Day Ten is in the books, and this is Valeri, writing to you as I sit in the passenger seat of the car on the drive home.
We made sure to pack last night so all we had to do this morning was gather our toiletries and chargers before heading to breakfast.
Coffee and breakfast was at a place called Dweebs … named specifically for Matthew.
I had an egg/brie/avocado bagel and Matthew had a blueberry scone from this cute little spot just 15 minutes from where we had been staying for the past 10 days.
It was a nice laid back breakfast time since we weren’t in a rush to get anywhere. We didn’t need to leave for the airport until 11 a.m., so it gave us time to eat and then walk around the area some before heading back to the Airbnb so I could nap.
I had been up sketching since 6 a.m., so I was hoping the nap would help so I wasn’t overly tired on the flight.
*Note: It didn’t really help … I definitely napped on the plane, too.
Speaking of planes, we got to the airport about three hours before our flight, which is how we like it. This gives us time to find our gate, relax and have lunch.
So we had said we weren’t going to try Shake Shack while in NYC because it was a chain … even if it was a chain that we don’t have in the Midwest.
Well, I think really we weren’t up for trying it because back in 2016 during our trip to San Francisco, we were told to try In N Out. We did, and we were disappointed. For us, it didn’t live up to the hype.
But at the airport, I was craving a burger and fries, so I broke down and went straight for Shake Shack.
Guys … it lives up to the hype.
The burgers were good, and the fries were delicious.
If you have a chance to try it, do it.
Our flight was filled with naps, podcasts and Biscoff cookies … so we were happy travelers.
And the happiness continued on the ground when we hopped in an Uber to pick up our car from Heather and Steven’s house.
Sadly, I didn’t get to see Heather because Steven had whisked her off on a secret date night, BUT I got to see Syb (and Heather’s mom, Becky).
We ordered pizza and stayed to chat with Becky and play with Syb for a couple hours before making the trek back home.
And now we’re comfy in our home … ready to get back to our normal routines.
Thank you all for following along on this year’s adventures with the Pearons!
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