snow bunny :D
all three of us, huddling for body heat.
unless you were there, you have NO CLUE how FUCKING FRIGID it was.
why am I always lookin' homeless at hanson concerts
this is what I wore on the walk too
just like this
I'm not even joking
OMFG TIME FOR THE WALK!!!!!!!
aww look at them peekin
Isaac looking..... majestic?
a little sleepy maybe
I was loving the hoodie, seriously QT
so. damn cold.
all alone in a faceless crowd, obviously
taylor gives ike a turn
HELLOOOO YOU ARE #1 ON MY CHRISTMAS LIST KTHX
zac and I both needed chapstick on this day
I want that scarf
I was really tempted to ask to borrow his mittens
HONESTLY IS ANYTHING CUTER
LIKE A LITTLE GOPHER PUPPY OR SOMETHING
chances are, zac is watching some girl fall and not doing anything about it here.
"oh good she got up"
HI, THANK YOU HANSON & BEX
FOR THE YUMMY STEAMY HOT CHOCOLATE
this is me trying my HARDEST not to fall down
me looking homeless and him looking GORG GORG GORG
story of my life
SCREENCAPS of the video julie made of Zac & I in Buffalo:
...I basically asked him what I had been wanting to ask each one of them & that was what their personal favorite moment(s) were from the shoe drop, and Zac was going on and on about how it was bittersweet but how he really liked finding shoe sizes for the littlest kids, but then he changed his mind and said that he really liked it when they had smaller groups of kids so he could spend time with them individually and talk to them etc. it was qt. I also congratulated him on k8's pregnancy at some point, but after someone else had brought it up. he was all cute & excited about it.
So, I took these couple pictures in the Buffalo show but because my small camera (they don't let me bring my "pro gear" into the shows) is like almost completely broken to the point where the lens cover is held open with a PIECE OF GUM hahaha, they're shitty--
WAAAH I DON'T HAVE A HAAAAND
after the show we took off and drove to toronto.
what should have been a 2 hour drive took us 6 HOURS.
there was like 4 inches of snow on the road AND NO SNOW PLOWS TO BE SEEN.
it was awful, but we made it!!
DAY 3 - TORONTO
so... the walk signs in canada? THEY'RE JUST SILLY.
we got in line around 1:30pm (we needed to sleep in a little bit) and waited around for the walk. met some awesome people, and before we knew it, IT WAS 3!
ahhh, reunited with my bff isaac
I'm not even gonna try and caption this.
I couldn't get like ANY pictures on the walk for the following reasons
a) there were HUGE, KNEE DEEP, UNAVOIDABLE puddles
b) it was snowing/raining just enough so I couldn't keep my lens clean
c) they were trying to keep the guys towards the front because Bryan Johnson (!!) was there taking pictures. so it became super difficult to walk with them.
d) this isn't a reason not to take pictures, BUT THE WALK WAS LIKE EXTRA LONG. to the point where it was getting dark when we got back. hahaha.
I had a really awesome conversation with Isaac. we had a ~spiritual experience~. ummm, yeah I can't write about it yet. still.
I also had a really awesome conversation about social change (what else right) with Zac towards the end of the walk. IF ANYONE HAS ANY PICTURES OF THIS-- and I saw like 20 people taking pictures/videos of it so I know they're out there-- PLEASE LET ME KNOW?! I'm desperate.
so we got back to the venue and they started in on their the-end-of-the-walk speech and I decided to take pictures of isaac, haha.
hi, I love you.
"I TOOK THE WALK"
(told you I couldn't keep my lens clean)
ISAAC HANSON, THE PROFESSOR?
IDFK SO CUUUUUTE THOUGH
how miserable do we look though
Okay, so after the walk we were SO FUCKING SOAKING WET we had no choice but to go look for some dry footwear. We also hadn't eaten that day (surprise) so we needed to make a run for something. Luckily, some AMAZING girls offered to keep our spots after we let them go for a bit so we could go do just this.
long story short: we got SO FUCKING LOST. we finally got what we needed and found our way back to the venue, but we couldn't find a parking spot. Julie let Michelle & I off to find our place in line, which we did-- and julie went to park. Julie found a parking garage but it was like a mile away. and doors opened in like 5 minutes. then, julie got lost walking back. IT WAS A STRESSFUL DEBBACLE BECAUSE JULIE HAD MICHELLE'S TICKET. so even if she didn't get there before doors, we couldn't go in & save her a spot until she got there, because she had tickets!
BUT BY THE GRACE OF GOD SHE MADE IT JUST IN TIME. IT WAS AMAZING.
anyway-- Julie let me use her camera in the concert!
I had ABSOLUTELY no idea how to use it; so please bear with the crappiness of some of these--
HAHA O HAI BRYAN
zac & his imaginary friend
I...... have no idea
YEAH GUITAR FACE!
this one is my favorite, but I couldn't decide if I liked it in B&W or color better
so here's both, haha
ummm helloooooooooo lips
one of my favorite parts of the shows
UGH YES YOU ARE A GOD
so, there are a lot of pictures of isaac like this for some reason, hahaha
AND YOU SAY...........
all I wanted to do the whole time was just fix his tie
sexy guitar strap bb
O HAI MUSCLE MAN
what you gonna do with all that ass
all that ass inside them jeaaaaaaaaaans
taylor pretending to be preg
& again haha
grinding on the piano, as usual.
who even knows
isaac can levitate
I bet you didn't know that.
also, taylor is radioactive.
BRYAN ALWAYS PEEKING OUT
zac hanson laying on the stage like that
is an image that I don't think will ever leave my mind.
waiting for taylor to stfu
ALWAYS HANDS IN THE POCKET LIKE THIS AFTER THE SHOW
clearly smelling something delicious
what an awkward picture
look at my strong hand
LOL LOL LOL
:D :D :D
DAY 3 - HAMILTON
so on this day, it being our third and final concert, we decided to take it easy. we left Toronto @ around noon and made our way to Hamilton to find our hotel and the venue, and got to the venue just in time to take the walk.
uhhh, why would this ever be in someone's backyard?
CANADA. IS. WEIRD.
STANDING OUTSIDE WITH MY MOUTH OPEN WIDE
AH AH AH AH AH AH AH AH AH
snowing so much :[
we're not dating, we swear.
it was SO COLD so we were totally happy we weren't planning on standing outside all day.
even the 20 or so minutes we waited for the walk were like DEATH.
BUT FINALLY IT WAS 3PM!
why hello my handsome bff
UM, UNBEARABLY CUTE YES?
I didn't get like any pictures from the walk in Hamilton either. Why?
a) it was like less than 10 degrees, and my camera got super cold. NOT GOOD.
b) I walked beside Isaac pretty much the whole walk. so it's not like I could really pull out my camera and start snapping pictures of him while we were just like... walking. idk. it would have been super awkward.
c) it was a really short walk!
anyway, the walk was nice. FREEZING, something Isaac felt the need to remind us of like every 30 seconds, but still nice. I love isaac x 9040903598.
this is where my camera started taking like 9 years to focus because it was too cold.
WHY DOES HE ALWAYS HAVE THE CUTEST LOOKING HAND-WEAR?
zac was yelling something.
I like this.
So after they went inside, we decided to split and head back to the hotel to relax for a few minutes, change, and be warm until the show. A REALLY WEIRD CONCEPT for us to grasp, but a really nice change of pace.
michelle is a creep.
and this is in the bathroom of the venue, hahaha.
SHE WAS WAITING FOR ME IN THE BATHROOOOOOOOM
lol, roz bell.
SO GUESS WHAT? I'M LEGAL IN CANADA.
GLORIOUS to be at a Hanson concert.
and NOT be driving home.
needless to say, I DRANK.
um as if i was even going to stand up and wait for hanson to come onstage.
if I'm in the back, I'm sitting down!
(ps this was the WEIRDEST FUCKING VENUE EVER.)
(pps that phone call was costing me like $1.99 a minute.)
VODKA & CRANBERRY W/ 2 LIMES. HI. I LOVE YOU.
lol @ my death grip on my drink though.
AFTER A TRIP LIKE THIS ONE, JULIE & I NEEDED ONE OF THESE LIKE NEVER BEFORE.
The trip home was uneventful and I didn't take many pictures. We were all too wrapped up in our own personal Post-Hanson-Disorder/Depressions.
But as the hours went on and we went through the miles and miles and MILES back home I got sicker & sicker. By the time we got back to my car in Manchester at 8pm-ish I had a fever, body aches, chills-- THE FLU.
Needless to say, the drive home from Manchester was so long and so sucky.
But seriously nothing could have felt better than my bed when we dragged ourselves back to my house at 4am.
...nothing except like 30948 more tour dates of course :D