10 random things discovered during our east coast vacation:

We skipped a bar in downtown Buffalo because the crowd entering looked like too many “young kids”. The next morning our GPS guided us to the nearest Starbucks, to our surprise it ended up being smack dab in the middle of the University of Buffalo campus. We still parked and went. Apparently having morning coffee with those “young kids” isn’t as bad as drinking booze with them LOL!!

Sore post-surgery knees, don’t do very well at Catholic weddings.

Gambling at a Casino after a wedding pays off. Roulette especially.

Eating some form of Lobster and/or seafood for breakfast, lunch, & dinner for two days in a row in Maine never got old, even though our credit cards got tired.

Trying to find affordable same day lodging in NY, MA, & ME can be a big challenge. Knights Inn hotels are like a Motel 6, only ten times worse! Think seedy hooker hotel down on Central with no regular housekeeping. Yuck!

The pro and con of being 5 minutes too late to catch the guided 2 mile walking tour of the Historic Freedom Trail in and around downtown Boston. Con: not so easy to read a brochure & walk at the same time, especially when your nose is running & hands are freezing. Pro: an hour in, decide to bail early and hit the Union Oyster House without feeling guilty or accountable to anyone.

Dragging big luggage through the streets of Manhattan during sidewalk/subway rush hour in the pouring rain, pisses the locals off. What a nightmare. And to think we might have had Gentry with us. eeek!!

After learning what the yearly taxes are in New York & Massachusetts, I am never going to complain about the yearly property taxes that I pay on my house in NM again!

Keeping a packed itinerary, keeps you from going insane missing your sweet little baby. I was surprised at how well I did without him.

Road tripping with your husband is a highly underrated belated honeymoon! Having an open itinerary with no booked hotels, traveling across New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, & Maine is a true adventure.

Good friends & family make you feel right at home and like there was never years or miles between you! I learned that instead of trying not to be intrusive on peoples lives while visiting, I will surrender to peoples need to be accommodating & hospitable. Great times! Great times!!

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