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6 Month Frenzy

6 Month Frenzy

About a week ago we hit the six-months-to-go mark! There’s always a bit of excitement in knowing that we’re over half-way through the year and that the next departure is closer than the last. This year I was able to get our initial plans and reservations made pretty early, so it’s been a couple months since I’ve really studied the spreadsheet. However, most NPS sites open reservations for ranger-led activities and camping exactly six months to the day ahead of…

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Green and Yellow

Green and Yellow

Since we first heard that the Packers would be playing a game in Cleveland this season we’d been hoping that we’d be able to make the trip. All season long I’ve been watching the Cleveland scores as closely as the Packers. When the Browns record hit 0-9 and ticket prices hit $8 a seat I knew we’d be able to make the trip a reality. Friday night we piled into Fred with a custom batch of “Zak’s Delicious Sandwiches” in…

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Ellie’s First Concert

Ellie’s First Concert

Ellie had her first ever band concert last night and she was super excited for it. Since she’s a percussionist she really stood out as they were performing both since she stood about a foot taller than everyone else and was playing the high notes on the glockenspiel! Since their songs were all quite short they played about a dozen selections. I’ve included three of their greatest hits below. Merrily We Roll Along (aka Mary Had a Little Lamb) featuring…

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Low

Low

Today almost felt like a normal summer day! We woke up at 5:30 and were on the road to Mammoth Cave NP shortly after 6. This is the fourth cave we’ve visited in our adventures and it was completely different than the others. As I said many many times today, Mammoth Cave is incredibly big. We spent seven hours underground covering seven miles of tunnels. We didn’t repeat anything and saw less than one percent of the total cave. The…

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I’ve Been Everywhere

I’ve Been Everywhere

Today was a city day, the first one in a very long while that I’ve spent in Nashville. The first one in Nashville ever for the girls. The plan was to wonder around the city taking in the sights and the fried chicken along the way. The day was successful in both regards. For sights we made it to the lobbies & gift shops of the country music Hall of Fame and the Johnny Cash museum, the Tin Roof where…

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Way Down We Go

Way Down We Go

Molly just told me that blog posts don’t happen on trips like this so I’m writing, among other reasons, to prove her wrong. She does have a bit of a point though. Who could blame me for not writing after being provided with all-i-can-drink wine and whiskey and a beautiful rooftop pool to enjoy it by? In addition to proving Molly wrong it would also be a disservice to two great Americans, George Roberts Clark and Aberham Lincoln (with special…

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Anticipation

Anticipation

The Knotts were back on the trail today! Although it was much lamer than the ones out west, this is Illinois, it still felt good to be out walking. We decided on the Waterfall Glen Loop since it’s the only longish trail nearby. It’s amazing how different 10.5 miles is when it’s flat though, we finished a couple hours earlier than we normally would have. There isn’t a lot to say about the hike itself. It was flat, on a…

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End of the Line

End of the Line

We’re in the last hour of #RTXVII with just a bunch of Illinois cornfields between us and home. The last couple days have been pretty uneventful with a couple highlights that the others have detailed. We’ve been listening to the playlist all day today and as each song comes on I’ve considered whether it would make an appropriate title and I’ve settled on The Traveling Wilbury’s “End of the Line”. Despite the name seeming to be about an end, the…

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Good Things

Good Things

The rodeo Hiking the Panorama/ Mist trails Not dying on the death ledge See the stars at Yosemite First family backpacking trip Kimpton Monaco SLC Gyros at The Wheel Bar Smelling the piney mountain air Ranger Mike’s hat Being out west. Seeing mountains and deserts. Hummus at The Spoke Getting to Lake Haiyha Seeing the bears Swimming at the hotels Dinner at The Yosemite Lodge Camping alone at the base of Pyramid Peak Getting Sam the fox Seeing all the…

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Float On

Float On

Molly wrote an incredibly eloquent post about yesterday’s events and our decisions so I don’t feel there’s there’s too much more to add. I will share a few of my own thoughts on the day though. Thank you to everyone for the multitude of well wishes and offers of help and support. It’s been touching to hear from so many people who are following along with us. While we write and share our adventures primarily for ourselves to look back…

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