Saturday, August 8, 2015

From Sea to Shining Sea~ By the Numbers { Road Trip 2015 }

Welcome friends!
I always love looking back on our trips, our family events and 
even each school years with a 'round up' lens and  sort of tallying the
mosts, leasts and general numbers. ...
No real good reason......... just fun!
I didn't  get around to posting one after last
summer's travels, but here's my by the numbers for our 2013 trek 
from NY to San Fransisco and back with many stops in between,
if you 're incline to click over!

SO thanks for joining me for the  numbers on our trip, which

we're calling our "From Sea to Shining Sea" adventures:

States  visited 
(not counting our home state, of course!)
westbound: NJ, PA, VA, MD, WV,  KY, TN, AR, OK, TX, AZ, NM, CA
eastbound: NV, UT, CO, , NE, IA, IL, IN, OH

Only 5 this year ~~~~~
National parks, monuments visited

Shiloh National Military Park, TN......
April of 1862 saw a deadly battle here.
For fascinating facts, visit this site.


Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM......
,millions of bats in search of dinner at dusk! 

Mammoth Cave National Park, KY......
North America's largest cavern

White Sands, NM.....
playing on gypsum dunes miles from the Trinity site,
where our military tested the atom bomb prior to ending 
 WWII in 1945


Death Valley National Park, CA
where we met 188 degrees at almost 200 feet below sea level!


Fossil Butte National Monument,
where we journeyed through time and examined fossils 500+ years old!

miles driven!

19 days~ duration of the trip
Wow,that went fast

sign pictures

Some goofy, some instructional!
Here are a few~



Roadside geology lessons
When hubby is an earth science teacher with a passion for
all things rocks, this is what happens.......

Which brings me to~~~
6 rock shops visited

campfires built!
Horrific storms and wildfires followed us across the country; so we didn't
cook out or sit by the firepit much  at all this summer.....


loads of laundry
to dig out from under the clothing, camping linen pile!

pro life billboards !!!
....... on interstates in the mid west,
where they are apparently not shy about speaking up for the
the dignity of pre born life .
Here's one example we took a picture of~

number of times that someone actually asked us if we are homeschoolers
because our children are "so polite and outgoing!"
How kind.

times we were told we surprised people being from New York because
we are "nice."
Hmmmm, is that a compliment?

pictures taken!!!
Don't worry, I won't share them all! 

Here's one of my faves:

Petting sharks in Sea World, San Diego
I said ONE fave---I have many!

songs burst into as we toured certain locations
The kids don't need any encouragement to belt out
"I Left My Heart in San Francisco,"
But  also known to be sung ------
"Get Your Kicks on Route 66,"
"On the Road Again,"
"Home on the Range," and "Don't Fence Me In"

roadside plaques read and discussed.
Yep, we seriously wound up keeping track!
Not a plaque went unread.


~pounds of rocks the hubby brought home for his classroom
( and his own kids!)
But not from the national parks, of course, whose slogan is,
"Take only pictures; leave only footprints."

~amount of brine flies gathered around the shore of The Great Salt Lake

~memories created 

Here are a few of my travel posts for this summer's
 "From Sea to Shining Sea "series
 if you'd like to click over:

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  1. Replies
    1. Well thanks Kim!!

      I appreciate your visit!

  2. Replies
    1. Yes, it WAS! :)

      Thanks for stopping by, Lisa

  3. Wow! 21 states in 19 days sounds exhausting but exhilarating! What memories you've made. Incidentally, I have a similar photo from that same Arby's, taken when we visited Roswell in 2002. I guess some thing never change ;-)

    1. Wow, how funny, Wendy, about that Roswell Arby's!! Cute...

      Thanks for stopping over!


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