Category Archives: North East (2016)

Surprise!!!

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IMG_9789Surprise!!! On July 22 we arrived home a week earlier than planned. You could say our trip “went south” really fast XD. We knew this change of plans would happen weeks in advance, but my family and I kept this little bit of information to ourselves. Why? Because who doesn’t love a good surprise, and a good surprise is what we gave the people we knew had missed us the most.

It felt so good to be home again. I love this place and these people. We missed you all SO much! I am very grateful for our trip, and all the places it took us, but there really is no place like home.

The Original Kentucky Fried Chicken

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8C249549-7251-468B-9822-226F71564101On July 21 we stopped at the original Kentucky Fried Chicken for dinner. We were in a hurry to get to our next stop, so we used our waiting time to look around and take pictures. It was really cool to walk around the building where this national food chain came to life. Although we ate our food on the road it tasted as good as ever. We love Kentucky Fried Chicken!

Our next stop is a surprise!

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The Creation Museum & Ark Encounter

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071167D7-5035-42BF-B6BF-D2D2EA60B2E1July 19-21 were filled with visits to Answers in Genesis’ Creation Museum and Ark Encounter. Both attractions did an outstanding job of making the Bible’s history come alive in vivid and appealing scenes throughout each attraction.

The Creation Museum

It was very refreshing to tour a museum that you can enjoy without having to continually remind yourself how it all really happened. Not only did the Creation Museum cover how the world we know today came to be, but also several other regularly discussed controversies. The Creation Museum was worth every penny!

The Ark Encounter

T2E263A75-0326-40E7-B164-EA20865DE09Ahe Ark Encounter is definitely something to see! This life size version of Noah’s ark not only helps you clearly imagine the time of the flood but answers about every question you could come up with about the ark, Noah, his family, and so on. I really enjoyed this experience and hope to come back in the future when the whole attraction is complete.

Next stop, the original Kentucky Fried Chicken!

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West Virginia

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img_9186 On July 17, we made an afternoon long stop at the New River Gorge bridge in West Virginia. After Dad drove across the bridge multiple times, so that we could soak in the view, we parked and toured the Visitor’s Center. Next, we drove down to the bottom of the gorge where Haydn and Anz changed into their swimsuits for a quick swim in the river. The rest of the family sat contentedly on the rocky shore watching, eating lunch, and otherwise occupying themselves. About two hours after my younger siblings set a foot in the water, my family and I packed up and headed to our next hotel.img_9454

Next stop, the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter!

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Pennsylvania

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FC76D2D7-D6ED-4328-9C9E-2F23403EE856July 16 was our first day in Erie, Pennsylvania: my mom’s hometown. My siblings and I have grown up hearing stories from Mom’s childhood and this was the day that each of those stories became connected to a place. It was something else to visit Mom’s roots. I personally think it really cool that we got to see where she lived, went to school, and church. Where Mom graduated High School and Aunt Barbie got married. Where she and her sisters played, slept, ate, and fought. The whole day was very nostalgic and I loved that.

Next stop, West Virginia!

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Canada

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IMG_8902On July 12, we crossed the border into the country below the raised Maple leaf flags: Canada. One thing we hadn’t taken into consideration when we decided to go to Canada was the language difference. Everything in Canada is written in French. Half way into our stay there, Dad proclaimed that he needed to find something American so we dropped into a Walmart only to find that everything in there was also written in French. XD

We encountered the Thousand Islands on the St. Lawrence river on July 13. Theses constructions left Dad awestruck for on practically every decent sized island was a house. A D5CBA823-8B15-4BDA-9C22-3463FFA86A5Dsmall house, large house, old house, or new house. How cool would it be to live there? It’d be very interesting, that’s for sure.

On July 14 we had our very first Canadian pizza. Until this summer we thought that pizza was pizza but after New York pizza and then Canadian pizza my siblings and I learned that there is a difference. Little Ceaser’s pizza is good, Canadian pizza is better, but New York pizza is the best. We liked Canadian pizza so much that Dad ordered us another one the next day while on our way to Niagra Falls.

Mere words cannot accurately describe how beautiful Niagra Falls is. Even pictures do not precisely depict its awesome glory. Niagra Falls is another case in which you have to go experience it for yourself. Visit my Flickr account, linked below, to see the pictures img_9015that I took. Thanks!

Next stop, Pennsylvania!

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Vermont

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670f4edb-e4ed-4d65-84f8-24a5f033c35cJuly 11 was our first day in Vermont. While there we went on several tours including tours of a cider mill, a coffee shop, and Ben & Jerry’s.

After following our tour guide through the factory, when we learned exactly how Vermont’s finest comes to be, we were provided the opportunity to sample Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia. Once this flavor was added to our mental favorites list, we exited the building and hiked up to the Flavor Graveyard. This cemetery is the place where a memorial is set up for each unsuccessful flavor of ice-cream that Ben & Jerry have created. It was bittersweet as we walked around reading each gravestone. Surprisingly, we did come across some deceased flavors which sounded 8CA74180-C05F-4F39-85AA-2D202F61B292pretty good like Fresh Georgia Peach and Chocolate Comfort. Oh, well. On our way back to the van, we stopped at a little tent where free spin art was being advertised. Each member of my family created one and was quite pleased with the results. After taking pictures with the ice-cream lid and Ben & Jerry’s van, we returned to our own vehicle.

Next stop, Canada!

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New Hampshire

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img_8605We arrived in New Hampshire the night of July 8 and so our first day to explore was July 9. New Hampshire is very bucolic, drastically different from places like New York, but we liked that. Just down the street from our hotel was a small theme park called Clark’s Trading Post. We were planning on leaving the next morning but, after meeting Wolf-Man and peeking around in the gift shop, decided to stay a little longer so that we good experience what Clark’s Trading Post had to offer.

Although this theme park is something three to five-year-olds would find much more entertaining, my family and I did have some fun. Among many other attractions, we enjoyed the Chinese acrobats, dancing bears, Seg-Ways, and Anaconda Escape (a water slide). Although July, it was somewhat chilly in New Hampshire so we had decided not to try the water slide until Haydn and Anz could resist no longer.PicMonkey Collage

My two younger siblings changed into their swimsuits and were racing down the serpent’s belly seconds later. Of course, they had a blast and began encouraging the rest of the family to try. Dad was the first to give in and then I did, too. Although Dad only rode once, I rode the rest of the time we were there eventually regretting my decision not to change into my swimsuit for my clothes were soaked through. All in all, we had a blast and hope to return one day with friends to share our joy with.

Next stop, Vermont!

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Maine

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EDF203D8-3115-4132-B53C-FC24AF9E2440There is no place on this earth quite like Maine. We arrived in this beautiful state on July 7th and went straight to hitting the most visited lighthouses. Each was more beautiful than the last in its own special way. My top two favorites ended up being the Portland Head Light and the Nubble Light.

The weather was something we had to adjust to. Our entire trip, in general, had contained nothing but lovely weather but Maine was chilly. The locals told that the day before it had been in the 90s but our first day there felt icy. It seems my family tends to bring the pleasant or chilly weather with us on our travels. XD

Our last stop in Maine was at Haven’s Candies, a quaint sweet shop that creates unique home made and hand dipped chocolate and 6C464400-D9B9-4EB1-B30F-09FFA691522Ccandies. There we were able to see a contender for “Largest Chocalotte Lobster Sculpture”, have memorable conversations with the owner and employees, and take home some sweet treats including taffy, a jawbreaker, and an S’more candy bar. Yum!

Next stop, New Hampshire!

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P.s. Sorry for the this extremely late post. These last couple of weeks I’ve been swamped with school. Hoping to catch up asap! Thanks for your patience.

Massachusetts

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27784265403_a7e51bc091_oThe streets of Massachusetts are very confusing. It took us several tries until we finally ended up in the Providence Mall parking lot, thanks to someone we all know and, for the most part, love (cough, cough, Siri, cough, cough). From the mall, we walked across the street to the capitol building. After examining its impressive structure, we took a stroll through town before heading back to the van.

We stopped at the Gillette Stadium (aka, the Patriot’s Stadium) and then, of course, visited the Bass Pro Shop across the parking lot. Haydn carried Ansa on his shoulders into the store and then lowered her to the ground when he needed a break. In one of the incredibly realistic displays of nature, we spotted several live turtles. That’s a first! Behind this particular Bass Pro Shop, there was a nature walk through one Ocean Spray’s active cranberry bogs. Although the cranberries were not blooming, so we were examining what looked like a grassy field, it was still cool to see where the delicious fruit comes from.

O06DD0B75-0B81-4B1D-B446-9A78D1B01C19n July 3rd, we toured Boston and Cambridge. We walked across Harvard Square, saw the place in which CuriousGeorge was born, and saw the outside of Dewy Cheetham & How, the former office of Click and Clack, hosts of the radio show “Car Talk”. From there we walked around Fenway Park while listening to Mom and Dad tell us not to forget this place since several people would ask about it (so far our count is 0 XD ).

For July 4th we were blessed to experience the 2016 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular from less than a mile away from “the shell” where the show was taking place. From the jumbo screen a crowd away from us, we enjoyed Nick Jonas, Little Big Town, and Demi Lovato’s amazing performances.

A month or so before this night, a new health drink known as Bai 61154203-50D4-48DF-A3B4-EF7AFE3C280D(pronounced “bye”) came out. It is said to be good for you and taste great too. By the time July 4th rolled around, we had seen commercials for it numerous times. As it turned out, there was a table giving away free Bai to the half a million people at the show as a form of advertisement. We got a few bottles that we enjoyed during the show and then stopped by afterward to see if they had any extras. They did, a case upon case of extras (in each case was package 12 bottles of Bai). We asked if we could take some and one of the ladies there said, “Sure! Take as much as you can carry.” Before she had even finished her sentence Haydn had already stacked three cases of the Tanzania Lemonade Tea in his arms.

Each of us took in our arms as much as we could carry for the good size walk back to Dad, who was watching our stuff. We told 76A60E53-0F1E-48EE-A04E-FA5A03A6504Fhim that we’d bring him back a coconut flavored Bai if they had any left but they didn’t so,  as we returned to him, we scanned the ground, which was littered with loads of trash, for Bai bottles full of liquid and then checked those to see if they had been opened. Due to this, we found several coconut drinks along with various other flavors.

Let me just say it was no easy task to carry all that liquid from the park back to the car which was a distance of several miles away. By the time we finally came to a stop, I could no longer properly operate my arms because they were so numb. The next day everybody was sore from their arms to their feet.

My family ended up carrying over $150 worth of Bai out of the park. Six cases altogether, four cases of Tanzania Lemonade Tea and two cases of picmonkey-collagecarbonated Bolivia Black Cherry, not counting the bottles we drank during the show or the ones we picked up on our way back to Dad. We thanked God for this underserved blessing and began strategizing how to ration the drinks so that we could share this blessing with our friends and family when we got home. This was definitely a struggle for the rest of our trip but we managed to save the majority.

On July 6th we spent the day on the Freedom Trail on which we saw several historical sites including but not limited to the Massachusetts State House, Park Street Church, Paul Revere’s grave, King’s Chapel, Faneuil Hall, Paul Revere’s home, and the church in which Paul Revere was told to hang one lantern if by land or two lanterns if by sea.

Next stop, Maine.

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