VIRGINIA + NORTH CAROLINA
6/16/14 Day 1 @ Busch Gardens, Williamsburg VA
6/17/14 Day 2 @ Busch Gardens, Williamsburg VA
6/18/14Day 3 @ Water County USA, Williamsburg VA
6/19/14 Day 4 @ Busch Gardens, Williamsburg VA
6/20/14 Day 5 @ High Point, North Carolina
6/21/14 Day 6 @ High Point University - Visiting Michaela’s future home, so excited for her going to college!!! ♥
Visited Jamestown Settlement Museum
6/22/14 Day 7 @ Busch Gardens, Williamsburg VA
Long drive from Maryland to Vermont! ;)
Chruch Street Market Place
Vermont’s Finest Ben and Jerry’s first factory!
Peace, love and ice cream =P~
Dig in!!! Yummm
Yale University, Connecticut
Pez Factory @ Orange, Connecticut
November 22-23, 2013 Went to High Point University’s Open House and Duke University for Michaela’s College Hunt! So happy for her getting accepted at her first choice, High Point, and it’s every student’s dream university! Thousands applied and few hundreds are chosen. Even I wanna go there!!! LOL Here’s a post about HPU and I tell ya, everything about that post is so true!!! It’s unbelievable but yes, it is THAT amazing. Read here: COLLEGE OF YOUR WILDEST DREAMS ♥ Duke University being one of the Ivy League Schools is equally amazing in different ways! It’s just that we’ve been in HPU for almost an entire day and we just visited Duke at night, like a quick view of the campus. But they’re so amazing!!! Graduate School for me??? OMG IDK YET LOL
August 15, 2013 Passed by this beautiful scenery in Pittsburgh. Spent the week in Ohio with the family! 8-9 hr roadtrip from Maryland.
OOTD in Camp Perry! First night in Ohio - Just my second time wearing a romper and definitely a wrong timing. We had long hours on the road, water and bathroom breaks are so much of a hassle if you’ll ask me! Girls you know why LOL
August 18, 2013 After spending two long days at Cedar Point (Click to see post) and going back to the hotel already on a midnight for two consecutive nights, we decided to relax and spend the day at the beach.
Picnic, sun bathing and beach dips! Cousins made me their sand mermaid LOL
August 19, 2013 Checked-out at Camp Perry then went to Kalahari Resort - From the moment of arrival there is a sense we were a world away. Kalahari Resort with its authentic African themed guestrooms and suites, by design, goes beyond expectations. Got to love seeing aztec and tribal prints everywhere! Home to Ohio’s largest Indoor Waterpark, Kalahari also offers an outdoor park, spa, 6 restaurants and lounges, night club, artisans, arcades and beach volleyball.
After checking-in our suite, we tried a couple of slides in the waterpark but the Ropes Course kept us occupied on our first day! Since “heights” is not a problem to me and my family, we were challenged by “balancing” LOL It’s gonna be easy if you’re just holding on to your rope at all times so we kept our hands straight on our sides and balanced through the wood and ropes for a challenge! It was pretty intense at first, though you know that you won’t fall completely, it feels amazing when you get through! Volleyball match with some beach boys afterwards *winks*
August 20, 2013 From a tiring day yesterday including a “kids” night out, I mean the arcade, waking up to a cozy room filled with nature interior design feels so relaxing! We ate our buffet breakfast and went back to explore the place afterwards. The enormous park features virtually every kind of water park slide and attraction, including two surfing simulator rides, water coaster, lazy river, bowl ride, wave pool, body slides, tube slides, raft rides, mat-racing slide, interactive water play structure, activity pools, and indoor/outdoor whirlpool saunas. So happy for having the chance to try them all, been in the water for too long- I broke a nail *cries*
The water park itself was fantastic! If you come in the evening or early morning, you can avoid the lines. Perks of being a hotel resident, it opens an hour ahead of those who were having a day-trip. My favorite probably is the water roller coaster such as the Zip Coaster. Fun water slides are the Tanzanian Twister, Zig Zag Zebra and the Cheetah race. They also have a surfing simulator area which is great for people who have never surfed in their lives. The leopard’s lair is a fun area for little kids with a less intense water slide, a play area and a big bucket.
The Wave pool/Beach is great for the whole family. The waves are fun to be in whether you are in the deep or shallow area. We definitely enjoyed Victoria Falls and the other of the same type, those are the water slides that fits 4 people in a rafting inflatable. It’s amazing to feel safe but I swear there were so many lifeguards! LOL Overall, it’s fun and creates bond with the whole family! There’s so much you can do and days would pass by real quick. It’s awesome.
August 21, 2013 Gateway Restaurant is located at the intersection of Interstate 70 in Breezewood, Pennsylvania. This is where we had our lunch stopover on our way to Ohio, our experience was so great and our tummies were so happy that we just had to come back for another stopover on our way back to Maryland. Photo speaks for itself LOL Those were my meals! Yuuummm =P~
CEDAR POINT- OHIO
August 16, 2013 Went to the Best Amusement Park in the World for 16 consecutive years! CEDAR POINT is located on the shore of Lake Erie in Sandusky, Ohio. Located at the front of the park, GateKeeper, forever changed the landscape of the Cedar Point Peninsula. This ride is the longest winged roller coaster and boast the longest drop of any winged roller coaster on the planet. That’s our first ride!
Cedar Point has repeatedly set world’s records in the fastest and tallest categories of roller coasters. It is Ohio’s top tourist attraction and considered the Mecca of roller-coaster aficionados. The park features a world-record 15 coasters among its dozens of rides. Highlights include the Magnum, Mean Streak, Mantis, Raptor, Wicked Twister, MaxAir and Maverick. We made sure to ride all of the major roller coasters they have and those were the best two days of free falls in my life! It’s so amazing it can’t be put into words but I’ll try my best LOL
August 17, 2013 Zero to 120 MPH in less than 4 seconds. A few seconds later, we’re 420 feet in the air. In the race for pure adrenaline thrills, there is one winner: Top Thrill Dragster. Nothing else compares to this high-horsepower shot into the sky. From a standing start we’re launched forward, then straight up, then straight down and back to the finish line. The ride may be over in 17 seconds, but it will stay with us forever. It is the highest drop I’ve ever been into! I never shut my eyes the entire time to make sure to absorb the beautiful view for at least two seconds at the peak. Got so daredevilish to put my hands in the air and screamed all the way down, we were going so fast it made me teary eyed LOL Cause of the wind! Not the emotional tears you guise. Haha
Top Thrill Dragster photo op during the launch! Can you spot me? LOL For most of their rides you can expect roughly a half hour wait or less. For the most popular rides you can expect about an hour and a half to 2 hours though even that is fairly rare to truly hit those wait times. But hey, good things come to those who wait, right? I have videos posted showing the best roller coasters we’ve been on and you can check my Instagram for that: @misspauuparazzi
For those non stop walking, screaming, falling etc we made sure to hydrate ourselves as much. I highly recommend Perkins Restaurant, where we had lunch for two days, though you have to walk all the way to Hotel Breakers where it is located, it’s really worth it. You can have a nice spot to relax and they have exceptionally delicious menu which you’ll never experience in amusement park food stalls. We also had the chance to embrace the view as we walk pass through it while we go there and then back to the park after.
To sum it all up, my family and I’s experience in Cedar Point is priceless. Intense roller coasters (that’s a given already), the landscaping is really pretty, accommodating and nice staff (not because I got a pillow prize cause one of them guessed my age wrong - she said I’m 15 years old *giggles* baby face haha) and anywhere else because of its setting overlooking the lake. It is a great family vacation spot and we really had a great time. We highly recommend Cedar Point to everyone! ♥