Roadtrip to Pennsylvania

Last weekend included a lot of driving, a ton of coffee, and way too much food! At 4am Friday morning, Taylor and I packed up the car and started driving to Pennsylvania, where we would spend time visiting my family. The last time I was home, it was during Christmas, so a trip home was well overdue.

For the first few hours, Taylor drove from South Carolina to Virginia, where we stopped for some breakfast at Waffle House. Taylor ordered a chocolate chip waffle and a large side of hash browns with cheese. I ordered the grilled cheese with bacon and a side of cheesy hash browns!

After we paid, we filled the car up with gas, ordered a latte and frappe at Starbucks, and then I finished the drive to PA. To kick off summer the right way, my family decided to camp together at Muddy Run!

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If you look close enough, you’ll notice he’s watching THREE DIFFERENT baseball games!

It was a beautiful weekend to park the camper, grill some hot-dogs and hamburgers, and roast some s’mores!

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The following afternoon, Tay and I had a wedding to attend for a good friend of mine.

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Dress: Modcloth

This was our first Italian wedding and we had the best time! The food was amazing, and the dancing afterwards was a blast.

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And of course the bride was stunning! I’m really thankful to have a friend as great as her! 🙂 I’m also thankful to have a guy who’s willing to spend his weekend driving all the way to PA to attend a wedding with me.

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Unfortunately our time in Pennsylvania was limited, and we had to drive back to South Carolina the next day. We weren’t in a huge rush to leave, but ended up taking off the same time my family left the campground.

After a couple hours on the road, we made it to Baltimore and Taylor really wanted to stop for lunch at Chaps Pit Beef. He had eaten there years ago, and insisted that it was the best place to get a sandwich. I’m not going to lie, this restaurant is not located in the best part of town but, their food was worth it.

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They are really popular for the meat in their sandwiches! They’ve even been featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, Man vs. Food, The Best Thing I Ever Ate, and 101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown. Taylor ordered a turkey and swiss, and I ordered a ham and swiss. We also split a side of cheese fries!

I’ll have to admit, I was a little hesitant about this place, but it was surprisingly delicious! The cheese fries were good, but not my favorite. However, the sandwiches were extremely flavorful and you could tell that the meat had been smoked for a really long time. Also, they packed so much meat into each bun, making it worth the money.

thumbnail_IMG_3599.jpgWhen we left earlier, Taylor could tell that I was really sad to leave my family. To make me feel better, he detoured through DC to pick me up some of my favorite cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcakes!

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Whenever we road trip through DC, we ALWAYS talk about how we want to come back for a long weekend to explore. Now that it’s summer and the weather is nicer, I really want to visit before he heads back to school!

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I could spend hours walking the streets and taking pictures of all the charm.

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Georgetown Cupcakes was busy as usual. If you ever visit, the shop is so small that there is almost always a line out the door. Thankfully, the line moves pretty quickly, but if you’re ever visiting during the winter, come prepared!

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Now, somehow from the 5 minute walk from the bakery to our car, I managed to flip all but 1 cupcake completely upside down. I did the same exact thing last time we went and I have no idea how!! I wasn’t swinging the bag around wildly or anything and they were snuggly placed into a cupcake holder. Who knew cupcakes were so sensitive?

They all still tasted amazing though! I always get the red velvet and salted caramel cupcakes!

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Once we were back on the road, we drove straight home. I’m so thankful I was able to go see my family, even for a brief weekend!

ACC Championship & NASCAR

This past weekend, Taylor really wanted to travel up to Raleigh, North Carolina for the ACC Baseball Championship game because Clemson was playing against Florida State. He also wanted to drive to Charlotte to see the Coca Cola 600 Race…so we did both!

It was a VERY long day! We left the house at 6am Sunday morning in order to make it to Raleigh on time for the baseball game. We also picked up two of his friends along the way! Raleigh was experiencing really bad weather so we were nervous that they would cancel the game as we were driving up. Thankfully, they just delayed the game an hour, which worked out fine.

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thumbnail_IMG_3342We were able to purchase 4 tickets under the awning! Although we were able to stay dry, it was still hot and humid.

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This was one of the best baseball games we’ve ever been to because Clemson was playing SO well against Florida State. By the fourth inning, the score was 18 to 1. We even made it on TV!

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Due to a downpour of rain, they had to delay the game for almost 2 hours. Since we wanted to see the race later that evening, we couldn’t stay to finish the game.

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On our way to Charlotte, we stopped for some Chipotle! YUM!

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The drive was a little over two hours because we had to stop and pick up our tickets. Taylor bought 4 from someone off of Craigslist.

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Since we arrived about 20 minutes before the race started, we didn’t hit any traffic. AND Taylor found us FREE parking right at the entrance because the ladies managing the lot were about to leave when we pulled in. The lot was normally $30. Taylor is the best at finding great parking spots…just like my dad!

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For the race, you were aloud to bring one cooler or backpack per person into the stadium. Your cooler couldn’t be larger than 14 x 14 x 14, so Tay picked one up from Target the day before.

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I was not prepared for how loud the race would actually be! About 100 laps in, Taylor went and bought me some earplugs because my eardrums felt like they were going to explode.

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Surprisingly, the race went really smoothly and there were no major wrecks. This made the laps fly by!! We ended up leaving around 10:30pm because we were exhausted from the day and wanted to beat traffic.

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With Clemson winning the ACC Championship and then watching my very first NASCAR race, I would say it was a successful day!!