Aaron and I spent a full week in Poconos Pines, PA, with his parents and grandparents; his aunt and uncle, brother, cousin, sister and her two kids (ages 5 months and 4 years) joined us throughout the week. This was my first time meeting his grandparents, aunt and uncle, and cousin, and it had been years since he’d seen them, as they live in different places on the East Coast than his parents (i.e. New Jersey, Maine, and Washington, DC). His parents, grandparents, and aunt and uncle rented the vacation home we stayed in, which had 3 floors and multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, for the second consecutive year. Aaron and I had our own room and shared a bathroom on the bottom floor for the latter half of the week when his aunt, uncle, and cousin arrived with their cute little doggie, Dottie (she’s actually named after Aaron’s grandma).
This week was about relaxing and hanging out with Aaron’s side of the family rather than sight-seeing; we spent quite a bit of our time at the house and in that immediate area, which felt really nice after our “fast travel” the week prior. It was a much needed time to slow down!
We mainly are composing this blog post to share photos from our time in The Poconos with family, but we did have a few experiences as a couple or solo that we’d like to share publicly as well.
Driving to The Poconos
Outdoor Excursions & Scenic Photography
Dining at the House
Group Fitness Classes
I also took a Zumba class from another instructor at Lake Naomi Club on our last full day in The Poconos, but I did not document the experience with a photo. Check out the details of this experience in my separate blog post about fitness classes I took while on the road here.
Our Anniversary Dinner Outing
Aaron and I celebrated our 2-year wedding anniversary on September 13th, so we went out to a nice dinner, just the two of us, at Louie’s Prime Steakhouse in Lake Harmony, PA. We were excited to take part in the Small Plate Menu offerings, which feature high quality, value-price dishes from Tuesday through Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the bar area (which also has table seating available), though we actually only ended up ordering 1 dish off of this section of the menu (the appetizer plates were similarly priced). We arrived in the mid-part of the allotted timeframe established for the Small Plate Menu offerings, and we basically had the area to ourselves! We mostly reflected upon our travels thus far, including our time in The Poconos with family to this part of the week, and our lives together over the past couple of years. Thank you to our family (both sides!) for contributing towards treating us out for this awesome meal (we decided to use your gifts for our travels and anniversary toward this finer dining experience)!
Family Dinner Out
Ted and Dottie treated everyone who was there mid-week out to dinner, even though we were continuing to celebrate Ted’s 90th Birthday! I suppose that’s just what grandparents do (lovingly spoil their family members). 🙂
Family Hanging Out
Miscellaneous + Noteworthy Stuff
Overall, it was a great week to stay in one place and hang out. We almost forgot that we were on a long-term travel journey, being in the midst of family for a vacation. Besides what is pictured and/or described above, other activities included watching tv, reading books, using tablets, blogging (for me), hanging out and chatting (often while doing the aforementioned), and grocery shopping. Aaron enjoyed a couple of outdoor runs around the lake while I was off taking fitness classes in the area (thank you, parents, for lending me your car so this would be more accessible for me)! I would like to mention that I always feel welcome around Aaron’s immediate family (your loving efforts to do this are and always have been noticed and appreciated), and I did around his extended family upon meeting and spending time with them on this trip as well. Aaron felt really fulfilled by seeing and spending time with his family in-person, which he doesn’t get to do very often. This time together was a great, final send-off from family before getting on a Greyhound bus to New York City to start a long, indefinite period of travel with (primarily) just the two of us; this was likely the last time we’ll see familiar faces for awhile, so we soaked up our last goodbyes with Mom and Dad especially.
Until next time, when we’ll be in NYC and Miami!