Rochester Road Trip

In what seems like another practice run before traveling to NYC – we took a little road trip to Rochester, NY this past weekend. It wasn’t all for fun as we had a robotics tournament to go to. But – I still was able to do all my “American Things” and spend some $. We left Kanata fairly late in the afternoon on Friday at around 4:30pm. I am very glad that we are traveling the bulk of the Ottawa-New Jersey trip in the daytime as driving at night just isn’t my cup of tea. We should be leaving Ottawa at noon, leaving a good 6 hours of daylight travel time – which is most of the trip. Anyways, we strolled into Rochester just before 10:30pm. We settling into the hotel, with Max taking a whole queen-sized bed to himself.

The next morning, P left early for robots and Max and I had a hotel adventure. We had a crappy hotel breakfast and watched Full House and Spongebob. P picked us up just before noon and we went to the robotics tournament for a bit. Of course, it being lunch time, Max and I quickly left for the Cheesecake Factory. Luckily, I am familiar with Rochester, so I quickly got us to the restaurant with no issues. Max had chicken fingers and fruit, while I had fish tacos! I ordered a pumpkin cheesecake to go.

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The location of the Cheesecake Factory was also right beside Trader Joes – so you know I went in there. This time, no perishables as I knew it would be more than 6 hours before we would make it home. I did purchase most of my wish list, except pumpkin coffee as it was out.

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After TJ’s we stopped at the bookstore to pick up some books for Max (books are cheaper in the US) and he picked out one toy, a Rocket made out of recycled materials. After that, we drove to a mall so I could grab a pair of Mizunos for $80 – the first store I went to had the pair I was looking for in my size. After that we hung out at the robotics tournament til it ended. Max was a trooper as he didn’t nap until almost 6pm. This is good because on marathon day, he will have to repeat that. I’m hoping that P and Max stay in the hotel for most of the morning and relax (I am also worried that they will get lost).

The drive home was pretty long and boring. P drove in the US and I drove in Canada. We had to unload the rental van before going home and of course we hit construction traffic at 11:30pm on a Saturday night. We finally strolled in at midnight – Max stayed up almost to the end. Poor guy was so tired that he could barely keep his eyes open as we got him ready for bed. Overall we had a fun little road trip. As mentioned above, I am glad the NYC ride will be mostly during daylight!

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3 Comments

  1. Courtney @ Running For Cupcakes

    That is an excellent TJ’s haul! I need to try those cookie butter cups!
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    1. Rebecca (Post author)

      They are so yummy!

      I definitely held back a bit in the chocolate section this time 🙂

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  2. Lisa @ Lulus Big Adventure

    Your love for Trader Joe’s is so cute (in a non patronizing way haha)!

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