It’s hard to tell where we are in this photo, but we are at the visitors center at Mammoth Cave in Kentucky. One of the goals we set for ourselves as a family on this trip was to share some of the natural beauty and landmarks of our country with the boys.
We have seen the western hemisphere’s longest arch span bridge (New River Gorge), we saw a state forest full of boulders (Coopers Rock State Forest), we have hiked along craggy cliffs and waterfalls (Clifty Falls), crushed pennies with the help of a train, driven over the Ohio river (leading source to the mighty Mississippi river), visited the world’s largest mapped and surveyed cave system (Mammoth Cave) and driven through several beautiful cities (Jacksonville, Charlotte, Columbia, Cincinnati, Louisville, Nashville, Atlanta), driven over and through mountains.
Growing up, we hardly flew anywhere. If we were going on a vacation we drove to get there. This didn’t stop us from going to places that were far from home. This was the first long road trip we have taken as a family, almost 3000 miles by the time we get home tomorrow.
It has been a blast. Not nearly as painful as I would have anticipated. We have had a great time seeing family, seeing the sights and driving in a car.
No matter what the rest of the year holds in store, this week will certainly rank as one of the best weeks of the year.