I have family all over the place. This provides me with an opportunity to travel to a lot of different places and gain exposure to different lifestyles. Every year, without question, I’ve ended up at my grandmother’s house in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. It’s a small town with a lot of character and various activities to participate in. This last time, going to grandma’s house was done in a slightly different fashion. Usually, I go with my immediate family on a road trip out there, but this time I went with my grandma and my aunt, which is something that I’ve never done before. The road trip from my house, which is in Battle Creek, Michigan, to my grandma’s house is approximately fourteen hours, depending on how often you stop.
Anyways, we all got up bright and early and left my house by eight. To make the road trip more enjoyable and less monotonous, we decided that some stops needed to be made along the way. Our first stop was in Cleveland, Ohio at the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame. Only one word can describe this place- Amazing! It’s a museum filled with awesome artifacts from people who had a heavy influence on rock ‘n’ roll and if you want to learn a million or two facts about them, the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame is definitely the place to go! My best words of advice are these: go when the doors open at eleven in the morning so you’ll have enough time to see everything. We got there at one in the afternoon and when the doors closed at five, we weren’t done.
After the museum, we drove to Erie, Pennsylvania and spent the night there. The highway went right past the lake and it was such a pretty view, with all of the boats on the water and the sun setting on the lake.
We spent the night at a Super 8 motel, which is one of the nicer motels that I’ve ever stayed in and my grandma was really impressed with the service she got while she was there. In the morning, we went the Erie Zoo. It was a zoo. I feel that once you’ve seen one zoo, you’ve seen them all, so I wasn’t horrendously impressed. Don’t get me wrong, I still had fun, but it was a zoo. However, I was impressed with the fact that the Erie zoo is in the middle of the city, but you wouldn’t know that from the inside of the zoo. It was like it was in its own little world.
After we were done with the zoo, we got into the car and drove to my grandma’s house. We got there at about eight in the evening. Take it from someone who has years of experience road tripping with people, make sure you can tolerate the people that will be in the vehicle with you for hours on end. My grandma started to get ornery towards the end of the trip, and that’s to be expected. My advice is this, anyone with a short temper is NOT someone you want to go with you, as much you may (or may not) love this person. When you put them in a car for ten plus hours, the road trip doesn’t end up being nearly as much fun.
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