Sunday, June 28, 2009

Wrapping it up!

So we are finally home and in our own bed. It took us a while to get there but it sure feels good.
Our last night was spent in Rainier National Park. And thanks to our OP [old person] we camped for $6. What a steal. It was actually my favorite camp spot of the trip. Sadly we didn't get there til almost dark and we left around 10 so we didn't get to spend much time there.
This is the only picture I have of the site and it really doesn't show it at all. But it was so cute Madeline was all wrapped up by the fire and fell asleep sitting there.
Friday morning we took a nice easy hike in Rainier to what is called the Grove of the Patriarchs. It was an old growth forest of trees as old as 300 years and really really tall. The kids had a lot of fun running on the path and crossing a suspension bridge that of course freaked me out.
The kids did great and walked the whole thing! I think it was about 2 miles round trip!

From there we drove up to the Sunrise lookout at saw a beautiful view of Mt. Rainier. Lucky for us they had just opened the road that morning!

Once we had made it through that part of the park we decided to head home. The long drive began. I slept the majority of the way so there are no pictures. :)

We dropped our stuff off at our house and headed to my parents house. Delvin and Rose got out there and headed home. We stayed at my parents and tortured them and Tom and Jill with stories and pictures well into the night. It was kind of weird that since they had been following the blog the whole time we didn't have any stories to tell them. We just kind of reminisced about things I had put on the blog!
This morning we got up and cleaned the motor home for almost 5 hours! I was hoping that if we cleaned it really extra good that maybe they wouldn't charge us for the extra 22oo miles we went. {it didn't happen} Yes we estimated that we would go 2800 miles and we ended up going over 4000 miles! I guess that is what hitting 10 state parks in 14 days will do.
The parks we saw were
Crater Lake
Grand Canyon
Glen Canyon {I think this is one. Matt said there were ten and this is all I can think of}
Grand Tetons
Mt. Rainier
Also along the way I kept track of license plates and ended up seeing all except for Hawaii, Rhode Island and Delaware. Pretty impressive huh?

I don't have an exact number for the old person savings but I think it was somewhere near $400! Thanks OP. This does not include the savings from the OP's wife and her amazing cooking skills!

It was a great trip and the kids did great. I am so proud of them for hanging in there the whole time.
Hope you enjoyed the ride!

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