About a year ago we made a promise to God and witnesses and ourselves to do life together. The weather was absolutely perfect that day, sunny and green everywhere.
A year later, we realized that weather really was God's provision and should not be taken for granted! On April 25, we decided to celebrate a day early since our anniversary fell on a Sunday. And it was pretty overcast, chilly, and not as much green around. But it was one of the best dates we'd ever gone on.
Elias did all the planning as a surprise, although I researched for days and sent him helpful links. We decided on Pennsylvania, and I thought we were going to west PA. Turns out, our trip was in the southeastern parts of PA. All I really wanted was to get away from my every day life and see an open sky with rolling hills and cows. And I have to say, I did see A LOT of cows that day (but somehow took no pictures of them).
On the way to Pole Steeple
We left the house around 9:00AM. Looking back, the scenery on the way to our destinations was sometimes even better than the destinations themselves. We were to drive about 8-9 hours total throughout the day, so that was definitely a good thing. Soon after we entered PA, it was just us and a few cars here and there, long stretches of road with endless farmland on both sides. Although it was overcast, we were amazed at what we were seeing.
We had passed Westminster and Gettysburg when we noticed an apple orchard and a local farmer's market, so obviously we had to stop by. There we purchased a whole jug of local fresh milk (I LOVE milk) and a jar of local honey. We were hoping the local honey would help with Elias' torturous allergies... And then we were back on the road.
Near Pole Steeple (Gardners, PA)
Pole Steeple is actually a cliff overlook in Pine Grove Furnace State Park and you can only get there by hiking quite a bit. We were not dressed appropriately for this so we decided to hang out near the trail instead, and definitely come hike here next time.
Kings Gap State Park (Carlisle, PA)
Kings Gap was so lovely. You can drive all the way up to the overlook and visit their Environmental Education Center as well as their mansion (which wasn't open yet). You could see how big PA is from up there, and pictures just can't do it justice. We lamented that we didn't have a selfie stick at this point... The air was getting warmer so we decided to picnic in our car! We ate our sandwiches with the local honey and milk we had purchased and felt very hipster.
The Pinnacle Overlook (Holtwood, PA)
The Pinnacle Overlook was the pinnacle of our trip! We had made our way near Lancaster around 4:30PM. We drove through such beautiful Amish farms (lots of cows) and just out of nowhere appeared this gorgeous overlook. There really weren't that many people throughout our trip, which made it personal and intimate. This view was all ours. We literally had to wait until someone walked by to ask to take our picture.
Moshulu (Philadelphia, PA)
Our dinner location was 100% a surprise for me, and it was another two hours away from The Pinnacle Overlook. We bid the beautiful farms goodbye and entered the city of Philadelphia. We couldn't deny that cities are also beautiful, especially at night when they're all lit up. When we parked I was quite confused as to where the restaurant was because it wasn't a normal restaurant building. It was a ship turned into a restaurant! As soon as I realized, I shrieked in excitement.
We got a seat by a window, which was oh-so-romantic. Elias ordered the Rainbow Trout and I got the Swordfish—delicious. I definitely recommend this place for special occasions; just watch out for uneven flooring, because it is an old ship after all. If you sit by any of the windows, the whole floor sinks towards the window slightly. You'll get used to it. :)
After the trip Elias had to show me "something cool" that he insisted was a coincidence. Although we didn't make it to the Boathouse Row, his original plan for our trip made a pretty good heart shape on the map! And this reminded us of the coincidental heart-shaped ice cream that came off on the lid at our engagement party two years ago (which we all freaked out over). Looking forward to many more unexpected hearts and road trips with this guy, who has the happiest smile I have ever seen.