So I think I mentioned before that when we travel to PA we have our choice of routes. Either I-95 or Highway 81. I-95 is a gamble because sometimes it’s faster but sometimes you get caught in some of the worst traffic of your life so we bet on 81 instead. It’s a beautiful drive up through the Shenandoah Valley and one I used to make when I visited my high school boyfriend who attended Virginia Military Institute. But I digress. We had to stop for gas on the way up and I was charmed by the gas pump that filled our car that day:
To me, this is an old-fashioned gas pump because you are required to go inside and pay. None of those fancy card swipers here. It reminded me of being 16 because these were the pumps around way back then. lol
Back on the road, we passed bucolic scene after bucolic scene. I had a Pioneer Woman moment and took a shot of cows in a field.
Ok, so they’re not my cows and we were whizzing by in a Volvo Wagon instead of a pickup truck but hey! A girl can dream….
As I said yesterday, I was pretty pooped when we got there so I went to bed but the next day we headed out for a local adventure. There was a park nearby our in-laws house with a clear, beautiful creek running through it so we all donned our Crocs or flops and headed into the water.
The water felt soooo good. The temperature was just right and the bottom of the creek wasn’t mucky. I hate mucky bottoms don’t you?
Did I mention it was really beautiful there?
The kids found plenty of things to look at in the water, bugs, fish, cool rocks:
After trekking through the creek for a while, we were pretty hot and thristy so our BIL took us all out for water ice. What a treat that was! If you haven’t had it, it’s sort of like a cross between a snow cone and sorbet. Smooth, sweet, and delicious!
I usually don’t like frozen treats like that but it was really, really good.
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that when we were walking through the woods, we happened upon the biggest spider I’ve ever seen outside of the zoo.
He was HUGE. At least four inches across and if that doesn’t sound big, get out your ruler and try and imagine seeing a spider that size sitting on a rock in front of you. These things CATCH FISH and eat them. (((((shiver))))) I have the heebie jeebies just thinking about it!!!
Anyhoo, I just wanted to share some more photos with you from our trip. I’m actually thinking next year, as much fun as we have when we go, we’re going to stay here. It’s been three years since we spent the 4th of July at home and I’d kind of like to do that for a change.