Not only am I back from my 5-month blogging hiatus (has it really been THAT long??), but we're also back from our 5-week nearly sea-to-shining-sea road trip. It's only nearly sea-to-shining-sea because I can't convince Jeremy to drive all the way to California. So Arizona was as far west as we made it from New York. Our farthest north stop was Lansing, Michigan; and our farthest south was Corpus Christi, Texas.
This was our first major road trip spent living out of our travel trailer. The verdict is in: living out of a travel trailer is SO MUCH BETTER than stopping at hotels every night and lugging all our stuff in and out, eating way too much fast food, and getting the kids out of any semblance of routine. The best part, though? Pulling your very own porta-potty! Seriously.
I never dreamed I would ever have an opinion on such things, but I have a favorite truck stop now. And they have good coffee. Almost as good as Starbucks. And MUCH cheaper, which makes it even better than Starbucks, since I love a bargain, lol!
We had quite the adventure! There were highlights, and there were complete disasters! These included, in no particular order:
- trains, race cars, and bumper boats
- a hot air balloon
- becoming quite familiar with truck stops and Wal-mart parking lots
- roasting marshmallows over a fire pit
- the nastiest tummy bug of all time--which all 9 of us managed to contract at the same time
- meeting our sweet new niece/cousin
- Joey stealing the spotlight at a sweet 16 party
- our house flooding while we were 2000 miles away
- feeding a zonkey and a zorse
- hiking and sledding
- accidentally frying most of the electrical components in our trailer
- and lots of (fake) groundhogs!
A few pictures, also in no particular order:
I've almost dug my way out of the chaos created when we unloaded an entire 36' trailer and 12-passenger van into my kitchen and dining room. The washer and dryer have been working overtime! Then I'll find the time to sit down and tell y'all about all our adventures. :)