University of Notre Dame- Indiana and Michigan all in 24 hours

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That’s always our story…taking it to the next level.

We drove from Cleveland to south bend Indiana and arrive pretty late to our koa camp site. The next day we went for our campus tour at the university of Notre Dame.

First impression…its a very beautiful campus the buildings are intriguing. Really huge for me as we try to find the dome which is built of a 23 karat pure gold. And the tour guide who was a past graduate and now admission officer said after you graduate they put a tiny strip of the gold on your certificate…you way you carry a piece of the dome with you. Pretty cool.

After that we went to the mishawaka botanical garden… a bit disappointed since it was not impressive. The architect was suppose to be the same one who designed disney theme park epcot. And it’s a Japanese themed garden. But like I mentioned it took us about 3 min to walk though.

Then we went to the south bend chocolate factory. They suppose to have free tours but when we got there at 3pm they said the tours are not free anymore and only happens hourly which would be 4pm…and its cost $5 per person. It was not worth our time and money so e bought some chocolates and left.

Then we drove straight from Indiana to Michigan…. yeyy…2 states in a few hours. Awesomeness.

Over all we had an amazing experience in both states.

Here are few of our snaps…

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Cleveland Ohio and Case western reserve University

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So imagine this scenario… we are driving our RV into the campground in buffalo Niagara falls… first time in buffalo and its Friday afternoon

We pull into the campground and marcus puts down the window and says hi to this family. We never met just being who we are we all screamed “hi” and then marcus said hey we will park the RV and see you later.

So we parked our RV and that evening we had bonfire at our camper and we got to meet their family.

And on Monday we are parked at their driveway in their home in Cleveland Ohio.

Anthony and his family welcomed us to their home and it was so random and yet such amazing memories.

We stayed for 2 days…

We also got to visit their university Case western reserve university. It’s a very futuristic kind of university. Very technologically awesome.

We also got to visit westside market… with lots of food and grocery area… their baked goods are super expensive but their fruits are super cheap like blueberries for its $0.99 for what I pay $4 for at the grocery store..so you can imagine how we loaded up on fruits. Since we are fruit lovers anyways.

Here are few pictures of our Ohio experience

Thanks to our host and his family so grateful.

Now off to our next destination

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Niagara Falls Canada and Caribana carnival

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So as I could not travel to the Canada side to see the falls. Marcus took the older girls and went to explore the Canada side of the falls and it happened that same weekend was the famous caribana carnival in Toronto so they did that too.

I was not able to go to Canada because I am in the process of getting my green card and was not able to travel outside of the United states. I have Virginia drivers license but going into Canada I needed my passport too. So well I made the most of my day by meeting up with our life long friends we met in Brazil 2yrs ago.

It was really nice seeing Amy and Howard. Such amazing people and so welcoming. They met marcus and the girls at the Canada side that morning and still made time to cross the boarder and meet up with me and MJ for some hugs. It was such a pleasure seeing them again. All the way from meeting in Brazil and we get to meet at the boarder of usa and Canada.

Anyways canada side or usa side of the falls…it was truly an amazing sight to see. Am so grateful we get to see all these awesomeness of God.

Here are a few pictures of our day

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Walmart parking lot campground

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Lol…yeap…just laughing with our adventures becoming interesting every day. We got to spend our first night at a walmart parking lot in Albany new York. Actually it was really cool.

Woke up the next morning and walked to the grocery store.

We also camped at the Walmart in Ithaca

I think walmart should put a little hookup for campers on their back lot. But only make it over night parking and you have to leave and go to another Walmart if you choose too.

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Cornell university tour

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We finally concluded our 7 of the 8 ivy league schools…what an adventure and loaded up with so much information…

Cornell is such a beautiful campus but it’s so huge and lots of hills up and down.

I think cornell is now on our top 3 reach school

Great school

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Ithaca college tour

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A college town for sure with a beautiful small campus. Today we got to tour Ithaca college which shares the town with cornell university.

We absolutely loved the feel of Ithaca college. The grounds was beautiful and not has huge as some of the other colleges.

We also got to learn Ithaca college as about 6200 undergraduate and 600 graduate.

Also we got to find out that they are one of the colleges that does not have to have a test score like SAT OR ACT and their reason is because they feel like one day of a test taking should not define you and if you get into college or not.

So Ithaca college is not now on a large list.

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Syracuse University tour

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Today we drove to Syracuse university to take their undergraduate tour. Beautiful city with a very beautiful campus.

Its about 3 hours away from new York city and about 2 hours from the capital of the state of New York Albany.

They one of the top universities to embrace US vets.

One of the things we found was that they lost 35 of their students who went abroad on a terriost plane crash in 1988. It’s really sad but they create a memorial area for them with all the students names on there and each year the school dedicate 1 week to remember them.

Great school and a possible school for our girls.

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Dartmouth college and mount Holyoke in less than 12hours

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Wow…what an exciting day.

In less than 12 hours we drove from Portland maine…into concord New Hampshire…into Vermont to tour Dartmouth college and then we drove to mount Holyoke…

Am exhausted just trying to share it. Its 10:21pm and we just parked our RV in a Walmart supercenter in Albany New York working our way into Syracuse tomorrow to tour Syracuse university.

While driving here we got to watch the Truman show movie. Very interesting.

With that said here are a few moments of our 3 states travels

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Saco – Cape Elizabeth – Portland and Kennebunkport (Maine)

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We got to stay at the KOA campground in Saco. Absolutely love the campgrounds.

And it’s only 8min drive to orchard beach…

We drove to Cape Elizabeth to see the portland head lighthouse.

We also go to see live salvation army concert in orchard beach.

And we tried a lobster roll…it was expensive for what we got… it was $18 for this tiny roll.

But we also got to enjoy fresh steamed lobster at sea salt restaurant.

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