Erie PA

Want to know the best non-ocean beach here in the States? Oh, it’s just 2 hours north of us in Erie, Pennsylvania!

Want to know the best non-ocean beach here in the States? Oh, it’s just 2 hours north of us in Erie, Pennsylvania! We recently went to Presque Isles State Park to check out this little paradise as well as stopped by the local Theme Park called Waldameer. The beach was beautiful with no trash in sight. White, sandy beaches. Big Pennsylvania trees and warm swimmable water. Like, going to a pool in the summertime warm. Nothing like a chilly cold lake you have to get used to. Waldameer was also a treat because it was a cool older Park that you just paid by the ride. It was a lot of fun and Larrin and I even took turns to go on this insane top rated wooden roller coaster. It was kind of the perfect day!

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Hello Cleveland

We have lived here in Pittsburgh for a year and a half now and have finally just now made it to Cleveland! It’s been on our to-do-list for some time but haven’t gotten around to it until this last weekend during Spring break/Easter weekend.

We have lived here in Pittsburgh for a year and a half now and have finally just now made it to Cleveland! It’s been on our to-do-list for some time but haven’t gotten around to it until this last weekend during Spring break/Easter weekend.

It’s definitely been a hope of mine to make it someday to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum so moving out here to the East has made that quite easy. It’s just a little frustrating that it took this long! I could have stayed there all day – obviously – but my family had about an attention span of 2 hours. My expectations were set low towing the family along and there were definitely some major meltdowns during our visit but the highlights included: Jimi Hendrix guitars, original written songs (Purple Haze, Holy Diver, My Life, etc.), Some amazing Hammond Organs by the Allman Brother’s Band and Journey, fabulous costumes and clothing by artists like David Bowie, Elton John, and Elvis, even pieces of wreckage from Otis Redding’s fatal plane accident. Of course, the building itself is a sight to see on its own. I loved it, but perhaps I can find a fellow rocker friend someday to go with me again.

After the museum we went to Little Italy! It was cute and we went to lunch at Mia Bella. It was a good choice. We also had to get some desert over at Prestis Bakery afterwards. It was so busy. We had to take numbers and wait for about 20 minutes to get us some cheesecake and canoli’s.

Our last stop of the day was Edgewater Park where we got to see lake Erie and hang out at the beach. Hannah was not too sure of this whole beach thing… but she started to warm up towards the end a bit. Hopefully she will like it a little more when we go back up to Lake Erie this summer when it’s a lot warmer. We got to take take some photo ops by the Cleveland sign before we left. We got some slurpees at 711 and headed home.

* *While we were heading home Russell told me that a rock that he found at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum had a sticker on it and asked me to read it. I thought for sure he had dropped it somewhere at some point or put it down back and the museum. I looked at it and realized Russell had found a special rock that was SUPPOSED to be found and that we needed to take a picture of it and go re-hide it! We thought that was pretty cool. So, our fish rock will soon be hidden somewhere cool in Pittsburgh for someone else to find and do something with!

Enjoy our photos and family video of our trip!

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