As my heart was pounding, I signed the letters formally withdrawing my daughters from our school district. Holy CRAP this is the craziest thing I’ve ever done! 😳
So many crazy thoughts swirling through my head, I could hear the naysayers, the negative comments, the fear of the unknown, the what ifs etc…what did I do? If your wondering what was my catalyst you can read here! I walked out the door of our middle school looked up to the sun and took a deep breath in? What did it smell like? FREEDOM!!!! 🆓🆓🆓🎉 I turned off the negativity channel in my head and went out to lunch with 2 of my best friends to celebrate. The hard part was done.
3 days later our journey began and we set off in our RV.🚎💨
The journey of the time we decided to roadschool our kids for 7 weeks. First stop was our state Capitol in Albany, NY. 38 years of my life has went by and I’ve never been to our state Capitol. Shameful. Our original plan of heading straight for the Cape had to be rerouted due to Hurricane Jose. I worked hard all week prepping my extremely comprehensive Hurricane/Disaster Evacuation box and left it inside my garage ready to go for my family if Jose were to come hit our area. 🚨🚨🚨side note-if you order anything from my Evac list on Amazon, I will use 100% of all proceeds from the Amazon affiliate link to go to Hurricane victims (Harvey, Irma and Maria) so HELP your families and HELP others at the same time 🚨🚨🚨
It was fascinating outdriving the hurricane🚎💨🌫🌊💦…we left Long Island in the cold rain and literally out ran Jose. 🏃🏾♀️🌬We arrived in Hyde Park, NY in late afternoon just in time to tour the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Presidential Library. We cracked open the rv door, and jumped out with our sweatshirts and sweatpants and the first thing that hit us was “SUMMER”. 🌞🔥
The best part of a road trip with no itinerary is the ability to outrun bad weather! School was officially in session.
If you think roadschooling is just for the kids think again. It’s equally for the parents. 🙋🏽🙋🏻♂️Admittedly I never paid any attention to US History when I was younger so I was equally as curious to visit FDRs library. We walked in and I said to Craig “hurry up and give me the quick summary of FDR” so I could “school” the kids as we walked through the museum.
It turned out to be unnecessary because the museum schooled us. The kids learned about The Great Depression, the Stock Market Crash, the New Deal, Social Security, World War 2, Polio and the the fun fact of FDR being the only US President to be elected for 4 terms. 👨🏻🇺🇸
After the library we headed to his tomb and to his house and then I did my famous roll down the hill…
that roll cost me DAYS of intense horrible itching and roadschooled us on the topic of CHIGGERS!!! 🕷🕷🕷
We wrapped up the night making a quick stop at the Vanderbilt Mansion.
Then we had an awesome dinner in the cutest town of Rhinebeck, NY. 🥗🍗🥘
The next day we started our tour of our Capitol at the Museum Of New York.
We saw exhibits on 911, Adirondacks, native NY animals, precious stones etc…
The highlight of the museum being the HUGE map of NY that provided a pretty exciting geography lesson. 🗺 Even Shane got in on the action exclaiming “Wow NY is so big!!!”
Next stop was our Capitol building!
It was uniquely beautiful and architecturally different then any other State House we’ve seen so far-namely the lack of a dome.
It looked more like a HUGE mansion.🏯
In fact we learned that in the late 1870s when it was built, it cost 20 million dollars.💰
Our tour guide said today it would have costed 500 MILLION dollars and would have been prohibitively expensive to build. 💸💸💸 We saw the Million Dollar Staircase!
Then we went inside the Senate Gallery ⚖️
…and then headed over to the Assembly gallery.
Thanks to my research on NY State Govt I recognized some names on the doors most notoriously that of the IDC. (Read here 2 learn in 1 minute about these jerks)
The IDC are a group of 8 turncoat Democrats 👹 who were elected as Democrats but vote with Republicans in our State Senate and thus give our NY State Senate Republican control by ONE VOTE.
They do this in exchange for financial perks and power.
Unfortunately since many New Yorkers like most Americans do not pay attention to local and state politics they don’t realize what a huge impact this has on their everyday lives.
We passed by other parts of the Capitol on our way to the Press area…
Next stop was to Governor Cuomo’s Office and the Hall of Governors!
Learning came full circle when Hailey pointed out that FDR was a NYS Governor before he became a President.
We ended our Civics Lesson by taking a trip to the Legislative Offices
to stop at our State Senator Elaine Phillips Office.
She was not in town but we got to tour her office anyway.
Then we stopped by our Assemblyman Tony D’ Urso’s office.
How many of you can name your State Senator and Assemblyman? #foodforthought
Albany done ✔️✔️✔️
The following day was another bucket list check when we finally made it to the highly acclaimed Sagamore Resort at Lake George.
I do not know when the last time we sat at a pool for 6 hours in total peace and quiet and solitude at a hotel.
If I didn’t know any better I would have thought we were in Europe it was gaaaaaawgeous.
Wednesday was Craig’s 38th birthday and what better idea then to rent a boat and spend the day on the lake with your family.
The weather was divine and the scenery was delightful.
We even got to do some rafting!
For dinner we arrived just in time for the sunset over the famous Olympic Village of Lake Placid.
Home to the 1980 Winter Olympics,
the town was bumpin and Craig had a delicious and beautiful birthday dinner on the lake!
We enjoyed delicious dessert at Emma’s Ice Cream! 🍦🍭
Thursday we started off our day trying our hand at the Olympic Bobsled run.
Let me tell you, there’s nothing like the feeling of hitting the curve at 60mph and crossing over the 1 mile finish line at under 45 seconds.
What an experience! 🚄
We walked around the area taking pics!
Next stop was the Lake Placid Olympic Museum where we toured artifacts and memories of the 1980 Olympics that coincidentally my father was an ABC Cameraman for! 👨🏻📽⛷
Before bidding farewell to Lake Placid we had a lovely lunch on Mirror Lake where the fall foliage colors are beginning to put on a show! 🍂🍁🍃
We hopped on the Lake Champlain Ferry and waved goodbye to NY and waved hello to Vermont!👋🏽 When we arrived to our campground in Burlington the first surprise was that it was on a place North Beach.
The second surprise was that the beach offered us the most amazing sunset ever. 🌅
The third gift was the town of Burlington at night. It was the CUTEST outdoor town with blocks upon blocks of a pedestrian plaza with tons of restaurants and stores.
We were lucky to snag a table at a French restaurant and enjoyed dinner outside, extending our summer nights! 🌇
The next day we were suppose to head back to Burlington to go to a science museum but once the kids dug their toes in the sand we waved the white flag. 🏳
So instead we spent the morning basking in the hot Vermont sun and then headed to the Burlington farmers market for lunch.
Afterwards we headed for a quick pic at the Capitol in Montpelier 🏛
and ended our day in Waterbury at the Ben and Jerry’s Factory for a tour of how the famous brand makes their ice cream.
At the end of the tour we sampled a Caramel chunky flavor! 🍦
We spent the end of the weekend exploring the Mount Washington area on New Hampshire. 🏞
Highly recommended, we were able to grab a townhouse at the famous Omni Hotel at Mount Washington.
Being that it is off season and luckily for us New Hampshire was experiencing record high fall weather, once again we were able to enjoy lots of relaxing time at the empty pool! 🏊🏼♀️ In the afternoon we went for an amazing nature walk along the riverbank and took a bunch of awesome pics!
Upon returning to the hotel the kids decided to try their hands at a roll down the hill, I sat this one out due to CHIGGER bite paranoia. 😲🕷
We ended the night sitting outside enjoying a PERFECT dinner while sunset across the beautiful mountain ranges the colors of fall shining in the distance! 🍂
We ended Week 1 of New England taking a tour of Mount Washington via the cog train.
There are 3 ways to get to the summit, you can drive the narrow winding roads, you can take the famous cog train or I guess you can hike 😳 We opted for the scenic narrated 45 minute train up.
Once on the top we had an hour to explore and take awesome pics.
On the way down we had more sweeping views of the New Hampshire mountain ranges and could even see as far as Maine! 🔭
Which was perfect because that is our next stop! Week 1 OVER ✔️✔️✔️