Dedicated to my mother, Kathryn Margaret Menge Viers 07/14/1949-02/02/2014
With my mother's health, my sisters and I decided we need a Mother/
Daughter Road Trip to make some lasting memories. We hadn't done
anything like this for decades, since we all are married, have children
and moved all over the country. I took on the task of planning the
trip, as I am a bit of a control freak and LOVE planning trips! I
used two great websites and apps called https://roadtrippers.com/ as well as http://www.roadsideamerica.com/ . Our plan was to go to Cape Cod to take my mother on a real clambake, but we decided to see a lot more while on the road.
Sept.2, 2013, we began our trip to New England by trying for a photo op
at The Sloppy Giant with Ill Clad Clothing in Phoenxiville, Pa. We
couldn't find it. However, we did find Jode Rd and a random globe for
the first pictures of the week.
Our second roadside
photo op was at the Giant Steel Hockey Player in Newark, NJ. Mom and
Jami were too afraid of the "ghetto" to get out of the car, but that
wasn't going to stop Jen and I. I mean we had driven all this way just
to take a picture with it.... http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/23432
After a few attempts at seeing Jeffrey's Hook Lighthouse, otherwise known as The Little Red Lighthouse, http://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/fortwashingtonpark/monuments/810
taking a bathroom break for Jami(again in the ghetto) we decided to
leave NYC and find something to eat. We chose the old road trip
standard, Cracker Barrel, where we were joined by the Mileys and the
Short Bus Mileys. (Note- this was right after her tongue exposed VMA
Midnight Mary in New Haven, Ct, we
our next stop. Mary Hart was a woman who was buried alive and thought to
haunt the cemetery at midnight. We left her a penny, took some pictures
and went on our way. http://www.damnedct.com/midnight-mary/
While in New Haven, Ct, we decided to crash a wedding at Lighthouse Park. We took some silly photos and searched for seashells.
Haven was also the home of the rather scary, gross Econo Lodge Motel
where we spent our first night, I would not recommend it. The next
morning, we got up early and headed out to visit Gillette Castle http://www.friendsofgillettecastle.org/which
is gorgeous. The castle was the home of the original Sherlock Holmes
and was quite eccentric which makes the tour very entertaining. We
arrived too early, so stopped for some chai and coffee Two Wrasslin Cats
https://www.facebook.com/TwoWrasslinCats and toured Jami's new favorite town, East Haddam, Ct
we arrived at Gillette Castle, Jami was a gracious host at her estate,
inviting us in, doing some gardening and taking photos of forbidden
After a brief stop at a Life Size T- Rex in Oakdale, Ct, we stopped at the Mohegan Sun Casino to spend some money.
Ct was the next stop on our trip. We, first, stopped by Ford's
Lobsters, a Mystic Pizza Filming location, for some lobster rolls and a
lobster stuffed avocado in the pouring rain.
Fighting Seabee Statue in North Kingston was next on the photo agenda,
as was the Warwick Neck Lighthouse and an attempt at seeing the
Comfort Inn in Warwick, RI, was the best hotel on the trip. It was
clean and had a bar downstairs, where Jami and Jen, in there infinite
wisdom kept the drinks coming. Not only did mother not appreciate it,
apparently neither did Jodi's histamines.
The next morning we drove by TAPS(ghosthunters) for a photo.
next morning, we intended to take a tour of the Lizzie Borden Bed and
Breakfast, but only did a quick drive by of the front. We, then, headed
Cove to look at the water "and wait for our long lost loves to come home"
Finally to the "tip of the Cape"!
found some stones lying on the beach and enjoyed a meal before going to
bed for the evening in rooms that smelled of cat pee and had splattered
blood on the curtains. Ahhh the memories! Just a tip- You get what you
The next day was a rather gloomy day in September, but we were heading to Plimoth Plantation anyway! http://www.plimoth.org/
Luckily, we had the whole place to ourselves, so we could act as goofy
and obnoxious as we wanted. We had some great conversations with some
natives and also got to meet our 11th great grandfathers. Ok, well,
actors who portrayed them! As a huge genealogy buff, I've traced us to 7
of the original settlers in Plimoth. We had a fun time talking family
with the actors who never broke character, even when we brought up
things that would happen to them in the future.
went to see Plimoth Rock which at one time had been quite larger, but
people kept chipping parts away for souvinirs, so now it is enclosed as
well as take a picture of Governor Bradford's statue, which has a crazy
resemblance to our father.
on the agenda, was touring the Mayflower, where again as the only people
on, we were able to take some funny pictures and annoy the actor.
to our Clambake, the reason we chose New England! It was a rather cool,
gloomy evening and mom was not feeling too well, but it still was an
awesome experience. And if you ever decide to go, I would not recommend
trying to save money by choosing the vegetarian option.! http://bostonsbestcruises.com/clambake-at-sunset
We visited a few more places before heading back to Pennsylvania; The Salem Witch Museum http://www.salemwitchmuseum.com/ and the House of the Seven Gables http://www.7gables.org/. Both were interesting tours.
our trip to Cape Cod, Boston and Salem was an awesome Mother/Daughter
Road Trip with lots of laughter until tears streamed down our faces and
we were doubled over in pain. We will always have lots of memories of
our awful hotels, sneaky facebook pictures of each other and of trying
to push the darn wheelchair.
Until the next one....