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Old 07-01-2013, 03:30 PM   #106
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Your speaker misspoke as the Ohio River is under joint jurisdiction of the Ohio river with Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois. Originally, it was "owned" by Kentucky, but several states including Kentucky made appeals to the Supreme Court over the years as the river's course had changed to gain jurisdiction. Ohio has never "owned" the Ohio River. Sorry for the mini-history lesson, but I used to teach Kentucky history.
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Old 07-01-2013, 09:34 PM   #107
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It's over already? Wow, that is shorter than last year. Again, even on this shorter trip, you covered a LOT of miles. I love the final shot of the video, arriving at home with things spilling out of the back of the van! It was a really great trip. Looking forward to your final thoughts.
Thanks! The trip really did just fly by.... We were gone for 18 nights, so it certainly wasn't a short trip- but compared to last years 44 nights- it really seemed like we were gone no time at all....

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I can't believe it's over already. It really didn't seem like you were away that long reading it, although I know you were. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful trip with us - I really enjoyed reading it and, like your last one, it's given me lots of ideas for future places to visit in the US.

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Wow, I can't believe it is already home! Thank you for sharing another amazing road trip with us!
I can't believe I'm back home either!

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Glad you made it home safely. Just watched the last video posted, and I too had to smile as the stuff came tumbling out of the back of the van - a fitting in to a great road trip.

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Your speaker misspoke as the Ohio River is under joint jurisdiction of the Ohio river with Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois. Originally, it was "owned" by Kentucky, but several states including Kentucky made appeals to the Supreme Court over the years as the river's course had changed to gain jurisdiction. Ohio has never "owned" the Ohio River. Sorry for the mini-history lesson, but I used to teach Kentucky history.
Thanks for the info Cam! In fairness, it is very well possible that I heard him wrong or even that I'm just not remembering what he said very well... But I really could've sworn that is what he said, because he even made some sort of joke saying something along the lines of naming it the Ohio river after it's owner or something like that.... but again, I could definately feature myself getting the information jumbled.... And no apologies needed for the mini-history lesson; I love history and that is actually why I enjoyed the tour because of the history information provided...
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Final Thoughts:
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(1)- The trip seemed sooo short! I’ve now been home for a few days and I’m still baffled as to how quick the trip went by… The good part of that, is there is still a fair amount of summer left; whereas last year’s trip truly sucked away most of the summer…

(2)- So many places I want to return too! Last year, we seen a lot of beautiful places, but for the most part I left feeling like we had explored the parks adequately and while I’d love to return to many of those places- it’s simply because they were beautiful and I’d love to see them again, whereas this year- I left several places feeling like I didn’t see enough of it… I attribute that to several different factors; but the main one I do believe is that fact that we didn’t camp! I really believe last year- camping was what allowed us to explore the parks to the greatest extent because (1) we were immersed inside of the park the entire time we were there; 48 hours in most cases and (2) because we were camping the only thing *to* do was explore the park; there was no sitting around the hotel room and watching cable or using the internet.

Now, by no means am I a camper; I actually prefer hotels strongly to camping. But with that said, I really think camping in the park is essential for us to get the full park experience.

(3)- It was a great trip and I’m already counting down and preparing next year’s itinerary where we will go up the East Coast… Unfortunately, I’m not sure that it will be realistic for us to camp next year either due to visiting a lot of major cities in addition to several more national parks. However, the following year we will be visiting the North West where we should definitely be able to go back to camping for our main means of lodging…

(4)- I think overall, the “family favorite” destination for this particular trip was Mackinac Island. It wasn’t (currently) a National Park; but we just loved it all the same! There were a lot of runner ups as well… I’m left wanting to return to these places, but in the name of time and money- we will continue to visit new places most likely before we return to any old favorites… If only I could travel/vacation for a living….

Thanks for following along everyone! I did put together a final video that encompasses the entire trip….

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Great report! I can see how camping would really immerse you in the park experience and make it feel like a more complete visit. Kind of like staying on-site at WDW! Looking forward to next summer, when you'll be in my neck of the woods!
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Great final thoughts. I am so with you about how quickly this went by - reading it, I thought exactly the same thing.
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Great finals thoughts!! Can't wait to see which spots on the East Coast you'll be visiting next year!
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Great final thoughts! for sharing your road trip with us. Can't wait for the next one.
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Still hard to believe the trip was 18 days long - seemed like it went by quicker than that - probably because you did so much. Enjoyed the last video.

(Holler if you make it to Maine and need a place to stop on your East Coast Journey)
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Just getting caught up again Brandy! Sorry about the soggy room, but glad you guys had a great time at Six Flags and made it home safely! You accomplished so much on your trip! Thanks so much for taking us along for the ride!
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Thanks for sharing! Yes, the trip did seem to go by quickly. Well, compared to last year, it did seem like a quick trip! I can't believe how much you accomplished! I need to go back and look at some of the videos!
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I just had a chance to read through your whole TR. Nine months later is better than never! I really enjoyed this road trip TR, just like the previous year's. You visited so many places that I would love to visit someday. Mackinac Island in particular looked great! I loved all of your videos. I was particularly impressed that on a few of them, you timed Madilyn singing in the video with the song that you used for the soundtrack.. I really noticed in on Moves Like Jagger. Cool! I'm looking forward to this year's road trip, especially since you'll be in my neck of the woods! Thanks so much for sharing!
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