Monday, October 26, 2015

bucket list item...check!

After much thought and consideration, and a fair amount of negotiating (with the dealer) on Matt's part, we purchased a little travel trailer! It is something we have talked about doing "someday" and we were hoping to get one of the big RV's you drive, but we were going to have to wait a long time to do that (if it ever happened at all, those things are pricey!). Then we came across this trailer, saw that the Acura could pull it (who knew?!), and decided to go for it. Life bucket list item...check!! It is the perfect size for our family right now and will allow us to go on a lot of little vacations and long weekends without flights and all that. A great way to explore the East Coast, the area we now call home. We have already started a list of all the places we want to go: Gettysburg, Upstate NY (Costolos here we come!), Eastern shores of Maryland, Niagara Falls, etc. Spring can't get here soon enough (downfall of the East Coast, you can't really use the trailer in the winter)!

We totally need a name for this little guy. It's called a Coachman Clipper, so Cliff was my vote. 

Charlotte refusing to smile and Norah crying, typical!

Right after we purchased it we took it to Luray, VA for the long weekend. Great way to get our feet wet and figure out exactly what we need/don't need etc. With two little ones and a pup in a small space we definitely had our hands full. Harley was a nervous wervous the entire weekend.  I think he is becoming a home body in his older age.  It took some coordinating and a little trial and error but we all got settled and had a really good time. 

making funny faces on our drive

someone else slept almost the whole way! What a champ!!

We stayed at Jellystone park near Luray caverns. We actually arrived at night and set up as quickly as possible before hopping into bed. Matt did awesome getting us hooked up while I got the kids ready for bed. Check out our spread...

home away from home

view of the mountains

The campground was awesome. Great for families! As you can see we were right across from the playground. They also had a little dog park, a giant jumping pillow, a huge water slide and pool (for summer of course), mini golf, etc. Tons to do! Charlotte was in heaven. She even brought her bike and rode around the campground.

loving the pillow!!

On Saturday we had a lazy morning then headed to Luray caverns after lunch. We waited in line a while to get in but really enjoyed the caves. Charlotte got a little tired of it by about half way through but managed to keep it (mostly) together until the end. Norah slept through the entire thing. They should have a shortened "speed" tour for people with kids. haha. See the caves, skip the chit chat. It is really beautiful inside and I am glad to cross this off my DC bucket list. 

checking out the old car display while waiting to see the caves. She wanted to ride that so bad!

the reflecting pond. best part

taking it all in

family shot!

so tired of walking....think I'll just nap here

wishing well
After Charlotte threw in a penny....

me: Charlotte what did you wish for?
C: money
looks at me dead serious...
C: (whispering) and a unicorn.  


On Sunday we had another relaxing morning followed by a Charlotte friendly hike in Shenandoah National Park. We were going to do two shorter hikes but C couldn't hang and had to get a head ride from Dad on the way back. Glad we got out and about and got some exercise though. And the views!! Beautiful fall colors all around!!

me and my girls

love this one. You can't even tell that Norah is screaming her head off! haha

tree house for C

What a little trip! What an adventure! While traveling with two little ones is never easy, and we had a few high stress moments (usually evening tears), we had a great time. Charlotte loved every minute. Norah wishes she could have chilled out in the swing (Mommy too!) but the Moby was more than good enough. 

This trip brought back a lot of wonderful memories for me. When I was small I used to RV camp with my grandparents every year. Family bonding around the campfire, fishing, hikes, movies on a rainy day, lots of playing and exploring the campsite. Memories and experiences we are beyond thrilled to be able to give our girls. We still hope to someday get a diesel pusher luxury RV, but that may be more of a retirement plan, for the grand kids to enjoy. :)

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