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Day 6: Home

Day 6: Home

There is hardly anything to report, but it felt weird not formally wapping up this little trip. The drive from Louisville to home was only about four and a half hours and completely unremarkable. We listened to a week worth of The Daily, played a ton of Mario Kart, read a bit, and let the miles fly pass us. We were home before 3 and we unpacked with the laundry started within 20 minutes. We’ve become pros at this getting…

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Day 5: Bourbon Day

Day 5: Bourbon Day

15 years ago, when I was the mere age of 21, we got married. We we’re so very young, but it was so the right decision for us. The best part of our marriage is that we’ve allowed one another to grow as individuals, but have continuously grown stronger as a couple. I think that’s our secret. I’m me. He’s him. But we’re us. Together we make a pretty remarkable parenting team, if I shall say so myself. Without question,…

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Day 4: Mammoth Cave

Day 4: Mammoth Cave

Today was spectacular. Honestly, I wasn’t really looking forward to it. We were just in Lehman Caves last month and did Timpanogos Cave last year. I thought we were caved out. I figured that once you have seen a cave, you have kind of seen all caves. I was so proven wrong today. I was here as a child and have no recollection of it, so it was a new adventure for us all. Last week, Zak did a great…

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Day 3: Stone’s River Battlefield

Day 3: Stone’s River Battlefield

Zak and I both have vivid memories of our parents taking us to Civil War battlefields as youngsters. We both recall hating it and not seeing the point of staring at an empty open field. We both remember being grumpy and not pleasant to be around during these family excursions. So, we made the compassionate parent choice and made our kids explore a Civil War battlefield today.  But! Wait! This one was really interesting! There was a driving audio tour!…

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Day 2: Nashville

Day 2: Nashville

Country music, fried chicken, and swimming. That pretty much sums up the day. Our first stop on our exploring Nashville day was Biscuit Love. We found this on one of the internet’s lists of top things you must do in Nashville. It did not disappoint. Zak and I each had the number one sandwich in all of America according to Bon Appetite magazine. Fresh biscuits, homemade sausage gravy, sharp cheddar, and a perfectly fried chicken thighs. Oh my. It was…

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Day 1: Brookfield to Nashville

Day 1: Brookfield to Nashville

The past couple of weeks have been suprisingly perfect. We’ve spent our days eating glorious Zoe breakfasts, gardening, doing household projects, listening and watching the girls run from neighborhood backyard pool to pool, and sipping iced coffee. Our evenings have been filled with dinners cooked on the Weber, reading, and wine in the backyard with neighbors as the kids catch fireflies. I have thought so many times that if we had decided to press on we’d be missing this perfection….

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Waterfall Glen

Waterfall Glen

When we made the decision to come home, Zak and I promised the girls (and ourselves) that we would hike as often as we could at home. This morning we wiped out the last of the glass shards from our hiking boots and headed to Darien, a full 20 minutes from our home. We pulled into the lot and Zak’s phone rang, one of the calls we’ve been waiting for from the insurance company. We sat there, tying our boots,…

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Day 16: Salt Lake City to Kearney, Nebraska

Day 16: Salt Lake City to Kearney, Nebraska

It was a long day of driving and there is little to report. We got up before 6. I’m determined that will be the earliest I will wake up the rest of summer. That’s a downside of these trips. We get up at sunrise most days to start hiking before it gets too hot or before the afternoon thunderstorms hit the mountaintops. Now I’ll be able to sleep in. We were in the car for 11 hours, all of which…

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Day 15: Reno to Salt Lake City

Day 15: Reno to Salt Lake City

Day 15. We woke up early in Reno. It had been a tough night for the girls and myself. I found myself reading, trying to fall back asleep, at 3 am. I heard Ellie tiptoe across the room and whisper, “Mama? I’m worried ravens are going to get into the car. They’re smart and can rip the tape and plastic.” I giggled, remembering the raven at Canyonlands that broke into the car near ours to steal their food. After I…

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Day 14

Day 14

This one is a tough one. You probably saw on Facebook that our car was broken into last night. Most of our camping gear, our nice camera, three of our backpacking bags (ironically, not mine), tons of smaller items, and Zoe’s new colored pencils and post it notes were all taken. Two rear windows were shattered beyond belief and someone took our stuff. All while we were peacefully sleeping at the Sir Francis Drake. Our insurance was very helpful from…

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