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Old 06-07-2013, 06:10 PM   #1
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Road Trip II

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Who? Me, Brandy; DS-Wesley (15), DS-Dillon (14), DD-Madilyn (12),
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What? A road trip traveling through seven states, 4 national parks, 2 state parks, 1 national land shore, and several other fun places…
When? June 10- June 28 (19 days)
Where? We will be traveling to Kentucky (Mammoth Cave NP), Indiana (Clifty Falls State Park), Ohio (Cuyahoga Valley NP), Michigan (Mackinac Island, Tahquamenon Falls State Park, Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore, Quincy Mine, and Isle Royale NP), Minnesota (International Falls NP), Wisconsin (Great Wolf Lodge), and Illinois (Great America Six Flags).
Why? I am trying to get my oldest son to all 50 states before he graduates high school; he just finished his freshman year. We took our first big road trip last summer- http://www.passporterboards.com/forums/globetrotting-general-trip-reports/260102-road-trip.html
How? My original plan after last year’s road trip was to drive up the East Coast this summer. However, we are in the process of building a house that should be done next month and I just couldn’t be away for such a lengthy amount of time this summer. So, I simply switched things up a bit- we are traveling dead north this summer and will drive up the east coast summer 2014 instead… Last year we mostly camped in a tent to keep costs down; this summer camping just wasn’t working out. Several of the parks we are visiting require true backpack camping where you have to hike in several miles with your belongings on your back and that is simply not realistic for us. So, it came down to it only making sense to camp in two places on our trip and it wasn’t worth it to haul all the camping gear for just two places. So, we will be staying in a variety of lodging from cabins to hotels to houseboats. It will be great fun and I can only hope it’s as memorable as last year’s trip which will be hard to beat!
***** I plan to do a live trip-report posting every few days. Last year this worked pretty well and I hope to do the same this year; it should actually be easier this year since we won’t be camping…
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WOW this sounds very exciting. Will be looking forward to future post.
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I'm delighted to be able to follow your family on another road trip! Of the places you're going I've only been to Mackinac Island, so this will be fun to see! Your brother isn't coming on this trip? That's a lot of driving for one person.
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Nope, my brother isn't coming this trip..... He's about to start a family of his own; getting married next month. At almost 27, he's finally all grown up.

However, my oldest son now has a learners permit and we've been researching to see which of the states we are visiting allow drivers on an out of state learners- so he will be able to drive some of the trip...
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Great start! Just like your last trip, it sounds like an amazing itinerary.
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Last year's trip was simply amazing! I can't wait to follow along this year!!!
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Thanks everyone!

We head out first thing tomorrow morning...
After church today, I have a few last minute things to pick up before the trip and then it's back home to clean house and start packing....

Last year I did a practice pack about a week before the trip, but this year I've done zero packing.... But my big concern last year was fitting everything; but no worries this year beacuse for one we are packing no camping gear which took up a ton of space last year and for two, since my brother isn't going I will have an extra seat in the van and I actually plan to take out the extra seat and leave it at home so that I can put our things in that spot and the trunk and avoid having to tie down on the top of the luggage carrier this year.....
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