Obviously most of you are aware of my 50 state goal by now. This year was rough for me because I felt like I had missed out on so many travel opportunities. Most of that was based off the fact that I now have a dog and a house… if my mom was unable to watch Kona, I’d have to pay someone else to watch her and that’s not cheap. Up until recently, the only places I had gone this year were NOLA in February and then the SC trip last month.
When I took the new job, I decided that I wanted to squeeze in a mini trip while I could. I had literally made the decision on a Tuesday and booked the flight/car right then and there. It was pretty short notice so I kind of expected that this would be another solo trip, and it was.
I flew out of Chicago into Boston on Saturday evening. I had to wait in a line for literally over an hour for the rental car. Luckily I didn’t have anything planned for Saturday night because I ended up getting to Rhode Island pretty late. I checked into the hotel and just went straight to sleep.
I woke up pretty early on Sunday morning because I wanted to watch the sunrise over Newport beach and I am SO happy I did. It was absolutely gorgeous. Like, so gorgeous, I wanted to cry. It made me really think about what I was doing wit my life, my goals, etc. and how I really need to start remembering to appreciate the little things in life. The pictures don’t do justice.
I hung around the beach for awhile and then decided to eat breakfast in Jamestown. Jamestown is known to be one of the more “historic” towns in Rhode Island – and it was. One of my initiatives for this trip was to eat at least once in every state that I visited. I got a little breakfast sandwich at a small deli downtown and planned my next moves.
I drove down to the marina and then through “ocean drive” which is basically just a route to look at a bunch of mansions in Newport. Let me tell ya – there’s a lot of them. Then I spent a little time walking along the cliff and headed out to Connecticut.
It took me about an hour and a half to get to Gillete Castle Park which was my first adventure. There is an old castle and a bunch of trails along the river and it was gorgeous and so awesome. Unfortunately the castle was closed for the season so I couldn’t get a tour but I was still able to spend sometime outside of it.
Then I headed to Devils Hopyard Waterfall. I took another hike and found this gorgeous piece of nature:
The thing about the East Coast is that it contains a lot of historical type landmarks and attractions. I’m not that type of person. I don’t go to museums for fun and I don’t get involved in politics to that extent. I’m much more of a nature, hiker, adventurer type of traveler. So yes, there were many other things I probably could have seen within these states, but I chose things that I knew would interest me. Not things that other people think I should see.
I ate at a taco place in New Haven (big surprise) and headed over to Yale. I wanted to walk around the campus but it was PACKED. The traffic was obnoxious, both foot and vehicle, so I decided to just take a short tour in my car and then head to Jersey.
Speaking of New Jersey – the drive from New Haven to Jersey City was supposed to take 2 hours but ended up taking just over 3. It was the worst drive. I always assumed that traffic was craziest in Boston or NYC – but it’s literally crazy everywhere on the east coast. I HATED it.
When I finally got to Jersey City, I roamed around Liberty State Park. Obviously named that because you can see the Statue of Liberty from the park.
Then I went on my merry way to Seaside Heights. I wanted to see the boardwalk where Jersey Shore took place, so I did! Unfortunately the season was over for rides, but all of the shops and arcades were still going. It was strange to me, though, because I felt as though it was much more “family oriented” than it seemed on the show. Granted it was a Sunday but there were basically ONLY families roaming around. I found the Shore Store where the GTL cast worked and then got the most delicious Acai Bowl from a little shop on the boardwalk.
As you can tell, I didn’t spend a lot of time in each of these states. My goal is to either see a national landmark, eat at a local restaurant or go to a place that’s well known for something else. I don’t count a state if I just drive through it or have a layover at the airport. I need to do SOMETHING there for it to count.
I didn’t want to drive the two more hours to DE so I decided to go halfway and rent a hotel. BTW the hotel I stayed in Monday night was sketch AF. Thinking about it gives me the heeby geebies.
I woke up early again and drove to Wilmington, DE. Delaware doesn’t have much to do on the northern part of the state. I went to the Riverfront market and took a stoll near the Delaware Memorial Bridge (which was very pretty). I ate at a cute little cafe in Newark and continued my journey.
I decided that this blog post is already too long so I’m going to separate the next day(s) into a second post. To be continued…