2908, 2016

LA to Chi-Town Part 2: Somewhere in Middle America

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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.

2608, 2016

LA to Chi-Town Part 1: How I Learned to Love Diarrhea in Las Vegas and Altitude Sickness in Utah

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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.”

2308, 2016

Route 66: Day 6, End of the Road

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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?)

1808, 2016

Route 66: Day 5 – Mojave Desert

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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.

1708, 2016

Route 66: Day 4 – Grand Canyon

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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.

1208, 2016

Route 66: Day 3 – Standin’ on the Corner in Winslow, AZ

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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.

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