We embarked on an epic road trip for Sebastian’s March Break. One of the things about having lived in so many places is that we have friends scattered about the globe. Which is pretty awesome! We rented a mini-van so we could fit Seb’s equipment (wheelchair plus flamingo toilet chair that doubles as a shower chair) and left after Sebastian’s Nutrition Clinic appointment a week ago Friday. Just the four of us. We’ve done a big road trip before but had Ali’s parents along for the ride. This time it was just us.
First stop was actually just outside Buffalo (to visit PipandBean) to pick up some superhero accessories, but I’ll share that story later. We drove further south (straight through…11 hours later) and spent the weekend in Baltimore with friends that are more like family. Mark was our first and then last flatmate when we lived in London. He was also there when we got married, he’s our witness on the marriage certificate! We were looking forward to spending time with him and his wife Leslie and to meet their dog, Archie.
We adventured out in the rain on the first day, making new furry friends at a dog park. Where Tallula told everyone we don’t have a dog ‘yet’. And Sebastian met twin black labs. We passed the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations nearby and walked partway along the pier, meeting more dog-walking friendly folks. On day two we walked along the bay in the sun and chilly wind all the way to the shark submarine downtown. There was no stopping us!
You’ll also notice that Flat Stanley came along for the ride. We stopped for delicious fudge and an impromptu dance party to Prince at Killwin’s. Picked out a couple records at the record shop across the street and passed the tavern known as being the very last place Edgar Allen Poe was seen alive. We enjoyed seeing the row houses and colourful shops as well as the many factory buildings repurposed into businesses, like the Barnes and Noble’s near the shark submarine. Sebastian enjoyed going over the cobblestone streets and Tallula loved running ahead and holding Leslie’s hand on our adventures. A big highlight for the kids was hanging out with Archie and feeding him treats, like peanut butter which he licked from their fingers. Tallula is certainly right, we don’t have a dog yet, but we will someday.
Super big thanks to our fabulous hosts and friends. Next stop, DC!