This is mostly because travelling with young children is challenging at best (and mind-numbing at worst).
I admit it, we are the world's most AWFUL hotel guests. We are loud. There will be crying at some point (usually in the middle of the night). No one gets to nap. There are never enough towels. And someone is always complaining about the food. But, once we commit to it, we COMMIT.
So, in the spirit of adventure, we took a drive to see our new hometown.
Finally! A Chick-fil-A within driving distance!
Yes. They enjoyed the Cable TV.
Near our new hometown is the Fenton Art Glass factory.
My Grandmother was a collector of Fenton Art Glass, and gave us a beautiful pitcher for our wedding. I don't recommend you visit with children under the age of 4. Trust me.
Of course I had to pick up a turtle to add to my collection.
After a day exploring our new hometown (First impressions: small, well-kept, Willamette Valley-esque, damp, stay on the Ohio side), we headed up to Columbus to have a little fun & meet up with family.
Despite the chilly temperatures (but still warmer than Michigan!) we headed to the Columbus Zoo.
The gorillas were nice & toasty inside.
The aquarium was open & the tidepool was doing a brisk business.
The tigers were VERY eager to let us know they saw us.
On our way out of town, we HAD to stop at Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams. It did NOT disappoint.
Most of the offerings were a bit exotic for the kids, yet they still managed to gobble down their chocolate/ vanilla scoops with sprinkles. I had Salty Caramel, Brambleberry Crisp, and Wildberry Lavender. I'm glad that it will be hours to drive to Jeni's, as I might otherwise be there every day until I sampled every item on the menu. I think a birthday pilgrimage may be in order.... after all, what goes better with a summer birthday than ice cream??