She gave him a smile with a future in it.

Retroactive halcyonity. In the present.

Heart, Nerve, and Sinew

We started our first road trip the night of our wedding.  Five moves and three 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 August 25, 2017).

The stats of life:

Days on the road: 388

US States:  43/50 (AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, COCT, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MN, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA, WV, WY, WI)

Presidential Museums: 31/43 (Washington, J. Adams, Jefferson x2, Madison, Monroe, JQ Adams,  JacksonVan Buren, W. Harrison, Polk, Lincoln, GrantHayes, Garfield, ArthurB. 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:  12/59 (Acadia, Badlands, Cuyahoga Valley x2, Denali, Grand Canyon, Grand Tetons, Kenai Fjords x2, Mammoth CavePetrified Forest, Redwood Forest, Shenandoah, Yellowstone)

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

National Historic Parks: 8/51 (AdamsDayton Aviation, George Rogers Clark x2, Thomas EdisonMarsh-Billings-Rockefeller, Paterson Great FallsSaratoga, Women’s Rights)

National Historic Sites:11/78 (Allegheny Portage Railroad, Brown v. Board of EducationEisenhower Home,  Garfield, Grant, Hoover, Saint Gaudens, Steamtown, E. Roosevelt, F. Roosevelt, T. Roosevelt Birthplace, Van Buren)

National Memorials:  7/30 (Johnstown Flood, Lincoln, Lincoln BoyhoodMt. Rushmore, Russell Cave,  Vietnam Veterans, Washington, World War II)

National Military Park:  1/9 (Gettysburg)

National Monuments:  3/87 (Castle Clinton, Jewel CaveStatue 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:  19/??? (Adler PlanetariumAir 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, Field MuseumHershey’s Factory Tour, Indiana State MuseumIndianapolis Motor SpeedwayLincoln Park ZooLost World Caverns, Louisville Slugger Museum x2, Minnesota Forest History Center, Montreal Museum of Fine ArtsMuseum of Aviation, Metropolitan Museum of ArtNational Air and Space Museum, Niagara FallsNickelodeon UniverseRideau Canal, Roosevelt Campobello International Park, Shedd Aquarium, Willis TowerWinterlude)

wedding-pic
The first day of our first trip.
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