It’s a little after 7pm, and the jet lag has caught up with the weary air travelers. Cathie and I, the four kiddos, and three dogs squeezed into a double queen bed hotel room for the next two days.

It’s good to be all together again, and two days from now we’ll have a place to call home.

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It’s a little after 7pm, and the jet lag has caught up with the weary air travelers. Cathie and I, the four kiddos, and three dogs squeezed into a double queen bed hotel room for the next two days.

It’s good to be all together again, and two days from now we’ll have a place to call home.

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Wind turbines in Eastern Washington

It’s before 6 AM here, and I could barely sleep last night. I’m too excited to see Cat and the kids. This long road trip is coming to an end today, which is partly sad. I’ve enjoyed spending this time with Lucas. Hopefully, he’ll look back on it, and it will be a happy memory for him where he learned a few things about his old man.

Going to be heading off soon for the final leg to reunite the family!

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Most of the hotels on our road trip have had double beds, all but the last one. I could only book a room with a King size bed, and Lucas is horrified that he has to sleep in a bed with his Dad.

This coming from the kid who slept in my bed until he was at least 4 or 5 years old. I remember him, and an infant Kane would squeeze their little butts in between Cathie and I. Now, he’s made a pillow barrier in between us so we don’t touch. Little does he know his pillow wall can’t protect him from night wind, if you get my drift. (pun intended)

Anyway, we finally made it into the state of Washington today. Yippee! I get to see Kane, Drew, and Molly tomorrow, and most importantly my wonderful wife. We can finally start this long dreamed of adventure together. I can’t wait!

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Most of the hotels on our road trip have had double beds, all but the last one. I could only book a room with a King size bed, and Lucas is horrified that he has to sleep in a bed with his Dad.

This coming from the kid who slept in my bed until he was at least 4 or 5 years old. I remember him, and an infant Kane would squeeze their little butts in between Cathie and I. Now, he’s made a pillow barrier in between us so we don’t touch. Little does he know his pillow wall can’t protect him from night wind, if you get my drift. (pun intended)

Anyway, we finally made it into the state of Washington today. Yippee! I get to see Kane, Drew, and Molly tomorrow, and most importantly my wonderful wife. We can finally start this long dreamed of adventure together. I can’t wait!

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We made it to Bozeman, MT. It was a long, long drive. After a rough morning (…because I think Lucas and I were getting sick of each other), and a counseling session with Cathie. It turned into a really good day. We talked, we laughed, we cried (not really). I started talking to Lucas about the “birds and the bees”, he informed me that he learned much of it from the Discovery Channel when he was in 4th grade. (Thank You Discovery Channel!)

The day did end up being the longest drive though and we are excited that we only have two shorter days ahead of us until this road trip is in the books.

I attached a photo of Lucas with his usual expression of “Stop taking pictures of me, Dad.”

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We made it to Bozeman, MT. It was a long, long drive. After a rough morning (…because I think Lucas and I were getting sick of each other), and a counseling session with Cathie. It turned into a really good day. We talked, we laughed, we cried (not really). I started talking to Lucas about the “birds and the bees”, he informed me that he learned much of it from the Discovery Channel when he was in 4th grade. (Thank You Discovery Channel!)

The day did end up being the longest drive though and we are excited that we only have two shorter days ahead of us until this road trip is in the books.

I attached a photo of Lucas with his usual expression of “Stop taking pictures of me, Dad.”

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We took a detour to Mount Rushmore this morning.

Mount Rushmore is not as big as one might think that Mount Rushmore should be. 
Mount Rushmore observation area is $11 per car (as of this date).
Mount Rushmore observation area doesn’t allow dogs. So if you have dogs with you, sneak them into the parking garage. Leave the windows rolled down. Run like hell to the observation area that you just shelled out $11 for, and quickly enjoy this national treasure. Then run back to the dogs on the bottom floor of the parking garage, and hope someone isn’t using the jaws of life to open up your vehicle. Luckily, that last part never happened and the dogs barely knew we were gone.
Overall, it was fun to see and would love to go back as the Black Hills National Forest around it seems like an awesome place to take the family camping/cabining.

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We took a detour to Mount Rushmore this morning.

  • Mount Rushmore is not as big as one might think that Mount Rushmore should be.
  • Mount Rushmore observation area is $11 per car (as of this date).
  • Mount Rushmore observation area doesn’t allow dogs. So if you have dogs with you, sneak them into the parking garage. Leave the windows rolled down. Run like hell to the observation area that you just shelled out $11 for, and quickly enjoy this national treasure. Then run back to the dogs on the bottom floor of the parking garage, and hope someone isn’t using the jaws of life to open up your vehicle. Luckily, that last part never happened and the dogs barely knew we were gone.

Overall, it was fun to see and would love to go back as the Black Hills National Forest around it seems like an awesome place to take the family camping/cabining.

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Completed the “Halfway There!” badge today. It was suppose to be the longest drive day, but really wasn’t that bad. Lucas kept to himself mostly today. I guess he’s had too much of Dad.

So I told him tomorrow was “No Phone Friday!”, which he preceded to mock a half-real, half-fake tantrum. :)

Tomorrow, we’re headed to Bozeman, MT. We may take a detour and see Mount Rushmore; weather permitting. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

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Completed the “Halfway There!” badge today. It was suppose to be the longest drive day, but really wasn’t that bad. Lucas kept to himself mostly today. I guess he’s had too much of Dad.

So I told him tomorrow was “No Phone Friday!”, which he preceded to mock a half-real, half-fake tantrum. :)

Tomorrow, we’re headed to Bozeman, MT. We may take a detour and see Mount Rushmore; weather permitting. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

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