Monday, October 5, 2009

Eastbound and Back

Sorry folks, vacation's over. For me, and thus, for you.

Did you miss me?

Don't answer that.

Friends, meet Vickie. She is my cousin. She is just one year younger than I. We grew up over 500 miles apart, but we spent significant chunks of time together each and every Summer. In high school, we decided to simplify things a bit by dating two boys who were also cousins (with each other, not with us). Our young loves didn't last, but we both learned a thing or two about second serves and deuce and match point. Now, when I think of my youth, it is nearly impossible not to think of Vickie. She and her parents are at the root of our PA vacay.

So, the trip. After spending over an hour in the parking lot of a local machine shop fending off car woes, we were on our way. Two hours later, we hit the door of my on-again bff, Cracker Barrel. (For those keeping track, we actually made two stops during the course of the trip. What can I say, 4 slices of sourdough French toast with peach topping can cover a multitude of sins.) We were fortunate enough to meet up with the Fun Funks. We dissected plot lines of Mad Men over various breakfast foods and forgot that we had numerous small children with us several different times. The Country Store stood unscathed and our brief time together was just what we needed to propel us into the 9 hours of road time ahead of us.

Next up - the late-night pit stop. The kids saw 1am and couldn't have been more pleased with themselves. When asked about his favorite part of vacation, Calvin keeps saying, "The hotel!" Each time, it gives me the feeling of buying your child an expensive Christmas gift, then watching as he visibly prefers the carboard box in which it arrived.

Within 30 minutes of arriving at our destination, we were whisked off to the trout hatchery.

I can't tell you how many bag of fish food I emptied as a child.

Head tilt!

We also spent an entire morning here.

Ruby "posed" by this mouth-watering blue door on the way out. It was a little sunny.

In general, I was a big fat slacker when it came to taking photos. As soon as Cory gets organized, I'll have more to share.

In the meantime, a word of advice:

Only order your pizza from Italian joints that advertise beer in neon lights and grow massive pots of basil on the back stoop. I'm no beer drinker, but it appears to be a true recipe for success.


  1. Did they color that door with that big blue crayon?

    : )

    Julie M.

  2. So glad you're back. I missed you :)


  3. What a great vacation! You provided some awesome memories there for the kidlets...hotel and all :)

    The commentary is my favorite part of your adventures...I can almost see your sideways smile with each description!

    Welcome home!

  4. That looks like so much fun... My girls stay up LATE when we travel eastbound too. It is always their favorite part, too. By the way, I have a cousin and we dated cousins (does that make sense??) way back in 1990...So funny

  5. Rubster is SO stylish. Watch out or she's gonna work a catwalk some day! Also, I totally forgot about the David and Nathan connection. Just now am I remembering that David. What a funny memory!

  6. looks like a great trip! Love the basil growing outside of the pizza place!

  7. Those pots of basil are amazing!!! My 3 1/2 year old STILL talks about the hotel we stayed in last year. ;)

  8. oh man i would LOVE to go to the crayola factory! i have been dying to go ever since i saw jon and kate go there...and she flipped out yelling about the kids using the crayola factory!

  9. So fun! Had to laugh about the mad libs. We have that problem too!

  10. Wow! You were close to me being in PA. And I have a restaurant downtown in walking distance that has tons and tons of herbs outside on the patio!!! ;)

  11. Glad you're back girlie!!! Sounds like you had a good time too :)


  12. Looks like a blast! Nora's favorite part is always the hotel too. We'd love to take her to the crayola factory. Dan and I went before she was born, and it is amazing!

  13. we went to the crayola factory last year while in pa and the girls loved it ! what a fun vacation!

  14. Hey! I recognize that t-shirt!