Perfect day to relax! #river #cabin #mississippi #me #sunglasses #tan #follow #book #blink #follow4follow #jetski #water #waves #dock #instagood #beautiful #lol #best #awesome (at Mississippi River)
Jetski season is here! @akcrowley14 #jetski #water #mississippi #river #iowa #illinois #cabin #fun #follow #me #best #instagood #self #follow4follow #awesome #crazy #funny #lol #adventure #time (at Guiseissippi Cabin)
Biking around the Quad Cities #bike #ride #path #quad #cities #bridge #mississippi #river #follow #fun #me #exercise #sunny #instagood #follow4follow #scenic #nice (at Mississippi River)
I woke up today in Sandusky, Ohio to encounter a 7 hour drive through Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Iowa. I was able to catch up on reading Blink by Malcolm Gladwell as we rolled along the highway through the long plains of the midwest. We passed by Chicago to which I wish I could stop-for I consider it my home now, but Instead, we had to end our vacation as we ended up back home after 10 days. As we approached home, I began to think about the places I just experienced-Cleveland, New York, Philadelphia, DC and places in between, and I realized that It is an experience that I will never forget. I am truly lucky and grateful to experience such a trip for many are unable to do so and do wonderful things like I did. I will miss all the people and places I went through, but until next time ;)
This is ‘Murcia #cedar #point #amusement #park #roller #coasters #follow #fun #road #trip #me #family #follow4follow #awesome #instagood #flag #america #murica #patriotic #cool #ride (at Cedar Point)
We began the day with a drive from the suburbs of Cleveland to Sandusky to go to the famous Cedar Point amusement park. I have heard many raves of it and they were all true! After waiting in line varying from well over an hour to getting right on, we (my brothers) went on almost all the roller coasters. A few were taller than I have any experienced and one went from 0 to 120 miles per hour in just 4 seconds. It was an awesome day in an awesome place, although abeit expensive when it came to food. Regardless, after riding all the rides, running into a new loyola student in line, and walking around the park on the island, it was a good day and a good end of the trip. Now only a 7 hour drive separates me from home!
We woke up in Virginia to drive through DC, Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania to get to Ohio. It was a long drive in the curvy mountains where I was able to read my book and catch up on some sleep. We arrived at our basic hotel near Akron in the afternoon where the rest of the family attended the NFL Hall of Fame or something that I am completely uninterested in. Regardless, I stayed at the hotel and worked out before we found a Mexican Restaurant to eat some food. We headed back to the hotel to rest. And that’s It! It was a boring day, and I was somewhat annoyed with the world for whatever reason. I’m starting to get the feeling of wanting to be home and get back to work. Oh well, We are headed to Cedar Point tomorrow for one last Horrah!
We woke up very early this morning to an excellent breakfast before we headed on the orange DC Metro line to the National Mall. We walked down the gallant avenues to the Lincoln, Vietnam, Korean, Washington, FDR, MLK, Jefferson and WWII memorials. Tons of pictures, Iconic memories of people who shaped this nation and world came a constant reminder as we walked through and learned about the changes that have occurred due to these people. The opportunities I have today are because of these men and women. After all of the sites, we headed up to the White House for a few up close pictures. We didn’t know if our wonderful President Obama was in the house, for there was no public schedule cause it was a weekend, but we inferred that because he was in town on friday, he had to be just feet from us. When I visited 5 years ago on a school trip, we were fortunate to visit the White House and all of the rooms as well as the Capitol Building where I saw then-Senator and Presidential contender, John Kerry. We may have not been able to go in the house this time, but it was still an iconic house, one of the most protected sites on this earth, that was feet from us. We stopped to get some scrumptious Potbelly’s sandwiches for lunch in Upper DC before we headed to the mall again to walk down with some cooling ice cream taking in all the sites that our nation’s capital has. We headed to the Smithsonian Museum of American History to see multiple exibits. It wasn’t to my pleasure as much as I would like, but I was very interested in an exibit about American Transportation, where they showcased the Chicago L system and an old car and maps to my interest. After that, we headed to the Museum of Air and Space, a museum I attended on my trip before. We then headed to the Capitol building, for the sky became erroneous. We got some awesome pictures of the house of our congress before we headed back to the crowded Metro station to eat some leftovers at our hotel. After eating poorly, I had the urge to work out at the hotel gym with my youngest brother for over an hour and a half, which felt great!
Posin’ at the Capital #road #trip #2013 #fun #capitol #building #follow #washington #dc #metro #follow4follow #lol #america #politics #fun #world #love #instagood #me #cute #photography #beautiful #like #happy #smile #nice #summer # (at The Capitol Building)
Pentagon 9/11 Memorial #road #trip #pentagon #memorial #follow #dc #Virginia #trees #remember #follow4follow #sky #awesome #instagood #park #american #patriotic (at Pentagon National Memorial)
We woke up to drive through 5 states and the capital of the most powerful country on earth: Washington, District of Columbia. Pennsylvania to New Jersey to Delaware to Maryland to DC to Virginia where our hotel is located. After crazy traffic (what’s with people driving everywhere on a saturday?) we made it to our hotel suite and headed back into the car to see Arlington National Cemetery. I visited DC and all the attractions almost exactly 5 years ago on my 8th grade trip with my class, so DC and the attractions are not new to me; however, the interest of such sites doesn’t decrease for me. We walked through the blistering sun on another hot day on the east coast to see the grave sites of the Kennedy’s, one of the most prominent political families to which I have read multiple books about. I also saw Edward Kennedy’s grave who died in 2009. Seeing the basic white tombstones spiking the rolling hills give a chilling feeling to which one could only give their basic respect and honor. We then headed to see the changing of the guard and laying of the wreath again 5 years after I saw the same thing piled in sweat for it was even hotter when I saw it and we had to dress up. Nonetheless, the cemetery is an historic landmark, solum yet vital to truly understanding the effort that those have gave in the name of this nation and for the good of the people so that someone like me can have the possibility of freedom and improving my life. After the cemetery, we went to the Pentagon to see the 9/11 memorial. We saw 184 striking modern benches to mark the memorial overlooked by the noticeably different facade of the building that had to be rebuilt after the attacks. It was another solum memorial, yet overlooked when one thinks about the 9/11 attacks. We ended up at the Imo Jima memorial to get some wonderful shots at the mountainous statue that overlooks the capital. We ended up chillaxing at the suite before we went shopping and eating at the very high-end and nice establishments that make up Arlington, Virginia. Tomorrow is the day to conquer the capital!
On top of the Rocky steps #philadelphia #museum #art #road #trip #follow #skyline #pennsylvania #follow4follow #travel #rocky #steps (at Philadelphia Museum of Art)
We started the day by heading downtown on the orange SEPTA subway line, getting off at City Hall, we saw downtown as we walked down Market Street to go see the historic region of what make’s Philly a wold class city. We saw the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall as well as the Constitution Center all placed in a microcosm of a colonial village in the middle of a bustling city. It vaguely reminded me of my trip to Boston when I was a kid, for the same architecture and brick roads appeared. It was a sizzling 95 degrees so we were exhausted in the toasty sun, although I still enjoyed history for my inner-political/history buff in me came out which was prominent in my childhood. We headed back down the orange line where I chose to stay in the hotel for a bit to relax instead of going by the pool to cool off since I thought I would die of heat exhaustion if I was outside any longer. My dad and youngest brother headed a few blocks south of hour hotel to the Philly’s Ballpark where we, the rest of the family, joined them after we ate at a local restaurant. We watched the Milwaukee Brewers played the local Philly’s, with my family being one of the only ones cheering for the Brewers (my uncle is an avid Brewers fan). I’m not a fan of sports whatsoever, but I use the many sports events that I attend as a social event as well as a place to enjoy the exciting environment. I enjoyed my time there, but my youngest brother did even more, for he was yelling and clapping very loudly as the Brewers won the game. We walked back to our hotel where I am relaxing at the moment before we wake up again to head to the District of Columbia!
The City #new #york #city #skyline #jersey #follow #statue #of #liberty #island #follow4follow #america #road #trip #lol #urban #harbor #patriotic (at Statue of Liberty)
I woke up with the new World Trade Center blocking the morning sun for me. We headed out of Jersey City to Liberty Park for a close view of the city as well as the Statue of Liberty, for it is closed due to damage from Hurricane Sandy. After taking some photogenious shots, we made our way down the New Jersey Turnpike to Philadelphia and made it to our hotel just blocks from the Philly’s stadium. After a slight altercation with my brother (not uncommon whatsoever) I made my way to the pool to read my book. It was a sizzling 90 degrees and I had to splash myself with the extremely cold water, so cold I didn’t want to go in it, just to keep me cool. In the end, I got a nice tan and some good reading done! My father and youngest brother Chris went to a Philly’s vs. Red Sox game while me, my mom and my brother, Mitch drove to the Philadelphia Museum of Art to see the sights of the local parks, and reenact the famous Rocky scene on top of the staircase overlooking the city. We then walked around the near north neighborhoods of Philly to find an English pub to eat, with some very fine and delicate food, as well as an ice cream eatery for dessert. We then casually walked around the high-end, fine neighborhoods, passing by the first penitentiary (which looks like a castle). We were truly exploring the neighborhoods which is my ideal form of traveling, it is the true way to see how local life occurs-by going to the unknown pubs, eateries, streets and sights to instead of all the touristy spots, which are a given on a road trip. We drove our way back, and sitting here in our hotel, I am writing this now!