Things to Do - 12 in 12 Roadtrip Edition (April 2014)

This month the 12th fell on a Saturday. The first Saturday of spring break to be exact. Also, the date of our departure for Charleston, SC.

I had mixed feelings about documenting a road trip (esp. one involving 6 people and 2 dogs in a minivan for hours on end). On one hand, who wants to remember so much time in the car? But on second thought taking pictures would give me something to do on the LONG journey south (um, hopefully).

Anyways, horrendous traffic (oh, I95 S how you always disappoint me) added 3 hours onto our expected commute time. But the beach made it all worth while.

I couldn't decide which twelve photos best captured our day, so I'm going with a photo dump. Once you're finished reading this post, click on over to Not-So-SAHM and Where the Watermelons Grow to see how their Saturdays went.

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7 am - Car packed (I still can't believe Dan managed to fit it all), we're ready to go.

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7:30 am - I95 S is a parking lot. Apparently, we did not time this well.

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somewhere around 9:30 am - First rest stop.

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somewhere around 10 am - Isn't technology amazing? We stream our favorite local radio shows while driving. And I take selfies out the window.

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somewhere around noon - The dogs are restless, but at least they haven't thrown up. We stopped at this huge over-the-top gas station that sells everything from NRA t-shirts to Pirates of the Caribbean merchandise (as in a whole section, with a life sized Jack Sparrow). My mom comments that it reminds her of a gas station we used to frequent years ago on the way to Iowa. Turns out they have the same coffee cups. Small world.

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darcytroutman (10 of 22)

somewhere around 2 pm - T sleeps while Grandma works on cross word puzzles. Traffic continues to move at a turtle's pace.

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4 pm - Dan REALLY wanted to stop for authentic North Carolina barbeque (he researched several off the beaten path restaurants). But we're making such horrible time that we settle for truck stop barbeque. Oh well, it's better than nothing.

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6 pm - We FINALLY arrive at the rental house. T helps Dan unpack while the rest of us check out our new digs.

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6:45 pm - Walk/run to the beach.

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7:00 pm - BEACH!!!

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7:30 pm - We're still beaching.

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8 pm - Sunset and walk home. Excited for vacation to really begin.

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