Marcus kept looking for a Bronco, because he wanted one for hunting season. He had been looking for months locally and then searched eBay. He found one and bid on it, but the sellers didn't accept any of the bids. Then they put it up for auction again and Marcus bid even way lower than he did the first time. And he got it! IT was in RHODE ISLAND! WE live in TEXAS.

So we used it as an opportunity for a fun trip. Coincidentally my uncle has a beach house in Rhode Island. So my dad flew out there with us to visit his brother and we used it as our starting off point of a major road trip.

This is his cute house.

And he has a boat:

My dad's on the left and Uncle Richie is on the right.

Rhode Island is beautiful and FANCY. We had such a great time.

This was Saturday night in Providence:

Then Sunday Marcus and I were off to Washington D.C.

On our way to Washington D.C. we went through New York and were right by the city. So I wanted to check out Carlo's Bakery from the show The Cake Boss. They are in Hoboken NJ, right outside of New York City.

They don't just make cakes. They are known for their Italian pastries. My family is actually all from New York (I was born there) and my mom's side is Italian. So it reminded me of going to my granparent's house. They always had pastries for every occasion.

You can't find stuff like this in Texas.

Then we of course had to get some New York pizza. I love when my piece of pizza is bigger than my plate!

Then on to D.C.

Don't you wish all our politicians had the reputation of Honest Abe?

The Tomb of The Unknown Soldier was Marcus's favorite part of the trip.

It is guarded 24 hours a day. The changing of the guards was really cool to watch.

Arlington National Cemetery is HUGE.

Usually, I am not one to walk through a cemetery, but I was brave. Of course not nearly as brave as all the people buried there.

And we went to the American History Museum and I had to see Julia Child's kitchen.

This will look familiar to you if you saw Julie & Julia:

We walked miles and miles that day and I still have the blisters to prove it.

The next day we headed to Charleston, South Carolina. We stayed with my Godparents one night.

This is their house. Isn't it beautiful?

And this is their backyard:

We loved Charleston. It is OLD. Lots of buildings and houses were built in the 1600's and 1700's . And they have the most beautiful ironwork there.

This is Rainbow Row:

And look at the cobblestone streets:

Then we went to Myrtle Beach. And this is the only stinkin picture we got. I lived in Myrtle Beach for a year after college and it was so much fun. I saw Shag when I was in jr. high and that's what inspired me to move there. Have you seen that movie? It's super cute.

It was still warm enough to swim in the ocean.

Then we headed to Nashville.

We saw this while on the road:
This is the car I'll drive when I'm in heaven!

I failed to get a picture of my aunt and her husband, but this is part of her pretty house in Nashville:

Then we were on our way to Arkansas to visit our dear friends and had to drive through Memphis. Marcus wanted to try some of their famous BBQ.

We went to Blue's City Cafe on Beale Street.

We figured since we were in Memphis, we should stop by and see the king! This is Graceland

It is not near as big as I thought it was. And it is pretty darn ugly on the inside. Lots of shag carpeting on the floors, walls and ceiling. And tons of paneling. I am sure it was super fly in the 70's though.

I had to take a picture of this wall, because we had the exact same wall of mirrors in my house when I was little.

The Jungle room:

His t.v room:

And this is where Elvis is "allegedly" buried, with his parents and brother.

So then we went to Arkansas for a night and saw these cute little boogers:

Then back to TEXAS! We stopped at this restaurant to get some BBQ after we crossed the border.

We had a such a great time. The trip could have either been a total nightmare or tons of fun. Thankfully it was tons of fun. The car worked great, the weather was perfect, we saw half of the country, and we never got sick of each other.

I would say it was a success. Except now I'm stuck with a Bronco.


Anonymous said...

What a fun trip. Love that cupcake car!

amberdawn said...

That is hilarious! There is no way we could just take off on that long of a road trip with my 2 boys! LOL By the way, Jason wants to see pics of the bronco!

TriciaNae said...

I love it!! My grandfather was selling his Bronco last year...if only we knew!! You are so cute with your leopard shoes...I need some of those!!! And...hello...Ramage Farms in Hooks *the last picture* is RIGHT DOWN the street from my grandparents...literally walking distance!!!

Rachel said...

It looks like you guys had a really good time! I LOVE the pictures of Charleston! Your godparents house is beautiful. I was in D.C. two years ago and I also was brave walking through Arlington cemetery. The thankfulness that filled my heart when thinking about all of those soldiers that have died for our freedom. I am glad that you guys came through Arkansas :)

Brittany said...

i live super close to downtown memphis! hope you had good bbq. memphis has the best!!

brooke mayfield said...

That had to be so much fun! Wow! You make me want to skip work and go on a road trip:)
Beale Street is about 30 minutes from my house...

Unknown said...

Oh my goodness, how much fun! What a fun road trip! I want to go back to DC sometime. Last time I was there was many years ago, when I was in 5th grade for a school trip. The tomb of the unknown solider moved me to tears then (at 10 years old!) so I can only imagine how awesome it would be to see it as an adult...

Griswold Fun said...

Y'all know how to really do a road trip! Your pics are great and it sounds like you had lots of fun!

Dawn said...

Thanks for sharing your trip! You saw so many wonderful things. I've been to DC and I know what you mean about walking!

Jules said...

I'm so excited for you - I had no idea that you were off on an adventure. Miss you guys! - Julie

Annsterw said...

Awesome trip - I am sooo jealous!!! I love your blog!

Lauren & Matt said...

I LOVE the pink volvo! I would drive it.. Matt would probably divorce me though ;)

Nicole said...

I totally want to recreate that trip with my husband! How long were you guys gone?

the undomesticated wife said...

What a fun little trip for you guys! I've always wanted to do something like that, but whenever we are driving somewhere, we have the dogs with us, so it makes it impossible to stop and have fun.

I'm still drooling over the box of pastries.

Fabiola said...

Fun trip to say the least and wonderful pictures!!

Charleston is my favorite city!!!


Sunday said...

How fun! I just told my husband your neat story & told him that would be fun to do one day! I'm not sure about the buying the car part, but hey, if it is cheap enough, I'll go for it!

Anonymous said...

I just had to comment on the Texas Tech sweatshirt your husband is wearing in this post. I am a fellow Red Raider (although, I am still here). WRECK 'EM TECH :)

I found your blog from Kelly's Korner and really enjoy reading it.

Denise said...

What a fun and delicious trip!!


cindy said...

hi! I've never commented before, but I adore your site...your home is just so much fun for me to look at - so there are never enough pictures! we are considering a job in houston and currently live in north carolina. i'm scared to pieces about the prospect of moving to texas. but reading your site helps!