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. 🙂

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? 😉

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 the 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!

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