I just came back last week from travelling stateside with one of my best friends. Bec invited me to tag along on her annual summer trip to the United States. Each year they visit the Fiestaware factory in West Virginia, do some shopping in Pennsylvania and a few stops in between.
We left Sunday morning last week for three days. We spent the morning shopping in Buffalo before heading out to Erie, Pennsylvania. We took a scenic route “detour” before connecting to one of the main interstates. It was amazing seeing the difference in homes, in the architecture, the abandoned old buildings, and all of the textures and colours were just amazing in contrast to home. If I make the trip again I would to be able to take the time to be able to stop and walk around and take it all in.
On our detour because we didn’t have the actual address of the hotel I took us to a central point in Erie and as we arrived and were turning around I yelled from the backseat, “It’s Penn State! IT’S PENN STATE!”. We happened to be turning around at the entrance to the Penn State Erie Campus. UM I died. In high school my ex-husband, and I were huge college sports fans. He cheered for Michigan and I cheered for Penn State. So needless to say to be standing there right in front of Penn State was pretty surreal, considering I never even factored in that I would see it.
Bec humoured me to so I could get a photo or two before we headed off to check into our room. I only had my Samsung Note 3 with me for photos but it worked perfect for the trip. I wish I had thought to get a picture of me in front of the sign or elsewhere on campus. I think I was too in shock that I was really there! It was a great surprise start to the trip.
After a busy first day of travelling, dinner, and lots of shopping we headed back to our hotel to see this beautiful sunset. Then I chatted with my family at home before Nana sent me a picture of the boys together at bed time. Loved this little reminder from home.
Our second day of the trip saw us on the road again. This time we travelled from Pennsylvania, through Ohio and into West Virginia. What was waiting for us? The Fiestaware factory. Oh, I knew it was going to be good, but oh was it good.
Oh the colour, the colour upon colour, and did I mention the beautiful colour? I have a small selection of Fiestaware pieces that Bec has been bringing me back over the years, I was so excited to just take it all in.
I love all the blues and greens and yellows, and the new slate grey is amazing. But how could you just choose one colour? Am I right? The rainbow of colour here just made me happy.
Beyond the dishes, oh the building, the building itself was old and filled with textures and colours and aged beauty. I could have taken photographs of their building for days. The view across to Ohio was equally breathtaking.
The food on our trip was pretty awesome too. I had Haribo gummy bears for the first time ever on this trip. Um, yum! How had I not had these before. All of our meals were pretty great but I enjoyed our endless apps at TGIFs the most.
Also, another pretty awesome part of our trip was that the number 16 Cheez-it race care happened to be at our Hotel, my boys were super excited to see the pictures I sent home to them when I saw it. Both of my boys are huge NASCAR fans. Thanks Greg Biffle and team!
We had a pretty great girls weekend that ended up being full of surprises, adventure, lots of miles logged, Starbucks consumed, and many, many shopping bags. Until the next road trip state side! Four states, three days, you were fun!