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Road Tripping it to NC

by Meghann on June 13, 2009

My little Abbie turns 2 today!

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Last year I made her a cake and we had balloons, hats and a little party with the family. I made a cake for the big people as well. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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This year however, Abbie has spent the majority of her second birthday locked in the family expedition as we made our way up to North Carolina. It’s the longest trip she has completed in a car and I think she survived the trip pretty well jumping from lap to lap.

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Her Uncle Scooby made the trip as well, but he spent the majority of the time napping on the floor. ๐Ÿ™‚

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We began the day before sunrise with last minute packing and the puzzle of how we were going to fit 5 people, 2 dogs and all the luggage that goes with it into a tiny SUV. Let’s just say it was a VERY cramped trip!

Before we left my Dad wanted to use up the last of his eggs in the fridge so I had 2 Scrambled Eggs, Mango and a piece of Whole Wheat Toast with Apple Butter smeared on top.

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This was a great filling breakfast, but there is something about being stuck in a car for 10 hours the brings out the snack monster in all of us. I’m not sure if it was actual hunger, boredom, or the fact that everyone else was munching away, but I spent the whole trip nibbling along.

I started with a 1/2 cup of trail mix I had made back at my apartment.

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This was a great combination of Pumpkin Seeds, Peanuts, Cocoa Java Awesome Almonds, Raisins & Kashi H2H.

Then after we crossed into the great state of Georgia…

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We broke out the Trader Joe Peanut Butter Pretzels.

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My sister was excited to try what I have been raving about for so long. ๐Ÿ™‚ I think the whole family enjoyed them and happily munched away.

I managed to just have one small handful.

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Obviously my hand was too close to Abbie’s face for her to not resist checking it out.

We stopped for lunch in South Carolina. My family ate a Subway while I pulled out my stash of Roasted Vegetables & Fruit Salad.

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The cold roasted vegetables really hit the spot and left my stomach nice and full. With a happy tummy I was able to pass out for a good 2 hour portion of the long drive. ๐Ÿ™‚

When I woke up I had a Blueberry Pistachioat cookie and some carrot sticks.

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We finally made it to the cabin just after 5:00pm. By this time the dogs were restless and my legs were so cramped from not moving that I was in literal pain. My body was screaming, ‘ Get me out of here and move!’ Aye, Aye Captain!

Check out the view!

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Our cabin is right on Lake Toxaway complete with a dock and boat.

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I find it amusing the first thing we all did was pul out the lap tops and checked out the wi -fi.

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Check, It works!! I could not think of a more gorgeous area to blog. I intend to spend any free time I have at the cabin out on the deck.

For starters I had a serving of fruit salad while overlooking the lake.

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Now that’s the way to enjoy a meal.

We also could not wait to get on the boat.

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The dogs even braved the trip.

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Abbie spent the entire ride shaking on my lap and Scooby was on pins and needles trying to find a lap to lay on.

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The only downfall to being tucked away in the mountains is the 30 minute drive down the mountain to a grocery store. ๐Ÿ™ After unwinding by the water we knew it was a trip that needed to be made before night time.

While in town we stopped at the cutest little Italian restaraunt for dinner.

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THe menu was full of creative salad pasta and beach dishes. I loved how they advertised the good grains in their pizza dough.

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To begin the meal my sister and I split the Marco Salad.

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My portion.

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I LOVED the grilled lemon that I squeezes on top with the spiciness of the arugula, but did not care for how drenched in oil the salad was.

We also split the Farm Pizza.

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I had 2 of the four pieces.

I liked the cannelli beans smooshed on top in place of sauce, but the pancetta was a bit salty for my taste.

After the meal we were stuffed, which was the perfect time to hit up the local Ingles. We picked up a lot of fresh food to make yummy meals with through the week. We did have quite a laugh when the cashier thought the fresh ground Almond Butter I had purchased was $49.50 a pound instead of $6.99. Turns out the PLU # is 4950, not the price. She was really sticking to her guns until we pulled the manage in to se her straight. ๐Ÿ™‚

I am exhausted now and ready for bed. Kelly and I have a boot camp work out planned for the morning and I can’t wait. Yay for vacation!!!

1 Erica June 13, 2009 at 11:09 pm

awww Happy Birthday Abbie! Enjoy your trip- looks like you guys are already having a blast!

2 Hangry Pants June 13, 2009 at 11:13 pm

Aww little Abbie all grown up.

I love the view from the deck, please spend time out there for me. ๐Ÿ˜€

3 Marissa June 13, 2009 at 11:16 pm

Abbie looks soooo happy!! ๐Ÿ™‚

4 kristi (sweet cheeks) June 13, 2009 at 11:16 pm

Happy birthday to the pup! Hope you all have a fabulous time on vacation; looks like fun!!

5 Rachel June 13, 2009 at 11:16 pm

That looks like an absolutely beautiful place to relax! One of my favorite “blog things” is seeing bloggers’ family-type vacation homes in locations so much different than my own. Hope you have a beautiful break!

6 HelpMeghanRun June 13, 2009 at 11:20 pm

Ah I love vacation! ๐Ÿ™‚ Looks like you’re having an awesome time, enjoy the relaxation. (And isn’t it weird how hungry we get while on a long drive?)

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7 kath June 13, 2009 at 11:33 pm

Glad you made it safely!

8 prettyladycmu June 13, 2009 at 11:37 pm

What a beautiful location! I love that you took the dogs on the boat – glad they managed ๐Ÿ™‚

Enjoy your vacation!

9 Melissa @ For the Love of Health June 13, 2009 at 11:41 pm

Enjoy your vacation! It looks like you have enjoyed it thus far!

10 Mica June 14, 2009 at 12:04 am

Ahh, this looks like an awesome trip!

And HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Abbie!

11 jocelyneatsfresh June 14, 2009 at 12:08 am

looks like a relaxing place to just chilllll out
cheers to vacation!!

and oh em gee..49.50…whhhat was that lady thinkin ๐Ÿ˜› lol

12 Victoria June 14, 2009 at 12:19 am

Cute! Happy Birthday Abbie! Enjoy your vacation Meghann!

13 Sarah June 14, 2009 at 1:26 am

happy birthday abbie! i agree that you have beautiful blogging scenery … what a peaceful spot. enjoy your am boot camp ๐Ÿ™‚

14 Priyanka June 14, 2009 at 1:42 am

Happy Birthday Abbie!!

Have lots of fun on your vacation Meghann!

15 elise June 14, 2009 at 6:00 am

hahhaha…i love the fact that your whole fam busted out the laptops right awat. sooo 2009!

happy birthday abbie!

those pb pretz are SOOOO good!

16 Katrina (gluten free gidget) June 14, 2009 at 7:34 am

That cashier must have been thinking “Hmm… $49.50? It must be imported. Crazy tourists!” hahahaha Have a fan-tab-ulous time!

17 Liz @ intheskinny June 14, 2009 at 7:43 am

I guess a lot of people don’t buy almond butter there!

Happy Birthday to Abbie!

18 Coco June 14, 2009 at 8:31 am

Sounds like you are having a fabulous vacation. Lake vacations are the best ever, especially with family. Great combo on that pizza!!!! Have a great workout and a fabulous Sunday!

19 VeggieGirl June 14, 2009 at 9:07 am

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR ABBIE!!

20 ksgoodeats June 14, 2009 at 9:59 am

Aw! Happy birthday to Abbie!!

21 Nicole June 14, 2009 at 10:21 am

Aww I haven’t been on a family vacation in YEARS! It looks absolutely gorgeous where you’re staying. You’re going to have a great time!
And Happy Birthday to Abbie too!

22 Jenny June 14, 2009 at 10:27 am

aw happy birthday to your precious pup!

sounds like you are having a fabulous time, enjoy =)

23 Christina June 14, 2009 at 10:51 am

Abbie looks so unbelievably adorable with her birthday hat on!

24 Island Girl Eats June 14, 2009 at 11:04 am

I am so jealous! It looks so beautiful there. That is my kind of holiday. I love nature.
Just to let you know, I am hosting my first give away – please stop by and check it out!

25 Island Girl Eats June 14, 2009 at 11:05 am

P.S. Happy Birthday Abbie!

26 Matt June 14, 2009 at 11:52 am

Enjoy your vacay with your fam!

27 caronae June 14, 2009 at 1:09 pm

Happy Birthday Abbie! My kittie will turn 22 this summer! Hope you’re having a great time — it looks beautiful.

28 Sammie June 14, 2009 at 1:13 pm

Happy Birthday Abbie!! I hope you and your family have an amazing vacation – looks like it is off to a great start.

29 Niki June 14, 2009 at 1:22 pm

Happy Birthday to Abbie!! Hope ya’ll have an awesome trip! Looking forward to more beautiful scenery pics!

30 allijag June 14, 2009 at 1:24 pm

WHAT A FUN TRIP! Happy Birthday Abbie Bean! and you know I always have a soft spot for Scooby! <3

31 Melissa S. June 14, 2009 at 3:52 pm

happy birthday to abbie and i’m so jealous of your trip!

32 Actors Diet June 14, 2009 at 4:38 pm

Is Abbie a Jack Russell? My Julius is! They are the bestest!

33 MarathonVal June 14, 2009 at 11:59 pm

Meghann, thank you SO much for this posting!! Not only was it fun to read about your vacation – but it was such great timing that you wrote about your “bootcamp”.

I will be in Vegas this Saturday – Tuesday, and have been trying to figure out how to get a workout in. Oddly enough the fancy Vegas hotels contract with private gyms, so you have to pay a LOT of money each day to use their gyms, sometimes over $30 a day!! So I’m been trying to formulate my own bootcamp of sorts to do in the hotel room, but now I think I may just steal your idea ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks again!!

34 Sarah (from See Sarah Eat) June 16, 2009 at 4:19 pm

Kudos to you for surviving that trip! I can’t stand long car rides but they are usually worth it once you get there ๐Ÿ™‚

35 Bridget June 16, 2009 at 10:46 pm

Happy (belated) bday Abbie!!!!!!!!

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