October 2017

Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York & Pennsylvania

We waved good bye to our little piece of beachy Heaven in Maine on October 16 and headed west to Vermont, through the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire. We began the trip a tad bit fearful that Sadie would not be able to handle the pass but full of excitement for new horizons. Pleasantly surprised that she was handling the ups and downs with grace, we pulled off to a lovely little trail head for leg stretching and sandwich eating. We all took in the joy of the familiar thick forest realizing that, although our temporary home on the sea was dreamy, we had missed our beloved mountain air.

Arriving that evening in Vermont, our feeling of knowing it already that had begun in the White Mountains continued. It very much reminded us of home but with a few more farms…well, a lot more farms. Cows everywhere, in fact. We spent a quick 3 days enjoying the slow pace and scenery while indulging in Ben and Jerry’s ice cream and Cabots cheese, as well as a good bowl of pho in quaint little Montpelier. Then we packed it all back up and journeyed down through the Green Mountains and into the Hudson River Valley of New York. We were in awe of the fall foliage this year. It seems that the trees were showing off bigger than usual but, of course, it could just be that we were so immersed in it that we became hyper aware of all the incredible color. Beginning at the top of the US and moving down further south meant witnessing the peak season almost continuously.

In New York we settled down for a few days in a town called Kerhonkson. Just down the road from our campground we found The World’s Largest Garden Gnome welcoming visitors to one of the most picturesque farms I’ve seen and a perfect location for the kids to engage in all of our favorite fall time activities…corn mazes, apple cider donuts, pumpkins, petting farm animals with a huge bonus of a giant jumping pillow. Still not sure how we ever got our trampoline loving kiddos off of that thing!

A picnic and hike in Minnewaska State Park was another highlight of our time in the area. I’m telling you, the colors were gorgeous and the weather sublime. Perfection.

After several days of camping we decided that a night in a hotel was in order and we found a great deal on one that happened to just be a few miles away. With high hopes and dreams of a big fluffy bed and a private bathroom we hopped back in Sadie and made our way to the Hudson River Valley Resort. As we drove and the place came into view we could tell right away why we got that great deal. Once it was obviously a very fancy kind of place but has since fallen into some disrepair. We didn’t mind, though. We had fun making fun of some of its eccentricities and…still…private bathroom. That alone makes any hotel a welcoming spot for this crew. Plus, the place fully redeemed itself in the morning with a lovely breakfast and beautiful views.

With Link’s birthday on the horizon, we left New York and began to make our way down to Pennsylvania. We planned to spend his big week in Philadelphia but we had a week before we needed to be there and so we settled down in another Thousand Trails campground, Timothy Lake South, where we were able to experience the lovely Poconos. We also got the opportunity to check out Scranton. Yes…The Office. An afternoon stroll through the Steamtown Mall, followed by a drive around Lake Scranton and finished off with dinner at Alfredo’s Pizza Cafe completed our full on dorky tourist trip to the surprisingly beautiful little city.

We rounded out October by heading back to civilization and, once again, enjoying the comforts of a hotel suite in Plymouth Meeting, a Philadelphia suburb. Link got to meet up with a longtime friend and the littles couldn’t get enough of the pool. We had a great time celebrating our boy’s number 15 with the best Philly cheesesteaks ever at Chubby’s, a visit to the Academy of Natural Sciences, picking out a new deck at the local skate shop and, of course, chocolate cake!

October was finished with trick or treating. The kids made quite the haul and we all decided that it may have been our best. Not bad for throwing together most of the costumes the day of and in a hotel room, no less.

Campgrounds & Hotels Mentioned

Onion River Campground

Plainfield, Vermont

Beautiful country and friendly hosts. Way more rustic than we prefer, though. Bring in your own water and wifi, for sure, and your own bathroom while you are at it.

Timothy Lake South RV Resort

Thousand Trails Campground experience #2. We enjoyed the playground, the lounge and library here and the Moach learned to ride her bike!

Doubletree Suites - West Philadelphia

Beautiful place with spacious rooms, a lovely pool and perfect location (Whole Foods across the street!). However, $70 later we learned the hard way that the mediocre breakfast was NOT complimentary and the coffee bar closes up promptly at 10:00am.