So I am pretty sure we drove straight through the middle of downtown New York in an RV.... Oops! The GPS directions took is around the city, however there were signs on the freeway that said the upcoming tunnel clearance was 9ft – not tall enough for us! So we had to get off, and into the city. Flynn did an amazing job; people were beeping their horns left, right and centre. We finally found a tunnel that would take us over the water to our RV Park in Jersey City when we were stopped by a policeman. He said that we couldn’t take the van though the tunnel because we had propane on board. So we had to find yet another way! It took us a lot longer than we expected, but after some craziness we finally made it to the closest RV park to New York City. It was the most expensive park we have stayed at and also the most basic – it was a concrete parking lot! But we could see the Statue of Liberty from our site!
Once we parked (in RV storage for the first night!) we caught the train into Hoboken and went to Carlos Bakery (from the TV show ‘Cake Boss’). There were quite a few people inside and everything looked delicious. We bout 4 cupcakes, a lobster tail pastry and a chocolate mousse cake! We didn’t see Buddy though.
Early the next morning we caught a ferry from the RV park to Wall Street, Manhattan. We booked a tour of the Statue of Liberty for the following day and then got on a hop on hop off bus tour. There were four different bus routes on the tour so we started with the Downtown one. We got off at Times Square just in time to make a 2pm Broadway show. We originally wanted to see How to Succeed in Business with Daniel Radcliff but because it was classified as an ‘on Broadway’ show it was very expensive. The shows considered to be ‘off Broadway’ where about half the price so we saw one called The Prophet’s Son. It was quite good. After the show we did the Uptown bus tour and then went to a comedy club – we got completely ripped off here! We bought the tickets for $20 each to see 7 comedians. When we got there we found there was a two drink minimum for each person and the cheapest drink was $8. So with tip included (they included it on the bill for us) we paid another $20 each! And the comedians weren’t even that good! Oh well!
The next day we did the tour of the Statue of Liberty in the morning. We caught the ferry out to her and did a walking audio tour which was very interesting. She was a lot bigger than I imagined.
After seeing Lady Liberty we went on a bus tour around Brooklyn and then went to Grand Central Station before going for a long walk around Central Park. We were going to do the night lights bus tour but got a little lost in the park and didn’t make it to the bus stop in time!
Tonight we went to see Avenue Q which I have wanted to see for ages. It was great – very funny!
The next morning we left the RV park and found a parking space near the train station. We caught the train in to see the Empire State Building and then went back to Central Park to go to the zoo.
We then found the original Tiffany and Co. Store which was 6 floors – we explored all of them. I definitely found some things to put on my Christmas list.
We drove to Allaire State Park, which was half way to Jersey Shore. We couldn’t find somewhere to stay near Seaside Heights (where Jersey Shore is filmed) that had public transport, so we looked online for a cheap motel and found one for only $55 per night AND it was around the corner from Karma (the club they go to in Jersey Shore). We got there early in the afternoon and the town was completely dead. We did some laundry and then rode our bikes around. We found the Shore Store (where they work in Jersey Shore) and may have bought a few things! Then we had a beer in one of the bars that features on the show.
That night at around 10.30 the streets started to fill up. As we walked to the clubs, all the car parks where full and there were people everywhere. The club was packed as well, and it was massive. We were surprised to find that a vodka and a beer was only $7!
The day after we were a little hung over so we watched a few movies in the morning and then drove to Bass River State Forrest for the night.
It was another beach and boardwalk day the next day as we headed for Atlantic City. We rode our bikes around again and went into Trump Taj Mahal and Ceaser’s Palace. It was just like a mini Vegas but on the water.
We continued our trip towards Washington DC and on the way we found a flea market. We got a bag full of herbs and spices – including gravy and curry mixes – and everything was only $1. We also bought some of the biggest avocados I have ever seen! Flynn finally got his wish of having a Philly Cheese Steak – they were absolutely delicious!
We finally made it to a state park just outside Washington DC. I was a little worried as their website and all the bulletin boards around the camp warned of ticks that carry lime disease. Apparently Maryland has one of the highest rates of lime disease in the US. We are pretty sure we don’t have it.... yet!
Washington DC was so clean. All the buildings were beautiful and massive. We went to the Whitehouse but didn’t see Barack – he must have been out. We also visited the Lincoln memorial but the reflecting pool in front of it was under construction.
The next night we stayed in Pocahontas State Park – it’s such a nice name for a park I think, and it was a beautiful place. The next day we completely cleaned the van and then drove to North Carolina.
We arrived in Greenville, North Carolina to see Mist - a friend from camp. We went out for dinner to Mexican with her roommate Emily and had delicious frozen margaritas. Then we went downtown and hit a few bars. It was so much fun to meet her friends and hang out. Before we went home they showed us their version of the late night souvlaki – a place called Supdogs. Flynn was in heaven – he absolutely loves hotdogs and he ordered deep fired jalapeno hot dogs!
The next day we were all a little under the weather so we relaxed and then went to Outback Steakhouse for dinner – Americas Australian restaurant! It was very amusing to see all the things on the menu and there was definitely shrimp on the barbie! The steak was actually really nice. We then got ready and went into town with her two roommates, Emily and Betsy. We went to a country bar that had just opened up – there were even people line dancing on stage. We met up with another friend from camp, Hoot and all did the footloose dance on stage! Everyone loved it! I then rode the mechanical bull with Emily. All the other girls who rode it before us where trying to look very sensual – I don’t know how they managed because we couldn’t stop laughing – it was hard! We then ended up at a BYO beer strip club! Considering you could take your own slab of beer, it was a very cheap night!
The next morning we drove to Raleigh (the capital of North Carolina) to meet Mist’s family and catch up with another camp friend, Tangled. Mist’s parents were so welcoming and friendly, they cooked us a delicious dinner and we met her brother, sister and their partners as well. It was so nice to be involved in a family dinner – it’s been so long since we have been able to do that. They all gave us some great tips on where to travel as well. We slept in the spare room upstairs and it was the most comfortable bed! They even insisted that we sleep in and let ourselves out of their house. It was such a nice weekend.
We went Halloween costume shopping the next day and Flynn bought a pirate costume and I a witch costume. We stayed in a place called Morivian Falls so that the next day we could drive to Asheville along the Blue Ridge Parkway (a suggestion from Mist’s family). The Parkway was beautiful, it wound in and out of the mountains and all the trees where beautiful shades of yellows, oranges and reds.
We stayed in Asheville and explored the town in the morning. It was a beautiful town that looked like it hadn’t been changed for hundreds of years. I really wanted to visit Biltmore Estate which is Americas largest home, but it was too expensive for us. Maybe next time!
Now we are staying in Graham County, just outside Great Smokey Mountains National Park. Where Flynn practiced his rock climbing.
Tomorrow we will see Kara, who we met in the Greek Islands last year. We are very excited!
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Skull (your drink) Chug
Stubbie Holder Coozie
Cordial Cool Aid (but its powder...)
Bathers Swim Suit
Tomato Sauce Ketchup
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