Our Vacation, Part 3

I promise this will be the last installment about our vacation. We packed so many activities into one week, including the two big sites on our last two days, Gettysburg National Military Park and the National Aquarium in Baltimore.

Monday, August 3

We ended up sleeping later than we planned, so we weren’t out the door until after 9 a.m. After the hour drive to Gettysburg, we made our way into the main building and tried to decide what we wanted to do. There was an indoor museum, that would take approximately two hours to get through, and different tour options. The museum sounded interesting, but it was already 10:30 and I wanted to see as much of the park as possible. Since we had our own car, we decided to just buy a CD that would guide us through the park.

As we walked to our car, Brett asked if our rental car had a CD player. It has to, I said. Lo and behold, we did not have a CD player. We returned the CD, and Brett bought the app on his phone so we could listen to the tour guide that way. By this point it was 11:30 a.m., but we were finally off!

gettysburg

The park was absolutely beautiful, and we were able to stop, listen and learn about many of the battle sites. Before lunch, we were able to squeeze in Big Round Top and Little Round Top. But it was getting warm and I was starving. My sister told us about a place to eat called the Dobbin House Tavern.

Enjoying lunch at Dobbin House Tavern.

Enjoying lunch at Dobbin House Tavern.

The restaurant is located in the basement, and candles add a spooky, fun glow to the room. Plus, all the servers are dressed in old-fashioned entire. The food was delicious, and we even splurged on some pie. So yummy!

We did a little souvenir shopping after lunch, but since it was already mid-afternoon, we got back to our tour. We did a lot of exploring at Devil’s Den. The rock formation was fascinating, and it was easy to imagine a battle taking place here.

Devil's Den

Devil’s Den

By mid-afternoon, it was hot and humid, and I wasn’t too eager to get out of the air-conditioned car. We were able to see all of the sites on the tour, but it was fast and furious.

We arrived back at my sister’s at about 5:30, and we were all ready for supper. We got takeout from MexitalyΒ that specializes in Mexican and Italian fare.

We said goodbye to our brother-in-law, James, that night, as he was going out of town the next day for work.

Again, we went to bed early to prepare for another big day!

Tuesday, August 4

On our last day with my sister, we chose to visit the National Aquarium in Baltimore. I had actually been there a few years ago when I was visiting Steph, but Brett and Kenzie hadn’t been there before.

Steph and Kenzie at the aquarium. :)

Steph and Kenzie at the aquarium. πŸ™‚

For a few days before, Kenzie kept talking about seeing the sharks. It was so much fun to see how excited she was looking at all the marine life. We were able to touch jellyfish and saw so many amazing different animals, from turtles to sharks and even a monkey!

Calypso, the sea turtle.

Calypso, the sea turtle.

My favorite part was the dolphin show. It was pretty short, but it’s so neat to see the different personalities of each dolphin and how agile they are in the water. I may have been a dolphin (or some other aquatic animal) in the a past life. πŸ™‚

dolphin

Being on the East Coast, Brett was adamant about having seafood at some point on our trip. Steph had friends that recommended a restaurant right across Inner Harbor, but the only way to get there was by water taxi, and the cost was $14 per person. We weren’t too thrilled with those prices, so we had lunch at Phillips Seafood. It was a little pricey, but delicious.

Once we got back from Baltimore, we made a stop at Old Navy and hung out in the backyard playing with Kenzie. We ordered Italian food for supper, and I began repacking our suitcase. I did more shopping than I had planned, and it was stuffed to the brim. Luckily, it weighed exactly 50 pounds, and we didn’t have to pay for it. πŸ™‚

Overall, we had a wonderful vacation. It was a whirlwind, and we packed a lot into a few days, but I’m so grateful to have family to share these moments with and an amazing husband who goes along with all my crazy shenanigans. ❀

Our vacation, Part 2

Brett and I had a whirlwind, fantastic vacation to Pennsylvania and Connecticut. Here is part two of our vacation recap.

Saturday, August 1

It’s wedding day! The wedding started at 2 p.m., but we didn’t have to be there until 1 p.m. We slept in, got ready for the day and headed to the Danbury Fair Mall to meet Brett’s parents. While the guys took off to find coffee, Brett’s mom and I took our time looking around and strolling through the mall. After buying a few cute finds, we made a stop at Dick’s Sporting Goods and grabbed lunch in the food court.

After lunch, we were on our way to the wedding. It was a backyard wedding with a babbling creek as the backdrop. Very picturesque!

Ready for the wedding!

Ready for the wedding!

My sister-in-law, Stacey, being walked down the aisle by my father-in-law.

My sister-in-law, Stacey, being walked down the aisle by my father-in-law.

While it was pretty warm and humid, there was plenty of shade and refreshments. I didn’t get nearly as hot and sweaty as I thought I would. (Yay!) The ceremony was simple and sweet, and the bride and groom glowed with love and happiness.

The bride and groom. <3

The bride and groom. πŸ™‚Β 

When the ceremony was over, the reception began. There was an abundance of food, music, dancing and fun. We even wandered around on some trails that followed the creek.

The reception was over by 7 p.m., so on our way back to our hotel, Brett and I stopped in Ridgefield, NY, to take a stroll through the park and enjoy the nice evening. It had been a long day, so we headed back to our hotel and hit the hay.

Sunday, August 2

Before leaving Connecticut to drive back to my sister’s, Brett’s dad found a cute diner for us to have breakfast together. Once breakfast was over (and Brett found Starbucks, of course), we were on our way back to PA!

Since we began planning our trip, I wanted to at least drive through Scranton, PA. It’s the location of “The Office,” and we are huge fans of the show. The drive was absolutely gorgeous and so much easier (and faster!) than going by NYC. There were also no tolls on this route! Hallelujah!

When we got to Scranton, we wanted to find Poor Richard’s Pub, a frequent place shown on the show. However, the handy GPS took us to a bowling alley. This can’t be right, I thought. But after doing a Google search, it was revealed Poor Richard’s is located in a bowling alley. And didn’t open until 2 p.m. We were there at about noon. Fail.

scranton

For our second site, we went to the Steamtown Mall (often brought up in the show). While it had signs all over about Scranton, we couldn’t find anywhere that sold “Office” memorabilia, and many of the stores in the mall were closed. Kind of disappointing.

We grabbed a quick lunch at Burger King and finished our journey back to my sister’s house. Kenzie was ready to play, and we all ended up getting soaked playing with her Slip ‘N Slide and splash bombs.

This cutie pie makes everything fun!

This cutie pie makes everything fun!

We had delicious homemade pizza made by brother-in-law for supper and visited an adorable ice cream parlor for dessert. Seriously, best butter pecan ice cream I have ever had!

Bedtime came pretty early as we had plans of visiting Gettysburg National Military Park the next day.

Stay tuned for my last and final installment about Gettysburg and the National Aquarium in Baltimore.

Our vacation, Part 1

I’m back from vacation! We had an incredible time traveling, seeing amazing sites and spending time with our family. Because we did so much in just a few days, I’m going to to split the vacation post into two (maybe three) posts.

Wednesday, July 29

Brett and I both worked Wednesday, but our flight left Denver at 9:50 the next morning. I had booked us a hotel near the airport for Wednesday, that way we didn’t have to get up in the middle of the night and leave Casper to make our flight.

After doing the final checks around the house, we loaded up everything in the car and began our drive. We planned to meet my parents near Wheatland to drop off our dogs. They were nice enough to meet us along the interstate and take care of our fur babies while we were away. Along the way, Brett and I both noticed how many people had flat tires along the interstate. Lo and behold, when we stopped at the rest area, my dad noticed both of our back tires looked low and there was a nail in one of them. Since it was around 6 p.m., we didn’t think we could find a place to fix it before our flight the next day. Luckily, my parents swapped cars with us, and my dad got our tires fixed the next day. I was thanking God we had to stop and my dad’s keen eye noticed the nail. A flat would not have been a fun way to start our trip!

Plus, we got to drive my mom’s super cute bug. πŸ™‚

bug

Thursday, July 30

Thursday was our travel day. We got up early and had continental breakfast at our hotel. We were on our plane and ready to go before 10 a.m. We arrived in Baltimore around 3 p.m., grabbed our luggage and headed to get our rental car. I tried to find as good of a deal as possible and was expecting to have an itty, bitty car. Instead, we got a lime green Kia Soul. I couldn’t stop laughing and was pretty excited to get a decent-sized vehicle.

How cute is our rental car? ;)

How cute is our rental car? πŸ˜‰

I’m always in awe when I travel to the East Coast. Growing up in western Nebraska and now living in Wyoming, I’m usually surrounded by open landscape and fields. You can see for miles in this part of the country. It’s another story in the New England states. There are trees everywhere. It’s absolutely gorgeous.

Group selfie!

Group selfie!

We arrived at my sister’s house in York, Pennsylvania, to a homecooked, delicious meal. We didn’t have a huge lunch, and we were starving when we arrived. We took a walk around my sister’s neighborhood after dinner and played with my niece, Mackenzie, before she went to bed. We had a long day of travel, and we went to bed early.

Friday, July 31

On Friday, Brett and I packed up to head to his sister’s wedding in Connecticut. It is about a four-hour drive from York, and we researched what we thought was the best route to get there.

Brett, Kenzie and I at the Susquehanna River.

Brett, Kenzie and I at the Susquehanna River.

Steph, Kenzie and I at the Susquehanna River.

Steph, Kenzie and I at the Susquehanna River.

Before heading out, Steph took us to lunch at the John Wright Restaurant along theΒ Susquehanna River. The restaurant was beautiful and had wonderful views of the river and scenery. After lunch, Kenzie kept talking about going to the “beach,” so we walked down by the river so she could stick her toes in. We hung out by the river for a bit, and then began the drive to Connecticut to make it in time for the wedding rehearsal. I made sure to pick a route that avoided going by Newark, New Jersey, and New York City. As cool as it is to see the city, we didn’t want to get stuck in traffic. We made a quick stop for Starbucks along the way, and we were off.

Before we knew it, we had gone through several tolls (so expensive!) and I could see NYC in the distance. It dawned on me as we hit a standstill that we had gone the wrong way. When we had stopped for Starbucks, I had turned off our GPS. When I turned it back on, it automatically rerouted us to the “fastest route.” Lies, all lies. What was supposed to be a little over a four-hour drive, turned into six hours. I had to go to the bathroom, and we slowly inched forward. I was miserable, and I could tell Brett was stressed driving in the insane traffic. Once we crossed the George Washington Bridge, my super hubby somehow managed to get a parking spot in front of a KFC in the Bronx, and we ran in to use the restroom. Needless to say, we were late for the rehearsal.

Upon arriving in Connecticut, we quickly checked into our hotel, changed for the rehearsal and made the short drive to the wedding location. It was absolutely gorgeous! The homes along the way were magnificent, and we passed through the cutest town lined with shops, restaurants, ice cream parlors and a park. We missed the rehearsal, but we made it in time for dinner and to chat with our family.

The gorgeous location of the wedding!

The gorgeous location of the wedding!

After hanging out until the sun went down, we went back to our hotel and went to bed to get a good night’s sleep before the wedding the next day!

Stay tuned for my second installment about our vacation!