Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Spring Break 2014: A Trip in Review

Final Stats | Spring Break 2014
  • Total of 10 states, 8 of them being new (for a total of 41!) plus D.C.
  • 12 National Park Sites
  • Drove 2,662 Miles, and flew 934 
  • Gas: $293.09 (22 miles/gal)
  • Lodging: $1,296.17
  • Souvenirs: $411.80
  • Tourist Traps: $217.70
  • Redbox: $12.59
  • Fights: 1
  • Injuries: 0
Despite my 'little bug' the last 24 hours, this was a great trip. We have nine states to see, and three years left to do it while Paradis is still at home (see Master Plan tab above).

I didn't start planning this trip until just a couple weeks before we left. At the time I was feeling overwhelmed with the 20+ hours I spent planning, researching, scheduling, and adjusting. I asked myself, "Why don't we just go to Florida and spend a week on the beach?" Oh how simple that would be ... but after traveling 11 days with these three I'm reminded why I love these trips so much.

First, I love this country. There is so much to see and do and I'm glad that my girls get a chance to explore it as well.

Second, I simply love spending time with my three traveling companions. Scott and I began our relationship traveling, and for some reason we do it so well together. I love to watch Paradis and Annelies navigate through the challenges we face on our trips, and explore all the sites we visit with such interest.

Third, although my kids are teenagers, and at times drive me completely nuts, I'm reminded during these trips that they are really good kids. You figure that out when you need them to push you in a wheelchair to the bathroom airport!

Thanks for following us on our adventures. Your emails and comments keep me motivated to continue posting. Happy Travels everyone!

Your Blogger, Rae Ann, in Walton's Kitchen!

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