Thursday, September 9, 2010

4th of July

4th of July weekend is typically devoted to the Borowicz side of the family. This year we decided to head down to Hocking Hills State Park in Ohio for our little get together. Although I have no pictures of our commute down to Ohio, I will share the relevant parts of the drive.

We left St. Clair Shores around 5:30ish p.m. We decided to ride with Dave's parents. In order to bring all the items we needed (you know, necessities, like a kiddie pool, expresso machine, waffle maker and fire wood), we had to tow a trailer. We filled up with gas and Dad Borowicz started driving. When it got dark, Dave took over driving. We got a call from Jason that there was absolutely no cell phone reception at the house we rented so he had to "drive into town" to make a phone call. Well, no worries. We were making good time and had good directions.

The trip would normally take about 4 hours. We were going through some pretty rural areas when the low fuel light came on. Typically, we would still have about 20 miles until we actually ran out of gas. But, towing a trailer makes the gas go a lot more quickly. So about 3 miles later, we were stuck on the side of the road with no gas. I called AAA which took about 40 minutes to actually explain to them where we were. We were only about a half hour from our destination so we tried calling/e-mailing/texting everyone at the house, but to no avail. After about an hour and a half, we started walking up and down the side of the road trying to flag people down. FINALLY, someone stopped. The kind gentleman said that he saw a gas station a few miles back. We volunteered my father-in-law to go with him to get gas. It was sketchy, but our options were limited. An hour later, my father-in-law and AAA showed up simultaneously with gas. We decided not to stop to get additional gas, but rather to just try and get to the house since it was 2:30 a.m. and Isla was still awake. We barely made it. Thankfully we arrived around 3:00 a.m. with Art as our guide.

Our first adventure was Ash Cave. It was absolutely amazing.

and huge.
Isla couldn't believe how high up we were going
The Betancourt Crew on the top of the Cave
Mom and Dad Borowicz
The kiddie pool

The next day we headed to the beach. I should really use the term "beach" loosely because the sand was really weird and there was no clarity in the water whatsoever. But, it was water, so we threw on our suits and stayed for a whole 30 minutes.

Isla LOVES the water
and the sand.
But she warmed up after Elijah shared his fun toys with her
Can you see the resemblance?
That night, we decided to play Borowicz Trivia except that, woops, we forgot the Borowicz trivia cards. So we ended up playing the Genius Version of Trivial Pursuit from the 1980's. It was riveting. So riveting in fact, that to put an end to our misery, Dave decided that the game winner would be determined based on penalty kicks.
Needless to say, the girls team won.
The rest of the vacation we spent eating, hanging out, going to Flea Markets and eating. It was a grand time.

The only things that were missing from the vacation were Suzanne, Shannon and a group photo. Better luck next year.


  1. Love the picture of Isla on the rocks... And on the beach (!) and eating spaghetti!! Have I mentioned that I think she and Ellie would be two peas in a pod if they could hang out? So many similarities! Hope you are feeling well. What is your due date?!

  2. thinking back to the texts from that night! so funny! fun to see pictures of the weekend. you should have written about the pregnant trivia question!! love you.......