We left our house in Nashville on December 12, 2022 to start driving north. We left the house a little later than we had hoped, so we made our first stop just a few hours north of Nashville in Bowling Green, Kentucky and spent the night at my parents house. We are so glad it worked out that way because we had a great visit with them that evening and the following morning. Joanna, Ammi's mom, made us some fantastic pumpkin muffins that lasted for a few days.
The following day we drove to Lexington, Kentucky and spent two nights at the Elwood Hotel & Suites. It was a great little boutique hotel that had just been remodeled and was very hip. While in Lexington we got to visit Daniel’s best man, Jason and his wonderful wife, Meagan. We hadn’t visited with Jason since pre-pandemic, and they just recently got married. It was wonderful to catch up. The following evening we also got to visit with my hometown friend and my “other-daughter” Amanda and Dayl. We very rarely get to see each other and it was so good for my heart to see them. Dayl has called me “other mother” since she was little because she looks like Amanda and I had her together. She’s in the University of Kentucky marching band and I am so proud to call her my “other daughter”.
On the 15th we headed to our next hotel in West Virginia. We stayed at a resort in a state park called Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, WV. It was an Adirondack style building next to a beautiful lake. It had been raining for a good while there and the amount of mud on the trails around the hotel showed it well. The wildlife was abundant too, clearly shown by more deer skat than I had ever seen. We had beautiful, cold walks with the dogs and enjoyed most of our time there very much. Our neighbors, two and four legged, had a very rowdy Friday night which made sleeping for the next leg of our journey difficult.
Our next stop was just outside Hershey, Pennsylvania. On the way there we drove through some light snow and dipped into Maryland for just a few miles. Maryland is probably the prettiest driving we did. We could not believe how pretty it was. We stayed in a Homewood Suites outside Hershey in Harrisburg. It was clean and had a great laundry service, which was great to clean the mud out of our clothes from West Virginia. While in Pennsylvania our friend Kyle stopped by to visit for an evening. We hadn’t seen Kyle in person since before we got married. Kyle is doing amazing things in science now, building eyeballs in 3d printers (or something like that). Kyle, Daniel, and I met all around the same time, and he's known us through so many life changes. It was so wonderful to visit with him.
We rested for about 4 days in Pennsylvania, before heading to New York on the 21st.
We made it a point to not drive longer than 5 hours any day. It made for an easier, if long, trip.