Thursday, August 9, 2012

Southern Tour: A Hawley Roadtrip {Part 2}

A couple weeks ago I teased you with some pictures from our road trip.  I entitled it Part 1, but in truth, and I’m sorry for those readers who don’t like series, but I have no idea how many parts this series is going to have.  You see, the Mr and I took a road trip back home.  Yes, we went from Houston all the way back to the east coast and up to Baltimore.  THAT IS A 28 HOUR DRIVE PEOPLE!

AND we took both dogs!

Are we NUTS?! Quite possibly.

So, I’m sure you can imagine, I’ve got some stories to tell you!  We had a purpose for the trip though: one of our good friends from college was getting married, and we wouldn’t miss that moment for the world.  The Mr and I decided to turn it into our summer road trip vacation.  We have both driven to Houston before (how else would we have moved to Houston?!), but we did it by ourselves before we got married.  After moving to Houston, I swore I would NEVER, under any circumstances, make that long journey again……….Friends, never say never, because 5 years later, here we were again, making the trip (both ways) voluntarily and considering it a vacation! hahahahaha Oh how time has changed us LOL

When we were planning this trip, we were under the impression that we were going to be moving to the Midwest (read about job search here), and since there were so many cities in the south that we had yet to see we thought a road trip would be a great opportunity to just spend time with each other (and the pups!) touring the south. Then we we found out we were staying in Houston we decided to keep our road trip plans.

I really thought that we were nuts to take the dogs on a 28 hour road trip.  But to be honest, the pups did awesome on the trip; they slept the majority of the time.  We stopped at dog parks in every state to let them run around, and then we bathed them before hoping back in the car.  They were awesome, and I think they fell in love with my dad’s backyard in Virginia.  The only “bad” thing on the trip was that poor Rooney learned what yellow jackets were, and he was not impressed.  Poor Roo!

The trip was fantastic.  We left on a Saturday and had until the following Friday to be in Baltimore for the wedding, so we took our time perusing the South.  It was nice to have a goal, but to take our time as well.  We stopped at all of the crazy places on the side of the road, and took way too much delight in capturing a photograph of each state’s welcome sign.  We also ate at a restaurant in each state that has been featured on the Food Network or Travel Channel.  It really was a lot of fun and I encourage other families to take a road trip!  Today I just want to share some pictures of the road trip view from the car.
Rooney liked to sleep in between the backseat and the driver’s seat. DSC_0105At a dog park in Mobile, which was probably the fanciest dog park in the world.DSC_0137 “Sorry mamma and dad, there is no room for you!DSC_0148While Phil drove I took pictures, read, and tweeted with you all…… When I wasn’t doing those things, I was “charming” Phil with my road trip singing voice ;-)DSC_0173DSC_0196
We were chased by bad weather: thunderstorms, a hurricane, and even a tornado.  It was quite an adventure, but the skies between were stunning!DSC_0199DSC_0404My snugglin’ babes in the backseat :-) Thank goodness for the Pet Rider!DSC_0191
We stopped at Citrus Center (extremely disappointing after all the billboard build-up), and Peach World.  At the very least we got great snacks and a chance to move our legs.DSC_0220DSC_0221DSC_0230DSC_0235
Thank goodness for a hose and some puppy shampoo!DSC_0270
And now for the signs that we had way too  much fun chasing on our road trip.  Some of the pictures are not perfect, but hey, we were moving when we took these.  We started in TX and went to Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and then back :-)DSC_0708DSC_0097DSC_0115DSC_0695DSC_0189DSC_0381DSC_0390DSC_0403DSC_0443DSC_0718So that is the second part of our trip!  It was fun and I can’t wait to share more pictures and stories from the road with you! Do you like road trips?  When and where was your last road trip?
xoxo Darby


Shatzi LoveandLaundry said...

Oh how fun!! I love road trips!! I could see my hubs and I being an old RVing couple down the road.

Lindsay @ Trial By Sapphire said...

I CANNOT believe you made that road trip! Ahhhhhhhhhh! I may have gone crazy! The longest drive I've ever done is 14 hours. But it looks like everything went smoothly! I'd love to be charmed by your singing voice sometimes. :-)

Susan Fleming said...

Love road trips and the food that alwasy goes on the road--you usually never eat any other time...and the stories..

Whitney H said...

Ahhh! South Carolina! Where did you drive there? And when did this road trip happen?! I think I missed that!

Jamie said...

Cute. I love the photos of the puppies - I'm afraid they're MUCH better behaved than mine. So cool you found so many dog parks!

Joy said...

LOVE it!!! And I especially love all the pics of the babies!!! Tomlin never knew the fun she would have with her little brother! So glad y'all had a wonderful time. Only next time y'all have to stop in Bham!!!!

Sarah said...

I LOOOVE the picture of your babies on the bed. Too funny! I also love that you ate at the special restaurants, that is something that we love to do too!

DaisyGirl said...

I've never had the opportunity to just take a road trip for the fun of it. But this makes me really want to!!!! I'm glad it went so well having the puppies along on the trip. I'm sure they added that extra layer of fun!!!

Kellyn Fleming said...

It looks like so much fun! I was laughing a lot in this post. Pups are cute and I love your peach picture! (You're a peach!)

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