Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Finally a post!

It took a little over a week for me to recover from our 8,346 mile journey.  To feel like I was at home again.

I don't have time for many words, so I'll post many pictures and few words.  Hopefully that will work for now.

(For some reason they did not upload in order.  Apologies.) 
The one spot the boys *had* to see, on the drive out west. 

So, we saw it. 

How the trunk was packed the day we left.
I ROCK at packing.  

In Danville, Illinois - "Where's Perry?" 

It stormed during dinner in Rapid City - this was the view out of our Hotel when we returned. 

We made it!
We saw Crater Lake, another *must see*.  

Iron Castle, at Crater Lake.

Hiked to Paulina Falls.

Hiked the Big Obsidian Flow at Newberry Crater


And rocks.  They love rocks.  We came home with about 50lbs.

(See, out of order.)  More Crater Lake. 

Night time light up of the balloons at Balloons over Bend. 

Mi Madre! 

Chocolate on the face, and a fishin' pole.  Life is good. 

My brother and I out for a paddle. 

Poppy spent this whole day fishing, untangling lines... 

My turnout could use some work... 

Beer and a Fire pokin' stick.  

Cleaning, on the last day of camping. 

Then we visited Mt. Bachelor - rode the chairlifts to the top.
(That's Jefferson in the background) 


Billy Goat Kenny. 

Spent a fair amount of time in Poppy and Grammy's Saltwater pool.  

Of course we visited!  

I really miss this place. 

While we were camping - my parents' neighborhood was evacuated because a fire swept through.
Thankfully - no one lost their house, but things were pretty dicey for a bit. 

My gramma. 


My other Grandma.  

After four weeks on the road, we "turned around" and headed east.
Well, first we went south.  

Two places at once!
Hoover Dam! 

Canyon of Grandness.
One of my favorite places on earth.  

Dried strawberries are possibly not the best road trip snack.
Unless you want to glance in the mirror after hearing maniacal cackling and see this. 

Power plant tour at Hoover. 

"Mom - get away from that ledge or you will fall and become death!" 

Puerca Pueblo Ruins in the Painted Desert National Park

Petroglyphs in Petrified National Forest
This particular one is the Summer Solstice Calendar Marker.  It's pretty nifty how it works. 

On the Historic Rt. 66

Smashing Geodes in ABQ. 

At the very tippy-top of Sandia Peak.
(Explanation for B-rox's face:
He threw a tizzy about climbing onto the roof  [everyone else there was]. I wasn't
so sure in the beginning [this cabin is on the very edge of a 10,000 foot peak].  But then decided we'd climb
the non-ledge side and scoot to the ledge for a photo op.
Halfway into the little scuttle up, he got scared.
I couldn't let him chicken out, so I helped him up.
The ledge was just too much.  Hence the face.)   

Digging out fossils. 

The big Texan in Amarillo. 


Fire museum in Charleston, SC. 

And, the 23rd and final state of our journey.  
That's it in pictures, folks.

We had an awesome time and learned a ton - about a lot of things.  My main goal for the trip was to instill a love of adventure into the boys.  I think I succeeded - and that's what matters most to me.

I plan to (we'll see if it happens) write up a post about how we did it.  What tricks I used (especially on the days where we exceeded 600 miles of driving), what didn't work, where we stayed, etc.

Until then, enjoy our journey with that rather long picture journal!

1 reviews:

Kelsey said...

Hi there - I click on your blog all of the time because I love all the blogs you link to. People think my husband and I are nuts for road-tripping all the time with our four kids and they think I'm nuts for doing things solo with them. So, I like how you roll! Also, Go Beavs (OSU Class of 2000) Keep up the adventures!