A Guest Post by Minnesota Dad
Over the years my lovely, talented, and charming wife has had many guest posters, but out of an abundance of good sense she has never let me post on her blog. She took the kids to the park this afternoon though, and I’ve managed to sneak onto her computer.
We just took a wonderful family vacation, and I thought I’d take the opportunity to tell you all about it. We started in Minnesota, naturally.
We traveled south through Iowa. They have corn and rest areas there.
Several hours later we passed south through the nose of Iowa (geography lesson from my wife during the trip–something to do with some “man in the map”) and into my home state of Illinois. They too have corn and rest areas.
As you can see the kids were very excited by this.
After a night in IL, we continued on into Indiana. They also have corn and rest areas. One of our sons is a big Colts fan, so he was very excited for this rest area. Maybe we’ll see Peyton Manning! We must have just missed him though.
After Indiana, we continued on into Ohio. I’ve noticed a trend: they also had corn and rest areas! Does anyone plant wheat anymore? One of my favorite childhood memories was the wheat on Grandpa’s farm. I don’t think I saw anything but corn and soy beans this trip.
One of my favorite parts of the vacation was how we could just unplug from all the distractions we have at home and spend time together. Of course that lasted until we hit Rochester, MN, and then it was all back to normal.
We passed through West Virginia:
and into Maryland:
They were excited as we passed through Maryland:
Eventually we reached the beach in Delaware, and had to stop driving as our van does not float.
After a quick break on the sand, while the chauffeur slept, we turned around and headed back into Maryland, and down into DC, where they also have benches and rest areas. They called it Congress:
Apparently the benches were overwhelming our oldest:
After DC, we swept back through Maryland and ate mor chikin. Our first time at Chick-Fil-A, saw it on the road side and had to stop.
We then crossed into Pennsylvania and drove back through Indiana,
and into Illinois where we were able to visit my aunt and Grandma.
With that, we came home. The kids are thrilled with the vacation, they got to see corn and rest areas in 8 different states, showing how diverse this country really is.
Some travel tips we learned. First, while a 15-passenger van is nice to hold all those kids, it’s way too long. I can only reach the kids in the first row when I need to swat one. Consider stacking the kids kind of like they do in those capsule hotels, you’ll be able to reach more of them.
Also, bring more than one role of duct tape. When you do have to pull over to chase down the kids in the back of the van, its a long ways back there. Just keep an extra roll back there so you don’t have to repeat the trip to get it.
The problem with sugar is its side effects last way longer than the silence while they eat it.
That’s all for now, and we are glad to be back in Minnesota. We have way better rest areas than you all do.