The Trip Story: Part I

by mssinglemama on August 17, 2009

We got lost on this road, three times.

pennsylvania-poconos mountains road

Twice in the dark and once in the daylight when we were running on empty and desperately trying to find a gas station within 10 country miles. We finally did thanks to the kindness of our cabin host who happened to be on the road just as we were passing.

After we found gas we spotted signs for a fair.

wayne county fair pennsylvania

He won me a prize and I gushed like a school girl and I realized this was a first.


“No one has ever won you a prize at a fair before?” He asked while taking in the sight of his girlfriend giddy as hell and even jumping up and down a bit.  “Geez… who you been dating?”  

“Not the right ones, again. The directions were one road off and our iPhones were dead, as they’d been for days. Finally we made it home to our cozy cabin

sylvania tree farm promiseland

that we realized was looking incredibly messy – evidence that we just didn’t have to care. A good place to be, no doubt.


I whipped up a delicious cabin feast that impressed John beyond belief, prompting him to call me “a natural” in the kitchen. My little sister, who may be reading this, probably just choked up the exquisite gourmet dinner she just made. But hey, this looks pretty darn good doesn’t it? Huh? Huh? Come on, Anna, you should call me now and tell me so.


After dinner John Bear, a city boy through and through, built his first fire without burning himself. I was proud.


Finally we both sat down with our wine.

We gazed into the flames and daydreamed about what it would be like to bring Benjamin and maybe some other kids out here someday.

“But they’d all be sleeping in the guest cabin,” he said.


And then, within minutes of each other, John and I both spilled wine on ourselves. We weren’t even slightly tipsy and I think it may have been at this point in the trip that I realized we were running into one too many fated snafus. All of them were minor, barely even changing the course of events or bearing any major consequences but each one a tiny test on our patience as a couple.

The forgotten CDs and book, the getting lost thing, the wine spilling thing and something else I have entirely neglected to mention – the teaching your boyfriend how to drive stick in a pink car with flowers on it thing.

ford fiesta

By the time we traded this bridge

403-1with this view

Sylvania Tree Farm brook

for this bridge


with this view

new york city skyline

we were ready for whatever New York City wanted to throw at us, but mother nature and a giant pothole decided to screw with us instead.

To be continued…

[If you missed the complete round of photos from this series in the story – click here to view the photo album. There’s an entire new round of photos and another post on the way.]

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Bobbi Janay August 17, 2009 at 9:09 pm

Is the stuffed dragon the one from shrek? Also I love that no matter what happened it looked as if you guys had a good time. John Bear didn’t know how to drive a stick?


mssinglemama August 18, 2009 at 5:03 am

Yes… and I picked her out just for Benjamin. It was his big present from Mommy’s adventure.


Suzanne B. (Crunchy Green Mom) August 17, 2009 at 10:40 pm

I love reading about this blossoming new path you have found.
What a lovely man and…. the fated instances….. perhaps not coincidences…. you two seem to have been perfectly timed for one another….

Thank you… I needed to read this


mssinglemama August 18, 2009 at 5:04 am

So glad…


Katherine (SOLO dot MOM) August 18, 2009 at 7:39 am

cool trip… with two sides of the world included there…. interesting… waiting to hear more.


NaysWay August 18, 2009 at 7:44 am

Looks like you guys had fun. I’ve heard NY in the Summer is the best. I’ve got to get back down there for something other than work!


T August 18, 2009 at 7:44 am

Funny. The whole “who you been dating?” questin has been asked of me by my new man too.

Yeah, apparently, we have been dating the wrong ones…


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Tatyana August 18, 2009 at 7:59 am

Aaaawwwww….sounds like you two had an awesome time. What a pair you two are. Like two peas in a pod. 😉


Glenda August 18, 2009 at 10:30 am

sounds like a fun journey! hope it continues getting better for you!


Jen C. August 18, 2009 at 1:59 pm

You were in my hood! I see that big ol’ bridge every day, twice a day. 🙂 Hope you had fun in NYC. (And the rest of the time too, of course.)


Jenna Jean August 18, 2009 at 3:29 pm

Not the right ones, good answer. He’s a keeper.


TwinCitiesLynn August 18, 2009 at 5:03 pm

Love coming here and seeing how happy you and John Bear are, and of course Ben too. Always brings a smile to my face….


Yvonne August 18, 2009 at 9:10 pm

You always give me hope. I remember when I first found your blog…you gave me hope that there were men out there that would date a single mom. And so I began dating. There’s been good dates and bad dates, but I have yet to meet my own prince charming. And so, I’ve been down and a little sad…..but after reading this I have renewed hope once again. I realize it will take time, but maybe.. one day.. out of the blue.. when I least expect it, it will happen. I will meet my very own John Bear. 🙂 I’m so happy for you Alaina……and John, I hope you realize just how lucky you are. 😉

Oh, how I love…love.


erin August 18, 2009 at 10:18 pm

Oh gosh Gas in that area….definitely hard to find! I always plan my trips with how much gas is in the tank. The Wayne County Fair sure is a fun one!


Dr Dating August 19, 2009 at 2:36 pm

lol, never one a prize before? aww Its always exciting the first time 🙂


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