Okay, okay...it wasn't really that much of an adventure, more like a nice get-away. We certainly weren't "roughing it" by any means! In any event...family vacation, here we come!
But before we get to the camping, let's start off with our first stop of the trip, the Strasburg Railroad, just outside of Lancaster. There was a big Thomas the train event going on so we decided to check that out before heading to the campground.
As with nearly everything, J was a bit skittish at first, but after playing on a toy train for a while she warmed up to the idea of taking a ride on the big train.
Thar she blows!
Enjoying the view and the breeze....
Turns out they liked it so much that they even wanted to ride the other train!
but first the girls had to get inked up!
Back to the rails we went....
I call this the "Amish traffic jam" when the train rolls through. Horse and buggies backed up as far as the eye can see!
After riding some trains we walked across the street to check out the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania....a place my grandfather would have LOVED! You name a type of train, they have it here. We only explored the ones inside...never mind the entire yard they have outside!
Soon enough it was time to head out and get over to the campground!
Directly across from our site was this great playground for the girls...
And a little bounce house and this awesome air-pillow-jumpy thing. So much fun!
We were also close to the activity center. This place is like a cruise ship...activities every single hour. Ceramics, t-shirt paining, panning for gems, bingo, cartoon, etc. Perfect stuff for the kiddos...
Of course the highlight of the place is the water park and pools.
And this is what it looks like when that water tower lets loose on you!
J pretty much taught herself to swim with these water wings...oh, and she now jumps off the side of the pool into our arms. Pretty crazy stuff!
Even a splash pad for the very little ones...
Family photo going down the slide...
Someone loved napping by the pool each day!
How cute are these two with Yogi right outside the Ranger Station?
More action from the campsite. Burgers, dogs, campfires, smores, the whole 9 yards!
I got in a great ride one morning through the hilly farm country...good stuff as the sun came up!
With "camping" wrapped up on Thursday we decided to get a hotel room outside of Harrisburg for the night and then head over to Hershey on Friday.
Lunch Thursday afternoon at the Lancaster Brewing Company...sooo tasty!
Followed by a buggy ride in Amish country...
The girls enjoyed their first hotel stay!
Friday morning it was the chocolate tour and then the zoo before heading for home...
off to the zoo after lunch...
Next time we'll hit the big amusement park...a bit too young this time around!
So there you have it...a great 5 nights away. It was nice to come back and still have the weekend to relax a bit more!
I've got some great GoPro footage from the pool that I need to get compiled at some point. Of course I'll post it here when I do.
You all have any exciting summer vacation plans?
Next up for Kelly and I is a 10 year anniversary trip...just the two of us in Seattle this coming September. Recommendations?
Our godson made his 1st Communion a few weeks back up in Connecticut so we made the trip up to help celebrate. I had just picked up a new car the night before, so it made for a relatively smooth 5hr ride!
The kiddie-view mirror makes it great for taking selfies of the family!
Church was a bit of a struggle for our girls, but thankfully they had a cry room and plenty of hallways outside for them to run!
After mass it was time to head out for some lunch with the entire crew...
After lunch it was back to the house for some backyard fun with the kiddos...then some games and a few drinks once they all retired for the evening!
The ride up stinks, [who likes rt95?] but it's always great to see this crew!
A few weeks back we ventured up to Westchester County, NY for Baby Benny's Baptismo Blowout. While the ride too and fro was horrible with the girls, we had a great time catching up with Nick and Jules and chilling with Ben himself once we arrived for the weekend. A wide assortment of photos from the weekend below: Hanging out the house, a visit to a farm, and of course the baptismo!
We sure miss hanging out with these guys on a regular basis!!!!
We hung around town for Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day Weekend and then ventured "down the shore" on Sunday night...hanging around there until Tuesday, making it an extra-long weekend! We camped out at MomMom and PopPops place in West Wildwood.
On Monday, Labor Day, we packed up and spent about 5 hours on the beach in North Cape May. NCM is totally different than Cape May itself. Very quiet, small beaches, and virtually no waves, which is great for little ones. This is essentially the bay side, so the mouth of the Delaware River. Great views of all the Cape May-Lewes Ferry's heading in and out too!
BabyJ loved her little pool that we brought and filled up for her...
BabyR, maxin in the sand!
I wish someone would dig me a nice hole in the sand to sit in!
Captain and Terry joined us after about an hour. Up until then it was pretty much a private beach for us. Not a sole around except for a dog walker here or there.
I see Big Red!
Pretty sweet, right?
My swimming buddy! She loved it. Kept wanting to "foat". [translation: float]
Our good friends Nick and Jules were down in CM for the week, so they joined us over on the North side for a few hours too! BabyB's first time in the Atlantic, or any ocean for that matter!
Kel was SO happy that J took a nap on the beach! She kinda had to...she didnt sleep much the night before and was running and swimming like a crazy person. Tuckered herself right out!
Monday night we had to stop over on the deck at the Lobster House for a quick bite...pretty much a must do when you're down that way.
Tuesday morning we made breakfast with MomMom and PopPop, and by "we" I mean "BabyJ". Such a good helper with the pancakes!
After breakfast we joined N+J and thier little guy at the condo they were renting to check out the pool for a bit [great spot, we rented here back in 2013!] BabyJ loved the pool...had to pull her out kicking and screaming when it was time to pack up and head home!
Perfect little 2 day get-away, just what the doctor ordered!
Some of the fellas got to chatting over email last month and decided to plan a little get-together for this October. Meet up, gather the families, have a few drinks, and generally catch up on whats been going on. Steve-O's place in CT was chosen as a perfect halfway spot for those coming from Beantown and those of us coming from NJ...Essentially 245 miles away for each of us. Some of the others had a little shorter ride.
Once the date was picked it was decided that we should do a little early Thanksgiving feast, complete with some deep fried birds and all the fixings. A FakesGiving, if you will!
Giddy up! With 10 adults and 9 kiddos (I think) (and I use the term "adults" loosely), we knew we'd be in for a great weekend! Steve-O, that has to be a record for the most amount of people bunking under your roof in one night, rigth?
A series of photos from the trip:
Can't beat ending the night with a raging fire in the pit and a Sox win (though some of us had cashed it in before the 9th!
It was a little crazy with so many little ones running around underfoot, and the traffic was terrible to and fro, but we had a great time seeing everyone and we're already looking forward to 2014!
Thanks again to Steve and Christy for hosting everyone....hope we didn't trash the place too bad!