Friday, April 21, 2006

Spring Break 2006 - Day 9

A long day of driving!!! Saw some terrific views though, the 19 Mountain Expressway was a good scenic diversion around Charleston WV. You get to cross the New River Gorge Bridge. It felt like driving through clouds. Made decent time, driving 814 miles in 14 hours. Including stops that averages 57MPH. Really the kids slept most of the day after the exhasting prior two days.

10:15am leaving Savannah GA for Erie PA: 15,790
12:20-50pm Columbia: 15941
4:00-4:40pm lunch somewhere
6:30pm somewhere else in West Virginia: 16237
12:30am Erie PA: 16604

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Spring Break 2006 - Day 8

Went swimming at hotel

Downtown Disney

Lego store!!!

Dinner with Andrew at Mama Fu in Sanford

8:15pm Leaving for Savannah GA: 15528

Monday, April 17, 2006

Spring Break 2006 - Day 5

2:25pm leaving Alphretta for Orlando: 14973
6:05pm - 7:45pm Lake Park FL: 15231

Light breakfast with the Bumpus family...everyone was groggy. Mostly a day of travel.

Spring Break 2006 - Day 4

9:05am Pigeon Forge for Atlanta: 14657
10:35am rest stop: 14738
12:30pm Alphretta

Today we visited our old friends the Bumpus family near Atlanta, GA. First we visited their nearly complete new home that will have a terrific view of a forested pond. The house will is very spacious with a sensible layout, I'm sure it will be marvelous when the finish work is done.

After an early dinner at Cracker Barrel we went downtown to the Georgia Aquarium, which is simply amazing.

We spent 3 good hours there then walked down to Olympic Park which was bustling with people. For dinner we walked a couple blocks down to the Hard Rock Cafe. The kids all bonded pretty well.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Spring Break 2006 - Day 3

Today we went hiking with my mom, stepfather, and sister in the Smokey Mountains. We took an "easy" trail to Grotto Falls...I think mom was reaching her limits! It was a perfect day in every way. The kids really like the falls, my son liked it so much he went for a "butt swim" by slipping and putting his rear squarly into the water. I soaked one shoe pulling him out making the hike back to civilization a bit squishy.

Later we went to the Dixie Stampede which was a great show! My daughter is convinced she wants to ride two horses at a time some day just like Dusty. Tip: get a vegetarian plate and a regular plate for a better variety of food to share family style.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Spring Break 2006 - Day 2

9:00am Waffle House
10:00 Explorium and lunch in downtown Lexington

1:30pm headed for Knoxville
4:00pm Knoxville Zoo
5:00pm Headed for Pigeon Forge: 14,582
Dinner with the Conrad's, putt putt, rest!

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Spring Break 2006 - Day 1

1:45pm departed from Toledo: 14,091

3:15-5:00pm : 14,182

We ventured south to Wapakoneta's Neil Armstrong Space Museum. This was a decent stop with some interesting items. The size of the place is just right to see and then get back into the car after an hour or so. Megan liked the original paperback copy of Stranger in a Strange land that one astronaut read onboard a space shuttle.

7:30-8:15pm Skyline Chilli just south of Cinci: 14,300

Spent the night in a Motel 6 north of Lexington...ewe