My kids got to see 9 states and Washington DC on this trip! We drove out of Illinois, across Indiana, across Ohio, through Pennsylvania, down through Maryland, around DC, through Virginia, and into North Carolina. On the way home, we drove across North Carolina, into Tennessee, up through Kentucky, up through Indiana, and back to Illinois. Whew! That was a LOT of driving. More than once, I fantasized about stopping at the nearest airport, abandoning my car, and flying home. With no one to switch off with, driving all that way was tiring. My shoulders are still sore and tense!
We had a great relaxing time at the beach. I really loved the Outer Banks (except the lack of internet connection!). It's a touristy place, yes, but still, it wasn't crowded with obnoxious tourists. I would absolutely go (read, FLY) back there again. Okay, maybe I wouldn't fly, but I'd definitely take several more days to drive down there and back, and I'd take time out to stop and see the sights along the way.
So, here are some highlights, in no particular order (mostly because it's taking me forever to arrange the stupid pictures on here)...
Brooklyn passed out after Austin made my car into a gas chamber.
This is when I knew we'd been in the south just a little too long.
On the way home, I met up with my friend Beej and her son, Kevin. We had lunch and then walked around the Bass Pro Shop while the kids ran around and stretched a bit. Thanks for meeting me, Beej and thanks for all the Silly Bandz!
Here's another friend I met up with in Tennessee. He's a blogger too. He's a single dad of six kids...
This is what happens when you let my kids loose in a hotel.
stinkin Virginia traffic on the way home
the beach house we stayed in
Here's the end of our deck which stopped right at the beach. And yes, it was that empty on the beach. It was awesome!
These next pictures were taken on the beach right as a storm was rolling in. It was very cool!
more stinkin Virginia traffic on the way there
We all love, love, loved North Carolina! Savannah's allergies had been horrible a week or so before we left. Most of the first day driving there, she was a huge, watery-eyed, snot-nosed mess. She didn't take a single allergy pill the entire time we were there though. Last night, driving home, her allergies started up again. Whatever's in the air up here that bothers her, apparently isn't in North Carolina. Another reason to move! Oh yeah, and she saw a Panera Bread there so she said she could move. We'll see...