Day 4 // Philadelphia

I have been waiting for this day since we added Philly to our list of stops a few weeks ago. Philly Cheesesteaks.. get in my belly!!!!! Now, I try to eat gluten-free but these few days don’t count. Like not even a little bit. We arrived around 7 pm to the city and I’ve already eaten (half of each) 2 cheesesteaks. So. Freaking. Good.

soooooooo goooooood

soooooooo goooooood

Now, I need suggestions for your favorite cheesesteak place because I’m judging I have about 4 meals tomorrow that I plan on eating nothing but cheesesteaks for.

But let’s back up a few hours. We were set to leave Hershey around 10:30 am but we slept in and took our time showering and packing up. And then we couldn’t get the stupid robo-brake to work and spent a solid 45 mins trying to get it to work. We did, but such a pain. So it had to be around 1 by the time we left. We headed straight for The King of Prussia Mall, which is the largest Mall in the U.S.A. Surprisingly, this was Mark’s idea as I just assumed the biggest mall was the Mall of America and trust me, I have and continue to make it clear that we are going when we are out there. Anyway, we spent a few hours walking around and I finally pulled the trigger on a silver watch! I forgot to take a pic of it but I will tomorrow. The watch was certainly the highlight of the mall trip!

Philly.

Philly.

Now back to Philly. As I mentioned, we arrived around 7 and had to sweetly ask our new neighbor if he could help us with our water heater because it was spraying/leaking water and we couldn’t figure out 1. why or 2. how to stop it. Luckily he was able to help (something about a faulty cap but luckily we had a spare just sitting in the compartment? Unclear, Mark’s territory = anything broken)

our new setup at Timberlane Campground!

our new setup at Timberlane Campground!

We hit the road and headed out to get some cheesesteak! Afterwards, we went downtown and parked and walked around! Here are some pics from our night:

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Geno’s Cheesesteak

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being silly with the life-size game pieces

being silly with the life-size game pieces!

L.O.V.E

L.O.V.E

Second cheesesteak stop of the night!

Second cheesesteak stop of the night!

Now that we are stuffed beyond stuff with cheesesteak, it’s off to bed to get plenty of sleep for a long day of Philly, take 2!

xoxo,
Rachel

Day 3 // Hershey, PA & surrounding area

Since we knocked out the Hershey stuff yesterday, we drove around the surrounding area today and did some exploring. Up first was a house that is shaped like a shoe! Now if you know me, you know I love shoes & if you don’t know me, just believe with all your heart that I love shoes. I’m probably the only person who packed at least 10+ pairs of heels for an RV road trip. And that is just the heels, you probably don’t want to know how many shoes in total I brought.

The Shoe House!

The Shoe House!

We then stopped by an antique mall and walked around looking at all the treasures throughout. We were starrrving by this point and did a quick yelp search for a lunch spot and found a great cafe close by: Gaia, fresh food cafe. Highly recommend! Mark loves eating as healthy as possible (me too at times, but I’m certainly not ever going to pass up junk food) and this place was perfect. Raw/Vegan/Vegetarian/Gluten Free options and delicious fresh juices and smoothies. Plus they have a cute outside patio which no matter how hot & humid summers can be around here, I LOVE sitting outside to eat!

Gaia Fresh Food Cafe! Yum!

Gaia Fresh Food Cafe! Yum!

Up next was a tour of Turkey Hill Ice Cream plant. Also known as the “Turkey Hill Experience.” We opted out of waiting over 1.5 hours for the create your own ice cream part and settled for the self guided (hallelujah) tour. But don’t worry, the tour came with all you can eat free samples. HEAVEN.

Turkey Hill Experience

Turkey Hill Experience

goofballs

goofballs

As per a suggestion from a friend, we stopped by the Hershey Hotel & Gardens and walked around. What a sight and certainly worth the $11 dollars/person admission sign I rolled my eyes when we walked up. It is a huge garden with several different areas which is located up on a hill overlooking the Hershey theme parks. We ventured into the butterfly house. we have passed on several butterfly houses before on other travels, but it didn’t take long before we decided we regret all those times. It was so cool! It was fun seeing all the butterflies and having them land on you as well. We will definitely be visiting more butterfly houses in the future.

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butterflies!

butterflies!

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Mark with a butterfly on him!

pretty!

pretty (the scenery, not us) 

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Part of the garden with the Hershey smoke stacks in the background

We stopped by a roadside farmer’s market on the way back to our RV and picked up some fresh fruit and veggies for dinner. We broke in our new grill and cooked dinner at home for the first time. Delish!

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Tomorrow we move on to the greater Philadelphia area for a few days. Wish us luck because we didn’t plan ahead (I know you’re shocked) and we don’t have a campground picked for the holiday weekend coming up. EEEEEEKKKK. Walmart it just might be!

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

Day 1 // Falling Water & Laurel Caverns

I can’t figure out how I want to title my posts yet, so just roll with it while I probably change it 100 times.

Yesterday marked our first full day of #RVhoneymoon!!!! Fortunately for us we had no hiccups today!!! Unfortunate for you because you’ll have to find your amusement elsewhere today.

We slept like little babies in our new home and woke up refreshed and ready to explore Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water and then tour Laurel Caverns. We took our little shower caddies and walked to the campground showers to freshen up. I felt like I was back in college (can I get an OU, oh yeah) with my shower flip flops on. Mark was less impressed and looked at me crazy when I told him that he should probably wear his flip flops too. Oh well.

update: I’m blogging from the passenger seat and Mark just completely ignored a detour sign and we had to do a 360 turn to get back where we needed to be. In the process of doing this turn, my car that is being towed most certainly ran into the back of the RV. I think I need to formally apologize to my car for the abuse it has experienced over the last 2 days. Sorry girl. See, you knew if you just stuck around you would eventually get your amusement for the day. 

Blogging away! My posture is truly horrific. I'll work on that!

Blogging away! My posture is truly horrific. I’ll work on that!

Back to our first day, after we freshened up we hit the road to go to Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Falling Water” house. Our tour was scheduled for noon and we promptly arrived at 11:58 because we are the worst. Now group tours are not my cup of tea. I’ve never been on a tour where there wasn’t someone asking too many annoying questions or an awkward tour guide. This tour was no different. Still, it was a super pretty house and scenery and good info! We grabbed a quick lunch at the café and we were on our way to Laurel Caverns!

Mark walking the grounds at Falling Water

Mark walking the grounds at Falling Water

Falling Water!

Falling Water!

Selfie at Falling Water

Selfie at Falling Water

We had both been smart enough to grab some tennis shoes, however neither of us were smart enough to bring a backpack to carry our belongings or warm enough clothes. I had a light hoodie, but I’m always cold, so it was more or less worthless. I think I might have been in some big caves back when we took a family reunion trip to West Virginia but I was like 12 so I can’t be sure. These were pretty awesome caves!! They had wired lights in them so it was easy to see around everything. When we arrived we were just handed a ticket for the “family tour.” There was a sign for “upper cave tour” and “lower cave tour” which of course we asked about. The lady said they were 3 hour tours in the complete darkness that left in the early morning. You had to wear specific clothing and carry x number of flashlights and wear a hard hat. Mark was bummed we were not on one of those tours and I was thanking my lucky stars we weren’t. Then we saw a bunch of EMTs and overheard that someone on one of the long tours, fell & broke his leg and was stuck and needed rescuing. We both looked at each other and said “family walking tour it is!” Hopefully the guy was okay. He was still not rescued by the time our hour tour was over. But again, this was a group tour so by the time it was over, I had reached my quota for group tours.

The view from the visitor center at Laurel Caverns!

The view from the visitor center at Laurel Caverns!

On our way down into the cavern!

On our way down into the cavern!

Laurel Caverns!

Laurel Caverns!

We headed back to our home on wheels and called it a night! We are currently en route to Hershey, PA and have a few spots to stop along the way! Stay tuned for more!!

xoxo,
Rachel

The Start to A Wonderful #RVhoneymoon

Well, the guys over at Avalon RV Center pulled through and got our RV all fixed up! I told them I would write something nice about them since they helped us out, so here it is guys. Hope you’re reading this!

We got the RV back on Thursday around 4 and drove him home! We unhitched my car and ran a few last-minute errands. How we still had errands to run as we were supposed to leave dayyys ago is beyond me. We got home from our errands and went to load some stuff into the RV and the electronic step didn’t work. Weird. As I’ve mentioned, we are not very RV savvy yet (and I doubt ever) so we just assumed (there’s that word again) we were doing something wrong and went and got ice cream at Strickland’s instead of messing with it. We thought maybe it would fix itself by the time we returned. No such luck. I had the bright idea maybe we should just turn the RV on and that would fix it. Well, it didn’t fix it but THE RV WOULD NOT TURN ON. It wouldn’t even try to turn over. REALY!?! Are there hidden cameras somewhere, because this cannot be normal.

Well, it is now 8 pm and our only choice is to call GoodSam as we are members. The guy walks us through a few things and still nothing. He says the only guy he could find to come help us would be around 9 am tomorrow. “Better than sometime next week,” is all we can say. We get the rest of the RV loaded up because “we are leaving tomorrow even if we have to push the RV in neutral down the street to the Walmart.”

The mechanic arrives at 9 am ish, to our pleasant surprise, and informs us our battery is 110% dead and we need a new one. Fine. He goes and gets a new battery and puts it in and Stan (thanks mom for the great RV name) starts right up!!! YAY!!! I wanted to kiss the mechanic I was so happy! We loaded up the last few things and hit the road around noon! #RVhoneymoon has officially started!!!

Mark, officially in the captain's chair!

Mark, officially in the captain’s chair!

We head towards PA as our plan is to head east to the coast and then up it into New England and possibly Canada! Everything is great, we are riding smoothly and enjoying the drive and views and company. Our first stop along #RVhoneymoon is a place Mark found called “Joe’s Bar.” It doubles as a taxidermy museum. In fact, there were more animals than bar. Also, you can smoke in bars in PA apparently so we got out of there STAT after viewing the museum.

Joe's Bar everyone!

Joe’s Bar everyone!

Now for the fun stuff. The keys have to be in the ignition for my car to be towable. As we were planning on walking around the little downtown and go to “Joe’s Bar,” we didn’t think it wise to leave the doors unlocked and car keys in the ignition whether it was hooked up or not. When we got back, we went through the series again to hook up the car to be towable and put the robo-brake in. We start on our merry way and get about .1 miles and people start honking at us. WHY!?! I know we are a big RV driving through your little town, we’re sorry we are blocking intersections. But then we see it, smoke billowing out from my car’s tires. (slightly dramatic, not billowing so much as barely smoking- poetic license over here). Anyway, we stop and realize the robo-brake is just in the down position, so we’ve been basically dragging my car with the brakes initiated. Oh vey.

It has been about 4 hours since we left home for anyone keeping track.

Considering we were blocking about 85% of the town’s downtown intersection, we decided our best plan is to just unhook the whole thing, test the car to make sure we didn’t cause permanent damage and I would just follow Mark to the campground about 30 mins away and we would readdress robo-brake tomorrow. So for about 1/5 of our #RVhoneymoon, Mark and I weren’t even in the same vehicle. *golf clap*

I'm driving my car and following Mark. The drive to Brenner's Meadow Run was reallyyy beautiful and my iphone pic taken while driving doesn't really do it justice.

I’m driving my car and following Mark. The drive to Brenner’s Meadow Run was reallyyy beautiful and my iphone pic taken while driving doesn’t really do it justice.

The rest of the evening went smoothly. We put some food in our bellies and went to Walmart because, you guessed it, we realized we forgot stuff and needed stuff we hadn’t even thought of. It is the start of our first full day of #RVhoneymoon and we’re headed to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water and Laurel Canyons! We will address robo-brake tomorrow when we leave. Stay tuned for pics and I’m sure more stories of trial and error (which I know is the real reason most of you read this 🙂 )

Our first night at a campground!!!

Our first night at a campground!!!

xoxo,
Rachel

p.s. I just spellchecked this, and I had spelled “brake” – “break” the entire post.