Road Trip! Our Mini Vacation

This past week, we took a quick little vacation to Pennsylvania to visit family.  We always stay with my aunt and uncle and have tons of fun.

It was a long drive down.  But I'm not complaining, since Ward did a majority of the driving.  And I may have been distracted by facebook and instagram and we may have missed our exit, which resulted in a slightly longer trip.  However, the route we took was a far better drive than going through Hartford, CT.  Which really bites the big one.

What exit?  
Thankfully we aren't really crazy when it comes to getting to PA in record time or anything.  We do make a few stops on the way.  Especially potty trips or sometimes when the view is absolutely gorgeous.  Or even just to stretch.

NY Rest Stop Yoga

Since it was in the 90's, with quite a bit of humidity, we did a ton of this.

And I drank some of this.  It is a childhood favorite of mine and it only tastes right in the carton.

I didn't do enough of this.

But the day I did run, I broke it into two runs.  Once along the farmlands near my aunt and uncle's house and then next run was part way up a mountain, then back down.  Which then lead to immediately jumping in the pool.   I did pause long enough to take my sneakers and Garmin off, but that was it!

We did do some sightseeing.

And we did get to see my dad and Barb.  We tried out a new place to eat and it was delicious.  

We ate at the Appalacian Brew Company in Harrisburg.  The wait was incredibly long, but the burgers were the best burgers we've ever had.  Ward ate Switchback (pictured) which was piled high with cappicola ham, smoked bacon, caramelized onions, rootbeer BBQ sauce, and provolone cheese.  I had the Sasquatch - which had brown sugar caramelized apple smoked bacon, sliced apples, caramelized onions, and cheddar cheese.  And I did enjoy two Susquehanna Stouts as well.  The kids even tried homemade pierogie's for the first time, and they really enjoyed them.  

And since Pennsylvania's growing season is so far ahead of ours, my aunt and uncle have been picking lots of cherries.  We had a blast picking cherries and even brought home a few bags (already pitted) to make our own jam or pie with them!  

Pay attention to these pictures, they have something to do with a review/giveaway I'm posting tomorrow!  


  1. We will make the long drive to Pennsylvania in August. Unfortunately, Jason's family lives in Pittsburgh, so it's a long drive across the whole state. And I agree, not a fan of driving through Hartford. Or any of Connecticut for that matter. 84 goes forever....

  2. @Kim

    84 does go on forever!!! and those cities along the stretch are not fun! Try to stay cool in Pittsburg in August!

  3. Sounds like you had lots of fun!! That last pic of your daughter is's like she's saying "Um mom enough!"

  4. So much fun! Love all the happiness :) :) :)

  5. This looked like a ton of fun. I think that is how a vacation should be. Relaxing, go with the flow, with some good food and beer!

  6. I love road trips they are so much fun & looks like you all had an awesome time :-)

  7. It sounds like you had some great family time. Well worth the long drive!

  8. Looks like such a great time! We just got back from a road trip too! Time with family is the best!

  9. I'm glad you had a great time! You were sort of close to me when you were in New York.

  10. That switchback burger practically has me jumping into the car to drive to PA right now... I like the idea of breaking up the run duty in two parts, though I think it would cut into my vacation beer drinking time ;-)


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