Because Bud Light was allowing all winners to bring someone, I convinced my friend, Vanessa, that we both needed to audition to double our chance of winning (we made a pack that if only one of us won, that we'd bring the other). A 24-pack of Bud Light later, we had filmed, edited, and submitted two ridiculous videos for a chance to go to Whatever USA. But that's not all. We also attended a Bud Light party at Hogan's Beach and auditioned at least a half-dozen more times. Shameless? Yes. Effective? HELL YES!
We both won (yet took no one else--long story).
We weren't told where we were going, we just knew we had to be at the airport really early on Friday, September 5th. I had to deliver over two hundred cupcakes to my cousin's brewery three hours away the night before so I wasn't totally excited about that. I got home around 3AM and had an email waiting that said our flight leaves at 8:30AM. Vanessa picked me up at 6AM and we were off!
Upon our arrival at Tampa International Airport, we technically still didn't know where we were going. Bud Light wasn't telling any of the winners until we arrived at our destination. However, we had heard rumors of Colorado so we were sure to pack a couple of sweater and jeans along with our bikinis and crop tops. When we checked in with the confirmation number Bud Light gave us, we realized we were getting on a direct flight to Denver.
...because for the next three days we'd only have Bud Light.
Vanessa's winning audition video said that if she won, she would bring "a case of Bud Light, a kangaroo for entertainment, and a TOOTH brush!" So I snuck Roo out of Mila's bed to come along for the ride.
"I don't know what this is, but if you're going to Whatever USA,
you're at gate A46." - Pilot
Made friends on the commercial flight to Denver who we grabbed a drink with
while waiting for our charter plane to Whatever USA.
Our charter plane.
Cold Bud Lights and a Whatever USA "newspaper" waiting in our seats.
The newspaper revealed that we were headed to Crested Butte, Colorado. The newspaper gave us a bit of information about our upcoming weekend, but still mostly kept things a secret, and told us some awesome facts about the town we would call home for the next three days.
You may recognize this picture from the COVER of theChive--
it was taken on my phone :)
It was 35 degrees our first night...
Alesso headlined the first night. Lil' Jon was the first to preform around 5PM after we all arrived, followed by Charli XCX around 8PM. At 10PM we all wondered over to a secret carnival and were suited up in LED jackets that strobed to the rhythm of the music playing. They directed us into an ice skating rink where Alesso came on!
View from our room #1
View from our room #2
Yoga 10,000 feet above sea level <3
(literally one of my favorite things I've ever done)
We look damn good post workout, if you ask me.
FSU friends I met to celebrate game day with --
look at all that garnet!
They actually painted the main street in downtown Crested Butte blue.
Cold War Kids! <3
Front row at Cold War Kids :D
Vanilla Ice serving vanilla ice cream out of an ice cream truck.
The most unflatter bikinis of all time. Thank you, Bud Light Lime.
Prom Dates! 1976 Style
Sunday morning. My lipstick was still totally fresh.
It took 2.3 hours to get through the TSA line...
...causing us to miss all the flights back to Tampa.
Leaving Whatever and heading back to Denver--
to flights that had already left.
Stand by for a flight to Orlando. Yes, Orlando. Not Tampa.
Fuel leak (or should I say, the second fuel leak).
But we managed to get on board and even hitched a ride back to Tampa
with some awesome Whatever friends!
You better believe if Whatever USA happens again next year, I'll be auditioning like a mad woman again. Until next time, Bud Light.
P.S. A HUGE thank you to Bud Light and Crested Butte for the most excellent hospitality I've ever experienced. This was absolutely one of the greatest adventures of my life and I will never, ever forget it.