Monday, October 1, 2007

Just the facts...

One last post about vacation. Hope you aren't all sick of this!

Miles traveled: 2750

States traveled through: 10 + Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, District of Columbia, Pennsylvania.

Cost of gas for entire trip: $349.15

Lowest price seen for gas: $2.53, somewhere between Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina

Highest price seen for gas: $2.89, somewhere in Ohio

Awful odors smelled: 2 - one in Ohio, one in Charleston. Laura thought she wouldn't survive it!

Wildlife seen : Dolphins, alligators, lizards, eels, egrets, turtles and 1 palmetto bug!

New vegetation seen: Kudzu, tobacco, cotton, palmetto trees

New food tasted: fried okra and collard greens. (Sorry Leslie - we never had a chance to try boiled peanuts)

Injuries sustained: One twisted foot when I lost my sandal while stepping off a curb, One scrape to Laura's foot, when I ran over it with a piece of luggage.

Oceans visited: the Atlantic

Military bases visited: Fort Jackson and Fort Eustis

Time spent laughing: too much to count

Blogging buddies met: 1 - Dena, in Summerville!

Most horrible hour: the hour we spent driving around Washington DC, in 6 lanes of non-stop traffic!

Number of crying females when we met Andy again after 9 weeks: 3

Number of crying females when saying good bye to Andy: 3

Sundays spent away from our churches: 2 - we were blessed on those days by traveling through the Smokies on the first one, and the Appalachians on the 2nd. We were able to listen to sermons on tape and worship music. Truly a time to say - "How Great Thou Art"

Hotels stayed at : Comfort Inn, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express. Holiday Inn Express won our vote as the best.

Amount of rainfall : 3 drops

Time spent held up in traffic by construction or accidents: None

Mechanical problems: None

Crabby family members and arguing: None

Number of steps we climbed on the Yorktown: Don't know, but it was too many!

Blessings on this trip: too many to count.

Time spent with family: priceless!

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A Captured Reflection said...

Wow, what a trip. Thanks for sharing, puts it all in perspective! Oh I have nominated you for an award.

The Birds Nest said...

What a great trip!!! I'm glad you were able to see the beautiful state that I live in, and I think that I am the one who told you to try boiled peanuts. Oh well, next time. Maybe if you and your sisters get to visit all of us in South Carolina?

Zaankali said...

"Hope you aren't all sick of this!" Are you kiding? It's like going on vacation without leaving home. (A whole lot cheaper, not near as much fun though)

Rebekah said...

Cute way to post your trip. I love boiled peanuts. Glad you made it home

julie said...

What an awesome trip!!! Thanks for letting us "experience" it with you!!!!

Terri said...

We loved all the pictures and that we could share it with you. I love how you summed it all up.

Dena said...

So not sick of hearing about it - Y'all seemed to be having a BLAST together which is awesome! I am soo happy that your big adventure took you right past me so I could be on your list of things! It was a highlight of my year!!! You guys did a TON of stuff - I may have you plan my next adventure!!!

Laura said...

I love the final tally! And I'm glad you admitted to running over my foot with the luggage - although you failed to mention that the reason you ran it over is that you were trying to drag it upside down - with the wheels on the top!

Melissa said...

awesome! it was so good to hear about your trip and see pictures of it while you were gone!

Anonymous said...

I loved following your trip!!!

It was fun "being there" with you!!

LeslieW. said...

I am so glad you had a great time! I really enjoyed all your pictures!

Cheri said...

What a trip of a lifetime! You did really good on the gas!
Glad to have you back home though.

Rmomof3 said...

No construction hold ups on your trip! Next time, I am vacationing with you! Or perhaps I should have you come vacationing with us!
I am sooo glad that you had a wonderful time!

Sandra said...

Wow that is neat....I've loved hearing all about your vacation, I don't know about the others but I'm not sick of it at all :)

Zaankali said...

As far as you comment on my post... I hadn't thought about it but I bet that is why he hunts so much wouldn't that force you out of the house?!?!? It sure makes me run for the hills (notice not "Hill's") at times. LOL! That was too funny!

Anonymous said...

What a fun time it was to follow you on your trip. I'm loving getting to know your family. I think we may need to have coffee sometime :)

You daughter's comment made me LOL. You sound just like me. I would be the one hauling the suitcase upside down, hehe.

You guys were so blessed on this trip! It is one you will never forget.

Saija said...

i'm so glad that you had such a wonderful family time ... a time of celebration together! :o)

Sarah Markley said...

This is so cool, Mari! What an amazing trip. It sounds like you all had so much fun!

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed the posts on the trip and I really enjoyed all the pictures but this post was my FAVORITE!!! Great job---loved it!! :)