|The ending of our first day. Sunset behind the mountains of North Carolina.|
It is hard to believe that November is just two weeks from being over. When my boys and I returned from our American Adventure life was suddenly very different, wonderful, but different. I truly haven't completely adjusted just yet. However, as you may see I believe that the Lord was truly preparing me for what was about to be such a drastic change in our lives. Reflecting is really a wonderful habit!
How in the world does one say all they want to about a trip that took over 10 days and was the most amazing adventure ever for my family. I wanted to journal about it day by day, but honestly, the computer was the last thing on my mind. The camera however was with me the entire time.
So I'll just type and show pictures and see what happens. I'll probably start by doing a day-by-day, especiall in the beginning because the road trip was such a part of the adventure...which is kind of nice because I get to relive it over and over again. Yes, I like that idea! Then most likely I will post some of the great things we did in Kentucky while we stayed there for 7 days.
If you were keeping up with our journey (which was lived out on Facebook because my husband couldn't go with us. He was so thankful that we did that...it was a lot cheaper than calling all the time) then you remember this post which explains our preparation. This trip was a first for me. Never driving more than 3 hours at a time in my life and taking my 3 boys by myself through 6 states...woohoo...what a task. We had more fun that my words will ever express.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012. One of the reasons why I love my man so much.
|Huge suspension bridge in Jacksonville. Very cool!|
Michelle had planned out some fun things to do on our road trip for both days. We were told when to open the envelope. Brendan, my responsible front seat passenger, read everything and got us to our destination. This mystery trip was so exciting for all of us. The anticipation made traveling to our next destination so exciting. I didn't exactly follow everything to a tee, fortunately other than this particular stop...everything Michelle had planned out for us..was exactly what I had already planned for ourselves. If I ever (and I will) do another trip...she is going to be my first call! This added such an exciting element! For me, it wasn't getting from point A to point B...it was taking in and enjoying every moment. That was my big goal. Mission accomplished! Anyway,
Just after we crossed over the boarder into Georgia, we stopped into the Welcome Center. By the way, those places are very helpful. They have lots of space to run around and they are loaded with history! We spent a little time talking to the people there, about our trip and things we could learn. We learned that there is so much more to come back and do in Georgia!! :) I should mention that at each Welcome Center we went over 50 fun facts about each state. (I had printed that up before I left!) "Good night, sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bite!" You hear this phrase quite often today, but most people don't know it actually started in Georgia. Colonials would bind their mattresses with Spanish Moss which brought tiny bed bugs into the mattresses. Bet you'll think twice before using that saying in passing again! - see this trip was FUN!!
Thanks to Michelle, this was our first landmark stop! I didn't know this existed. How fun!
This little Days Inn was incredible. I had read several "not-so-good" reviews about the place. However, it was clean, no bugs, no hairs, and it had a complimentary dinner and breakfast. Yes...dinner. For $69 a night, you can eat whatever they are making for dinner that night and have a buffet breakfast in the morning. I wanted to try the dinner (Beef Vegetable Stew), but I had pumped up my kids excitement about eating these (because I didn't want to have to stop anywhere and pay for food):
So far...I spent NO MONEY! (except for one stop for gas...and this hotel was prepaid).
My boys and I laughed, squealed, ran around, slept in one room together ate microwavable meals and Twizzlers and drank Yoohoos. We were having the time of our lives! Their smiles are etched in my heart...and this one only Day 1!