Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Road Trip!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Last weekend we took a little road trip to Presque Isle in Erie, PA. We left early Saturday morning and returned late Sunday evening. But this wasn't any old road trip, we had an agenda for the weekend! It was going to be Beatrix's first trip to the beach and our first trip away from home as a family (Beatrix and I went away last August but Brian didn't join us so it doesn't count). There was also a half marathon that Brian planned on participating in on Sunday.

Our first trip to the beach was okay. We had a nice picnic and played in the sand (which was 3/4 sand and 1/4 pebbles). Brian and Bebe changed into swim suits and played in the very dirty waves (pic to follow). We then went to the hotel and eventually  found a playground that was near a nice looking beach. We decided that since dinner was approaching, we would save the nice looking beach for after the race on Sunday. We ate dinner was at a local hotdog/ice cream place and the food was quite greasy and yummy. We went to kill some time at the mall after dinner and Beatrix got to build her first bear at the Build a Bear Workshop. We then returned to the hotel and had an early night so Brian could prepare for his race.

Brian's race stats: 146 out of 998 total, 11 out of 37 in his age group. He says it was a good race and he's happy with his time, especially because it was a really hot day.

After the race we went back to the hotel to clean up and pack up. Bebe ended up crashing in the car so we hung out at the hotel for a little while before heading out to brunch at Bob Evans. (It was very good.) We then headed to the nice beach that we discovered the day before (Beach 11 on Presque Isle). The beach was wonderful: the water was clean and warm, and the sand was fun! We spent almost 2hrs on the beach and I think we would have liked to have stayed longer but time was working against us (eg, the dogs were waiting). We stopped for ice cream on our way out and then enjoyed a nice quiet (Beatrix slept most of the ride sleeping) ride home.

All in all it was a great trip, we wish we would have found the cleaner beach sooner but next time we'll ready:

Enjoy our trip pics.

Seaweed, seaweed everywhere!


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