This week has been so busy! There just hasn’t been time to finish blogging about our adventure home. First of all, cramming a drive from Masachussetts into three days instead of seven makes the drive VERY different. (Not bad, just different!)
Well, on the drive south, we had a different passenger, Granny! The boys missed daddy in the drive, but enjoyed hearing about places from Granny, she sees a lot of places when she is out driving motor coach, so, she had plenty of stories to tell them!
Before we left the Northeast, we stopped and visited the cemetery where all of my grandparents are buried. Florida boys don’t have a ton of experiences with the large sprawling cemeteries found up north, and the oldest two boys really do love history and hearing stories about our past. They were intrigued by the grave markers, the information on them, the flags, and the veteran stones. It was a beautiful (and buggy) morning.
Grandparents are amazing people (both ours and our boys). I hope that the legacy of our grandparents will live on in our children…and I hope that our sweet boys will share stories about the grandparents (and great grandparents) the same way that we do. It’s those stories, the ones that make us life and cry, that bring us closer together…those stories help us to remember the people who formed us…and helped us to find our identities. I can’t wait to see our boys continue to grow in the love and connection with all of their wonderful grandparents.
After the cemetery, The day started out with a breakfast stop in Mystic, Connecticut, so of course we had to see the boats in the Seaport. (Oh, and this is probably the moment when I realized that it was good we were going home…the boys started demonstrating signs of exhaustion at breakfast…I.e….crying…whining…climbing under the table (also when I realized that being two –almost two–does not mean we are ready to no be in a high chair). There are no pictures from breakfast…because no one was in a picture taking mood.
After the seaport we were in it for the long haul…heading to Chincoteague, to see the “Sand Ponies”. Here’s the thing, a month…and over 4,000 miles…not ONE moment of car sickness. Til this day, and oh my…it made for a long day. Luckily it was just nausea…and a headache. But good grief, motion sickness when there are hours left to drive, isn’t fun for anyone, but especially not a road trip loving seven year old. Sweet boys slept most of the day…and was very glad for the hotel and a bed!
As we drove onto Chincoteague…we had quite a treat. A weather plane (read: VERY large, VERY cool, VERY exciting not your average plane) took off and landed about six times from Wallops Island NASA station. And our boys LOVED it. They also loved the gigantic satellites…salt marshes…birds…and missiles along the way!
We started day 2 of the drive home with a visit to Assateague Island (to FINALLY see the “Sand Ponies”)! We watched a movie (hello…Wild Kratts brothers, our boys love the Kratt brothers!) We learned about the Sika Elk, lots of birds, and of course ponies! The boys earner TWO junior ranger badges…one at each of the visitors centers, and we saw the ponies. Success!!
After such a fun filled island morning, who wouldn’t want ice cream! So we stopped for ice cream (recommended by Auntie N and Uncle D)! This is probably on my list of top three ice creams EVER. It was amazing. We ended our time on the island with a stop at Wallops Island Visitor Center. (Florida boys LOVE all things space related…and it was on the way out!)
The next part of our day was filled with driving…driving…BIG bridge…and driving! The boys LOVED the Chincoteague Bay Bridge Tunnel, I mean, let’s be real…bridges and tunnels incolce cars, trucks, and boats…so, of corse they loved it! (Especially stopping at the lookout/gift shop in the middle!)
After the bridge-tunnel…it was time for more driving. And these boys were troopers! They did a great job of riding in the car for some very long days in the car. I am so proud of their ability to keep themselves (and each other) busy!
Day three left us with just about 7 hours of driving time! We made a quick stop on the way at Jeckyll Island in Georgia. (Sea turtles are very interesting creatures! And seeing a place work so hard to rehabilitate them and preserve them, is great!). Not to mention the driftwood and the VIEW!
All in all it was a great, safe, and fun drive back to Florida. Thank goodness for wonderful little boys, beautiful views, and fun stops along the way. As much as I don’t love Florida, it was great to be back in our house, with our stuff, and with our entire family together again!