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June 16, 2017

A Pennsylvania Adventure | Personal

The hubby and I were discussing our vacation plans for the summer. We dreamed of something tropical, nope too expensive. We then began to dream of a trip to England, yeah way way too expensive. Well Iceland, a lot of people have been traveling there and everyone keeps commenting on how affordable it is, we looked into it and yeah we may be able to swing it but it just wasn’t pulling on our wanderlust. We a bought a house last year, we’re saving to fix the bathroom (which is now leaking through the light into the hallway underneath of it) and to fix the roof of the garage and dreaming of a new kitchen. Oh and it’s not like we’re bringing in 100’s of thousands of dollars…so can we really feasibly afford a vacation? Then it hit him, he’s always wanted to show me around some of the places he grew up going to up in Pennsylvania. So why not take a week, stay at his parents house & explore some small touristy spots in Schuylkill County. So that’s exactly what we did in May. We spent 9 wonderful days with his family in Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania for A Pennsylvania Adventure! Most people wouldn’t think to head to a one light town in the middle of Eastern PA for a vacation but honestly it was the most perfect combination of adventure & relaxation, time with family and it was exactly what the budget desired(as an added bonus). Oh and now we can also afford to go to the beach with my family! It’s a win win for this years summer vacation! So I thought I would share our adventures with you all!

Day 1 was a more relaxing day and started out with some breakfast over at the nephew’s house. Mr. Klive Franklin. He’s the first in the family and so we’re all a little obsessed with this guy. But I mean look at that face, how could you not be!!

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Day 2 was the day we kidnapped the nephew 😉 ok his parents were very well aware that we took him. The hubby wanted to show me and Klive a spot he visited a few times growing up that his modeling building heart loved as a child, Roadside America. It’s the world greatest indoor miniature village, it’s 7,450 square feet of a model world with such incredible details! Klive was fascinated, mouth open, no peeps, just stares.

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Day 3 was spent hanging at the house and included a long hike around the farm. The hubby’s parents live on 78 acres, most are woods.
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We found a turtle – Penny wasn’t so sure!
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Day 4 was the hubby’s birthday! He just wanted to spend it outside. So we went for a hike on the Hamburg Trail along with Brenda & Klive.
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After a wonderful hike, we met up with Kyle for lunch at this amazing new pizza place called Vito’s Coal Fired Pizza.
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Our 5th day involved a puppy swimming in the pond adventure – they LOVED it!!!
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The evening ended with a trip up to Fogelsville to visit with Aunt Les & Uncle Ted and grab some dinner. We of course took the jeep – Erin’s first experience in the jeep, she’s a fan! Oh yeah and that’s Jake laying on top of the glass table so he can see into the living room…I mean seriously?!
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Day six was spent finding Crystal Cave & exploring the caves alongside of a school trip that we had to join in on the tour – I felt like I was working camp.

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Day seven was our busiest day. Our first stop at 10:30am, Yuengling Brewery tour! A free tour. Some free beer samples and a lot of history! For example, did you know that during Prohibition, Yuengling didn’t loose a single employee. They were able to remain open by selling ice cream & their porter ale. How could they sell porter ale you ask? Because it was consider medicinal. It had a higher content of iron in it, so those that were anemic or nursing were allowed to get a prescription for porter ale to increase their iron levels.

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Then these two wanted a picture in front of the building and they just had to go and be all cute with it! <3

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After a morning of drinking (ok it was only 2 7oz glasses), we headed out to the property and went trap shooting. Here are the brothers!

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Honestly, I wasn’t very good!!! But I did hit some…something to work on during future trips.

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A full week trip wouldn’t be complete without a girls night!! Brenda cooked & made these fancy drinks. We enjoyed dinner, drinks & plenty of dessert out on the deck with some amazing conversation.

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Then finished it off with a bonfire!

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Day eight started with a yoga class taught by the amazing yoga teacher that is my sister in law Brenda! It was so awesome to finally get the chance to take one of her classes, I just wish she lived closer, I’d be at every class!! We followed it up with some breakfast out 😀 cause why not eat the calories you just burned off?!

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Our trip ended with a big family dinner, some reading…and then an adult bowling trip!!

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The six of us piled into the mom mobile. Brenda and I sat in the back and because of Klive’s carseat, we couldn’t put the middle seats down to climb in, so we had to crawl in through the back door…Brenda decided to climb in butt first. Probably the best picture of the entire trip right there on the left!!!

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Thank you family for an amazing trip!! I can’t wait for another one!!!

 

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