Leave it to me to post about a finished sweater before I've posted that we've safely returned home. Oh well - such is the life of my brain. Of course, I also have more posts regarding our travels to share with you. But.... I thought perhaps I'd announce that Road Trip 2010 has officially ended - we returned home the afternoon of August 1st.
Overall our trip was wonderful. The van cooperated - even though we had the brakes replaced in California. It decided not to start making mysterious ticking noises until we were back in Anchorage, and the tire repair held up. The kids were troopers - good sports about long days (8+hours) in the car, constantly having to set up camp, sleeping in new places, and putting up with their older/younger brother 24/7. Wade and I still love each other (we celebrated our 14th anniversary on the road into Canada) in spite of long days in the car, constantly having to set up camp, and sleeping in new places almost every night. So - I think we can say it was a successful journey.
Road Trip Round-Up:
Total Miles Traveled: 11,456
I find this interesting as it seemed that we were driving a farther distance than that of the 2007 & 2008 road trips. I think the lesser mileage was due to traveling more direct routes for this journey.Total Days of Road Trip: June 9 - August 1, 2010 (54 days)
Audiobooks Completed: (Membership to Audible was a good expense)
- Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
- Prey by Michael Crichton (lots of "f-bombs" - parental guidance certainly suggested!!)
- Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome (GREAT children's book! - 1st of a series)
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
- The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson (listened when kids were engaged w/their DS games & audio limited to front speakers)
- The Girl Who Played With Fire by Steig Larsson
- This Immortal by Roger Zelazny (Wade's choice; I wasn't a fan...)
- Teach Like Your Hair Is On Fire by Rafe Esquith (Good inspirational education book)
- Healing Hands by Dr. Ben Carson (too much spirituality for my taste, but otherwise okay)
- The Art of Racing In The Rain by Garth Stein (almost done)
- The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon (will I ever finish this book?!?)
Total Cost of Gas (I just added the US & Canadian totals - close enough): $1888.30
Cost for a family of 4 to fly round trip to Washington D.C. from Anchorage, AK: $4354.00 - So, I'd say driving, while certainly a longer journey to the nation's capitol provided a significant savings. In addition, we were able to have the flexibility and economical means of visiting much more of our wonderful country by driving.
States & Provinces Driven Through along our Journey: 27
Alaska, Yukon Territory, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, North Dakota,, Minnesota, Wisconsin. Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, California, Oregon
Washington state, Washington D.C.
Road Trip Knitting projects by ArcticKnitter:
- Kiama (post TBA)
- Mondo Cable Pullover (posted 8/5/10)
- Holidazed Socks (posted 7/25/10)
- Sea Lettuce Scarf (posted 7/12/10)
- Baby Surprise Jacket (post TBA)
- A Little Something (WIP - post TBA)
Kids' Highlights of the Journey: Visit to the Noah's Ark Waterpark in Wisconsin Dells, WI
Heather's Highlight of Journey: Spending birthday at Lake Tahoe
Wade's Highlight of Journey: RUSH concerts in Milwaukee and Toronto
It was a great journey and it's great to be home (despite the Alaska rain & cloud socked mountains). Would we do this again? Certainly - however I think we're reaching a time where the kids really want to be home & spend the summer with their friends and participating in soccer. Would I recommend long journeys to other families with children? Of course! Do your homework, know your children and your limits - overall, be flexible. We think we'll do one more summer long adventure next summer (Europe??) if the budget allows. Then - just shorter trips so we can enjoy the wonders of Alaska and perhaps catch up on the home improvements that are neglected in favor of family travels.
Well - I'll recap more of our Road Trip adventures (Toronto, family & friends, the Cassiar adventure) plus another knitted FO soon. Make it a great day!