Roadtrippin'

Hello, hello! I am FINALLY back and although I'm caught up on sleep finally, I have come down with some gross headcold/sore throat nastiness. I'm at least glad it hit me after I got back from one of the most fun weekends I've had in a long time!

My sister and her husband live in NJ and I've been a terrible sister and haven't made the 10-hour-trek out there in...... well, let's just say a LONG time. So the trip was much overdue! We left last Thursday night after work with plans to drive 3-4 hours and stay overnight somewhere to break up the drive a little bit.

Of course leaving from downtown during rush hour is always a great idea, so we started with taking the most unflattering picture known to mankind:


We had plenty of snacks to keep our bellies happy until we could knock out a few hours of driving. I mean, what is a roadtrip without Chexmix?! We also entertained ourselves by refusing to let this BUS get over in front of us.... they were driving in the shoulder! That is so dangerous, right?!?!

Come to find out, buses are allowed to drive on the shoulder in certain areas. A sign about 15 minutes later told us so. Whoops! Sorry bus driver! =\

We made our pit stop in Washington, PA and of course our hotel happened to be right next to a Mexican restaurant. (We didn't plan that at allllll) so after a late, late dinner we turned in for the night.

The next morning we were making great time and decided to try a hole-in-the-wall type of restaurant for lunch. I think eating at new places is one of the most fun parts of traveling! So John's diner it was. Cheap prices and tasty food- I couldn't complain! The turkey club on a PRETZEL bun was divine!
Wow--- we look tired!
The last few hours of trip seemed to be the longest. You know how it is when you're finally getting CLOSE to your destination, times seems to go at half-speed. We were starting to run out of ways to entertain ourselves. We'd already done the karaoke portion of the trip, the would-you-rather game, and I'd about exhausted the weird/creepy pictures you can take going through tunnels...

So when we FINALLY got a glimpse of Philadelphia, and then shortly found ourselves on the bridge to New Jersey, we knew we were almost there! Cue the dance party in the car!

After only a couple wrong turns, Jared and I made it to their cute condo. Brittney was there waiting on us, and Aaron got home shortly after that. We just had a relaxing, low-key night to recover from our travels. We ate some delicious BLT salads (why don't I make those more often?!) and ended our night with none other than Rockband. Please note Jared's expression.... he was entirely too good at the singing portion of this game ;)

I've got to break this post up into two, possibly three different recaps since I took over 200 pictures in the span of one long-weekend!! Blogger alert. I can't wait to share all our pictures of the sight-seeing we did in Philadelphia. Jared was in history heaven!

What do you do on roadtrips to keep yourself entertained? Or do you just fly, like normal people?! ;)

29 comments

  1. it looks like ya'll had a fun trip... but i gotta admit, if it's over 7 hours, i will do everything i can to fly instead! hope you had a great time with your sister!

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  2. I agree, no road trip is complete without good snacks. Especially Chexmix!

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  3. Oh I love road trips!!!! However, 10 hours I would have flown! LOL!!!

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  4. um, how did I not know that you were practically driving past my house???

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  5. Looks like a great trip already!! My roommate is from new jersey and it takes her 8 hours to get home from school! I'm not sure how she does it alone!!! I've been to Philadelphia once and loved it!! Can't wait to see the pictures!

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  6. We always end up driving and I always have to buy a new cd for the occassion and use it as an excuse to stock up on amazing snacks...like chexmix. Can't wait to see more from your trip! And welcome back! :)

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  7. We put on the "stand up comedy" station on Pandora and it really helps passes the time! Love road trips! Can't wait to see more pictures :)

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  8. Madison to Columbus is 10 hours, also. We enjoy old mixed CD's, any alphabet game, and (when we're about to go stir crazy) thought provoking rounds of "Who's Better Looking?", which we mostly play with celebrities but (I'll admit) friends, co-workers, and acquaintances make it in there too :-P

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  9. What a fun road trip!! And I did not know that buses could drive on the shoulder! That sounds so unsafe!

    Ramblings of a Suburban Mom

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  10. I think roadtrips are the key to a good relationship. We've been everywhere. It's all about your choice of music and your snack selection. Also, I love Philly.

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  11. Once on a roadtrip we had our biggest funny fights over the game 20 questions. All of it over if Will Ferrell's job is actor or comedian. We still laugh about it.

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  12. I am getting worse and worse at road trips, so I beginning to fly!

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  13. i love pics so keep 'em coming! looks like so much fun!

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  14. I don't fly! So we road trip ALL the time.
    Girl... chex mix and trail mix keeps us satisfied on trips too!
    Loving the pictures!
    You were so close to CT! ;-)

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  15. If normal means we fly? Then I don't want to be normal... ;) road trips all the WAY!!! Can't wait to see more pictures. Love all your selfie pics ;)

    I am literally hearing Jared's "singing" voice LOL the way he and Caleb always sound.. so funny. Love those boys!

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  16. Love a good road trip...I prefer to fly cuz I can't sit still for longer than like 3:30 hours, but when I do road trip it, it's always a blast!

    Sounds like so much fun! Can't wait to hear about the rest of the trip.

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  17. Favorite part of roadtrips? The FOOD! yum yum yummy. plane food just can't beat road trip foodies.

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  18. I still cant believe you were so close to me! (ok I sound like a crazy) lol

    Which mexican restaurant did you go to? One of my close friends actually lives in Wash,PA

    Cant wait to hear about the rest of your trip!

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  19. How fun!!! We aren't too big on road trips. 4-5 hours are our max! We try books on tape but that usually makes us tired. So we usually end up chatting and snacking. Snacking helps the time to by haha. Can't wait to hear about the rest of your trip!

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  20. I LOVE road trips!! All of the vacations E and I have been on, with the exception of our honeymoon, have been road trips. It's so neat, and we always end up learning more about each other along the way :) I think our furthest has been the Wisconsin - Nashville drive. Luckily on the way home we broke it up and stopped in Chicago for a Cubs game. And that turkey clubs sounds SOOOOOOO good!!

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  21. thats a rough drive! but its always worth it to see family!

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  22. So fun! I can't wait to see more about your trip. Tyler and I used to go on road trips all the time before we had kids. Do as much as you can now, haha! We do plan on taking a weekend trip this summer - possibly to good ole Cincy! I can't wait!

    And now I want Mexican. Again! :)

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  23. Looks like you had a great time together & enjoyed a fun trip :)

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  24. we brought a baby, thats fun entertainment ;)

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  25. Seriously this makes me want to road trip anywhere...or maybe I just want your chexmix...either way :) Looks like y'all had a great trip can't wait to see the rest :)

    Hannah

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  26. We looove road trips together! On our first big one as a couple, I made all sorts of little get-to-know-you questions that we randomly drew and answered the whole way there. It was fun and we definitely learned more about each other! Oh, and that pretzel bun sounds soo delicious! Makes me want one right now!

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  27. Road trips are always fun, but you're right. They get old after a while!

    Also - I need to mention that I LOVE singing on Rock Band. I'm a horrible singer, but it's so fun! HAHAHAHA

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  28. Aw yay for 5 years! :) And obviously you have to Celebrate that! :)
    I like your hair short. Is that weird?

    Grahm and I roadtrip ALL the time back home to OK (10 hours). We always know how to make the time fly by. You guys look like you had a lot of fun :)

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