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That Time We Went on an RV Trip to the Midwest: Week 1- Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸŸπŸŽ¨πŸŽΆπŸ‰πŸŽ‘πŸ“šπŸŽ

Week 1 is over, 6 states in a week, 1600 miles under our belt, 21 places visited and 5 campgrounds explored! πŸŽ‰πŸ†

We packed in a heavy load, so here are the highlights of Week 1 in the Midwest!!!
One of my favorite outtakes of life on an RV when you spot a bug the size of a golf ball and resembles a lobster πŸ˜‚πŸ€£


After a quick visit to family in Long Beach Island, NJ πŸ–we headed off on our 5 week RV Trip…first stop Pennsylvania! 

We made a quick stop in its Capitol of Harrisburg for a look at the Capitol building and dinner! 


Then arrived late at night to our 1st campground. First night was a success and I broke the internet with my darling husbands post of a picture of me cooking! πŸ™„

Our day in Pittsburgh was hot, long but chock full of nuts. We started off the day with a visit to Abby Lee Dance Company Studio and it was a treat!πŸ’ƒπŸ» 



We went to the Andy Warhol Museum and almost got kicked out due to obnoxiously wild children….🎨


saw the Pittsburgh Pirates stadium⚾️


went to the uniquely awesome Randyland which was a creative rainbow garden of recycled “junk”


 and saw a zillion bikes from all eras including Pee Wees bike at Bicycle Heaven! 🚲


The kids let out some steam at Sports Works, part of Carnegie Science Center.


Our next stop was Ohio!


 We decided a good base to explore Cleveland,  Akron and Canton was a campground in Streetsboro. It was even nicer and I experienced what it’s like waking up to life on a lake and showering at a campground. 



We started our day scorching our butts off at a Cleveland Indians game. 🏟


We took in a few innings and then made a run for lunch. 


Our next stop was the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 🎸🎢 


Lots of recognizable memorabilia for the girls which was nice.


 Even with artists before their time, they were able to appreciate and point recognizable ones out. We were all tuckered out and took a half hour to relax along Lake Erie. 


As we were looking at the map I realized that Toronto was right across the bay from us! πŸ”­So close yet so far!πŸ—Ί Should we take a detour and add Canada into our trip? I got overruled. πŸ™„πŸ˜€ 


We ended up having my favorite meal of the trip at Dantes. I ended the night at 2am sitting at the edge of my seat in my rv waiting for the Senate vote to come through. #winning πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈLONG day! #thankyourmccaincollinsandmurkowski

Next day we headed to Canton, Ohio! We literally stumbled upon the Candy Apples Dance Studio 🍎🍏, the rivals of Abby Lee, which was fun and coincidental! 


Next it was Craig’s turn to have his way…Pro Football Hall of Fame.


 Lots of memorabilia, and fun stuff for Football fans! πŸ‰πŸŽ‰


 We ended our day at the Canton Classic Car Museum where we got to see cars πŸ’― years old! 


The earliest car we saw was from 1904! WOWSA! No matter if your a boy or a girl, old or young it was really cool. In addition they had soooo many old fashion memorabilia and knick knacks on the walls to look at as well. πŸš™πŸš— 


We ended the night at a SUPER cool campground where we learned of the JUMPING PILLOW and made friends with the MUD!!! πŸ’¦

Luckily chaos in Washington dies down on Saturdays because we were headed to Cedar Point, “America’s Roller Coast”. 🎒


 We spent the day riding super huge roller coasters and then headed to Michigan! 🎑🎠


We left Sandusky, Ohio and quickly passed over the border toooo…


Upon arriving at the campground in Michigan we were thrilled to find our latest campground!


 It was awesome! Mini golf, a swimming lake, big playground, awesome store, snack shop, bike rentals and tons and tons of kids running around and families sitting by the fire roasting s’mores! πŸŽ‰ 


The following day we decided to spend the day enjoying the amenities of the campground and had a late start to the day.


 We headed over to Michigan University to take pics at the stadium and buy some gear! πŸ“ΈπŸŸ 


Oh ya there was that time we pulled over in a random city in Michigan in a random church parking lot to have a random bbq!!! πŸ”πŸ–

We thought we would spend more time in Michigan but we decided to head out for the Hoosier State! 


South Bend, Indiana is known for Notre Dame University so we started our day there.


 It was one of the most beautiful campuses I’ve ever been to! 


At noon the gongs of the Basillica of the Sacred Heart ring through the famous and was our signal for lunch!! 🍱Then we headed to the Studebaker Museum to check out some more vintage beautiful cars. πŸš™πŸš—


It’s incredible to see how well preserved and restored these cars are, some from the late 1800s! 


 Afterwards, we discovered the COOLEST and most RELEVANT museum to our trip…RV/MH Hall of Fame. 🚎


They showcased rvs and motor homes spanning from the late 1800s to present time. 


It was so amazing to see how they evolved and modernized! 🚎 


We drove by one cornfield and farm after another, getting a chuckle out of the horse and buggy that zipped across the highway holding the Amish family.


And the kids tried their hand at catching frogs ✊🏽🐸

 We made a pit stop at a John Deere factory on the side of the road for some fun for the boys! 🚜


Last night we decided to test out the cute Koa Kampground Kabins that we’ve been seeing at each location! It was a fun break!


We ended week 1 in Indianapolis with 2 awesome sites, the Indy 500 Motor Speedway and the Indianapolis Children’s Museum.


 We took a lap around the track not quite at the 200+ mph that the Indy cars take…


and got to walk across the finish line, see the tower and “kiss the bricks”.


 

We took a walk through their Indy Car Hall of Fame to see winning cars spanning through the decades. πŸ†πŸ₯‡ 


We spent our afternoon at THE BEST CHILDRENS MUSEUM I’ve ever been to!


We were exhausted after 3 hours and only did about 75% of it. 


Soooo many hands on activities and soooooo much history and science to take in!  There was a huge exhibit on China!


The special exhibits of the Ringling Bros Circus and American Pop Culture section were highlights! πŸŽͺ 


Week 1 of the Midwest is officially in the books, and tomorrow starts Week 2 as we have just entered Illinois!  Next week look for the Shaps in Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa!!!

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