A little over a month ago we took a trip across 10 states, from Ohio to Connecticut, to North Carolina and back. We go on vacation with my family every year, and this year, it happened to be sandwiched between two weddings!
I don’t usually like roadtrips, so I was not super excited about spending so much time in the car. But I didn’t want to miss the weddings (the most important day in our friends’ lives!) and Alex assured me that it would be fun. We’d get snacks and listen to music and spend some good ol’ quality time together.
OH → PA → NY → CT
The first leg of the trip was the most fun, because we still had so much energy and anticipation! We played a game I made up a few years ago, and it passed the time so well:
One person thinks of a thing (proper nouns work best) and says the first letter of each word, like LK for Lion King. (For one-word things, you just give the first letter, like T for turtle). Then the other person asks yes/no questions until they guess what it is.
Our drive was excellent until we got to Danbury, CT—our destination—which is right on the border of New York. We got there around 5 or 6 on a Friday, which is what you should not do.
We went out to dinner at a bar on the water, which was very crowded but delicious.
The next day Alex took care of some car troubles and I chilled in the hotel room until it was time for Ryan & Bethany’s wedding! Alex and I purposefully matched, which is so cool of him to go along with. I wore a navy dress with white squares that I had just gotten from Poshmark and he wore a navy & white dot tie (which you can see in this gem). 👯
They had a photo booth with this cutie “love” balloon during the cocktail hour!! “The Hammonds” sign is meant to mimic old hotel signage from the 60s, in honor of their honeymoon to Palm Springs! We saw photos when they got back and now we really want to visit.
CT → NY → NJ → DE
The next morning we got up very early to begin our trek to North Carolina. The coolest part was driving through the suburbs of NYC and seeing the city, even if it was from far away.
For the first 17 years of my life, my family went on vacation to Rehoboth Beach, DE. I’ve always had mixed feelings about those trips, but regardless, I knew I wanted to experience Rehoboth with Alex. When we were still planning this trip, I realized that it was on the way to NC, and Alex agreed to take the small detour to visit for lunch!
First, I showed him the house that we rented with my extended family for all of those 17 years. It had just been sold, so none of the furniture was there, but it was still so great to see it again. I cried a little bit and Alex took this photo of me. I didn’t think I’d ever need to go back after this, but I’d like to someday with our kids. I know it won’t be as important to them as it is to me, but overall I think Rehoboth is a fun place for kids and it’d be so cool to see my experience come full circle.
Okay, onward to lunch!
It was so fun to point out stores and memories to Alex. Also, everything was remarkably smaller than I remember! The last time I went, I was 18, and the same height I am now. But, wow. This place is little.
No one understood my hype about Grotto, but Alex agreed: it was amazing. My memories with Grotto are summed up here. They are fond ones.
Seaside, eatin pizza!!! (Okay, boardwalk-side. Still, a perfect summer lunch)
And finally… there are lots of places to get ice cream at Rehoboth, but you best get it at The Ice Cream Store. Just look at all those flavors. This is where I first heard about bacon ice cream, and I’m sure they’re still ahead of the shocking-ice cream curve.
DE → MD → VA → NC
We made it to Emerald Isle before sunset that Sunday, and were greeted by family & spaghetti. We spent four days sitting and reading on the beach, which is a perfect little vacation. Not too lazy and not too active.
Most of my time was spent reading Creative Confidence but I only got a pic of this beaut, The Shape of Design (essentially the more abstract version of CC). Here are some gems from both:
Try to go through a whole day without saying “no,” instead saying “yes, and…” Or “I could if I…”
…this book was filled with endless, endless good advice but I somehow only saved this one. But it’s challenging, right?
Design gains the ability to nourish when it acts as a gift rather than as something to create yearning. We get to close loops of desire rather than open new ones.
—The Shape of Design
This is why design is so much more fulfilling than being in marketing, and I think why we get so defensive about not being categorized as marketing people. We get to solve problems, not fabricate them so that people will buy things.
The higher ya hold it, the fancier you are.
I think we can agree that beaches are prettiest at sunrise.
NC → VA → WV → PA
We left to travel back to PA on Friday, which happened to be Alex’s birthday 🎁🎉 The big 2-5. The first thing I said to him was “Happy birthday, you can rent a car without extra fees now!”
A lil’ view of our road trip set up. Those succulents were favors from R&B’s wedding. They loved the hot humidity of the car!
We stayed on the western side of NC that night so that we didn’t have to drive too far either day (our next wedding was on Saturday). So we got to relax a good portion of his bday. We went to 222 Public House for pizza and beer! Alex was p excited about his prosciutto/mac and cheese pizza. I went with the classic margherita.
The next day we traveled to PA for my friend Stephanie’s wedding! I didn’t get any photos, but it was so fun to see old friends and see her get married. On Sunday I went to my cousin’s baby shower and then we finally went home 🏡😌 (As fun it is to break from the routine and work, I love being home.)
Thanks for reading, y’all. I’m off to enjoy the last few hours of the “summer”! Grad school, year 2 of 2, starts tomorrow for Alex. Which means, for me, it’s back to cooking dinner and cheering him on. I’m pretty sure I’m one of those people who thrives on routine, so I’m hoping to get back into some habits like reading the bible, doing yoga, and posting on here more. (Where’s the fingers crossed emoji?)