Reunion Road Trip – Part deux

We truly enjoyed our time at the Family Reunion…

And after our fantastic time in Charlotte, we got on the road and headed home!  It felt faster, although wasn’t really that different in terms of time, we just stopped for a shorter overnight.

There were two highlights for me 1) getting to see my friend and her family on our overnight stop (boy do I wish we had more time) and 2) the Pecan Nut bar we got during a special stop when my husband passed Horne’s Restaurant — a one of a kind store from his childhood road trips — passing through Port Royal, Virginia.

We continued our affinity for Dollar Tree and Chick Fil-A.  I think Dollar Tree is the worlds best kept road trip secret.  You have the chance to stop, go to the bathroom (usually its a reasonable one), and purchase snacks or water very reasonably.  It’s also a very good distraction – next time we road trip I will add it to our scavenger hunt!

I do have to say that the activity I enjoyed the most was our Rest Stop Scavenger Hunt.  Each time we stopped (and that is at least once per five hours – of a 30 hour trip) we had to find something on the scavenger hunt.  It took us the entire trip to and from the Reunion, but we finally crossed off the very last item… the Road Atlas.  For anyone born before the iPhone, you know what I mean.  Those born “post iPhone” haven’t had to read, much less navigate by the Atlas.  It was quite disappointing when I asked at WaWa if they had an Atlas and the answer was, “what is that?”

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The last leg is always the most difficult as evidenced by my face and my Little Mama’s as we brought it home…

 

 

It’s a Family Reunion Road Trip

I have to preface this post with the fact that I do not like road trips!  And when you add two energetic 5.5 year olds to the mix the idea of a road trip strikes fear in my fearless Mommie heart.  So when we decided to drive to my husband’s family reunion in Charlotte, NC, I was determined not to let my worst fears come true.  For perspective, my Little Miss can get to the point of pained boredom on 45 min ride – I did not relish the thought of of 9.5 hours of “this is boring” from the backseat!

Mommie mind and Pinterest kicked into high gear, resulting in 2 bags, 2 bins and several different activities designed to keep even little miss occupied.  Did I mention I was trying to avoid 20 hours of screen time?

Here is our adventure-

Left NJ and within the first hour three of the activities were played!

 

In PA, we ended up with backseat highway bingo and a stop at the Dollar Store for the bathroom and some water (really a break for Mommie and Daddy).  Chick-fil-A and singing songs followed.

In VA, we went to the amazing Luray Caverns. We were very late arriving but managed to catch a lovely (but late) tour with Tabitha – our very knowledgable tour guide.  Quite wondrous to see the Caverns and hear the history.  We were there 168 years – 2 days from the discovery date!!

 

 

We found a very nice hotel, The Mimslyn Inn – and had our own cottage for the night.  The kids enjoyed the pull out love seat and gas fireplace and I loved that we had a real refrigerator with a freezer for our ice packs.

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My little Mstr was a little disappointed that we didn’t stay in the hotel proper (his first reaction was that it was fancy), but allowed that the cottage was nice and he wanted to stay longer.

In the morning, we woke up, had breakfast from the cooler (I knew that yogurt and granola would come in handy) and we got on the road.  Fortunately, we decided to drive a bit of the Skyline Drive- a beautiful route through the Shenandoah Valley.

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We even saw a baby black bear and we were all thrilled!

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That kept the kids occupied for the first couple hours.  Then we had craft time!! I took a leap on faith and had construction paper, markers, crayons, scissors and glue in the project bags!  The kids spent some time making crafts to give to Grandma and Granddaddy for their walls.

While they aren’t old enough to stay occupied reading books for hours, when craft time was over I discovered  that they do love the story telling channel on Spotify!

We finally arrived around 7p in Charlotte and the family reunion festivities began!

Thanks to the Universe for traveling mercies on the first two legs of our trip.

Up next- the return trip home!!

 

6 on the 6th – July

I am so exited to be back on for this month with the 6 on the 6th blog circle!  If you haven’t seen my blog post Summertime Memories about how fast the Summer has flown, check it out!

This amazing group of photographers from all over the world shares their favorite 6 photos each month (with a brief hiatus due to a time warp in June!).  One you look here be sure to head over to see the work of Clopping Photography and Desert Bloom Photography.

In July, we had so many wonderful moments… From time with friends and lots of swimming, to the best parts of the Summer.

Fourth of July at Grandma’s house with friends my husband has known since childhood; the Jersey Shore and the joy of a sprinkler on a hot Summer day!