Sunday, April 21, 2013

goal 29 || take a road trip. #fatherdaughterroadtrip2013. part 01.

it's spring break time around maine and this year my dad and i decided to take a week long road trip that took us to nyc, western pennsylvania, central pennsylvania, and bethel, ny. they'll be more photos in other posts because i got accomplished 3 (!!!) of my 30 before 30 goals. here's the first, the road trip, which was hashtagged on instagram as #fatherdaughterroadtrip2013 :)

01. road trip essentials.

02. trust me, he's more excited than i am.

03. george washington bridge.

04. on today's agenda, hanging out with papa and the ponytail in nyc:)

05. basically what i came to the city to see. sadly dave is on hiatus:(

06. a little piece of what feels like could be home, smack dab in the middle of the city. central park, you're my favorite thing here.

07. the daffodil project, one of the city's largest volunteer efforts. over 5 million bulbs were planted throughout the city in memory of 9/11. a living memorial that symbolizing perserverence and restoration. i love it.

08. i'm a huge fan of the architecture of memorials. so much thought and symbolism are poured into these landmarks. the 9/11 memorial, though now finished, surprisingly lacked that heartfelt symbolism i find so touching and i was a bit disappointed. because of the ongoing construction, tickets to the memorial need to be purchased and a full fledge airport-esqe security screening takes place. i feel like that takes away from the sole purpose of people going to pay their respects and instead turns it into a tourist attraction. i overheard someone say that once it's complete, the security and need to purchase tickets will go away. i'll have to go back then. with all the said, it is a beautiful memorial and i certainly respect the area.

09. i hailed this taxi on my first try. it made me a bit cocky for the rest of the day.

10. 102nd floor of the empire state building. 1,250 feet up.

11. it seems as though 95% of nyc is made up of tourists. us included. 82nd floor of the empire state building.

12. the amount of electricity flowing through times square is mind boggling. i would hate vegas.

13. my favorite part of the 9/11 memorial is the survivor tree. this tree stands maybe 50 ish feet feet from the south tower and 100 ish (i'm guessing and i'm terrible with distances) feet from the north tower. i was obviously buried in rubble after the attacks but it survived and is now thriving.

14. annnnnd my feet after walking from uptown to downtown and everywhere in between. (i wore flip flops. big mistake!)

15. out of the city and in my element. location: the prettiest rest stop in pennsylvania.

16. perfect rest spot.

17. the city has got nothin on this.

18. papa agrees.

19. done with my share of driving for the day. this means selfies, possibly a nap and randy's choice of music.. right now we're listening to tutti frutti by little richard:/

20. oh you know, just cleaning our own motel room upon arrival. the bathroom and carpets hadn't even been touched by the cleaning service. 

21. watching a beautiful sunrise in pennsylvania with a heavy heart. my mind is in boston.

22. british phone booth in the middle of the sculture meadow at kentuck knob.

23. the woods will always be my happy place.

24. its ridiculous how incorporated with its natural surroundings this house is.

25. western pennsylvania, you've made me a fan.

26. he's convinced me he doesn't do well with photos.

27. YOU GUYS!!!!!!!!

28. he has supported every dream i've ever had and every step i've ever taken. i'm so grateful that he's my dad.

29. yesterday was 77 degrees. first lunch outside of 2013 at the fallingwater cafe, why not?

30. oh hey coolest living room in america.

31. paradise overlook at fallingwater. well worth the hike.

32. spring is here.

33. sometimes the best parts of vacation are finding spots that remind you of your childhood so far from home.

34. it was the perfect day.

35. topped off with a severe thunderstorm back at the motel. the light outside the window is a flash of lightning.

36. apparently Pennsylvania hits a lot of deer. this was the 3rd one we saw.

37. true story.

38. randy got to choose dinner tonight. he said he was in the mood for "a real meal with meat and potatoes" so naturally he chose KFC. his excitement grew even more when they informed him that Mountain Dew refills are free. I'm making him pay for my food to make up for the fact that we're even here.

continued here.

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