August 14th-16th, 2015
On August 14th, it was time to go. Noah and I set off on our 20+ hour drive from Buffalo to Orlando and it was very exciting. This was the beginning of the next chapter and there was no better way to kick that off than a road trip!
On our first day we drove over 10 hours, which wasn’t originally in the plan but some really bad traffic slowed us down. We stopped in Pittsburg for lunch and got Chipotle (because what else would be more appropriate or delicious?) and we got to eat in the cutest little downtown area. There were restaurants surrounding the downtown courtyard, where everyone was coming in and out, people were playing music, sitting, and relaxing. It was funny because Noah missed an exit earlier on, but because of that we ended up in this really great place and it was one of my favorite parts of the drive.
That night we stopped in Richmond, Virginia, got some sleep and then grabbed some breakfast before we hit the road again. After a much shorter journey, we made it to Charleston, South Carolina at a reasonable hour. We were able to check into our hotel and explore in the city!
We went to dinner at one of the best barbeque places I have ever been to called Sticky Fingers! The funniest part is that Noah went there when he was about 8 years old and he still remembered it. That’s when you know it’s good! I got pulled pork and mac and cheese (because is there any better classic BBQ food?) and I loved every bite.
Then we finished off our night by going on a ghost tour of Charleston. This is one of the oldest cities in the country, so there is a lot of history there. That being said, a lot of the city is built on top of burial grounds, which results in quite a bit of supernatural activity. Our tour was through Bulldog Tours. Our guide’s name was Braxton and he shared a lot of cool stories with us.
For example, one fact we learned was the difference between a graveyard and a cemetery. Graveyards are burial grounds that are right outside a church, and cemeteries are separate from the church. That was very interesting to know because I always thought they were synonymous… but I guess not!
One other story that stuck out to me was… Many years ago, there was a young girl who was believed to be deceased, and she was buried in a mausoleum. She was left in there for quite a while, and when people came back inside for the next burial, the young girl’s body was found by the door. She had actually not been dead and was banging on the door trying to get out. Unfortunately, by the time she was found, she did pass on (for real this time).
When another member of her family passed away and was being brought into the mausoleum, the door to the mausoleum would not close. They tried closing it every which way, and tried replacing it but it would not budge. It was believed that the young girl’s spirit was keeping the door opened so no one else in her family would get stranded in there like she did.
After a very interesting night full of spooky stories, we went to sleep. When we woke up the next morning, we had to go to a restaurant that we learned about on our tour. It is called “Poogan’s Porch” and it’s haunted by a little dog named Poogan who used to reside on that front step. We didn’t get a visit from Poogan unfortunately, but we did have some of the most amazing french toast known to man kind. That place was southern hospitality and charm at its finest and I am so glad Braxton told us about it!
After breakfast, we drove straight to Florida and WE FINALLY MADE IT TO DISNEY WORLD! I cannot even express how excited I was for the adventures to come.
When we drove through the gates, the sun was shining through the clouds and it was the most beautiful way to welcome us to our new home!
My best friend Bobby invited us over and his boyfriend James made us a wonderful Chicken Parm dinner. I could not be happier. The fun and adventures were only beginning!