On day 2 of our Gettysburg stay, the weather turned windy and cold. We decided to explore the visitor center and museum to stay comfy and warm. But we did have a few more landmarks we wanted to see around the town.
After lunch, we headed back to the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center to get our bearings and figure out how to make the most of our time there. It was really important to us that we see the historic sites that were so important in this battle, a great turning point in the Civil War.
Well, we set off on another road trip just in time to be at Gettysburg National Military Park for the 153rd anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. We originally planned to leave one day later (so the kids wouldn't have to miss an extra day of school), but then we would have missed this very interesting day.
This pumpkin patch featured the biggest Civil War reenactment we've seen.
Goal: Get home! Our goal after leaving Utah was to spend two more nights on the road and then be home to sleep in our own beds. It’s funny, because when I said spend the night on the road, I did not mean it literally.
Goal: Find somewhere to sleep in Utah We started back home on day 7 of our 11-day cross-country excursion. The plan was to camp two nights at Fishlake National Forest in Utah, then camp one night just outside Denver, and play it by ear in Nebraska, before returning to good old Illinois. Well, you know what they say… “The best laid plans of mice and men” and families on road trips “often go awry.”
Goal: Santa Monica Pier and dipping toes in the Pacific Ocean Isn't it fitting that we made it to the end of our journey on Route 66 on day 6? And what an epic day it was. After fueling up on breakfast at our motel, we headed out on the road for a very quick drive to Los Angeles and finally, Santa Monica Pier - the end of the road. What a monumental day this was for us. An epic statement that we, as a family, can accomplish a whole lot if we work together, keep our minds open, and just shut up and enjoy the ride. (In fact wouldn't we all be better off in every day life if we followed those 3 simple tasks?)
Goal: Pasadena, CA We made our way to Pasadena on the Fourth of July. The temperature as we drove through the seemingly endless Mojave Desert exceeded 112 degrees Fahrenheit. It kind of speaks to our mood and how much energy we had at this point, that none of us took pictures on the road this day. I have looked through each of our cameras (including the kids' cameras). There is not even a back-seat selfie featuring a backdrop of the desert.
Goal: Enjoy the Grand Canyon As stated in an earlier post, we decided to stay in Camp Verde, AZ, about 2 hours south of the Grand Canyon. We stayed so far away because we did not plan early enough to stay (affordably) any closer. It was Fourth of July weekend and EVERYTHING was booked! Even campsites. My advice: if you plan on visiting one of the famous National Parks on July 4th weekend, plan ahead.
Goal: Camp Verde, AZ By day three, our road trip was becoming a bit too road-trippy, as in we found ourselves on the road for 10-12 hours a day, eating a ton of road food, and starting to feel a little sick of sitting on our behinds for so long. So I decided it was time for some kind of exercise.