Our traditional vacations are less vacationy and more adventury. In 2013 we spent nine days on The Great Oregon Road Trip. In 2014 it was 10 days for The Great Arizona Odyssey.
For 2015 we needed a big trip and hyperbole demanded it have a great name. So was conceived the East Coast Juggernaut. 12 days for eight states. (I mentioned our vacations aren't very vacationy, right?)
Over those 12 days we spent 18 hours driving covering 800 miles. Out west that would barely get us to Idaho and back. But back east... hello state lines! The kids were stoked to be in so many different states and I got to check off two more states for hiking and three state high points.
Along the way we visited five national parks and got five new Junior Ranger badges. In spite of their best efforts, the kids learned quite a bit about our nation's history.
The reason we were there in the first place was to attend a family wedding (Henry was the ring bearer, the girls were usherettes) and see family we haven't seen in years.
All in all, a great trip with lots of great memories. We certainly have a reason to return, but given the distance between the west and east coasts we'll probably need a really good reason. I wonder who will get married out there next?