Happy Holidays!!! …
Dec20

Happy Holidays!!! …

Our official Christmas card (...

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Road Trip Back to Cali (Part I)
Dec20

Road Trip Back to Cali (Part I)

Transitioning out of the Marine Corps is a crazy adventure, especially when you are traveling about 3,000 miles across the country!  Over the course of 11 days Megan and I hit up North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, and last but not least California.  Here is just a glimpse of the wild ride.. Megan and I left Virginia in the dark on a Monday night, making our way down to the great state of Georgia in our new home– a Penske moving truck. Once there, we stayed with the wonderful Lockhart family.  The combo of training with George and eating Heather’s amazing food made it a great stop.  We couldn’t have been more thankful for a warm cozy bed and friendly faces after our first full day on the road.  And check out George’s awesome parking skills!  “Centimeters!” Next stop NASHVILLE, TN!  After a few hours on the road, we made it to Nashville just in time to check out the nightlife.  This picture was taken in Layla’s Bluegrass Inn where license plates from all across the country hang from the ceiling.  Another favorite was Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge. Nashville is definitely one of the most beautiful cities we have ever seen, and the people are just too sweet.  If you’re ever there for breakfast check out the Loveless Cafe.  Their hashbrowns are amazing! Up next was Memphis, TN!  We made a quick stop at Gus’s Fried Chicken for some Southern cooking. After Memphis Megan and I had a looong drive to Midwest City, Oklahoma.  We didn’t get to see any of Arkansas since it was dark out, but we were definitely grateful for all of the Love’s Gas Stations that kept us fueled with coffee and energy drinks!  And there are some pretty interesting items for sale in the rest stops along the way, like this sweet hat.. In Oklahoma we were lucky enough to stay with our good friend, Taylor Hood, and her super sweet and welcoming family.  (Who knew that Oklahomans had Southern accents?!)  Taylor took us to her favorite Mexican restaurant and gave us the grand tour of her hometown.  Since we were just minutes from downtown Oklahoma City, we visited the Capitol Building, which is really astonishing inside. See more about our visit in the Sooner State and the journey to Cali in Part II...

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Road Trip to Cali Cali (Part II)
Dec20

Road Trip to Cali Cali (Part II)

  … Oklahoma continued! Here we are giving it up for the O-K! After the Capitol Building, Taylor took us to visit the site of the Oklahoma City Bombing, where a beautiful memorial has been erected.  My heart sank as I read the different plaques and Taylor explained exactly how the events of the day unfolded. We were so moved visiting the Memorial, and we can’t thank the White and Hood families enough for making our experience so memorable! As Megan and I were leaving Oklahoma, we hit the home stretch of the trip.  After 6 days of driving in a moving truck we were ready to get to California, but New Mexico had some plans of its own.  This is where we were faced with a wild snowstorm (snow in New Mexico, REALLY?) and saw several tractor trailers jackknifed and turned over on the sides of the highway.  From about 9pm until 5am we creeped through the snow-capped mountains and icy roads until we reached Holbrook, Arizona.  It was pretty scary, but we made it!  We must have brought the cold weather with us from the East Coast. From Holbrook we trudged along through Arizona with one goal in mind— VEGAS. Our friends George Lockhart and Colton Smith both rocked their auditions for Fox’s reality show The Ultimate Fighter, and I got to take a little break from driving! Though we didn’t exactly hit up Las Vegas in the grand style of the boys of The Hangover, we had a great time!  How can you not when your day is filled with eating Papa Johns, renting $10 comedies OnDemand, and convincing people in the hotel that you just got married in a Vegas chapel? Last but certainly not least on our road trip, we made it to CALIFORNIA!!!  There is nothing more beautiful than seeing an In-N-Out sign on a sunny day… except for maybe this.. Overall we are so thankful we made it safely all the way from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles! As I’m getting settled here in Cali, I’m checking out some local gyms and figuring out the next big steps as I look towards my next fight.  I may even be opening a new GYM with an exciting twist, so stay on the lookout 🙂 COMING SOON on KelseyDeSantis.com— East Coast v. West Coast — hmmm  Wawa or...

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RANGER UP!
Dec13

RANGER UP!

Check out this sweet interview and bio that one of Kelsey’s favorite sponsors, Ranger Up, put up on their website welcoming her to Team Rhino.  Ranger Up is a pretty awesome MMA apparel company that continually supports the Armed Forces.  Click the screenshot below! =) Meg...

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