road trip {otherwise known as the longest post in the history of ever}

Wednesday, May 12


{distorted Holga-ish photo's taken by my wanna-be-Droid app Vignette}

Whew! I'm back. I tell ya' ... it's ridiculous how attached I am to my little blog. I have been DYING to post updates on the road trip we took across half the country this past week. And now ... (finally) ... I'm doing it. So. Are you ready? Seat belt buckled? Hair tied back and sunglasses on? Cause here we go. Road trip 2010: Destination?
Washington D.C.
We started our little journey out at the Lake of the Ozarks, MO where we had gone camping {cabin style} with Tys's family for our one last hurrah to cumulate the wonderful 3 weeks we spent with them. Activities included: long walks by the lake, delicious food, smore's by the campfire and playing progressive rummy late into the night. It was a blast I tell you.



From there, we headed out on the open road with nothing but suitcases full of summer clothes and a soundtrack fit for the journey. {ie. Bruce Springsteen, Chicago, Led Zeppelin, Semi Sonic, Boston, KC and JoJo, John Mellencamp and Garth Brooks to name a few} The first stop in our eastern journey was the stunning St. Louis arch. After mosey-in around the park for a while, we decided to take our first trip to the top of the famous monstrosity. I swallowed the lump in my throat and climbed in the bitty circular container that was designated to take us up the tallest ride we'd ever been on. {the container is pictured below ... you know ... the one that makes it look like I'm all giddy and stuff sittin on the toilet} The ride was well worth it though, once we caught our first look from the top. It was stunning to say the least.


The rest of our day was spent crossing over lots of bridges, singing off key, racing to see who could see the "WELCOME TO _______ (fill in state)" signs the fastest and admiring the beautiful eastern scenery. I have been so blissfully happy returning to the side of the states that I call home. Seeing the rolling hills and green trees speeding past us honestly made me want to pull over and run off on some "Sound of Music" escapade, singing and twirling off on some yonder hill. No ...seriously.


That night we bunked down in a hotel, got our wiggles out at the pool, threw on our sweats (this is important ... just wait)and played solitaire like little nerds until we were too tired to function. The next morning brought with it an early sunrise and a super-awesome 45 minute session of ...wait for it ... TICK PICKING. You see, right before bed I had put on a sweatshirt that I had worn when we were camping at Lake of the Ozarks (not my brightest moment, I know) and one of our little tick friends had managed to survive long enough in my suitcase to bury it's little beastly head into my lower back. This giving husband the enviable pleasure of spending nearly an hour trying to smother it with Vaseline, {which killed it by-the-way and the little bugger didn't bother to scootch it's way out before it died either ... stupid tick} and then pulling the body out, WITHOUT the head. Awesome.

Moving on ...
After another full day of driving, that evening we decided to take a stop in Amish Country for a little R and R. Now, they SAY that Virginia is for lovers. But who knew? Pennsylvania ... has Intercourse. And guess where we decided to stay?


That's right...and in a little Romantic bed and breakfast too. {fancy that}

We adored our stay there and spent our time eating delicious homecooked meals, cuddling in our silky sheets, shooting pictures in the gardens, touring the town with it's handcrafted Amish-goods filled shops and taking buggy rides with the locals.

The Greystone Manor and Intercourse {the town sickos!} treated us well to say the least.

The next morning was rainy, but we spent it indoors at the Hershey Pennsylvania chocolate factory {the sweetest place on earth!}. I'm tellin you, we were blown away by this place, epsecially husband. We took the whole tour to see how the chocolate was made, wrapped and labeled and then got {of course} samples to taste at the end. We even got pulled aside to take one of the Hershey taste-test surveys. It was grand.

This place had a chocolate grocery store, the largest hershey bar in the WORLD and drinks upon drinks of chocolate freezies, milk and the hot version of the delicious stuff. Needless to say, we were overflowing with chocolate when we finally decided to get back on the road.



This past week has been THE BEST, just spent with me and my best friend. We are happy and in love.

And now ... we're here. Here in busy, beautiful D.C. loving every opportunity life has given us to transition and move from one phase and place to another.

What a happy summer we will have.

12 comments:

whitney said...

PLEASE tell me you bought one of those I Heart Intercourse shirts. Hilarious....
Happy you guys had a safe (and fun) trip!!

Griff-Fam said...

Glad you guys made it! Great pictures, as usual! We had a tick stow away with us, too. Gross!

Savannah and Curtis said...

those shirts are so funny haha.

Savannah and Curtis said...

p.s. do you, or have you considered starting a flickr account? I think you should try it! flickr has such an amazing and vast variety of photography communities where you can get some feedback and see others works. You can start an account for free, and the free account has quite a lot to it.

Sarah loves it all said...

Lovely pictures! Love your denim shirt!

Jocelyn Christensen said...

I'm glad that I found you on MMB - come see me: http://beinglds.blogspot.com/2010/05/service-boot-camp-giveaway-write-it-out.html

I'm doing a big SERVICE/Giveaway thingy. You'll like it...

(And BTW - what in the heck are you doing in my neck of the woods...we live in PA and met/married in DC...you'll love it!)

Playful Professional said...

I was wondering if you were ever going to actually get out here. Maybe one of these days I'll actually get to meet you.

Playful Professional said...

I was wondering if you were ever going to actually get out here. Maybe one of these days I'll actually get to meet you.

Sarah loves it all said...

Lovely pictures! Love your denim shirt!

Savannah and Curtis said...

those shirts are so funny haha.

Rae-Ann said...

HOLY SCHNIKES! Okay so may or may not have been recently found this here blog and have been reading it FOREVER. It's not like an addiction.. okay maybe a little but can you blame me?
FOCUS. Any who! I have been containing myself from commenting on all of your witty posts, because I'm like woah can't freak out this child and tell her that her long lost brunette twin (who has too many things in common--borderline craziness, no lie) is right here! Too far? Probs.
So what I'm trying to say is I gave into the blog-commenting world when I stumbled upon this post of you in Lancaster, my home town! And then you meandered over to good ol' Hershey which is like 15 min from my college Lebanon Valley. Talk about small world. For reals. So yeah, there's a tidbit for the day.
Peace and blessings girl!
--Rae

Kate said...

I've been reading your blog like crazy the past few days and then came across this entry...I live right near here! Everyone out of town always makes fun of the name, it is silly and I tend to forget how it sounds until someone mentions it. That's crazy you were around here though, It's a little strange but I find it lovely. Your pictures capture it well.

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