We made it to the East Coast and back, safely navigating over 6,000 miles. It was an epic journey, in the broadest sense of the term, and while no movies will ever be made of our adventure (not that epic), the memories we made will last a lifetime.
The reason we drove to the East Coast was so our kids could interact with other staff kids. While on the other side of the country, though, we took advantage of the opportunity to visit family and see sites. Of all our adventures (and we had many) the girls have agreed that their favorite part of the trip was visiting family.
A definite highlight was spending a day in New York City with Chris’s aunt and uncle. Aunt Emily is Chris’s aunt on his mother’s side. Uncle Vinnie was born in New York and has spent his whole life in the city. His passion for his home is contagious; we couldn’t help but fall in love, too.
With Uncle Vinnie as our tour guide, we walked over most of lower Manhattan. We ate in China Town. We rode the Staton Island Ferry, the bus, and the subway. And, Uncle Vinnie helped us find a safe place to park our van for the day – at a cost of almost $75! It was memorable, to say the least.
I don’t know if we’ll ever have the opportunity (or be crazy enough to take it) again, but we are so thankful and blessed that God allowed us to spend time with Aunt Emily and Uncle Vinny, the rest of our “East Coast” family, and connect the girls with other staff kids. It was truly a fantastic trip.