Grateful Musings on Having Birthed a Good Traveler

I have to take a minute here, in the middle of all these travel recaps, to say just how grateful I am to have a daughter who is willing to hop in the car with me and jet off to see something new. She's six, so I'm not going to say she doesn't have her impatient moments, her cranky times, or her just get me out of this damn car meltdowns. But in general, she's amazing to travel with. A front seat stocked with food/snacks, a big bag of toys and coloring by her side, and a charged kindle on reserve for hour six... this girl is ready to go.

Travel is in my blood. A home base keeps me sane, but regularly leaving that home base and striking out into the unknown makes my heart soar, and keeps my wanderlust in check. I want to see everything there is to see in this country world (but lets start with the states...), and while I'd be fine with doing it on my own, that wouldn't work for my family. Having a kid that's willing to go with me (and hallelujah, a supportive husband!), makes it not only doable, but I'd say more exciting.

Before her seventh birthday, my girl will have crossed 25 states off her list. She'll have driven across the country twice and 3/4 of the way across the country one more times. She'll have hit a national park/monument for every year of her life, with one to grow on.  She'll have spent more time camping then a lot of adults I know! And she loves it. She often asks about the next trip as we're winding the current one down.

I could go on, but lets just say, I'm supremely grateful.


Pennsylvania {2016 Roadtrip #4 - Part 2}

Oh Pennsylvania! While its only been 2 months since I've been there, its been 10 months since Gwen has been in her home state, and 10 months since any of us have seen Ro, Pat, GG, and Casey. It was amazing to have a few days there, especially knowing that after Cape Cod, I'd have a few more!

Ro and Pat were kind enough to host us for our days there, and seeing them was seriously wonderful. There was talking and catching up, and cat cuddling too.

It rained on our first full day there, so we headed to Jumpers, so the girls could blow off some steam. It was amazing for Gwen to run and climb and jump after being in the car for 3 days straight!

We got Chinese food, and watched movies, and had a dance party in the living room. It was all the best parts of our trips to Ro and Pat's while living here, without the worst part - the heading home!

We slept very well every night!

Thursday Pat, Gwen and I headed up to the Lehigh area, so I could check one more thing off of my PA travel agenda...

Hello beautiful... (5 hours in the chair, 80% complete, 100% in love!)

We also got a dinner visit from Apurva, which was such a treat. Then, all too soon, Friday arrived, and it was off to Cape Cod!


The Journey East {2016 Road Trip #4 - Part 1}

Nebraska (check), Iowa (check), Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia and finally... Pennsylvania, check check check.

Ironically, as you read this, we'll have passed 5 more states to be in Cape Cod for the week (New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts)... though those 5 states took a lot less time to pass!

But lets talk about those top 6! Gwen, Daisy, and I left July 10th, only a week after I returned from Wanderlust, hopping into the car and heading towards Iowa (our first stop), by way of Nebraska.

The whole ride was really pretty smooth! It passes as quickly as a 3-day drive can go. Nebraska was LONGGG.

We stopped in Iowa, at a cute campground called Arrowhead Park, where we camped next to a lake and Gwen got to run around catching fireflies. The humidity was killer after becoming used to Denver, and we had trouble falling asleep, but overall it was a nice stop.

The epic firefly chasing was really the highlight. :-) 

After that it was through Illinois and into Indiana for our second stop, this time at a girlfriend's house! The stop over was a restful one after the sleep troubles the night before.

It was a fun one for Gwen too, since it had some built-in playmates! 

The next day was our longest so far, leaving Indiana and traveling through Ohio, the top corner of West Virginia, and crossing the whole of Pennsylvania to arrive at Ro and Pat's place at 7:30 p.m. after a quick stop to drop Daisy off with ReRe. It was a very long day, about 10.5 hours in the car. 

Seriously, why is PA so long?!

After that though, it was finally time to enjoy a few days in one place. A very good place at that!