Early August was road trip time for some of our family to Upstate New York.
A journey back to the place we lived from 1981-1992. Our three kiddos were born in Johnson City, NY. Kirk started his career with IBM in Endicott, NY and we spent many, many weekends and weeks camping and visiting dear friends in Northville, NY in the Adirondack Mountains.
So many memories are tied to this state for our family and this is the log of our adventure!
Day One: (316 miles)
Three of us (Kirk/Nate/I) started out on Friday with a stop/sleep in the Chicago area at my sister's home. My sisters are the best letting us crash at their homes as we drive through town.
Day Two: (384 miles)
Saturday morning we are on the road again -- heading to Cleveland, Ohio. This is our meeting place with Cara, Sydney and Harrison.
We did pretty good on our meet up timing at the hotel in Cleveland. We checked in, freshened up and took a nice walk to nearby Crocker Park for dinner at Cheesecake Factory.
Uncle Nate likes to give gifts to his niece and nephew ... and rarely can wait very long to give them so Harrison got an early b'day gift -- a Twins shirt -- before heading to dinner :)
Our dinner ran a little later than we'd hoped so Cara and I booked it back to the hotel with the little ones to get them ready for bed while the the guys finished eating and paid up. As promised, the men brought back some cheesecake for sharing!
Sydney made sure she got her fair share!
Harrison quickly took control of the air conditioning before bed ...
Little One loves her Papa -- and got a selfie in before heading to bed!
We managed to score connecting hotel rooms which worked out perfectly!
Room #1: Sydney and I in one bed. Nate in the other.
Room #2: Harrison in crib. Cara in a bed. Kirk in other bed.
It just "happened" that way everyone found a bed and went to sleep.
Day Three: (471 miles)
Breakfast in bed for this sleepy head! Then a long day in the car to Northville, NY!
But baby brother was up early and ready for play!
The Weinermobile was parked at a nearby hotel ... so photo ops happened!
The little ones were SO good during this long drive!
... and when the drive got too long for our littles, we pulled out the bag of fun ... which included lollipops!
Sydney caught quickly caught on to using a walkie-talkie ...
Getting out of the vehicle for lunch was a welcome break! For all of us!
Next up ... we arrive at the Cabinhaus!