As I mentioned in yesterday's post, our upcoming road-trip this weekend is going to be a bit longer and cover a bigger expanse of places than past ones have as I'm trying to turn it into an actual vacation and not just a jaunt down to Baltimore and back. Amanda and I were supposed to be flying out to Southern California with our friend Amy and her mother at the end of the month to spend Halloween in Los Angeles but - without going into too many details - Amy and her somewhat famous rock star sister had a bit of a falling out and the trip was canceled. Amanda had really been looking forward to it and was understandably disappointed so we moved to Plan B which was Poe's funeral. Amy was originally going to go with us on this trip but couldn't get her time off from work adjusted so now it's just myself, Amanda, and Darci - again.
I'm actually taking four shifts off from work which gives me until next Thursday off so after we attend the funeral on Sunday afternoon, we're heading northwest to Pennsylvania and Gettysburg National Battlefield which is only a little over an hour from Baltimore. After we get settled into our hotel there, it's off to the Farnsworth House for one of Gettysburg's famous ghost walks on Sunday night and then we'll spend as much time as possible on Monday covering at least the highlights of the battlefield. Neither Amanda nor Darci have ever been to Gettysburg (and Darci is a history nut) but they're both looking forward to it. Plans also include meeting up with a blogging friend who is spending a few days at Gettysburg with her husband; we may actually meet up at the ghost walk if things work out right.
Monday evening after I've bored the girls to death with all things Civil War, we'll be driving over to Lancaster to put Darci on an Amtrak train back to Philadelphia as her father doesn't want her missing school on Tuesday and then Amanda and I will spend the night somewhere in Dutch Country. I haven't made definite plans on just where yet (though I'm leaning towards the Strasburg area) but I hope to have that nailed down by Friday afternoon. Tuesday will be spent touring as much of the Amish countryside as possible, including one of those delicious Pennsylvania Dutch Country restaurants, before heading north to the Wilkes-Barre area where plans call for meeting up with another blogger and her husband who live in the general area.
Tuesday night will be spent either in the Wilkes-Barre or Scranton area depending on where I decide we're going to hang our hats and then I'm hoping for a nice leisurely drive back to Connecticut either through the area of the Delaware Water Gap or further north depending on the weather and the amount of foliage. Of course I'd like to try to find the most scenic route if possible and if that involves staying off of the major roadways for awhile, I wouldn't mind that in the least as I'm sure I'll have spent more than enough time on major highways and could use the break! I'm hoping to be back in Norwich at a reasonable hour Wednesday evening so Amanda can go back to school and I can go back to work on Thursday - much to what will be, I'm sure, both of our disappointments!
Obviously Amanda is going to miss two days of school but I figure she was going to miss that if we went to California later in the month anyway and she's promised to get any assignments she's going to need from her teachers ahead of time. Come to think of it, I need to remind her of that!
In an effort to get somewhat more organized for our upcoming road-trip than I have been for the last couple, I'm going to try to spend tomorrow doing some packing so I'm not scrambling around wondering what I forgot at the last minute - again. Considering we plan on leaving Connecticut at the god-awful hour of 4:30 a.m. on Saturday, I really need to be ready to go ahead of time as "scrambling" isn't even my dictionary for that time of the morning - including when it comes to eggs! However, I figure that time should get us through New York City and well down the Jersey Turnpike before traffic becomes an issue - I hope!!
After we get home from this trip I'm going to try to stay put for a little while though I've also got plans in the works to attend the Annual Lantern Tour in Derby, Connecticut on October 24th with my friend the Princess Patti and her hubby Ralph - two wonderful bloggers and Nutmeggers I've had the pleasure of spending time with in the past; a trip to Fort Adams in Rhode Island with my cousin on the 23rd; and it also looks like Amanda and I will be heading to Salem, Massachusetts with Amy and Jason for Halloween. So ... maybe I'll stay home next weekend??