PENNSYLVANIA

Oh the wonderful world of Pennsylvania! We had an amazing time in PA. We got the chance to see my in-laws memory lane when they were stationed in Pittsburg for 3 or 4 years. We went to their old home, their old elementary school, to visit a few friends and some of their favorite eateries that you don't find here in the west. Some of the roads are still layered in brick and rocks. How amazing is that? The historical look and the homes gave it a real home feel surrounded by greenery. Quiet and peaceful. We went to eat at Quaker Steak and Lube. They have a huge assortment of chicken wings and also serve peirogies. Delish! Sorry, the west has no competition. Our next mouthful of goodness was at Rita's which sells frozen custard and italian ice. Oh my goodness, if they had one in the here...that's where you can find me all the time. 

We passed a few historical landmarks, went to the science center, and stopped in Hershey. Yes, we went to the Chocolate Factory and had a blast! Loved it! My daughter was in heaven. We took a tour that showed us how they make chocolate and their candy. They also had ice cream,. candy, chocolate milk and all the other goodness. We loved our tour of Pennsylvania.

NEW YORK CITY

New York. We love New York. It was a different atmosphere. A different feel when you are actually in the city versus watching it on television. It looks gigantic on TV, but when you are there, it feels like a well fit shoe or a snug jacket. I don't know if that makes any sense, but I guess it's because it's so fast paced, shoulder to shoulder room, and people are too much into their own business they need to take care of. 

We stayed in the center of Times Square at the Marriott. Right across the gigantic Forever XXI. Our view was beautiful. The lights, the city, the people, and the rain. It was warm, so the rain wasn't a bother at all. We walked Times Square, roamed Rockafeller Center, passed the NBC building, Radio City and took the subway to the rebuild of the Twin Towers. The subway....I have always wanted to go on one. To see what it felt like. I can say when we went, it was hot as an oven down in the tunnels. Hot. Musty. Humid. 

We finally got to Manhattan and walked to the Twin Towers which was no longer standing. Oh, the saddness our hearts felt! I will say this and will never in my life forget the feeling my husband and I felt the closer we got to it. My husbands family was stationed in Pennsylvania when the 9-11 happened and near the hit when it hit Pennsylvania. My mother-in-law told me the smell was unforgettable when they drove around certain perimeters because the aftermath was so much. There is a church and a cemetary a few feet away. For some reason, a light brisk walk became so dense and heavy. It was unexplainable. It felt like my insides were being smashed or so very heavy that I was having a hard time breathing or moving. There was a saddness that was being pulled like as if it was trying to scream but no one can hear. It's not the heavy you feel carrying a heavy bag or as if you walked 10 miles. This was an odd, weird, scary feeling. Even 10 years later after the 9-11. I didn't say anything until my husband mentioned he had a dense feeling on him there. The weird thing was when we walked further away it started to weigh off. I know those grounds will always be covered in memory of one of the most traumatic experiences ever. 

We did quite a lot in New York. We also went to see the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Chinatown, etc. It was fantabulous. The chinese restaurant we went to was a quick eatery with a whole row of food. You pick your 3 entree combination and get a soda for a little over $3. Crazy. The Statue of Liberty was awesome. Lots of tourists of course. You take the ferry to both Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. We also had to try Juniors. You can't go to NY if you don't plan to have NY cheesecake and NY pizza. The NY cheesecake was really dense and not as sweet as the ones you will find her in the west. You can really taste the creamed cheese instead of it being overpowered by sugar. The pizza was delish. It was thin crust and light sauce and yummy ingredients. It's equal to Landini's in Little Italy of San Diego. I guess that's why I absolutely love their pizza!! We also went to the Toy's R Us in Times Square. Huge! There is a ferris wheel right in the center, an ice cream parlor downstairs, and Barbies house upstairs. Amazing. We also did some fun shopping. My son bought some Nike's at the huge Footlocker there and I wanted to buy a....that's right...a Gucci! Hahahaha, but I think not. We went to eat some filet mignon, ribeye, ribs, and NY steak to give ourselves a good treat! Heck yeah! I can go on and on with our trip. I'll just post some pics below. Hope you enjoy.

WASHINGTON, DC

Washington D.C. was one of the stops we hit when cruising on our road trip along the east coast. We wanted to go to one of the popular food stops called Chesapeake Bay's Finest. They had a bunch of different vendors there selling fresh seafood. They will cook it there for you so you can eat it right when you order it. The day we went was just horrendously hot...and humid. Standing in long lines and then waiting for your number to be called was a bit uncomfortable. I do gotta say, well worth the wait. We ordered up crab, shrimp, chowder, calamari, wedges, fresh lemonade for some good grubbin'. 

We then drove to the White House and the Monument. It was traffic so we got dropped off and my mother-in-law was going to pick us up in a few to allow us to take pictures and get a good glimpse of these historical landmarks. We were able to snatch a few pics of the monument but then we felt a few rain drops fall on us. No wonder it was humid. It seemed to have stopped for awhile. We then went across the street to see the White House and walked the huge grassland. We can see snipers walking the top of the White House. We then started to feel rain drops again and rushed to sneak in some pictures. It was hard to smile when your face is getting hit with rain. We hurried up and packed up the camera and thought...'oh no, we're stuck out here until my mother-in-law drives back around to swipe us back up. Hopefully soon!'. The rain fell so fast on us as we dashed thru the grass field to hide under a tree. We were having a blast just laughing the whole way through and getting soaked. We were lucky to find a big enough tree and spot our ride. We made a dash for it and we all giggled along the way to our next destination.