As a pediatric dentist, summer is always very busy. But, it’s still nice to have some time away from the office. This year, my time off came in the form of a road trip to NYC. My third son, Ben, will be attending Pratt Institute this fall to study Architecture. So, we loaded up his college stuff and hit the road.
|Beautiful sunset over a Wisonsin farm.|
Our first stop was a visit to see my mother-in-law in Milwaukee. After working until noon, we finished loading and headed out. Unfortunately, I had a horrible migraine that even Rizatriptan could not stop. Thankfully, my son could drive.
|Sunrise over Lake Michigan.
Photo courtesy of my son, Dan.
|The view from our hotel window.|
If you visit Niagara, I would recommend dinner at Kasbah Mediterranean Qsine restaurant. Starting at 3pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, they offer a prix fixe option for $21 Canadian ($16.15 USD) per person. The meal included an appetizer plate, soup or salad options, four entrees and desert. Great food, great value!
|Statue of Liberty|
|Pratt Institute entrance.
Photo was taken during our visit in April.
Jacket was definitely not needed this time.
Brooklyn to Pittsburg
With orientation starting in a few days and classes starting in a week, Ben, has some time to check out the city and get settled in to his apartment. Kinda makes his mom want to be young again so that she can have the same experience!
But, my youngest son, Dan, and I had a long drive back to Minnesota. So, time to say good bye and head west.
To break up the drive, we planned a few stops along the way.
Our first stop was in Philadelphia for a self guided Constitution Walking Tour. Dan has been fascinated by history since he was really young. So, this was an enjoyable stop.
The drive through central Pennsylvania was beautiful. I especially liked the old split stone farm houses that I saw along the way.
For our second stop, I was debating between Lancaster, PA or Hershey, PA. I thought my son would prefer Hershey, so that was where we headed.
Bad decision – way too commercial and far too many people! I should have investigated this decision a bit more.
Day Seven: Pittsburgh to Chicago
Eight hours of driving and toll road, after toll road. I think this trip cost over $200 in tolls. I wish I had known that the E-ZPass – probably would have saved a lot of $.
Rain storms off and on throughout the day, from showers to heavy downpours. We finally made it to Chicago.
Not wanting to do too much, we settled on a ride up to the SkyDeck of the Willis Building. The Ledge is a glass balcony that extends four feet outside of the building on the 103rd floor. That’s 1353 feet above the ground. When you look down, you see the city below!
Day Eight: Chicago to Minneapolis
Our day started with a visit to the Museum of Science and Industry. Some of the exhibits we saw:
Coal Mine – history and technology of mining
U-505 Submarine – a German submarine that was captured during WWII
The Great Train Story – a massive model train display that includes Chicago and Seattle
Numbers in Nature – Mirror Maze – this was really fun!
Transportation Gallery – a flight simulator ride with Dan as the pilot and me as the gunner. I only hit three targets. But, it’s a bit hard aiming when you are flying upside down. Dan will need a bit more practice before he joins that Air Force.
After a late afternoon stop in Madison for ice cream with my son, Sam, we arrived home at 10 pm. Happy to sleep in my own bed again.
2650 miles driven,
$223.10 in tolls paid,
Nine states and one Canadian province visited,
A few tense moments driving in unknown areas,
One son settled,
History experienced, and
Lots of photos and fun memories.