We drove to Raynham, Massachusetts to visit with my Grandpa Shippee on Saturday August 8th. It was a delight to see him and to walk into his house again. Everything brought back childhood memories. He even showed us some old photos of Craig and my aunts and uncles when they were kids. He took us out to Longhorn for dinner which was surprisingly good. After we sat on the porch at the house and listened to many stories of old and new.
Sunday we drove through Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York. We stopped in Providence at a beer store to grab some local brew. After which there was a horribly guided detour. I had to be the calm voice as Phillip was busy being frustrated, but we made it through unscathed! Connecticut was uneventful but New York was nuts. We decided we would go to the 911 memorial as well as go to Liberty Park to see lady liberty. To get to the 911 memorial you have to take the Brooklyn tunnel onto Manhattan. It costs $8.00. We got on and were looking for parking. Most of the parking garages were closed so we were just looking on the street, which is pretty near impossible. We ended up back on 9A and had no way of turning around without going through the tunnel fee gate again. We paid $8.00 to leave, then turned around and paid $8.00 yet again to get back. This time we found a parking garage, except you couldn’t just park your own car. We waited 20 minutes for the cars ahead of us to be taken away and parked. Finally out of the car we walked over to the 911 Memorial. What an ominous sight. The art of it all instills a feeling of intense gravity. We weren’t able to stand together in silent meditation for long before a guard came over and told us that Drama couldn’t be on the grounds of the memorial. Phillip reluctantly took Drama to the side while I snapped a few photos. Our time there was much too short after paying $24 just to get through the tunnel onto 9A and then another $12 for parking. We may have stayed longer but couldn’t go into the museum or the new tower with Drama and the city was making us claustrophobic anyhow. We then headed over to Liberty Park in New Jersey via the free Holland Tunnel! After driving through a few parking lots near the park we finally found a spot. Walking over to the shoreline we realized just then that the lady liberty had her back to us. Seemed like the period to the end of our tumultuous day!
On Sunday we drove to Altoona and treated ourselves to an evening alone in the Day’s Inn. The next morning Phillip worked while I showered and packed us up. We stopped at Marzoni’s that claimed to be a brewery but it reminded me more of like a BJ’s or Granite City. The beer wasn’t very good at all, food was meh. The waitress was very nice though and chatted with us about our adventure. She suggested we go to the Oakmont Bakery in Oakmont, PA, which was where we were headed to next!
Monday evening around dinnertime we arrived in Oakmont, PA to our friends Chelsea and Matt’s house. We got to meet their son Grant who I imagine has the same energy I had as a kid! Chelsea cooked a delicious meal straight from her garden and we spent the rest of the evening sipping good wine and catching up.
Tuesday Phillip had to work for a while so I worked on this chapter. Chelsea works from home so we had our own mini office going on at the dining room table. Coincidentally Chelsea told us about this bakery right down the street that we should stop at. Turns out, its the Oakmont Bakery! The same one the girl at Marzoni’s suggested turned out to be right down the street from Chelsea and Matt’s! So we had to go! Phillip and I walked over with Drama and I went in to grab a few things. It is awesome! The bakery is huge. They have breads, cakes, tarts, cupcakes, cookies etc etc. I got a loaf of english muffin bread, sourdough bread, two cannolis, two cupcakes that were S’more flavored and a small treat that was brownie on top and cheesecake on bottom for Phillip and I to share right away. I had ordered a couple macaroons but the lady forgot apparently and I didn’t even notice when she was packing it all up because we were chatting.
Reluctantly we said goodbye to Chelsea and headed out! And then realized we didn’t get any photos!
Getting through Pittsburg was the pits! The highway roads turn into bridges and merge together then you have to get two lanes over in packed traffic to stay in the correct lane for exits. It was crazy but thankfully the drivers we were encountering were very nice!
I drove until evening and we stopped in West Virginia to make some dinner before dark and before finishing up the last two hours of our drive for the evening. The spot we found was beautiful! It overlooked the West Fork River. Tall stones topped with trees and grass were holding in the water around the river and mountains in the background. Not a bad view for dinner!
Next we drove to the Blueridge/Fancy Gap KOA in Virginia for the evening. Pulling in at 11pm we got ready for bed after setting up camp and called it a night!
The next morning Phillip worked while I did some more writing and packed up camp. After a shower in this KOA’s pristine bathroom we hit the road!
Virginia is beautiful. As we were driving there was fog laying low amongst the lush green mountains all around us.
We arrived at Givhans Ferry State Park in Ridgeville, South Carolina at 9pm. Even at 9 it was hot and humid! I immediately put on my bikini top and skirt to move around in. After setting up camp I made us some leftovers for dinner. We had a couple of brews while playing cards and chatting. That night there were a plethora of bugs swarming around us as we were playing cards, got some cool photos!
Thursday morning while Phillip worked while I worked on this blog. We were then on our way to Dave and Alyssa!