Our Epic Vacation: Road Trips, Camping, Cruising, and more!

5,000 miles, 26 days, 13 states and a million memories later…we are home.

We took an EPIC vacation for the last 26 days. That is nearly a month, people. We camped, we cruised, we swam, we ate, we national parked, we historical sited, and we drove and drove and drove. Most importantly, we spent a lot of time together and with extended family and it was amazing.

And now it’s over.

This is me driving on Day 1, somewhere in Minnesota after about 7 hours.

Read all about our Vacation:

Day 1: Road Tripping and setting up camp in a thunderstorm
Day 2a: Ingalls Homestead in DeSmet, South Dakota
Day 2b: Dinner in the Badlands
Day 3: The Badlands and Mount Rushmore
Day 4: Wyoming, Devil’s Tower, and Yellowstone
Day 5: Camping in Yellowstone
Days 6 & 7: Utah: City Creek and Temple Square
Day 8: Seattle
Days 9 & 10: Cruise to Alaska: Sea Days
Day 11: Ketchikan, Alaska
Day 12: Tracy Arm Fjord and Juneau, Alaska
Day 13: Skagway, Alaska

And this is me driving on Day 26, somewhere in Wisconsin after about 55 million hours.

Day 26

I’m just a little bit tired.  But I did get a wonderful night’s sleep in my own bed last night, so I’m not complaining.

At least, I’m not complaining about that. What I am complaining about is that my washing machine decided to die last night when I have a ton of laundry to do and we spent all our money vacationing. Good old Murphy is laughing somewhere, I’m sure.

Besides buying a new washer, my to-do list today is pretty full.  Time to get ready for real life.

Now we’re off to find out who our teachers are for the upcoming school year, finish unpacking, go grocery shopping and, well, I won’t bore you with the rest.  I will try to blog about our epic vacation, but you all know what a poor track record I have with blogging about vacations, since I still haven’t finished last year’s summer vacation or the Caribbean Cruise from January 2011. I’ll try, but I don’t make any promises.

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I love your freckles! We did the epic thingy last year, so I can relate to the re-entry being just as epic. best of luck settling in and planting your feet as you face the school year, etc. I am so glad to have met you finally!


Welcome home! At least post some pics …. : )


Glad you made it home. How did Puccinni do without you all? I can't wait to hear about your vacation. It really sounds amazing.


A month – wow! We've been back in school for a month now and I'm ready for another vacation.