Weekend Shenanigans: Saturday Evening Road Trip

On Saturday, D spent the majority of the day at a retreat on campus for work. Upon his return home around 4:30p, we decided to leash up the dog and head out on a short evening road trip. Our destination for the evening? New Hope, Pennsylvania.

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Along the way there, we stopped off at Washington Crossing State Park. This state park marks the location where General Washington and the Continental Army crossed the Delaware River the night of December 25, 1776 before marching into a successful battle against the Hessian Army in Trenton, NJ. We decided the stop would allow Leroy the chance to run and work off some energy. (Since the park requires dogs to remain on leash, we kept him on a super-long line that still gave him the chance to run, but kept him under our control.) After running off some energy in the park's fields, we found a trail alongside a levee and walked down it for quite a bit. At one point, Leroy decided to test out the waters and actually walked in! He didn't seem to be too concerned about suddenly finding himself floating in the water, but nonetheless, quickly headed back up to dry land.

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After thoroughly tiring Leroy out, we fed him his dinner then headed back on the road to New Hope. We thought we had been to New Hope earlier in the year, but apparently we never made it out of  Lambertville, NJ. For a Friday night in late September, the town was hopping! I bet it must be pretty crazy during the summertime. The cool evening temperature was delightful, however, and the weather was perfect to explore the town's main drag.

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After walking up and down Main Street, as well as a few of the side streets, we opted to eat dinner at Wildflowers Garden Cafe and Thai Corner. As the restaurant's name suggests, the menu was quite eclectic, and featured American, Italian, Mexican, and Thai cuisine. Though such a global menu would typically make me run the other way, since the cafe was rated number 6 of the town's 42 restaurants on TripAdvisor, we decided it was a safe bet. D and I both had the pad thai with tofu, which was excellent. We sat outside on the back patio beneath the willow trees, where we enjoyed views of the Ingham Creek in the flickering light of the torches that outlined the outside space.

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Following dinner, we were both in the mood for something warm, as the breeze was a bit chilly (finally! a chill in the air!), so we headed down to Ye Olde Starbucks (ha!) where D grabbed a cup of coffee, and I got a salted caramel hot chocolate (oh! heaven!) before returning to our car and heading back to Philly. I definitely want to get back to New Hope this fall -- there are lots of interesting restaurants and plenty of shops to wile away the hours.

Sunday was fairly low-key. In the morning, after eating a batch of flax waffles that I cooked up, we leashed up Leroy, and D took him to the dog park while I did the week's grocery shopping at Whole Foods and SuperFresh. Having just rained, Leroy was a mess of muddy paws after chasing and being chased by other dogs in the mulch-covered dog park. Once we arrived home, Leroy got a much-needed bath. The afternoon was spent making up a batch of Rachael's caramel corn, with a few tweaks. Then it was time for football and dinner and more football. (Exciting, right?) I finished up the evening by reading a few more chapters of Squeezed, a book about the Florida orange juice industry. Once I finally finish the book and digest (ha!) what I read, you can expect a post about it on the blog in the (hopefully) near future. 

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