I feel like it has been so long since I’ve blogged, but nothing too exciting happened between my coffee adventure and last Thursday. However, Friday at four is when my fun long weekend began! I was excited to tell you guys about it even before it happened!
Friday evening I hopped on a bus to head to Maryland to visit my family for the weekend! The bus ride was about four hours long, but a little Miss Congeniality and Joyful Noise made the ride go by quicker.
My wonderful aunt and uncle picked me up at the bus station and we went to get a late dinner. Okay, first of all let me say it had been a little over a year since I had seen them last. That doesn’t seem like that long, but you guys, I seriously love my family, so that’s like an eternity to me. Secondly, these two remind me so much of my parents it’s kinda crazy, but also really cool since I haven’t seen my parents in forever (okay a little over a month).
Saturday morning we got up early and my aunt and I drove over to Pennsylvania. We stopped in Downtown Lancaster do go to the visitor’s center to get some information about the area. When we left there, we stopped at a local donut place we heard was good. We went in to get a couple of donuts and a cup of coffee. We ended up leaving with a dozen delicious donuts and two large cups of coffee in hand.
When we left Beiler’s we looked at our map and set out to find a few covered bridges around Bird-In-Hand. I’m a sucker for a pretty covered bridge, and these did not disappoint.
Also, I have to add that I had no clue how much I would miss fields and back roads. I loved seeing the bridges and stopping to take pictures, but I think what I loved more was riding around with my aunt, windows down, along a back road. After riding around, we went to a smorgasbord for a nice home cooked meal.
Our next stop was Intercourse, PA. We stopped at the Corner Coffee Shop for some afternoon lattes and nice music on the patio. It was a great way to end our wonderful day exploring!
Sunday was another early day, starting with church Sunday morning at the church my family goes to. It was a lovely little church, and I always love getting to attend mass with family. After mass, my aunt and I took to the rode again! This time, heading up to D.C. to see the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. This is the largest Catholic Church in North America and one of the 10 largest in the world, and absolutely beautiful.
Next stop was Old Town Alexandra, VA. You guys. Talk about the cutest little small town there ever was. This place was perfect! The little shops up and down the main street through town were adorable and there was so much to see and do! Around 7 o’clock that evening we took a ghost tour around the town. Luckily we were the only two on the tour so we got to learn some history was well.
I won’t spoil anything incase someone goes in the future, but the history we learned was so interesting! We saw so many cool buildings with lots of history, but I think my favorite was Christ Church where George Washington and Robert E. Lee attended church. How cool is that?
We ended the night having dinner at an Irish Pub called O’Donnell’s. This place was so unique and a full blown Irish Pub, complete with an Irish waiter and a live Irish band. Old Town has so many ice cream shops that we just had to grab some before leaving. We stopped at Pop’s Old Fashion Ice Cream Co. for some butterfinger and coffee ice cream that was lick the bowl good!
Sadly, and also kind of embarrassingly, I didn’t get any pictures to share with you all of Old Town. I know, me not take pictures? But you guys, this place was so beautiful I don’t think any picture would have done it justice. Plus, I was so captured by everything we were doing I didn’t really think to pull my camera out.
Unfortunately I had to leave for New York Monday around noon. It never fails that I get emotional when I have to say goodbye to family, but knowing I have them just a few hours away from me is a huge comfort and blessing.
No amount of words I could write would be able to express to you guys how happy this weekend made me. Being around family always instantly makes me happy, but having a whole two and a half days with family I don’t get to see that often?? Happy isn’t a good enough word!
Always looking for adventure (& family time),