Cleveland Rocks! And so does the National Aquarium in Baltimore!

The Rogue was back on the road for its next adventure – a quick 3 day trip down to the National Aquarium in Baltimore and then out to Ohio for stops at the Christmas Story house and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

I had companions on this adventure – my sons, Drew and Sean, and Sean’s fiancee, Ashley. While all the sights we visited were fun, the best part of this trip was spending time with them. Life is about making memories and we made some good ones on this roadtrip.

From New Jersey, we head south for a roadtrip tradition – breakfast at Waffle House! After we had our fill of pecan waffles and hashbrowns, we detoured down to Baltimore for a visit to the National Aquarium for fish, sharks, turtles, dolphins and more.

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After a few hours among the fish in Baltimore, we headed northwest on our way to Ohio.  Again, so often we think things are too far away, but they really aren’t. Make the time, you will never regret it!

After a quick stop in Toronto, OH to visit with Ashley’s family, we arrived in Cleveland. After a good night’s sleep, we headed out for breakfast. We had decided to plan our roadtrip meals based on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives recommendations and it did not disappoint. Breakfast was at Lucky’s Cafe (OMG, the pecan bacon!) and dinner was at Melt Bar and Grilled (Yep, all grilled cheese!). – Go to both of them – the food was amazing!!

Fueled up for the day, we headed over to the Christmas Story house – yes, the house from the movie – leg lamp and all!

 

Then it was off to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! I loved it, but it is almost overwhelming. There is so much to see that I’m not sure how you could see it all in one day.  Below are just a few of my favorite exhibits, the ones I had serious fangirl moments at , but I took many more pictures that you can see over on Flickr.

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Johnny Cash’s guitars, Ringo’s drum set, the entire Elvis display, the original notes from John Mellencamp’s Jack and Diane, and Mother Maybelle Carter’s guitar.

We had a fabulous day in Cleveland and lots of fun on the drive out and back, including our last stop before home – the Blackbird Distillery for a quick tasting of moonshine!

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Great memories made…and isn’t that the point of adventures…

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