She gave him a smile with a future in it.

Retroactive halcyonity. In the present.

Heart and Nerve and Sinew

We started our first road trip the night of our wedding.  Five moves and four kids later, we still hit the road every month or two.  To touch history, smell nature, teach, and learn.

I have a thing for stats and ours are below. The data is data. But it’s the times at the rest stops when you’re pulling out toilet paper for a makeshift seat cover while wondering if the stain is permanent or new and your kid sits down and you wince and whisper, “don’t tell your mom I didn’t get the toilet paper down” that make all the hassle of travel worth it.

All stats below are as a complete family and through the date of the last road trip blog (currently December 30, 2018).

The stats of life:

Days on the road: 435

US States:  48/50 (AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, COCT, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MIMN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RISC, SD, TN, TX, UTVA, VT, WA, WV, WY, WI)

Presidential Museums: 32/43 (Washington, J. Adams, Jefferson x2, Madison, Monroe, JQ Adams,  JacksonVan Buren, W. Harrison, Polk, Lincoln, GrantHayes, Garfield, Arthur, ClevelandB. Harrison, McKinley, T. Roosevelt, Taft, Wilson, Harding, CoolidgeHoover, F. Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Nixon, Ford, CarterReagan)

Major League Baseball Stadiums: 8/30 (Brewers, Cubs, Indians, Nationals, Royals, Phillies, TigersYankees)

National Parks:  21/61 (Acadia, Arches x2, Badlands, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Bryce Cayon, CanyonlandsCuyahoga Valley x2, Denali, Gateway ArchGrand Canyon, Grand Tetons, Great Sand Dunes x2, Joshua Tree, Kenai Fjords x2, Mammoth Cave, Mesa Verde, Petrified Forest x2, Redwood Forest, Rocky MountainShenandoah, Yellowstone)

National Battlefields: 4/11 (Antietam, Ft. NecessityManassas, Monocacy)

National Historical Parks: 11/51 (Adams, BostonDayton Aviation, George Rogers Clark x2, Manhattan ProjectMarsh-Billings-Rockefeller, Paterson Great Falls, PecosSaratoga, Thomas EdisonWomen’s Rights)

National Historic Sites: 14/78 (Allegheny Portage Railroad, Bent’s Old FortBrown v. Board of EducationEisenhower Home,  Garfield, Grant, Hoover, Minuteman Missile, Saint Gaudens, Steamtown, E. Roosevelt, F. Roosevelt, T. Roosevelt Birthplace, Van Buren, Weir Farm)

National Memorials:  8/30 (Florissant Fossil BedsJohnstown Flood, Lincoln, Lincoln BoyhoodMt. Rushmore, Russell Cave,  Vietnam Veterans, Washington, World War II)

National Military Park:  1/9 (Gettysburg)

National Monuments:  13/87 (Agate Fossil Beds, Aztec Ruins, Bandelier, Capulin VolcanoCastle Clinton, Colorado, El Malpais, Ft UnionJewel Cave, Homestead, Hovenweep, Scott’s Bluff, Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island)

International Historic Site:  1/1 (St. Croix Island)

Canadian Provinces & Territories: 6/13 (NB, NSON, PEQC, YT)

Canadian National Parks:  2/41 (Cape Breton Highlands, Prince Edward Island)

Canadian National Historic Sites:  (Alexander Graham Bell, Fortifications of Quebec, Green Gables)

Other Awesome Museums/Sites:  30/??? (Adler Planetarium, Air Force AcademyAir Force Museum, American Museum of Natural History, Alaska Sealife Center x2, Ben & Jerry’s Factory Tour, Art Institute of ChicagoCanadian Aviation and Space MuseumCanadian Tulip Festival, Churchill Downs, Dinosaur Journey MuseumField Museum, Garden of the GodsHershey’s Factory Tour, Indiana State MuseumIndianapolis Motor SpeedwayLincoln Park ZooLost World Caverns, Louisville Slugger Museum x2, Meteor CraterMinnesota Forest History Center, Montreal Museum of Fine ArtsMuseum of Aviation, Metropolitan Museum of ArtNational Air and Space Museum, Niagara FallsNickelodeon Universe, Sternberg MuseumRideau Canal, Roosevelt Campobello International Park, Shedd Aquarium, Willis TowerWinterlude)

The first day of our first trip.