Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The Recap

We did it.

Over 7,000 Miles.
20 Days.
16 States.
3 Dudes.
1 Mama.
1 Dog.

We saw Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois and Kentucky! (and Tennessee!)

We saw parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, uncles, aunts, great uncles and aunts.

We stayed in 3 state parks and saw the Grand Canyon.

We ate a ton of burgers.

We slept in tents and the van, on guest beds and air mattresses.

We didn't see or do everything we wanted to but we got pretty dang close. We miss our house and our chickens and our beds. The rest of the summer will be pretty quiet but hopefully the memories and fun will sustain us. Just 7 weeks until Liam starts 1st Grade and Ronan starts FOUR days of preschool. (How are they SO BIG?!)

Have a great summer, yall!

BBQ at Miss Linda and Grandpa Bryan's

New Mexico-Arizona Border.

Congratulations, Eric and Lori! Malibu, CA.

Golden Gate Bridge

Pacific Coast Highway

Portland, Oregon

My paternal great grandparents : GV and Sue

Dad (a.k.a. "Grandpa Bryan")

My nana and my sisters

Mariner's Game with Dave Niehaus
Go M's!

Jackson and Quinn

Pool Day with Uncle Casey and AA

Frozen Yogurt in Tigard, OR

Bailey, Mack and Merrick  (at Rob + Sara's) 

Kissing my boy in Portland, OR

Baghdad Theater in Portland, OR to see Solo

Our friend and host, Danielle

Washington Park Zoo. PDX.
Granna at the Zoo

Alex and Ben

Dear Friends and neighbors, Doug and Kim - at Matriarch in Tacoma, WA.

Great Grandpa John, Bryce and Karli with the boys

Somewhere in Utah

The Fam

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Read Fam Road Trip : Day 6 Pacific Coast

If you've never driven the Pacific Coast Highway, do it now. Drop everything and start planning your trip. It is the most picturesque drive in the world. We stopped every 20 minutes to get out and take photos. It took us many, many hours to get to Eureka at which time we got Donuts instead of lunch. (Road trips, ya know?) I'm not entirely sure how many times we stopped or how long we drove but it was an adventure, to say the least. One stop that we captured was Chandelier Tree in Leggett, CA. You can drive through a redwood. Or, rather, you can try to drive through a redwood. The opening is 6'8" x 6' and I'll share a video later on whether or not a Ford Econoline fits. We also stopped at Trees of Mystery, the place with the enormous Paul Bunyan and Babe. I stopped here with my family when I was 12 and I still remember it well. 

We didnt have cell service so Google Maps didnt work. We didnt really know how far we had to go or where the next restaurant was. I was a little anxious about it but I gave it all up and enjoyed the ride, the unknown, the adventure of it all. It was actually really nice to turn off the devices and just take it all in. Even the boys obliged. No screen time until we hit I-5 at Grants Pass. It was a really sweet day. 

Everyone, even Ronan and Liam, want to do this trip again. We keep talking about how "next time" we want to stay here or do this or that. It's been a wonderful trip. We're now showered and well fed and spending the next two weeks with friends and family before making the trip back home to Nashville. 

ALSO: We've been taking video and plan to make a little mini-doc about the trip. 

Inside a hollowed out Redwood
Chandelier Tree at Leggett, CA

Trying to keep these boys entertained on a 14 hour drive.

Donut Mill, Eureka, CA
We love Big Green!

Trees of Mystery, Redwood Forest

Hidden Beach, CA

Hidden Beach

Hello, Portland!

Read Fam Road Trip :

Day 1 OKC

Day 2 New Mexico

Day 3 The Grand Canyon

Day 4 California

Day 5 Pismo Beach and San Francisco

Day 6 Pacific Coast Highway and Oregon 

Read Fam Road Trip : Day 5 California

My neat freak ways are impeding the joy a bit. I forgot how dusty campgrounds are. Like, if they could all be grassy or gravel (shoot, even pavement) I would be a fan. But when your 2 year old is sprinkling dust on his legs, his brother's afro and the dog, and your allergies are bugging you, you might freak out a little, too. Just me?

Day 5 was driving, lots of driving. Our only stops were Pismo Beach and San Francisco.

Pismo Beach was cloudy and quiet. We walked the dog and got a poke bowl. We were cold and we had lots of ground to cover so we kept driving.

We arrived in San Francisco around 4pm. We parked on Steiner, right by the Painted Ladies. We met some locals. We oohed and ahhed over this city. I haven't been since I was a teenager, (with Dan, at a youth conference, actually!) too young to truly appreciate its perfection. Maybe you disagree, but I loved San Francisco and if it were not so dang expensive I might move there in a heartbeat. I love a city with green space, so full of parks, walkways and bike paths. People were out enjoying the cool, sunny weather and it was electric. The Presidio and the Golden Gate Recreation Area are breathtaking. It's no wonder you cant live here for less than $1 Million.

We camped for our last night in Jackson Demonstration State Park. Dan researched this stop but we lost cell reception an hour before we got there so we weren't entirely sure we were in the right place. Gorgeous and desolate with winding roads, it was a great find. We got there and parked near the  OVERNIGHT CAMPING sign. However, at dawn, we discovered it said NO OVERNIGHT CAMPING, as seen below in the photo that Dan took the next morning. That explains why we couldn't find the payment and registration booth. Or why there was no running water. Whoops.

It was a chilly night but we slept very well. And the campground "Picnic Area" was grass. Praise the Lord! We were up at 6am and back on the road at 6:30 to the hit the PCH, the last leg of our trip.

Read Fam Road Trip :

Day 1 OKC

Day 2 New Mexico

Day 3 The Grand Canyon

Day 4 California

Day 5 Pismo Beach and San Francisco

Day 6 Pacific Coast Highway and Oregon 
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