He had us running a nice sweeping curve through the Pennsylvania countryside and over through New York, eventually curving down into Connecticut. The sight seeing would be amazing, the blood pressure low. We may even be able to squeeze in some bird watching!
The morning of the big adventure came and April, handy dandy GPS into tow, realized that Mark's "scenic" route had added 220 miles to the trip. She was not a happy camper. After all, April sits in the backseat with the kids. She manages movies, snacks, spills, audio books, real books, potty breaks, puke, constant fighting and constant talking and the constant interruption of everything that she is doing by our two little munchkins.
We were at odds, to say the least... but we agreed on a passive-aggressive attitude toward one another and forged at the astonishing speed of 40 mph in search of back roads and local color. America. Frick yeah.
April was now once again not having it with the circuitous route. Mark didn't have the fight in him this time, so he agreed to let her navigate. He handed her a scribbled legal pad with turn by turn instructions that would only make sense to a long haul trucker and said, "This is what I had planned, maybe it will help."
April fell asleep.
Mystic, Connecticut is adorable, coastal and quite possibly the perfect summer temperature. Our first stop was Mystic Pizza, inspiration for the movie of the same name and a total geek out moment for April.
It's important to note here that some people who work with Mark and April have never watched the movie Mystic Pizza. They also have not seen The Princess Bride. Their names are Andy, Sarah and Crystal. As you read this, they've been captured and taken back to 1988 for a lesson in what makes a perfect 80s movie. Shameful.
Anywho.... our next stop was the Mystic Aquarium. Home of the moment that April fell in love with Beluga Whales.
Andrew insisted that he wanted to try oysters, until he saw them and was utterly horrified. Oh well, more for Mark and April!
He explained to Andrew the ins and outs of the nuclear deterrent philosophy and how it kept the cold war from turning into Armageddon. Andrew asked everybody in the museum how the submariners would repel an attack of invaders that were trying to take over the sub. When they said "by diving deep in to the sea," he thought that there should be more to the story than just pushing the "down" button.
Fun fact, in the picture below we're standing in two States at once: Connecticut and Rhode Island!
Ohhhhhhh Taylor. Love her.