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Tying up Loose Ends…or Eating at Waffle House and Dairy Queen.

I love Waffle House!!

Almost immediately after starting this whole road trip I realized that we would be driving through a lot of Waffle House country. That may gross some of you out, but I, for some reason, am obsessed with Waffle House. I don’t even normally eat sweet breakfast, but if I see a Waffle House all I want is a waffle. And their hashbrowns, which are sooo good. (If you’re me). Lucky for us, on our last morning the Super 8’s breakfast buffet was lacking, and I convinced mom to hit up the Waffle House that was conveniently located right next door. She said she liked it even better than Friendly’s (I obviously do, Friendly’s is gross, except for their ice cream treats).

After breakfast, and now fortified with all the vitamins and minerals we would need, we were off!

Somehow the GPS lead us to a backwoods dirt road. At least it was pretty.

We headed out to Newport News, Virginia. Why? So we could visit my Uncle and stay on his boat. That’s right, a boat! It was my second time ever sleeping on a boat, and it was very different from the ferry crossing from Croatia to Italy. Much homier.

Before dinner we went out on his friends boat for a little cruise around the bridge. The guy made his boat all by himself. With his two bare hands. Walking uphill in a blizzard! (I made that last part up, but it was pretty neat to be on a homemade boat). I got some nice shots of the bridge, sunset, and the navy yards.

Compass at sunset.
Bridge and power lines. Looking very pretty, despite being designed for function over beauty.
Sunset in Newport News, VA.

For dinner, we got some nice fresh fish, some food and beers from the market, and headed back for a little grill time. Man, was that fish tasty! And probably the lightest thing we’ve eaten this whole trip! It was also nice meeting the other people who stay at the marina in the summer. A nice bunch of characters, and I think we fit right in.

Transporting our groceries to the grill from the car in the Marina’s trusty wheelbarrow.
Grilling the fish, vegetables, and corn. Converted me into a corn eater again, it was so good!
Uncle and Mom enjoying the feast.

Next day we headed back to New York City. We went over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. Anchors away, baybay! It was a beautiful drive. After I kept seeing signs for the Cape May-Lewes Ferry. After checking the map, and determining that it was indeed feasible for us to go that route, we thought, why not! Plus, it’s only fair that if we get to go out on a boat, our car should too. So we reserved our spot, and got there just in time.

Driving into the belly of the beast.
We weren’t really in the belly, you can see our car right there! (middle, left side). It’s probably enjoying the breeze as much as we were.
Here I am, enjoying the breeze on the top of the ferry. Maybe even happier than the car.

Part of the reason that I was so happy on the ferry ride, and one reason we were almost late, is that as we turned our last corner I spotted our last chance to visit a DAIRY QUEEN! I’ve been nearly as obsessed with Dairy Queen as I have been with Waffle House! It was fate. We had to stop! Since I can get a blizzard-type desert most anywhere, I chose to go with the golden-hued butterscotch dip cone. It was magical. After we ate our desserts I asked mom how she liked it. Her response was along the lines of ‘you’ve really been wanting to go here this whole time?’. I sure had! It’s like childhood, except none of the ones I used to go to are open any more, so if I’m in Massachusetts I’m rarely near one.

Dairy Queen. Last chance for childhood! Or, open everyday…depending on how you look at it. 
As beautiful as a setting sun. And almost as bright.

Now I’m back in the NYC. Enjoying the heat and humidity somewhat less without the A.C., but happy to have spent the last two weeks out on the road seeing the country. Every place I saw had something amazing about it, and I can’t wait to see the rest of the country! Someday…

As for the License Plate Game, I can’t do a map because I don’t have my mom’s computer any more. But, we didn’t see any of the elusive plates on our last day of driving. I did, however run into Washington D.C. and Rhode Island licensed cars parked practically right next to each other the day after I got back, in Brooklyn. Too bad that street wasn’t on our route! I also saw each plate hanging on the wall in one of the bars near my house, but one of the rules is, if it’s not on a car, it doesn’t count!

One last picture that sums up our trip. Maybe next year we’ll take a western route and see some national parks? If I can convince the mom to do another trip!

Frugal MacDoogal’s Liqour Warehouse. In Nashville, TN, I believe. Sums up the essence of the trip.
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Super 8 is Super Great!

Super 8!

By far the motel we’ve frequented the most is the Super 8 Motel. It’s one of the more affordable motels, and usually there is a mini fridge and microwave as well. They are better at keeping the smoke-free rooms smoke free, and they offer a decent continental breakfast. I can usually grab some fruit to snack on throughout the day as well.

We drove from Nashville to Lexington, Kentucky. Horse country! We ended up at a horse park, however it was closed by the time we got there. Luckily, it was just the museum, so we could still explore the grounds. I got to check out a few ‘breed examples’, which was pretty neat (even though I memorized them using Breyer horses and coloring books when I was little).

Pony at the Horse Park.

Mini horse at the Horse Park.

Sleepy mini horse at the Horse Park. So cute!

We had dinner one town over, and had some local Kentuckian fare. I had a fried lamb sandwich, which was interesting, but rather bland. Mom had chicken with ham and gravy, and said her’s was tasty. I finished off the meal with some fried Oreos, which were definitely the best part of the meal.

We headed to West Virginia and experienced a little country crafts. It was kind of hokey, but some of the stuff was cool. Mom picked up some wine glasses and molasses. I got honey with the comb, some chili mix, and two kinds of loose tea. Can’t wait to try them out! For lunch we ate at the food court, which was far better quality than any other food court I’ve eaten at. I had a fried green tomato sandwich, with melted swiss cheese and bacon. Yum yum!!

Tamarack shops in West Virginia.

Lunch. Photo courtesy of mom! I put her in charge while I went to powder my nose.

Some round hay bales, from the road in Virginia.

View from the Blue Ridge Parkway, in Virginia.

Now we’re in Roanoke, VA. Not much to say about it, as we’ve just gotten to the Super 8. Not sure where we’re eating. Still playing the license plate game, and still missing a few states. We just can’t seem to find R.I.! I think I saw Hawaii a few days ago, but wasn’t close enough to see the state, just kind of saw the picture. I think the colors go: blue, green, pink, yellow, red, purple, orange. Not sure though. Point is, there are still too many plates I haven’t seen!

License Plate Game!