I do, except for the driving-for-hours part ;)
The best thing about road trips is that the car becomes a gigantic suitcase.
I can keep shoving stuff into the trunk that I might need, you know, like four or five pairs of extra shoes...and only take them out if I really need to.
But I digress.
I am very tardy with this post. I know that everyone else is posting about Halloween, and I'm first getting around to "What I Did On My Summer Vacation."
I'm hoping that you'll take a break from all the pumpkins and ghosts and goblins for a few minutes, and visit Lake Erie with me.
When Junior Goo Shoes came home from camp in August, we had just enough time to throw his
Our first stop was Lake Erie in Pennsylvania.
We were super-excited about this part of the trip, because we were going to stay with our friends, the "C" Family, who recently built a vacation home on the lake. We hadn't seen them in over three years.
It's kind of cool how we met.
It was back in February, 2009, while vacationing in Aruba.
Actually, we didn't meet until the end of the vacation. But their son, JC, and Junior Goo Shoes met each other at the beach and had been hanging around together for a few days.
We hadn't met JC's parents, until we happened to sit next to them on the beach the day before we were leaving.
Before we left for home the next day, we exchanged contact info, and said we'd keep in touch.
Yeah, you know how that goes, right? Well, we DID keep in touch, via email. We even got together one night for dinner when the C Family was vacationing in New York.
And then we did the unthinkable.
We booked a week's vacation together in Saint Martin that following winter.
I mean, we really hadn't spent that much time together. One could say we hardly knew each other...
You know how hard it can be to travel with other people?
Well, this wasn't that.
We were completely...vacation-compatible.
We had a fantastic time. The friendship was sealed.
Circumstances made it impossible for us to vacation together again the past couple of years, although we tried. So, Lake Erie was the first time we were getting together since Saint Martin in 2010.
On the drive to PA, the sunset was spectacular. I snapped this picture from the car at 65mph (no, I wasn't driving!).
This sign greeted us when we we arrived at their house. Yes, I did change Mr. and Jr. Goo Shoes' real names, since they are shy like that. The "Ms. Toody" part was for real, though, and really made my day!
The boys had no trouble re-acquainting. It was like no time went by, except that they were both so much taller.
...and the grown-ups talked and talked.
We were entertained by the neighbor's dog, who loved to surf, apparently...
...and by sunset acrobatics.
Speaking of sunsets...incredible! Hands down (hey, that's a pun --see the photo above!), some of the best I've seen anywhere.
One of the highlights of our trip was spending the afternoon at Presque Isle State Park. It was gorgeous!
If someone just plunked me down here, I'd swear this was the ocean, not a lake. Well, it is the 12th largest lake in the world, after all.
There was a bit of history, too. This is the Perry Monument, erected by the state of Pennsylvania to commemorate the victory of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry in the Battle of Lake Erie on September 10, 1813.
There was a lighthouse, of course...
We had a great time visiting our friends, and getting to see a little bit of the great Lake Erie. Hopefully, we won't have to wait another three years to get together again.
That would mean the boys would be going into college! OMG, I just had heart palpitations.
From Lake Erie, we drove to our second destination. I'm not telling you where we went next. You'll just have to come back next week to find out.
By the time I get finished with my summer vacation posts, it will be next summer!