The time had arrived for the final leg of our journey. As we drove to our RV park near the Jersey Shore that would give us a jumping off point for our NYC day we contemplated the end and talked and talked about how we just couldn’t believe it was here. It just didn’t seem real.
I was so glad to have made it to the Jersey Shore. The day we went turned out to be a gorgeous (hot and humid) day and the kids loved playing at the arcade, getting ice cream and walking the board walk. We even took some photos of some rental places that could be an amazing future vacation spot. What fun!
The next day was what we are calling The New York City Blitz! We woke up early (a huge feat for the Boyd house) and drove 1/2 hour to the New Jersey Transit train station. We purchased our tickets and were on our way!
I felt pretty confident after spending my long weekend in NYC already, but having Brandon and the boys relying on my navigational skills puts a bit of pressure on me. But overall we did really well and walked 7 miles in total. 7 miles!
Our next stop as made our way through southern Pennsylvania was of course, Gettysburg!
The RV park we stayed in was great. It was right in the actual area of the battle of Gettysburg (which is huge) and really if you wanted you could walk to the visitors center from the campground. The other neat thing was that when you stayed at this campground you received coupons for a a free visit to the Gettysburg Diorama and the Lincoln Train Museum. I told the kid this was their LAST history bit for the year and would conclude their formal schooling other than standardized testing that Alec needed to do yet. They were excited that it was almost summer break for them! As Austin keeps telling everyone he sees, “my brain is exploding with history!”
The diorama was interesting. Its the largest in the world and I really had no idea what it would be like. There was a narrated light show that went along with it and wow was it ever involved. It was very detailed and hard to follow but it was still neat to be a part of. I really had no idea what the battle of Gettysburg all entailed and boy did we learn. To walk near where Lincoln walked and stood was inspiring for sure. The train museum was very inspiring to see how far we have come in our US history.
The visitor’s center at Gettysburg was really amazing and probably the best visitor’s center/museum of any National Park we have been to. the film being shown was first class and narrated by Morgan Freeman. It brought everything together for me after my overload from the diorama. It also is home of a large painting of the battle that is beautiful to view. The museum was fantastic as well. Gettysburg is huge, so even if you do not want to do the bus or driving tour, going to the visitors center and seeing the movie and viewing the painting is well worth your time.
Probably at least 3 months ago we knew for sure that our last city we would be going to would be Cincinnati, Ohio. The reason for this is there is a family that lives there now that is SO special to us that we have not seen in years! It was so important to us to get there for a visit and it worked out perfectly that it fell on Memorial Day weekend.
Let me tell you what did NOT work out perfectly…. the fact that we have been “camping” for the last 10 months and this is THE weekend that the rest of the world goes camping. It didn’t even cross my mind, but I could not find a campground spot to save my life. Every single campground was booked solid with waiting lists!
So guess where we ended up on our last weekend of our trip living in an RV?
In a hotel.
Yes, in a hotel. Hysterical I know.
We had the most amazing weekend reconnecting with our friends. It did our souls so good and I think theirs too. I’m so glad we ended our trip this way.
An added bonus was seeing some more old friends who have recently started a BBQ food truck in the area and we surprised them by showing up there. It was amazing to see them, to catch up and of course, for my husband and boys they were once again in BBQ heaven.
Staying in a hotel and seeing old friends really made the last leg of this trip feel like a vacation. Its just so hard to believe the ends is near!