7.29.2016

Cape Cod Days {2016 Roadtrip #4 - Part 3}

Oh Cape Cod. I can honestly say that in Cape Cod, in the family house, is one of the places I'm happiest and most relaxed. And after a week of travel and suitcase living, it felt lovely to unpack and stay put for 9 days. Really stay put. Like, put my butt in a chair and only move it to get a new drink, kind of stay put.  Ha!  Not all the days of course. There was swimming and yoga, some eating out and some shopping. There were walks and a trip to visit with some friends. But yes, there was blissful amounts of relaxation and reading.

Gwen and I arrived in Cape Cod early evening on the 15th (Friday). Trav had flown in that morning, and taken a bus out, so he had a few hours on us.


The first order of business was greeting the family... for Gwen, it was all about cousin Wyatt.


We settled into our routine of lazy mornings, maybe with cartoons. Then we often went to the lake beach, though we did make sure to hit up the ocean beach one day.



Some days we fished, and we went out on the kayaks...



I did my best to get some yoga in too. After so much time in the car, it felt amazing to move my body and stretch and bend. I even did yoga on the beach one day (with a local yoga studio).




(One downside to the "order of operations" in getting my tattoo on the way up instead of the way down as originally planned, was that I couldn't expose it to the sun yet... so improvised arm coverings were the name of the game....)



Out at the bay one night, crabbing!


(Success!)




There were tons of seals that we went to see in Chatham one day too.



One of our favorite parts of the Cape... Four Seas Ice Cream! Its not a successful trip without a trip or three for ice cream!



I'm much more a mountains and woods girl, then a beach girl (so much sand and salt in all the places!), but there is something really nice about sticking your toes in the sand.




Friday night, Trav's Uncle and his partner arrived from Argentina, so we had a little overlap with them, which was really nice. That hasn't happened for about 4 years! Gwen was a big fan of Bob!


We left the Cape Saturday afternoon, heading out to visit with our friend Laura, and her quadruplets (the ones I used to take care of when I was in college). It had the double benefit of an enjoyable visit with friends, and getting us off the Cape without the normal Sunday morning Cape traffic! It was fastest we've ever gotten over that bridge!

We had a great dinner, enjoyed our time with friends, had a great night sleep, then headed into Boston. 


We hit up Boston Public Gardens, walking around and enjoying the birds. It was a gorgeous day for it!




After that, it was time to drop Trav off at the airport, and head back down to Pennsylvania!

This whole trip has been amazing so far, but Cape Cod is such a second home to us, it was an especially wonderful part. 

7.25.2016

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.

7.22.2016

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!