We have had an amazing week. Our camping spot was perfect. Just a few rainy times here or there, but overall, had a blast. S caught us dinner for two of the nights. Super yum…. and HUGE…. fish. From our camping adventure we headed to Gettysburg to visit the battle ground and cemetery. Quite a unique experience. I was not quite sure what to expect. I had not investigated it all that much before going, I simply knew it was a place we should pass by being so close.
It reminded me much of the Roswell visit in NM. Hard to explain as eloquently as I am feeling that. But if felt like a town turned into something it was not necessarily. I figured Hershey to be much of the same (which it was). There have been many experiences we have had that have been quite authentic, and then there have some that have been informational, but quite enhanced with amusement (for lack of a better way to explain it). Any rate, we did learn quite a bit during out Gettysburg tour, but much of what we learned we could have learned without actually being there. It was an interesting adventure and I’m glad we did it. The cemetery probably had the largest impact on me because you really could see and feel the numbers in a fashion different than reading in a book.
From Gettysburg we ended up in Harrisburg. Hotel adventure for 2 nights. And MAN!!!!! I needed that! I did not really fathom just how much I needed that till we got here and I accomplished so much. We reorganized the car (and cleaned it out!), did laundry (had not been done in TWO weeks!), showered!, swimming pool!, filled grocery supply, and even trimmed my hair. My night’s sleep was so much better than it has been in weeks…. literally weeks. I finally saw my ankles this AM which was a relief. I was beginning to worry about not seeing my feet normal size for about two days, so it was so comforting to see them today.
We enjoyed big D’s 10th birthday today too!!! We headed to Hershey’s Chocolate World and did the free tour and then did the “Make Your Own Chocolate Bar Adventure.” That was super cool. We had a blast. D picked out a pizza Linner (our lunch-dinner term here) and we had an awesome afternoon in the hotel pool. It was so warm and sunny out, it was just what everyone needed. She also picked out a yummy chocolate cream pie that we just blew out candles and chowed down on. Quite a great day!
We have just a few more adventures ahead of us. It was originally intended to travel till the 20th and join our homeschool group for the annual camping trip. But that is where the executive decision comes in play. As awesome as this trip has been, it’s taken quite a toll on us all. I think it started off with a bang (a homeschool conference with a pace none of us is used to), and we have just kept going. We have not really been in a position/place/comfort zone to attempt to catch up, so this trip has not felt very relaxing. It’s been a high-energy need trip and taken a toll….. especially on me. I don’t think I really could have taken into account how this pregnant body would handle this trip. But now I know 😉 I’m pretty far along to be sleeping on the ground and not sleeping well at that. And the kids and constant change has taken a toll on their sleeping as well. That has just adjusted everyone’s moods which becomes more of a challenge.
So…. tomorrow are off to visit the Statue of Liberty, the next day we visit Carlos Bakery (D’s big dream about to come true!), and from there we head north to Boston and Maine. After a day or two in each, we begin our trek home. I am longing for home more than I have ever on any trip before. Not something that has ever happened before. I am typically ready to keep going and going and not really longing for a home base. Guess pregnancy has had a greater affect on that perspective more than ever. Again, not something I would have predicted beforehand, especially with all of our previous long-trip travels. You literally had to drag me home kicking and screaming 🙂
We plan to be home in about a week. I’m not racing home, but making the homeward bound trek after our next couple of days. That will give us a few great beach days with friends, several nights of me recuperating in my own cozy bed before we head off to join our homeschool community on the family camping trip. All here seemed completely on board with my decision, and even appeared quite relieved. They are excited to do the rest of what’s planned, and they are also excited to see their daddy and sleep in their own cozy beds. K even admitted to being just as pooped and just not wanting to cave to the idea. But everyone appears to have even had a pretty immediate mood shift since I said I was ready to head homeward bound and so the rest of this adventure will be pretty awesome for all of us. Even more eager for our next adventures for the year. (We plan to leave November first to head South-West-and Northwest…. AND…. after that adventure we are going eastbound again (this time to D.C.) and then southward and west from there.) So there are many more adventures to be planned, and with baby on the outside verses the inside, my body and energy will be so eager to embark on those new excursions!
So…. hopefully we’ll have an internet connection so I can post updates on the week ahead. We have much in store! Exciting times ahead! Enjoy the pics!