Fall 2014 RV Road Trip: Escaping Ebola

As you may remember, Ebola was a scary thing a few months back. Some people freaked out, my husband decided to go off the grid.

As I remember it: There were confirmed Ebola cases in states other than Ohio and then one morning while driving to my Pure Barre class, I got a CNN notification that another nurse had a confirmed case of Ebola. The catch? She had visited Akron, OH and had felt sick while here. I immediately sent this to Mark and then went on to enjoy my 55 minutes of Pure Barre. I get out of class and look at my phone and see the following…

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Apparently we were going to try to outrun Ebola. Yes I was aware that this logic was backwards. It would have been a lot “safer” for us to literally just stay in our house with no human contact for the next few days than to get into our RV and travel and be in the presence of thousands of strangers at every gas station, RV park, etc. BUT Mark wanted nothing to do with my logic and I gave up pretty quickly because I wanted to see some New England fall foliage anyway. Mark thinks he is out running a deadly disease and I get a little vacation, it was a win-win really.

I can’t remember specifics on where we went during this trip so I will have to rely on the geotagged pictures in my phone and hope that works. This is the main reason I need this blog, to keep track of what we did and where we did it! Mark can’t remember what he ate for dinner 2 hours ago so he’s no help in this department.

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Newport, RI

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Newport, RI

Newport, RI

Newport, RI

The Elms Mansion Newport, RI

The Elms Mansion Newport, RI

Salem, MA

Salem, MA

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Boston Tea Party Ship Boston, MA

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Fenway Park Boston, MA

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Vanderbilt Mansion Hyde Park, NY

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FDR House Hyde Park, NY

xoxo,
Rachel

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The Reason RVhoneymoon Disappeared A Year Ago

This post is about 1 year overdue. Sorry folks.

RVhoneymoon dropped off the face of the earth last year after about 2 weeks into our RVhoneymoon for no apparent reason and I’m sorry I just left y’all hanging. I started to write a post a few times but could never find the right words.

That was melodramatic, sorry.

Anyway to make a long story short. Mark and I found out I was pregnant literally 3 mins before we jumped into the RV to start our road trip. The RV was packed, the car was hitched up, the RV was running and sitting in the middle of the street just waiting for us to jump into it. I had gone to the store that morning for toilet paper (or something equally as stupid) and something in my mind told me to grab some pregnancy tests. For a little refresher, Mark and I had been married for 48 days by the time we finally left for our RVhoneymoon. I was maybe like 2 days late but something told me to just do it. So I peed on one of those bad boys and it turns out, my spidey senses are spot on!

Fast forward to 2 weeks later and Mark and I find ourselves in the emergency room at some hospital in Connecticut being told by a doctor at 1 am that I’m probably in the middle of having a miscarriage. I was bleeding and cramping but there was still a faint heartbeat. The exact words were “threatened miscarriage.”  We drove the 10 hours home early the next morning and went to my doctor in Ohio after an excruciating wait over the weekend to check for any baby growth. Unfortunately there was no growth, no more heartbeat and no baby.

Mark and I were devastated. I felt like a failure. Having babies is supposed to be the thing that women do and my body had just decided “nah, don’t want to.” I just kept asking myself how could things have gone so wrong so fast? A week ago I had finally started to believe that my dream of being a mom was coming true and that a little mini-me was going to be ours in February 2015, and now here I was at Akron City Hospital facing my worst nightmare.

Why am I writing this now (other than it’s a year overdue and in order to start blogging on here again, I needed to at least acknowledge the sudden disappearance last summer)? Because 1 in 3 pregnancies ends in miscarriage and yet, no one talks about. No one knows what to say to someone going through one, but everyone knows someone who has had one. A friend’s mom, an aunt, an in-law, another friend’s mom, an old coworker, a friend of a friend. They say miscarriages that occur that early are usually due to a chromosomal mismatch or something else that ultimately doesn’t allow the cells to form into a viable baby. They say there was nothing I could have done differently. They say it shouldn’t effect my chances to have a successful pregnancy in the future. But who really knows? Of course I blamed myself. I could have eaten healthier, I could have stayed more hydrated, I could have taken longer walks, I could have slept on my left side, I could have known earlier I was pregnant and hadn’t drank that glass of wine weeks ago with dinner. It just sucked.

P.S. I thought I could finish writing this post without crying. Turns out, I was wrong. It still stings and I still wonder if that baby was a he or she. I wonder what his/her personality would have been. I wonder a lot of things and I still mourn that baby all of the time. I think I probably always will. 

Obviously the last thing I wanted to do was get back into the RV and travel around. The second to last thing I wanted to do was write some half-ass blog post about why the RVhoneymoon had stopped so abruptly. I wasn’t ready to talk about it. So I just let this blog shrivel into nothing. It took us awhile to get back into a “normal life.” We took the RV out again for a mini road trip in the fall when the Ebola scare was in full force. [You Can Read About That Here]. But I still wasn’t ready to jump back on here and write about what had happened.

Fast forward again to present day and in some “we’ve come full circle” universe, Mark and I are back in the RV on our BABYMOON! That’s right, we’re expecting our baby girl August 2015! Mark has been encouraging me to get back into blogging on here but I just wasn’t feeling it. The fact that I still hadn’t acknowledge our disappearance last summer loomed in front of me and I just wasn’t sure if I wanted to resurrect this blog.

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We were packing up the RV this morning and our neighbor, Mark from CampgroundViews.com, came up to Mark (yes they are both Mark, yes that made that sentence a little confusing) and told him that he had been following RVhoneymoon and always wondered what had happened to us. I guess that was the kick I needed to finally spend 20 minutes trying to remember my WordPress username and password. Turns out that was a wasted 20 mins as I had to reset the password once I logged in anyway. Even WordPress was concerned with my disappearance!

So here we are, almost one year since our original RVhoneymoon started. We’re a little older, a little wiser, a little heavier (pregnancy will do that to you) but just as eager to spend some time on the road! We plan to do a little Southeast loop of the USA and visit Asheville, NC; Charleston, SC; Savannah, GA; St. Augustine, FL; Destin, FL; New Orleans, LA and Nashville, TN. So you can follow along again if you want!

xoxo,
Rachel

Day 2 // Driving Day, Giant Quarter & Hershey Park

Hi 🙂

Today we drove from our first spot to Hershey, PA. We stopped (or tried to stop) a few places along the way.  We first tried to find gravity hill. You’re supposed to be able to put your car in neutral and it will roll up hill because the gravity is weird here. I think it is all just an optical illusion but still cool. Only we didn’t do our research before and weren’t looking for the “GH start” that was supposedly spray painted on the road and missed it. We only say “GH end” and by that time, we were so over winding roads and just gave up.

one lane, winding roads = not fun

one lane, winding roads = not fun

We were in the middle of nowhere and had no cell service at this point and thought we were on our way to our next “drive by” destination on our way to Hershey, PA. Only once we got back into cell service, we realized we had passed our destination. 0/2.  So, great start to day 2. It turned around and we found the giant quarter along the road and took some pics!

Giant Quarter!

Giant Quarter!

another shot from the giant quarter

another shot from the giant quarter

We made it to our new campground Hershey Camping Resort a little before dinner! We stopped at Harvest Restaurant in the Hershey hotel. It claims to serve a lot of fresh, organic and local ingredients, which is right up our alley! The restaurant and concept I would give a 5 star but the actual food left a little to be desired. We thought we would just head back to the campground for the night but realized the Hershey’s Chocolate World was still open!! Score, what a lovely dessert that would be!

The Hershey Park!

The Hershey Park!

Get it? Kisses in front the Kisses sign?!

Get it? Kisses in front the Kisses sign?!

We took the tour and learned a little bit about how chocolate is made but then we did the real stuff: we made our own candy bars and they were delicious! We got to wear these awesome outfits. And by awesome I mean, we look truly awful. Enjoy.

stylin'

stylin’

We were equal parts stuffed, tired and wire on candy. So we called it a night. That’s all for now!

xoxo,
Rachel

Turks & Caicos Wrap Up

So we were scheduled to depart at 4:20 pm to be on our way home. Unfortunately our plane hasn’t even left Miami yet (current time 4:21). ugh. This has not been the easiest of travel for this vacation (our flight was cancelled on the way here and delayed 24 hrs) but I’m not complaining because I got to spend a week in paradise with my HUSBAND! Plus it just makes me that much more excited for our RV Honeymoon because.. guess what.. NO FLIGHT DELAYS!

As I’m sitting in a remote corner of this airport, sipping a bloody marry (why not?) & struggling to connect to wifi I’m thinking back over the past week and reliving all the memories. We are 10 days happily married, yes I’m going to be that person.. at least for now & just had the best week!

Here are some more pics from this week:

 

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My hubby strolling on the beach

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The sunsets were to die for.

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Life-size mural of the Turks & Caicos Island.

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I’m so happy my husband/best friend will let me be goofy in public (and sometimes he plays along too :o)

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You know you’ve had a good vaca when THIS is your tan line

I’m a Pure Barre fan and spent one beach walk “Lift, Tone, Burning it across the white sandy beaches. Missed my post about Pure Barre? Check it out here!

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How cute is this wifey sweatshirt? It is soooo comfy too! Check out teambrideapparel.com for other super cute Bride & Bride To Be clothing!

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showing off my “wifey” shirt – how cute?!

 

And that’s a wrap everyone! It is now 5:07 and we’re told our plane is on the way. I’m secretly hoping that we get stuck in Miami tonight because I don’t want this week to end. Fingers crossed?

 

xoxo,

Rachel

How Cute Are My Parents?

Hi Everyone! We’ve been super busy getting things ready for the wedding and for our RV Honeymoon! I’ve been crafting away and arranging and re-arranging reception layouts and Mark has been working on remodeling our RV (stay tuned for pics from that) & planning some routes for our road trip! Buuuut, I did have my final dress fitting the other weekend and something really fun happened afterwards!

I asked/begged my mom to pull her wedding dress out from under my childhood bed and try it on! AND SHE DID, because she is a doll. Isn’t she such a babe?

My mom’s wedding dress circa 1985

 

 

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The back of her dress

I was having so much fun I couldn’t stop  there! So I tried on her dress too! I’ll admit, she rocked it better!

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Like mother, like daughter

 

And then my dad got himself involved in the festivities!

 

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I mean, how cute are they?!

 

Overall it was a good day! My dress fits like a freakin’ glove and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! I literally cannot wait until May 10 (btw, 12 days away) to show it off to my fiance/husband!! My mom pulled out her wedding dress for the first time since she wore it 27 years ago and my dad even turned off whatever game he was pretending to watch (while actually napping and snoring and disrupting dress up time) to take our pictures and pose with an old wedding picture! I can only hope that Mark and I have a marriage like my parents do and that 27 years from now, I will be pulling out my wedding dress and trying it on for my daughter after she has her final wedding dress fitting!

 

xoxo,
Rachel