Mohegan Sun Casino + New Jersey

Continuing our journey south along the east coast, we pointed Velma straight to the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut, rolled down the windows and yelled "big money, big money" in hopes that the goddess of the Wheel of Fortune 2-dollar slot machine would be watching over us.

Who are we kidding. Jeremy and I prefer to find two nickel machines side by side, pop in $20.00 each and try and make those twenty buckeroos last us as long as possible. Each bonus game we land scores us another (watered down) free cocktail.

We have been to casinos in Atlantic City, in Cherokee, nestled in the middle of the Smokey Mountains, on the occasional cruise ship or two, in the bustling mecca of Metropolis, IL and THE place for casinos - the glitzy Las Vegas strip. Mohegan Sun is definitely up there in the top 5 casinos we've visited in terms of cleanliness, atmosphere, and food. We grabbed breakfast at Starbucks in the morning and took a pizza from Frank Pepe's back to the motorhome for lunch that afternoon. There are also a Bar American and Bobby's Burger Palace outlet at Mohegan Sun - restaurants we've been to before and enjoy, though not at this particular location.

The parking lot for busses and RVs is set alongside the Thames River (No, really. It's actually called the Thames River). Parked among the other rigs on what was no more than an open black top, we had one of our best views of the trip just by looking over to the river.  The view was chock full of trees changing colors from red to gold from this very parking lot. We took advantage of the beautiful backdrop to take some glamour shots of Velma and CRV, the toad.

Yes. You are looking at Ramble sitting in his travel dog chair in the passenger's seat The second human of this bunch is now - and has been for months, now - relegated to sitting on the couch or at the dinette while traveling. Spoiled much?

Yes. You are looking at Ramble sitting in his travel dog chair in the passenger's seat The second human of this bunch is now - and has been for months, now - relegated to sitting on the couch or at the dinette while traveling. Spoiled much?

But with a face like this, could you really deny this nugget the opportunity to travel in the sun?

But with a face like this, could you really deny this nugget the opportunity to travel in the sun?

Given our proximity to my family, we went from Connecticut to Plainsboro, NJ to spend a few nights driveway camping.  We stocked up on family time, hot showers, and all the free laundry we could manage. 

We always look forward to spending all possible time with my sister Sophie when we visit. She, however, could care less about us - as long as we bring *HER* dogs with us.

We always look forward to spending all possible time with my sister Sophie when we visit. She, however, could care less about us - as long as we bring *HER* dogs with us.

One exciting thing that happened on our visit was that, since graduating high school in May and getting to bring her walker home with her (rather than keep it at school for therapy), we got Sophie out in the neighborhood for a walk. She got to walk the dogs for the very first time! And, as you can see, both she and Rosey were very thrilled.

One exciting thing that happened on our visit was that, since graduating high school in May and getting to bring her walker home with her (rather than keep it at school for therapy), we got Sophie out in the neighborhood for a walk. She got to walk the dogs for the very first time! And, as you can see, both she and Rosey were very thrilled.

A second thing was that, thanks to Jeremy's strong carrying + maneuvering abilities, we got Sophie up on Velma to hang out on the couch and watch "Frozen" on our tv. She was pretty much set for life and happy to stay there forever!

A second thing was that, thanks to Jeremy's strong carrying + maneuvering abilities, we got Sophie up on Velma to hang out on the couch and watch "Frozen" on our tv. She was pretty much set for life and happy to stay there forever!

Last exciting thing - this was definitely an excitement-filled trip! - was that, at 21, we got Sophie her official state ID. While we got this solely so we could travel to Atlantic City with her and hang out on the casino floor together, we told Sophie it was her drivers license. She was tickled and now wants to know when she's getting her own purple car.

Last exciting thing - this was definitely an excitement-filled trip! - was that, at 21, we got Sophie her official state ID. While we got this solely so we could travel to Atlantic City with her and hang out on the casino floor together, we told Sophie it was her drivers license. She was tickled and now wants to know when she's getting her own purple car.

When visiting my parents, Jeremy and I like to escape for a day or two to New York City, or, less often, Philadelphia.  We love to spend time wandering around Princeton, too, as it is just down the road. On this visit, Jeremy and I took advantage of an exceptionally sunny + crisp fall morning and wander around the Princeton University campus with our cameras.  The campus is gorgeous in the fall.  

We are admittedly spoiled with the amount of parental driveway surfing we have been able to accumulate on this trip.  We thought for our next attempt, we would trade parents' driveways for long-time friends.  From New Jersey, then, we headed south to Maryland to spend another few days mooch-docking with a dear high school friend of mine and her family who live in Frederick.