Sunday, July 26, 2009

There's no place like home!

After nearly 5 weeks on the road we are finally home!

It was an amazing vacation and one that we won't be repeating for a very long time. We're going to wait two years before embarking on another massive road trip. Our plans are to travel up the east coast to Maine and down back again visiting historical sites. The timing will be perfect because Alex will be studying US History that year. The following year is my high school 20th in Colorado and if we're going that far, we might as well continue on driving all the way out to Seattle again. I think on that trip we'll finally take the kids to the Grand Canyon. The year after that, so in four years, we are hoping to take the kids to Disney World. By that point, we'll not have any kids in diapers, so that's the perfect reward to be out of the diaper stage of parenting LOL

The best advice we received in preparing for the trip was to allow for itinerary changes. At the last minute, because of FIL's health scare and our car problems, we decided to forgo the Grand Canyon and instead go to Nauvoo, Illinois. I am so thankful we made this change. For all intents and purposes, the Grand Canyon is a giant, yet very pretty, hole in the ground. Nauvoo was so amazing. We really wish we could have stayed longer than two days. We definitely want to go back. The Nauvoo Pageant was amazing and the rain managed to hold off til we were safely back at our campsite.

I really wish we would have known more of the fun stops along the way. We missed stopping at the first pony express station museum in Kearney, Ne, and Ft. Kearney, and there wasn't time to stop to see the birthplace of koolaid, which is just the sort of wacky place we'd love to stop. When we head up towards Nauvoo again, we also plan to stop at the Mark Twain Museum which we didn't know was on our path, either, til we passed it.

In the end, we did take a late tour of Carthage Jail. It was much smaller than I thought it would be. And, we pushed ourselves home in one day, traveling more than 12 hours! It was long and hard, and I don't recommend doing it.

Now that we're home, we're getting caught up on everything and the laundry pile is calling me...

1 comment:

Thanks and have a great day!