The main reason for my trip to Pennsylvania a few weeks ago was for a Baby Shower for my baby niece! I surprised my sister and didn’t tell her that I was flying in to visit for a week. I made her cry which was kind of funny, but then I felt bad that I made a pregnant women cry. We spent time doing some shopping for the baby, organizing her room and sorting clothing by size.
I had such a fun trip with my family! I was of course happy to see Eric back in Seattle, but I was sad for a few days after coming home. The first few days back for me are always the hardest. You forget…and it’s sad…how much you miss family when you’re away from them for so long. Krista and Tim now have a new computer so we can Skype! I’ve Skyped with them a few times already. Today I was talking to my sister and I could actually SEE the baby kicking. OMG! It was so exciting. The baby is due the day of our wedding, but I’m secretly hoping she arrives early so I can spend a few days with her before the wedding.
Come on out baby girl! I can’t wait to meet you!
I managed to snap a few shots of some of the food I ate while in PA. In central PA, where I was staying, there aren’t many options for vegans/vegetarians if you want to go out to eat. Luckily there’s the college town of Lewisburg that has a cafe with two vegan lunch options. Cherry Alley Cafe used to have some amazing burritos! Vegan and all! I was really disappointed to find that they did away with awesome-burrito. They did have some vegan cookies though. I used to always get their iced chai tea with soy milk too. The barista there was actually kind enough to tell me that the chai mix isn’t vegan. Boo!! I’m assuming there’s dry milk in it. Make your own chai mix, Cherry Alley! Some spices and some grinding and BAM!…chai tea.
My mom did take me to a grocery store to stock up on some avocados, tofu and refried beans though! I usually live on bean burritos when I travel!
Remember my turtle lamp?
I’m here! And so is spring! I’ve been gone, but don’t think I haven’t been doing exciting things. Last week I took a trip to Pennsylvania. I didn’t tell my sister I was flying in so she was quite surprised! My sister is pregnant now so it was soo good to see her! I felt the baby kick too. It’s really exciting. I can’t wait to be an aunt. We spent quite a bit of time with my parents and my brother-in-law too. We went out to eat, bought some Italian ice AND had a surprise baby shower for my sister! I have tons of photos to share with you over the next few weeks.
i found this postcard at the vintage mall this past friday in seattle. as soon as i saw it i knew i had been to this spot…or at least i THOUGHT i had been there. i purchased the postcard and after some investigating i found out that i was never actually at the spot where the ship hotel used to stand, but eric was there. i remember he had told me about the location and the ship. he had even sent me old photos of what it looked like. somewhere in my head i just stored that information away and apparently made myself believe i had been there.
the grand view ship hotel sat on US route 30 (lincoln highway), in Bedford County, Pennsylvania. it was built in 1932 and sadly destroyed by a fire in 2001. i found some info about the ship hotel and photos from this website…click click! the grand view point hotel was at an elevation of 2,464 ft. you could also see 3 states and 7 counties from this point.
the ship hotel became a popular tourist attraction until the turnpike was built saving motorists three hours by not taking the route where the hotel stood. the hotel was open for 50 years until ownership changed hands. the ship closed in 1987 and started to deteriorate. squatters took a liking to the hotel as well. the lincoln highway heritage corridor proposed to purchase the ship and restore it, but the owner would not sell it. they offered $40,000 but they were requesting $900,000. rather greedy, no? in 2001, fire took the life of the grand view ship hotel. poor little guy.
here are some interior views of the ship hotel.
here are the pictures from when eric was there in 2008.
i have to say that this last trip back to pennsylvania was the best one so far! the weather was beautiful, for the most part, and i was able to see many great friends, some of which i hadn’t seen since moving to seattle last october.
monday, my last day in PA, was spent kayaking with my dad, hanging out at ASA, visiting with eric’s parents and then spending time with my sister, tim and my mom.
i really really really miss working at ASA. i think ASA should just move to seattle. they can bring all of the fun people there with them too. i wouldn’t mind. i love the people who work there. they’re real people, everyone knows everyone for the most part, and i think that’s what makes ASA work. I spent 3 hours hanging out with kelly, chris, joey, scott, brock and a few other fun employees. there was a girl who just starting working there this year inspecting jerserys…i don’t remember her name…but she was really fun! it was nice to meet her! i hated to say goodbye to everyone when i finally did have to leave. seeing some of those people made the trip out to be the best one yet!
but here i am, back in seattle trying to figure out what i’m going to do with life over the next few months. a few things are up in the air and i’m sure i’ll inform you of anything new and exciting that may happen!
thank you PA and my friends and family for a great trip. now come to seattle and visit me!!!