Friday, August 20, 2010

Getting There Is More Than Half of the Fun

3,121 miles traveled... and 3,000 more to go.

16 states visited... and 6 more left to see.

I have asked myself many times why I am doing this crazy trip. But I've answered myself countless times when I have seen how much fun the kids are having. One thing is certain, this is a summer we will never forget. It's a summer that will live in infamy. It's the summer I threw caution to the wind and headed west. And we are having the time of our lives!

We have camped on the quiet shore of Lake Michigan and in the mountains of West Virginia. We have caught grasshoppers in South Dakota and roasted marshmallows in Wisconsin. We have had a tire blow out in Michigan and gotten stuck on a dirt road in Montana. We have met the families behind two of my favorite blogs and we made new friends in a retired couple we met. We have watched the sun set over the Mississippi River and watched it rise again over the plains of North Dakota. We have seen sunflowers and palm trees, wildflowers and pine trees, farms and fields, cities and skyscapers, highways and one lane roads.

There have been moments when I'm terrified at what I've gotten myself into, but I can't let myself think about it too much. When I drive for 2 hours without cell phone coverage or an hour without seeing another car, it's intimidating. When we have camped without hookups, it's a bit scary for me. But the kids don't even notice.

I can't wait to post pictures and catch up on emails. Thank you all for thinking of us and praying for our family. I am doing this alne,, but I'm never truly alone. What a blessing! This is the trip of a lifetime. Only one thing can top this... and that is Jason's return from Iraq! And I got the call yesterday... he'll be home a bit earlier than expected!!! Next month I will have my husband back home for the first time in what feels like forever. Washington, here we come!
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