Well we were going to take the kids camping this weekend however, with the high chance of rain we decided not to go because my luck someone would get sick.

We decided to come to the mountains anyway but get a room for the night.

We left after Arnie got home from work.  Shawn and I managed to get the bags packed, animals watered, truck packed, kids loaded and we left after Arnie made a quick change of clothes and stopped to fuel up the truck.  We were on our way!

The kids did really well driving in the truck.  Thought for sure that someone would be fighting but never happened.  

Josh seen a semi truck on the road and asked “Mommy, are there elephants in there?”  I laughed and told him “No honey…  I think you have been watching to much Smokey and The Bandit.”

We drove on and got into PA.  The twins were asleep by this time and  but Josh was still awake and Shawn had the mp3 player to his head as usual.  Josh asked several times if we were there yet and I calmly replied no.

Joshua, Madision, & Dakota
Riding in the car is such hard work.

During the car ride Arnie was reminiscing about the all wild and crazy trips we had up in the mountains when we would stay at the Allegany State Park in Pa.

We finally arrived at the hotel and we soon seen that there was some sort of construction crew there and enjoying the rest of their day/evening.  They had a fire going in the back with a picnic table, music going, and the beers being passed around.  I told hubby that it’s just like home.  😉

Arnie and I went into the hotel and checked in.  We were on the first floor next to the lobby.  I was a bit thankful for that because I wasn’t sure how the little ones would do since this was their first road trip and our first road trip as a family.

We soon got everyone into the room and got the bags in.  The room was nice.   Had a desk, a built in closet with the tv on top, a window seat, and a mirror along the one wall where the two beds where.  Shawn was supposed to sleep in a cot they put in there for us.

Joshua, Madision, & Dakota
The kids on the window seat in our room.

It was soon decided that we were all getting hungry and that tomorrow we would have a big day of checking out the State Parks and that.  Since I had taken my laptop with us I went online and checked to see if there was anything local.  The room listings they had didn’t really give much information aside from phone numbers.  Wanted to see if I could find something that was kid friendly.  I found a few but according to the listings they were all local.

We got everyone loaded in the truck and preceeded to find dinner.  We found a couple places but the one seemed it may not be what we wanted and the other place was a little Italian place that had a sign out that had spaghetti and meatballs for $7.50.  Arnie said that he was not going to pay that for a plate of noodles and sauce.  So we headed out to see what else we could find in this small tourist town.

He made a turn and drove and we ended up somewhere that was some State Park.  It was a nice ride in the country and to see the sites.  We seemed to be miles from no where.  That’s exactly what Arnie likes but I do like to be close to somewhere just in case.

We drove and drove and we came across some wild turkeys that where just wandering around.

Wild Turkeys
Wild Turkeys

We drove and drove some more.  Which seemed to be forever and the kids and I were starting to get really hungry.  Shawn proceeded to say he had no bars on his cell phone.  He was texting some girl the whole trip I guess.  But Arnie was happy to be in no man’s land.

We then came across some more wild life.  A wild deer.  Arnie proceeded to tell me that they are smaller in Pa then back home.  Guess it’s just something do with the way they are there or something.  I dunno.  He’s been rambling about this and that the whole time.  Sometimes I listened and other times I just agreed with him.

Wild Deer
Wild Deer

Arnie then agreed we where lost and actually ended up asking someone for directions.  Just our luck that the couple that was walking down the side of the road was not from around there but from Elyria, Ohio.  Would would have thought.  We then asked another gentleman that was walking with his son and he informed us that we just needed to go back to the light,  make a right, another right and we will soon be back where we started.

We finally got back to Marienville and hubby went that Italian place.  He was still saying that he was not going to spend that much money on noodles and sauce.  So we went to the Bucktail Motel Bar & Grill.  Ok, sounds good to me.

We walk in and there is a little room and the gentleman there asked if we wanted to eat in the front or the back.  We said it didn’t matter and he then took us to the back.  Oh my gosh!  It was like going back in time.  This back room must have been some sort of ballroom or something back in it’s day.  They had it all converted into another room for the resturant.

It also seemed to be a bit fancy just for us.  They had cloth table clothes on the tables, wine or champagne glasses that that real cloth napkins in them.  I immediately thought that this is not someplace to be taking the kids.  But there was another family there so I thought it wouldn’t be too bad.

The waiter asked us if we liked anything to drink and if we wanted water.  I said that was fine but if we could have something kid friendly for the little ones to use.  Not every place has plastic cups with lids or that.  But when he arrived with those I was a bit better. 

The waitress came over (an older lady that looked like she could have been working there since the hay day of this place) and asked if we wanted the dinner or lunch menu.  Arnie asked if we could have the lunch menu since he was a bit afraid of the dinner costs and we weren’t really looking for anything fancy to eat.  Especially with the kids.

She brought the menus and we ended up ordering 3 cheeseburgers, 3 grilled cheese, and 6 sides of fries.  Remember this because there is a shocker coming.

The waiter came back and lit the candle on the table and sometime during our meal another lady came in and lit the fireplace.

Cody & Shawn
Cody & Shawn
Maddy & Shawn
Maddy & Shawn
Joshua
Joshua
Arnie
Arnie

We had a nice dinner.  They had an organ in there playing some old music.  Mainly organ music.  We then proceeded to get the check and the check, here’s the shocker, for our dinner was $47 and change!  (Maybe we should have went and got noodles and sauce?)  We then chuckled it off and I told hubby that not every day can you eat cheeseburgers by candlelight.  😉

We then went back to the motel and got ready for bed.  Arnie crashed as soon as he laid down.  The kids fell asleep in spourts.  I went outside to get some things from the truck and the construction workers were still partying it up.  Infact, I think they had more friends show up by now.  Cody for nothing would not go to sleep.  Finally got him to sleep and we slept through the night.

The next morning I awoke early.  As I usually do when we travel.  I then went to the lobby to get coffee and ran into a guy that was there and was talking with him.  He told me that the AA was having their convention that weekend at Cooks Forest.  That would explain alot of the people there. 

I went back to the room to start waiting for someone to wake up so that we could go and get breakfast.  Only to realize that Shawn, Cody, & Josh were in one bed.  Maddy was in mine.  And Arnie was sleeping on the cot that was supposed to be for Shawn.

Dakota under the covers.
Dakota under the covers.

We then proceeded to get dressed and go and get our continental breakfast from the motel.  We got ready, got the truck loaded back up and checked out.

Madison, Joshua, & Dakota on the bench at the motel.
Madison, Joshua, & Dakota on the bench at the motel.

From there we went to the one gift shop that hubby had seen on our adventure the night before because he wanted to get some leather moccasins.  We arrived and looked around for a good while.  He didn’t find anything but I got the kids some little gifties since I figured this would be the only place we would be stopping for anything like this.  Shawn got a dreamcatcher necklace, Josh and Cody got some little dinasours to play with (figured it would help the trip home too), and Maddy got a little cross necklace since she had been asking for one like Mommy’s.  When I passed out the gifts Maddy was upset that she did not get dinasours.  She would not wear her necklace at all.

Arnie decided that we would do some site seeing and maybe take the long way home.  Of course this turned into another adventure for us.  We ended up going the way we had went the night before and came across this other motel that had a petting zoo, resturant, mini golf, etc.

The kids got to pet a donkey and seen the other animals.  We went into the gift shop and I got some homemade chocolate chip cookies and oatmeal raisin cookies.

Shawn, Dakota, Madison, & Joshua
Shawn, Dakota, Madison, & Joshua

We then loaded back into the truck and proceeded on our way. I passed out the cookies and oh my goodness the oatmeal raisin cookies where out of this world!  I have never had oatmeal raisin cookies like this before.

We then drove and drove and got to the Allegany State Park and then of course hubby is talking about “remember this, remember that”.  Shawn thought we where nuts but we would so like to take the kids back there for camping some day.

We then drove and drove some more and by this time everyone was ready for a potty break and it was already passed lunch time.  We stopped at a subway and got sandwiches and had a potty break.  We then left and got on the freeway, as we were all getting tired of driving and driving, and it was gonna be a long ride home if we stayed on the back way.

We arrived home safe and sound.  Got things ready for the next day as Shawn and Josh both had school and Arnie had to go to work.

This is surely a trip that I and hopefully the kids will remember some day.  😉

One thing I like about such trips is the conversations and that that happened on the ride there and the way home.  Seems that life is busy for us all and this was a get away that we needed.

Tracey
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