Little Roo here, today I saw my room for the first time in two and a half weeks, that’s almost 3% of my entire life. Our trip sure did go by fast. When we last left off I was exploring the fine delicacies of central north carolina. We have seen mountains, forests, rivers, waterfalls, lakes, and cities. Next stop the beach.
We made the trek to the fine coast of North Carolina to explore Atlantic beach. We were all anxious to finally dip our toes in the ocean.
Unfortunately, the dark clouds and drizzly rain were consistently looming. We would play at the beach for about 10 minutes until my lips turned blue, then jump in the hotel pool. It was a beautiful and relaxing place to play with family despite any weather concerns.
To avoid the rain the second day we hit my first aquarium. It was a whale of a good time. We saw river otters, frogs, jellyfish, all types of fish and even got to touch stingrays and hermit crabs. There was so much to see that I couldn’t slow down, even for a minute.
We attempted to utilize the beach as much as possible, but someone named Joaquin kept threatening flooding and the powerful tides from the super moon made it a little unsafe.
As the weather loomed we ended up leaving a day early from the beach, but with many things left to see, we just headed on. So this begins the day dad likes to call, “full of ‘fun’ challenges.”
With the change in plans, we packed up all of our bags and pushed them through their rain, to cram in to our road home, also known as Zacchaeus the Prius. When dad open up the doors there were ants!! That’s right crawly swarms of ants everywhere! It seems I left a bit of cookie in my seat and we may have parked on an ant pile. My super dad used the hotel vacuum to get all the ants we could see and we headed off in a new direction, South.
When on the road, my preference is to stop at least every 3 hours to stretch my legs, so we decided the Wilmington Children’s Museum would be a good stop. I loved the nautical themed activities and the fabric tree house. We grabbed a picnic lunch at their outdoor eating area and as we were cleaning up, I made a quick turn and landed flat on my face on the concrete floor. The blood and the tears began to stream. I busted my lip up and it swelled up as big as my nose. I handled it pretty well and it did score me a popsicle, but in all honestly it was quite the chaotic moment. Don’t worry I took a selfie for you.
We cut the Children’s Museum trip short and decided to keep our eyes set toward our next stop. I was still bleeding as we got back to the car and I heard daddy bellow “they’re back!” The ants were still there, all over my car seat and all over the car. What to do? We were suppose to head to Congaree National Park in South Carolina, but we needed a car wash and we needed it soon. So we skipped that planned trip and headed straight for Charleston, South Carolina.
We landed in a hotel close to King Street and it was great for walking and enjoying the old south town. Lost of good southern food and awing architecture.
Sunday morning we marched off to church in the beautiful St. John the Baptist Cathedral before visiting Patriot’s Pointe. Not only did we find 5 new plates for our license plate game in the parking lot, we also were able to go inside an air craft carrier, submarine, and destroyer. They were very big boats and full of history. The submarine was particularly special because it was the same class as the one my great grandaddy served on in the 1940s. Mom and Dad both wanted to watch a WWII movie afterward.
South Carolina was good to us in every way, before leaving the next morning we stopped at Magnolia Plantation. It was more than we even expected. We enjoyed the gardens and took a couple of tours to learn about the history of the Pre-Revolutionary War plantation. The grounds were lovely and I was tickled to see all of the animals: chickens, peacocks, and a petting zoo. Definitely a worthwhile stop.
The petting zoo may, or may not, have ended with a poopy puddle screaming mess, but as soon as I got in the car I was a sleep, so no biggie. We continued south to the Jacksonville area to visit more family. For the first time in a week, we seemed to out run the rain clouds, so I jumped into my swimsuit as fast as my mom could help me in to it. It was a sun shiny beach time.
What a spectacular time we had with family playing at the beach. Mom even tried the stand up paddle board in the ocean as a big waves came in. I loved the tide pools and waves. I also met the families dog, Lucy, she was basically a real life Nana from Peter Pan. She liked to take good care of me, making sure that all my diaper changes went well and someone checked on me during nap time.
Now it was officially time to start heading West, back toward our home in Texas. Our first stop was in Tallahassee. To visit my cousin Thomas. I jumped on the chance to play with another young kiddo my age and mom and dad loved catching up with more family. It seems to me like our family has been blessed with so many kind hosts along our trip. In the great city of Tallahassee we ate yummy food, played outside, prayed, and laughed.
Continuing west our next stop was in Louisiana. We saw daddy’s old family friend Hannah and her husband Jerod. I learned to quack like a duck as we were feeding ducks. And almost convinced mom and dad I needed a pet when playing with their kitty, puppy, and hedgehog.
Our road trip has been just as much a tour of new states and cities as it was a tour of those regions’ food (and drink for daddy). So in Louisiana we went out for some good ole Cajun food. Louisiana was a heck of a good time, and it was hard to believe that in less than a day we were going to be back in Texas.
We made it to Houston in the late afternoon and relished in the enjoyable fall weather. First thing the next morning we were off to the zoo. I think my favorite animal was the elephant, I am getting really good at making an elephant noise. Then it was off to the church festival. This was my first real carny experience and I think I can say I did it pretty well. I played all the games, jumped in the bounce house, won a cake at the cake walk, and even went down a ginormous slide.
Now we had only one more night away from home, where could we go? After a quick stop at a friend’s 1st birthday party, we were off to visit where mommy and daddy met, Camp Allen. We visited with good friends and explored the beautiful piney woods. I can see why they like it there so much.
Before heading back home I had a morning of crazy sickness. Nobody likes a baby barfing, but it had to happen at some point before the end of he trip. I mean what is a good road trip without a little puke? Despite the little bug, we made it home safe and sound and I am feeling much better. Mom and Dad might have caught what I had, because they are both laying in bed with tummy aches as I write this. Yikes!
All in all, it was such a wonderful first road trip for me, with a total of 3,791 miles driven. Thanks for coming along on the roo trip with us, back to the adventures of the everyday.