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East Coast Road Trip: Traveling to Pennsylvania

Welcome to my 14-day series on our East Coast Road Trip where I share our adventures along the way, how we’re doing this on a budget, honest reviews of attractions & restaurants we visit, and money-saving tips and ideas. If you missed it, read Day 1 here, Day 2 hereDay 3 hereDay 4 hereDay 5 here, Day 6 hereDay 7 hereDay 8 here, and Day 9 here.

Day 10 on our road trip was a laid-back, quiet travel day. And after a few go-go-go days, it was just what we all needed, especially the 4 of us who are introverts! (Yes, can you believe that it appears Silas is the only extrovert in our family??!!)

The morning began with swimming and hanging out at the hotel and then we packed up and headed for Pennsylvania.

We made a pit stop at two different travel centers along the way. One had a farmer’s market stand where I found fresh whole wheat bread (it was $7/loaf, which is almost 5 times what I usually pay!! But I was out of the bread I had brought and I usually eat 3-4 slices of whole wheat bread every day, so I coughed up the money and bought it.)

We also got $0.50 frosty’s for the kids at the Wendy’s at the other travel center (that’s much more my kind of price range!)

We started reading the sequel to The Upstairs Room aloud today called The Journey Back, which we’re all excited to dive into as we loved the first book! (Note: Just like the first book, I’m editing it as there is some crass language.)

And I finished reading Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? (I really enjoyed this book and the fascinating look that it gives at what it’s like to work for the President, but it comes with a huge crass language warning.) and started reading What Falls From the Sky (I think it’s going to be an inspiring read!)


We made it to Harrisburg around 7 pm and enjoyed a completely laid-back evening at the hotel! Basically, today fed my introverted soul and I’m ready to hit the ground running again for the last five days of our trip!

Tomorrow: exploring Harrisburg, PA and then driving to Pittsburgh in the late afternoon/early evening.

…To be continued

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9 Comments

  • Tiffany says:

    Hey Crystal, I have enjoyed reading about your trip and am excited to hear you are in PA, as I live in Slippery Rock, which is an hour north of Pittsburgh. Not sure what you have planned to do in Pittsburgh, but the Carnegie Science Center is a personal favorite for our family of 8! Enjoy your time in PA!

  • Kathy Anderson says:

    Yippee! PA! We just moved 30 minutes from Hershey 3 months ago, and absolutely LOVE it here! So many fun and interesting things to do… So glad you’re all enjoying yourselves. We’d love to have you stop by for a delightfully delicious meal at “Casa Anderson” (a.k.a. my house…). : )

  • Kristin says:

    Yay! You’re in my neck of the woods! So many fun things to see and do in the Pittsburgh area: We visited the National Aviary for the first time this spring and it was a big hit with the kids! Enjoy your visit!

  • Amanda S says:

    I am from the Harrisburg area and went to school in the Pittsburgh area so PA has a special place in my heart!! ( I now live outside of Chicago). But if you’re still in the Hershey area you have to visit chocolate world and do the tour it’s free and you get a sample of chocolate. And in Pittsburgh you have to eat at per Primanti brothers and walk around the three Rivers area! Hope you all have a great trip!

  • Laura says:

    I’m so glad you mentioned the introvert thing. My family is all introverts. We have to take that into account when travelling. It is so tempting to pack the schedule full.

    The big debate in planning our vacation this year was whether or not to splurge on a rental vehicle with a third row, so our kids can have separate areas in which to recover. Having a little “alone” space means we are refueled and ready to meet family with a full tank.

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