We are starting to acclimatize to life off of the road... sleeping in the same bed... waking up in the same place each morning... it is a bit like finding your sea legs, or maybe your land legs again after a long journey. We are undoubtedly stronger and closer as a family for surmounting such a huge trip as we did this summer. Emma is bigger, taller, smarter, faster, and more talkative than ever. She says more with her eyebrows than most people can do with their lips. Even better, we understand her so well after 24 hours a day of talking to each other.
We were hoping to blog more on the road, however, travelling with a 16 month old ended up sucking up what little spare time we had. We did keep notes and may post them here in the future.
We are not yet ready to go back to the real world of work, school, lunches, meetings... but we are so excited that Emma will be going to The Joany Noany School for Exceptional Granddaughters this fall in Winthrop. Bruce has a new job and Andrea is back in Revere for the school year. We still have many more photos to share and stories to tell, but we wanted to leave you with a few statistics from our amazing trip this summer.
Statistics from the Trip:
Total Miles Driven: 10,405
US States Visited: 29
Canadian Provinces Visited: 5
International border crossings: 4 (twice into Canada, twice back into USA)
Number of National Parks/Monuments/Historic Sites: 38, of which 16 were National Parks.
*Also 4 additional National Monuments not administered by the NPS (Chimney Rock, Bears Ears, Grand Staircase Escalante, and Canyon of the Ancients). Plus one Canadian National Park (Banff)
Junior Ranger Badges Earned: 12
Number of mechanics visited: 1 (replace front shocks and bleed brake system)
Number of times pulled over by police: 0 (I am as shocked as you!)
Number of days on the road: 49 (48 nights)
Number of nights camping: 26
Number of nights in hotels: 20
Number of nights as guests: 2
Emma’s height: 2ft 6in (about 2in. growth)
Emma’s skills learned: Walking, climbing ladders, high-fiving park rangers, drawing on every page of a junior ranger book, kissing and kissy-face, hand movements for “If you’re happy and you know it” and “Itsy Bitsy Spider”
Emma’s new word: “Stuck” pronounced “guck” (we tried to teach her to say “Bus”… she learned to wiggle her eyebrows and laugh evilly at us…)
All in all, not a bad summer...
The World is Ours!