It’s day nine of Mom & Katie’s American Adventure. I have been meaning to update a little more often with pictures, but I forgot my camera cord, so… pictures will have to wait. 🙂 It’s currently 6:51 a.m. and I’m sitting in a Howard Johnson in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey. So far, our trip has taken us to some incredible places. On our first day, we toured the Louisville Slugger Factory and Museum. Next up was the home of the Cincinnati Reds, where we sat in the dugout, walked through the press box, and got to hang out in the Proctor & Gamble skybox. On day three, we toured the Hershey Factory and Museum and ate some tasty chocolates.
Then it was on to Maine.
I wasn’t really looking forward to Maine just because I don’t relax well and I thought we’d be stuck in some cabin in the woods without anything to do. Boy, was I wrong! Maine has by far been my favorite part. We stayed in Greenville right on Moosehead Lake in the most adorable cabin. All of my aunts and uncles were together for two days and there were three grandchildren, plus my Grandma Max and her family came up for the memorial service we had. We went to Guilford (my granddaddy’s hometown) and saw his old yearbooks and talked to people who knew him. I saw the house he grew up in. I spread his ashes in Moosehead Lake. It was a phenomenal weekend…. we even stayed an extra day. It was just fun to be in my granddaddy’s old stomping grounds with my extended family. They are so fun and it was such a neat way to honor my granddaddy’s life. Campfires, marshmallows…. oh, and I got to ride in a seaplane! Needless to say, Maine is my new favorite place!
We left Maine on Tuesday morning and headed for Boston. The Red Sox were playing the Yankees that day, so we were not able to go to the ballpark. But, next time we come to Maine, we will stop in Boston and do the tour like we had originally planned. So, instead of seeing Fenway, mom and I went to get massages. Best decision ever! After Boston, we headed for NYC. We got lost headed to Yankee Stadium, but thanks to some really nice New Yorkers (and I do mean REALLY nice!), we made it just in time to go on our tour. We got to sit in the dugout AND walk through the clubhouse! It was so neat! Then we had lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe and then what happened next made me want to cry…..
We got lost.
For like…. three hours.
First, we were headed to the Bronx Zoo to meet one of my mom’s former youth students who now lives just outside of NYC. We had directions to the zoo (and very accurate ones) given to us by a cook from Hard Rock. The only problem was that I took one wrong turn and we drove down the wrong street for about 30 minutes. When we finally reached the zoo, the kid we were meeting was at a different parking lot and it took him almost 45 minutes to find us. I was not happy. Finally, we headed back to Yankee Stadium to get on the interstate….. but somehow you can’t get on I-87 S from there and so we ended up lost in NYC for two straight hours just trying to get the heck out of there.
We finally had the brains to call my uncle Mark who pulled up directions online and talked us through the whole process of leaving NYC. It was so confusing… we would’ve never figured it out on our own! (We DID have a map, but just trust me… it was very, very confusing!!) We have done SO well not to get lost this whole trip – even when we took a wrong turn, we were able to get back to where we needed to be or I was able to reconfigure the directions. But, we eventually got out and now I can say I have DRIVEN through Manhattan. I feel accomplished. I drove right down 34th street over Park Ave., Herald Square, and some other major New York City streets. I don’t plan to ever do it again, but I definitely ended up having a good time and felt like a complete New Yorker when I totally cut off a big city bus! Hey, I had the right of way!!
So today we’re sleeping in (which, as you all know, sleeping in is 6:30 a.m. for me) and mosey-ing to Baltimore. We’re watching the Orioles play the Mariners and then we’re going to be headed home. I miss all my friends terribly and I especially miss my sweet little Arnold! We will be home sometime on Saturday and I’ll add some pictures to this post for dramatic effect. 🙂
This is going to be one of those trips I talk about for a lifetime… so much bonding with my mom and with my family. That’s the best part of all.