So we got back from a fun last minute getaway a few days ago and am excited to post a few details and a LOT of pictures :)We rented a car for the trip because 1, we don't trust our cars enough and 2, it was fun to have something new :)
We decided to visit Ryan's aunt, uncle, and cousins in Virginia before school started so we took off from Lansing and crossed into then and stopped in Pittsburgh for the night.We ran into this pretty fog the next morning. We drove the next 5 hours where we crossed briefly into (Maryland) and West Virginia then finally into What a beautiful drive! Especially Pennsylvania-Virginia.
We spent the next 2 days near Charlottesville at their family farm which only rekindled the fire on my longstanding desire to have a farm (by farm I mean zoo) someday. They were very gracious to let us stay in their guesthouse which is the most picturesque little cottage you've ever seen! Their home is straight out of a pottery barn catalogue and the property is beautiful! We spent time catching up with family, took a midnight swim, roasted marshmallows, explored downtown Charlottesville, and toured Montpelier which is James Madison's sprawling estate
Then we headed to Richmond with Ryan's cousin Joseph and his wife Bianca. They were so nice to let us stay with them, especially since they just got back from 5 weeks in Columbia a few days before. We went to church with them in their branch (gotta love the choice of Sunday socks), watched the Olympics, were spoiled by Bianca's cooking, and visited the coolest park where they rescue injured livestock/wildlife. That same rescue backs up to a beautiful property with an unbelievable Japanese garden and mansion that we had fun exploring.It would have been a killer place to take bridal pictures :)
Looks like Baby may have a future in the Sulky business...
Just scoping out some future real estate options :)
It sure was a fun trip and we were sad to leave but had to come home a day early because Ryan had an abscessed tooth (which explains his chipmunk look in some pictures). As much as I love to fly, it was definitely worth the drive!