Oh the Places We Went |East Coast Escapades|

It’s been a while, hasn’t it? So sorry about that! Hopefully the reason behind my absence will make for an interesting post! This past month my family and I hopped in our trusty minivan and drove across the US. It may sound crazy, but we had lots of adventures and made many memories! We covered over 5000 miles in 24 days. This required lots of grace and patience from all of us! {+coffee}¬† My family and I learned a lot and had a blast together! The cities we explored were:

  • Waco, TX
  • Memphis, TN
  • Franklin, TN
  • Washington D.C.
  • Old Town Alexandria, VA
  • Carlisle, PA
  • Harrisburg, PA
  • Lancaster, PA
  • New York City {Brooklyn, Greenwich Village, Manhattan, SoHo, Tribeca}
  • Jersey City, NJ
  • Hoboken, NJ
  • Charlottesville, VA
  • Savannah, GA
  • Pensacola, FL

//not all who wander are lost//

Here’s a peek at some of my favorite moments from the trip…

Greeted by a beautiful sunset over McLane stadium, we stopped on Baylor’s campus for a “bear-y” good cuppa joe from Common Grounds!
Located just outside of Nashville is Franklin, Tennessee. The downtown area housed several charming, Southern stores. Strolling around this adorable, historic town was a perfect break from the car!

A sunset over the Blue Ridge mountains welcomed us back to Virginia as we made our way to Washington DC.

wpid-2015-08-30-02.54.43-1.jpg.jpegHopping off the metro and emerging into the bustling Capitol felt oddly familiar. While we lived in Virgina we frequently visited DC. There were two attractions remaining on our Washington DC list: The National Holocaust Museum and The Washington Monument. The museum provided a well constructed, in-depth, solemn perspective of the lives of those affected by the Holocaust. It was heart-breaking to see what those souls went through yet it also reminded me that God cares for and values every single life.

I had always wondered what the view was like from the white obelisk that stands tall over the city. I enjoyed learning about the construction of and history behind this classic monument, but I have to admit I wasn’t a huge fan of how high up we were!

We reunited with some old friends for the weekend and strolled around Old Town Alexandria. I had a blast looking at old pictures, laughing and reminiscing about shared memories with them!
In Carlisle, my sister and I had a breakfast date at Helena’s Cafe. I had a Nutella Banana crepe and my sister had Nutella Strawberry. They were delicious!

A strenuous hike in Colonel Denning State Park led us to a stunning scenic view of the Pennsylvania countryside. We were definitely sore the next day (okay the next two or three!!) but the view was worth it!

Carlisle’s main square held a weekly Farmer’s Market. Dozens of vendors selling baked goods, fresh produce and dairy lined the square. There was a light, fun atmosphere surrounding the square as kids played and a live band performed. I enjoyed a Greek salad in a brick oven fired bread bowl from a produce vendor!

wpid-2015-08-25-03.41.54-2.jpg.jpegA short three-hour trip brought us to Jersey City, NJ, where we stayed with family. They have an incredible view from their apartment terrace. During sunset hours, the light is constantly casting flashes of orange, pink and red across the buildings.

wpid-2015-08-25-03.41.48-2.jpg.jpegMy Mom and I had the incredible opportunity to attend the first ever Worship Night in America in Madison Square Garden. Together, Chris Tomlin, Kari Jobe, Reuben Morgan, Rend Collective, Matt Maher, Matt Redman, Louie Giglo, and Max Lucado facilitated an intimate, incredible night of worship for the thousands of people in the stands. God laid this idea on Chris Tomlin’s heart and his obedience and execution of the Lord’s dream impacted thousands of believers across America. Worship Night in America truly was the opportunity of a lifetime. It was such a blessing to attend this event, especially with my Mom!

wpid-2015-08-25-03.41.46-2.jpg.jpegOur Chacos carried us around on all the adventures, but the ballet shoes were the reason we were able to have them! My youngest sister took part in a Pennsylvania ballet intensive, so we decided to make a family trip out of it. This picture was taken on the High Line. This walking space provides a unique perspective of the city and lots of photo opportunities.
Macarons became our favorite afternoon treat! These tasty french delicacies from¬†Helena’s were a Carlisle favorite! On this day in particular we sampled lemon, strawberry and blueberry.

Though it was time to start heading south, the fun was not over yet! We paid a visit to a former hometown, Savannah, Georgia. Stopping here, the place where my sisters and I did a lot of growing up, brought back a lot of sweet memories. This park hosted many games of hide and seek, lots of bike riding lessons, and dozens of afternoons filled with giggles and friends! During our visit back, it was a joy to catch up with old neighbors and friends!

wpid-2015-08-25-03.41.35-2.jpg.jpegPensacola beach was right along our route, so we decided to do a quick beach detour. After a few quick splashes and a mini ENO session we got back on the road towards home!

What a blessing to spend these 3 weeks with family and friends. It was a sweet reminder that the best things in life aren’t things, but people we love, places that we’ve been, and all the memories along the way.


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One thought on “Oh the Places We Went |East Coast Escapades|

  1. Hi Kaytlyn,
    Great recap of our amazing adventure! Truly, it was a special time to make memories and just be together. Thank you for sharing your perspective.
    I am thankful for the time we had together as a family and for our time of worship together. Amazing Grace!
    And all the people said amen!


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