So. Much. Trippin.
It’s hard to believe we drove through 12 states in less than 12 days! We’re exhausted to say the least, but we had a blast. :)
I grew up taking absurdly long road trips; Andrew did not. I was super proud of him for powering through those all day drives with me. ;)
Hotel breakfasts are something special. Carbs everywhere.
Our longest day of driving lasted from 7:00 AM to 1:45 AM thanks to some construction and accidents, and it was a little crazy. But good news – we found a Longhorn at one of our stops and got salads to go. ;)
Our first trip stop was Philadelphia!
We started at the Reading Terminal Market – solely because it’s where Riley and Abigail run around in National Treasure.
Andrew’s first cheesesteak!
Ice cream for lunch is okay on vacations, right?
If that pretzel was a pizza, I would have purchased this shirt immediately. (But all hail Philly pretzels.)
Andrew is so into history and politics, and it was pretty fun to watch him delightfully nerding out around the city. (I earned major wifey points, because I loathe politics.)
Andrew: Wow, the fathers of our country were in this room.
Caitlin: Wow, Nicolas Cage was in this room.
We headed to the Red Owl Tavern for dinner because it had great reviews.
It was pretty cute! Too expensive in my opinion, but it was a nice atmosphere and a great steak.
We may or may not have illegally parked and crossed the street to quickly get these photos.
We love Rocky! Well, Andrew loves Rocky. I love Rocky IV.
I slightly judged Andrew for making me take this picture of him.
Our favorite hotel was a mere 7 minutes from a Friendly’s, and I could have cried happy tears as we walked inside.
The next stop on the trip was Ocean City, New Jersey. It was Andrew’s first time in my home state! :) I am relieved to say he loved it. ;)
My Mom’s family has an adorable house a couple blocks from the beach, and we stayed there with our parents and Alyssa for a couple nights.
The houses all along the beach were GORGEOUS. We had fun taking pictures in front of them and pretending we lived there. ;)
My sweet Mimi came up to visit us on the boardwalk the first night! Is she the absolute cutest in her grandkids shirt or what!? ;)
Don’t believe everything you hear about Jersey. It can be beautiful. ;)
Baby sister is my favorite.
Our next day was spent feeling incredibly out of place in New York City. ;)
If you park at Liberty State Park in Jersey, you can take the Liberty Landing Ferry over to the city for $7. It saved us the trouble of dealing with New York drivers.
The 9/11 Memorial was so beautifully done.
Trinity Church is always one of my favorites.
Everyone else takes this picture, right?
Love these cutie pies.
Dad and Lisa needed knishes.
And I made sure to find my mom-in-law a TJ Maxx. ;)
Go to Majestic Pizza on Cortlandt Street if you need life-changing pizza and garlic knots.
Ok, Serendipity ice cream is definitely worth the money and wait. That is hot fudge and peanut butter dripping over the sides of this beautiful creation.
Is it sad that I think my favorite part of the whole vacation was eating at a Bahama Breeze in Jersey? Dad-in-law found one on our way back from New York, and we feasted. I miss this place so much!
I’ll share the other half of the trip and photos in the next post. :) Happy Wednesday, loves!