Boswells Go Northeast Part 1

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. :)

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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. ;)

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Hotel breakfasts are something special. Carbs everywhere.

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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. ;)

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Our first trip stop was Philadelphia!

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We started at the Reading Terminal Market – solely because it’s where Riley and Abigail run around in National Treasure.

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Andrew’s first cheesesteak!

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Ice cream for lunch is okay on vacations, right?

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If that pretzel was a pizza, I would have purchased this shirt immediately. (But all hail Philly pretzels.)

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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.)

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Andrew: Wow, the fathers of our country were in this room.
Caitlin: Wow, Nicolas Cage was in this room.

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We headed to the Red Owl Tavern for dinner because it had great reviews.

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It was pretty cute! Too expensive in my opinion, but it was a nice atmosphere and a great steak.

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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.

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I slightly judged Andrew for making me take this picture of him.

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Our favorite hotel was a mere 7 minutes from a Friendly’s, and I could have cried happy tears as we walked inside.

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Reese’s forever.

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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. ;)

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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.

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The houses all along the beach were GORGEOUS. We had fun taking pictures in front of them and pretending we lived there. ;)

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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!? ;)

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Don’t believe everything you hear about Jersey. It can be beautiful. ;)

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Baby sister is my favorite.

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Our next day was spent feeling incredibly out of place in New York City. ;)

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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.

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The 9/11 Memorial was so beautifully done.

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Trinity Church is always one of my favorites.

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Everyone else takes this picture, right?

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Love these cutie pies.

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Dad and Lisa needed knishes.

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And I made sure to find my mom-in-law a TJ Maxx. ;)

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Go to Majestic Pizza on Cortlandt Street if you need life-changing pizza and garlic knots.

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Happy place.

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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.

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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!

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 I’ll share the other half of the trip and photos in the next post. :) Happy Wednesday, loves!

~Cait

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