How many miles?
We drove a total of 7,871 miles on our 4-week road trip.
How many rest stops did you go to?
Take a guess, and I'll post the answer on September 2, 7pm pacific time.
Closest guess on here and facebook gets a huge chocolate bar!
(This doesn't include the numberless times we went to McDonald's for additional rest stops)
What day did you leave, and when did you return?
(You can click on the dates above for the posts on those days)
How did we have what we needed with just a minivan and car top carrier?
This is what everything held:
car top carrier: tents, sleeping bags, 2 bags of pull-ups, camp stove, propane, lantern, sleeping pads, air mattresses
rubbermaid container 1: laundry soap, feminine products, 3 rolls toilet paper, dryer sheets, small box of powder bleach, laundry pods, 2 shower baskets (full-size shampoo and conditioner, toothpaste, soap, razor)
rubbermaid container 2: (larger container than #1) kitchen utensils, lots of canned food, packets for gravy, spaghetti, etc., pre-portioned snacks, dish soap, knives, washcloths
fishing tackle box: medications
personal backpacks: pajamas, 2 swimsuits, 2 outfits (plus the one we wore), tennis shoes (wore sandals), socks, towel
garment bag: church clothes, Andy and Josh's church shoes (girls wore sandals to church)
cooler: salad dressing, veggies, yogurt, milk, string cheese (bought almost daily)
The cooler was between the two middle seats, but closer to the front seats.
The rubbermaid containers were stacked next to the stroller in the back of the van. On top of the containers, we had the STUFFED backpacks.
Around the stroller, we put the medicine box, a bag for dirty laundry, and misc. stuff.
We did not block our rear view.
Our minivan seats can fold flat into the floor, so when they're in the correct, upright position, there is an empty area underneath the floor.
In these, we had games, our blog books*, pans (one big, one medium saucepan), 2 plastic mixing bowls, paper plates, plastic utensils, and cups.
*We had blog books with us since there were a lot of fires going on in our area of the world.
I also packed a binder with everyone's medical info, everyone's birth certificate, Anthony's adoption decree, and everyone's social security number. Yes, I actually used this, when we had to bring Anthony in to the ER.
It was interesting to see actual departments in the grocery stores in Utah, dedicated to food storage!
And, a lot of stores were closed in Utah AND Idaho on Sundays.
There were a few signs in one of the middle states that said "Correction Facility nearby. Don't pick up hitchhikers."
A boy in Anthony's primary class in Alabama exclaimed, "Hubba Bubba!!" I love it. :)
Going over the pass in Montana, passing is not allowed on curves.
While driving in Montana, I wanted to see wildlife. I didn't see much, but happened to look down at a river we were driving over, and there was a moose and her calf!!
In Fraser, Colorado, there was a guy in a brown jumpsuit. I was excited because I thought it was a deer, and Andy thought it was a nude guy...
In Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado, our motel had a bunch of robes in the office. I was wondering why, then realized the next day that people probably borrowed them to go to the hot springs with.
When Andy and the older children went in the hot springs pools in Lava Hot Springs, Andy said it was hotter than any hot tub. And, it made his mosquito bites stop irritating him.
One morning, I was so proud of myself for being on top of things and called our water department at 8:30AM to pay our bill. But, it was 5:30AM at home and I got the answering service. I just can't win sometimes!
In the South, regular cheese is not in so much demand. They have a huge display of processed cheeses, but 3 kinds of regular cheese, and they are expensive.
I don't think I consulted my planner/calendar ONCE on the entire 4-week trip! This hasn't happened before.
Before the trip, my location in time was based on before cancer (Anthony's leukemia) and after cancer. Now, I have been reset and my existence is not based on before the trip and after the trip!!