Saturday, July 19, 2008

Road Trip, Volume 4

It's been over 2 weeks and 3,000 miles and it's not over yet!
We had a lovely time in Massachusetts with The Big Guy's sister. Whenever we weren't doing something else The May Queen would grab one or more of us to play Uno with her. She also was rather taken with the dogs, although I'm not sure the feeling was entirely mutual. Picking blackberries in her Aunt's backyard was also a treat.
We took a few day trips - one up to York Beach in Maine where we went to a fun amusement park/zoo combo where we rode an elephant and a paddle boat, eyed the beach from the ferris wheel and enjoyed other carnival rides and animal viewing (the animals were really active, with lots of babies, so it was quite fun!)
Afterwards we ducked over to the beach so The May Queen could get into the Atlantic for the first time. It was so cold it was like icicles were stabbing us in the feet! She loved to stand still and "shrink" as the waves in and out pulled the sand out from under our feet and we sank lower and lower. We also built a sandcastle, a new home for a hermit crab we found, before heading back.
The next day we went into Vermont and canoed the Connecticut River. Alas, no pictures, but it was a nice morning in the Green Mountain State. We enjoyed our lunch in town, where it seemed every other store was a bookstore, but I missed my chance to go into the store that was named "Save the Corporations from Themselves" due to stopping to watch a little excitement with firetrucks.
We went into New Hampshire several times to visit with an old friend of The Big Guy's from when he lived and worked there. As we drove to the restaurant where they drank many a sangria together in times past MQ asked where we were going. "Down memory lane," I replied. I received a sideways glare. But I spoke the truth.
On the way out of Massachusetts we stopped at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, which was fun, and MQ enjoyed making her own tissue paper art. This may be the only picture I have ever taken in a public bathroom, but we loved all the animal tiles and enjoyed remembering which book they were from.
We stopped in Philly to visit again with friends there before heading south to drop The Big Guy off at camp with a group from church tomorrow. We girls will continue on to visit with more family in South Carolina. In some ways it's hard being so spread out from our family and friends, but it sure makes for fun vacations!
A few of the states we've visited since my last update:

18 comments:

E said...

Girl you know how to do a road trip. These memories will last forever.....

Rima said...

Welcome back! Glad you enjoyed your trip!

ewe are here said...

What a fantastic trip... and all those states!

thailandchani said...

Wow! You have really put in a lot of miles!

And I got your message about "The Shack". It will be interesting to read what you think. :)

Beck said...

What a great summer!
And Uno! Does she also like Milles-Bornes?

niobe said...

What a wonderful road trip.

Jozet at Halushki said...

A most excellent trip!

And your May Queen is a doll! What a wonderful adventure for a child.

Sarcasta-Mom said...

What an awsome trip! Wish I knew you were visiting Maine, I would have given you some suggestions, though you did hit York's Wild Kingdom, which is a really good time. Glad you had a good time!

Amy Y said...

You guys sure seem to be getting along well after two weeks in a car together! I love looking at the pictures ~ what a neat trip and wonderful memories you're creating for MQ!

Jennifer said...

What an amazing trip!! Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy! (I'm so envious! Hee.)

Kathryn said...

Now THAT'S a road trip! Wow!

carrie said...

THAT'S A REAL ELEPHANT! Wow! Okay, reading your road trip posts has really given me nothing to complain about . . . and here I was whining about camping for 9 days.

Wishing you all a wonderful trip home. You are coming home soon, right? :)

Furrow said...

Ooh, what fun! The MQ is adorable, as always, and that beach shot of you is especially beautiful. Very 1940s Hollywood.

Magpie said...

i'm exhausted reading about this!

Angela said...

Awesome pics!!!! Looks like you all have been having a great time!

Alex Elliot said...

Sounds like fun! We keep meaning to go to the Eric Carle museum, but haven't made it there yet.

womaninawindow said...

Cute girls will travel. Envying you right about now.

Beagoodmom said...

I just heard about the Eric Carle museum on Monday...on a kids menu at Applebees, oddly enough. I had never heard of it before. Cool place, I bet. I would spend all my souvineer money in the gift shop, I just know it.