Our Thanksgiving plans took us to a new location -- Erie, Pennsylvania. We have no connection to Erie,except it was a meeting point for my family and us and there was a water park (Splash Lagoon)! This might be one of the last years that a water park can hold the attention of my boys and my nephews, who age in range from 15 on down, but it worked for this year, and it was awesome to see my family.
It was so wonderful to see my sons and my three nephews hang out together. Of course, there was lots of "staring at small screens" but there was also swimming together, some games, watching movies, eating out, and a few side trips. Luke learned some soccer footwork tricks from my 13 year old nephew who has been playing club soccer for a number of years; Luke definitely has his eye on his cousins collection of soccer shirts should he ever want to part with them. Ben and my 14 year old cousin tended to pair off together -- both are thoughtful, young men. Levi, I think, experienced the best surprise -- a boy cousin near his age! My 10 year old nephew and he spent a lot of time together hanging out, and I'm so glad for the opportunity for each of my boys to build connections with their nephews.
Our "free" day away from the waterpark involved a day trip to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Hubby and I were super excited for this, and I was glad for the opportunity to have my kids glimpse all the great music we used to listen to. It was like a walk down memory lane for me! I know that Luke and Levi grew weary long before Ben, Dave and I. Actually, Ben lasted the longest.
I was so totally enamored with the museum part (LOVED the Dick Clark/ American Bandstand looping movie) I totally forgot to go up the the Hall of Fame part, instead spending a glorious amount of time in the museum. The collage shows some of the artifacts that reminded me of growing up in the midwest in the 1980s -- Prince, The Romantics, Cheap Trick, John Cougar Mellencamp (sorry, that's what I grew up calling him) and U2! That was fun music to dance to.
Then, right as we were leaving the museum, a group of protestors began walking down I-90 in support of the Ferguson, MO protestors. I took this picture from near the overpass bridge. As I walked away from the bridge to wait for Dave (who got re-routed around the protestors) to pick us up, I passed a police officer, telling him I hope everyone -- including the protestors and police -- stayed safe. "Me, too," he hoped.
We made our drive home a second adventure -- stopping to drive through Grove City College, PA and then headed towards Scranton, PA for my The Office loving guys. We found the iconic downtown skyline and took pictures. This side says "Dunder Mifflin" and the Other side says "PA Paper."
After our Scranton side trip, we veered once more towards a detour -- West Point Military Academy's Visitor Center. All our extra driving home side trips made me remember how much I love traveling and seeing sights with my family.