1 Week Prior to Departure Day:
I was at home finalizing the route I wanted to take, and estimating how far I thought we could drive each day. I didn’t want to make reservations for hotels, except for the first night, because I wasn’t sure just how far we’d make it each day. I had my travel checklist complete, I knew what I needed to pack for everyone, and what I needed to shop for. Around lunchtime, the phone rang. It was the Middle School Nurse. A child had fallen in the parking lot on the asphalt where they have a brief recess. His injuries were moderate, and he needed to be seen by the doctor ASAP. I rushed to pick him up, calling the doctor’s office in a panic on the way. Found the wounded child – much worse than anticipated, and grabbed one brother.
We stopped by the Elementary School and grabbed the other brother (LOVE the secretaries who had him waiting at the curb with the sign out sheet for me!), and sped to the doctors office. It took them a while to clean him up, and send us home. The next day we had to order replacement glasses, the previous pair was ruined in the fall, and pray they were ready before our trip. The next day, this child had a Medieval Faire at school, that he’d been preparing and practicing for, for quite a while. He didn’t want to miss it.We tried to hide the bandages under the costume. Parents were invited to see the performances, and guess who fell in the woods…ME, haha! They get it naturally 🙂
We planned to leave around 12:30 p.m. It was the last day of school, and a half day, so I thought a 6 hour drive to Hershey, PA wouldn’t be too far to go. I planned to spend the morning packing up the van, and I was almost done when the phone rang. It was the Middle School Nurse. The OTHER student there fell on the asphalt where they have a brief recess. His injuries were bad, but not as serious or severe as his brothers were. I threw the last item into the van, grabbed the dog, locked up the house, and sped over to the school. As I was driving, the phone rang. It was the Elementary School Nurse. The youngest child was pushed off the top of the monkey bars at recess. He had minor injuries and bruises. He was in her office with ice packs. I explained my situation, and told her I’d be there ASAP after I got the middle school child. Arrived at the Middle School, and fortunately this one was ok, just many cuts & bruises. Grabbed both Middle School Students, and rushed over to the other school. Again, very fortunate that this child was ok, just bumps and bruises. Called my neighbor because I couldn’t remember if I’d closed the front door, so she kindly went over to check, and found it all secured. Stopped by to see the boys dad at work, so they could say Good-bye before we officially hit the road. You’ll notice bandages on the boys in a few of the shots on our trip. We took them off as much as possible to allow healing, but sometimes, the ointment needed to be covered.
I think what we’ve learned is that recess is dangerous for my children 🙂
Day 1: Driving Day
Traveling through 6 States in 6 Hours. One child apparently thought we needed to take potty breaks in every single state… It’s a great opportunity to get the standard “Welcome to ____ “insert state name” Sign Picture” though.
We started in New Hampshire, drove through Massachusetts, Connecticut, across the Tappan Zee Bridge in NYC, New Jersey, and entered Pennsylvania.
We were crossing the Tappan Zee Bridge in New York City during 5 o’clock rush hour traffic. I was nervous, it was my first time, but I didn’t think it was as bad as Boston traffic. That is rough!
Day 2: Visiting Hershey, PA
We had a BLAST in Hershey. You won’t want to miss my Visiting Hershey, PA post. I took over 100 pictures, so it was hard to narrow it down to just a few to show 🙂 We spent the morning seeing the sites, visiting Hershey Chocolate World, and finding the local Wal-Mart for additional first aid supplies to treat the wounded. Next, we departed for East Tennessee.
This post was not sponsored, but may contain affiliate links. Also, thank you to my partners at Verizon, for lending me the new HTC 10 Smartphone to take with me on our trip, so I could capture some great memories with the camera phone!