Waking up in SC in 60 degree weather was so nice. I got out of bed and stepped outside in bare feet and it was WARM. My kids all came out and said, "yes, t-shirt and shorts!" By the time we go to Daytona the only thing I wanted to do was put my toes in the sand if only for a minute it was going to be nice. So we did. We parked at a hotel that said no parking unless you were staying there and walked out to the beach and put our toes in the sand.The sand was warm and the water was great. But we had our cousin Lisa waiting for us so we got back in the car and off to the resort. We got settled in and spent some time at the pool and visiting and the kids we playing outside and my son loves animals had a grand time catching the anoles. We enjoyed our stay at the resort for the next couple of days in the beautiful sunny weather.
Next it was on to the mountains in North Carolina. after being in 70+ degree weather I didn't want to leave but my sister had booked this awesome vacation and didn't want to spend to much time in one place. We love to explore. So another 8 hours(579 miles) on the road to Lake Lure, NC. Here we stayed at another resort that was more for people who Golf. Was a beautiful resort and we enjoyed our time here as well but it was not as warm and not as much going on at the resort but it was nice to just sit and relax. We took the kids on one awesome hike up Chimney Rock. The views were beautiful and the steps were evil!!! LOL we did all 829 steps (it is like 1 giant stair case) My husband Jeff met up with us there on Friday.
My sister and I have not been on a vacation alone ever. It was so great to spend time together like we used to when we were kids. Just the 2 of us and kids being able to have all those sisterly talks. It was a bitter sweet end to the week when we had to part ways. I love the time I had with my sister and nephews. My kids got to spend some good quality time with their cousins. And we all were able to survive that long time in a car together!!
My sister headed home and we were on our way to Myrtle Beach!!!! This was our planned family vacation. A vacation on the beach where we could relax and explore all there was to explore on the beach. And that is just what we did. Pretty much every day we walked on the beach. We did go swimming and laid out in the sun and oh the looks we got. To the people who lived there it wasn't warm enough but the water was about the same temperature as it is here in Maine during the midst of the summer. LOL We all got a nice burn/tan. Nothing serious but enough to enjoy. We found a ton of awesome things on the beach including sting ray tails, star fish, jelly fish, sea urchins and a ton of cool shells. As the week came to an end none of us wanted to come home to Maine as we knew there was still feet of snow back home and cold. So we made our trip home an interesting one.
Leaving Myrtle Beach to go home most people just hit the high way and hammer down. Not this family we are nomads/ gypsies. We took more of a coastal root. Saw some beautiful country and saw some awesome things! We crossed the Chesapeake Bay tunnel Bridge, we have done this a few times before and it never gets old. Then it was on to Assateague Island with the wild horses. My husband and I had been there before we had kids on a trip to NYC! LOL that is another story (we were only going to NYC for the day and ended up at VA beach). If you ever have a chance to go here I highly recommend it. You are not to get close to the horses but to see them wild and free is beautiful. It is also a camp ground and even that is beautiful. We have not camped there YET!!!! From there we were off to Philly. We stayed just out side of the city and headed in the next morning to see the Liberty Bell and the Betsy Ross house. When we woke up that morning it was rather cold and all we had brought with us was sweat shirts. But my awesome kids went with it like they always do. We found a parking garage and took to the streets not seeing all that we wanted to but enjoying what we did see. But what else is in Philly???? IKEA!!! What is a girl to do with one so close? Go for a walk around IKEA of course! Kids don't enjoy this until we are inside and they can check out all the cool rooms and touch all the stuff! The next stop was not one I think many people have been to but well worth the trip. The Tear Drop Memorial in NJ. The wind was bitterly cold and I was disappointed in the fact that it looks like some one just chose a spot out of the blue and that there are not many signs telling you that it is there. You go out this long road where you can get on cruise ships and through a few ware house yards and finally you are there. I think they could advertise and make it easier to see. Anyway what a beautiful memorial from Russia. We unfortunately didn't spend to much time there because of the bitterly cold wind coming off the sound. Then it was back into the car and off to CT. But i love to challenge my husbands driving and patients!!! LOL took him right into Lower Manhattan! He doesn't care though he is so laid back and easy going. Also it is not the first time that we have been in the city just the first time in this part. Drove right through Chinatown, must go back and explore there!!! Then we were on the FDR Drive and what to do know but stop and go but we got a chance to look around at all the beautiful art on the buildings and enjoy the views of the East River. Made it to CT to spend the night with Nancy, she is like a second mother to me. Oh but the cold we so didn't want to continue on home it was so cold compared to the 70+ we had been in. But we did the next morning we headed out to make a surprise visit to the in-laws house. We had a nice visit there and were able to meet our newest niece. About 5 hours later we were home.
Traveling is my peace. It is my soul. I will never stop traveling and I can't wait to do it full time.