We’ve spent a few days in DC checking out some museums, hanging around the National Mall, and touring George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate (something we wanted to do last year, but didn’t have time for). It’s been great. Oh, we also got a chance to have dinner with some of Jake’s friends who used to live in Providence. It was really nice to be in a home, not a hotel or a campsite for an evening. Thanks a lot, James and Nina!
So, mostly we stayed at the camp, doing…camp things. Jake took the big 3 into town for an Amish buggy ride at one point (which was apparently more like a horse-drawn wagon with 20 other tourists, not so much a buggy). Otherwise, it was camp stove – grilling raisin toast and eggs, campfire, camp singing (Jake got a “Little Martin” guitar for this roadtrip), camp playground, nighttime stories and tent sleeping. Oh, and the camp coffee was amazing, thanks to Jake’s excellent camp coffee grinder and pour over equipment. Something about drinking it in the open morning air, too – really wonderful.
Planning the next adventure. Coming August, 2016.
There’s a children’s book called Adele and Simon in America. The 2 main characters, who are from France, are traveling through America by train with their Aunt who lives in America. The book takes us on a beautiful journey throughout some of America’s most iconic places, and in each place, Simon (the little brother, who is perhaps 5 or 6), loses one of his possessions, much to the chagrin of his annoyed older sister. As the amount of losses increases, so does Adele’s frustration with Simon. A consistent refrain is “Oh, Simon, why are you always losing everything?!”
This is not unlike our journey. It all started with Eli’s brand new Camelbak drinking cup, which I don’t think made it past New Jersey (our first stop). Since then, we’ve all left things behind in one location or another. Some things have been minor (like an odd sock), some not so minor. Some have been a real problem or a real heartbreak to have lost. Many, we have figured out after we have left a certain place, and been able to have hotels or hosts ship them to us.
So, I’ll take a moment now to recount the lost and the found.
|Eli’s camelbak drinking bottle||New Jersey||Gone|
|Dylan’s backpack (camera / books / swiss army knife, etc.)||Nashville||Mailed back to us in Colorado|
|My baseball cap (beloved)||Santa Fe||Mailed back to us in Colorado|
|My camelbak water bottle
Jake’s camelbak water bottle
|Dylan’s hiking hat and 1 walkie talkie||Oklahoma City||Mailed back to us in Colorado|
|Lucy’s drinking bottle||??||Gone|
|My wallet (2 bank cards & 1 license, that’s it)||Louisville, CO||Gone|
|Eli’s shoes||Aurora CO||to be mailed back, probably meet us in Chicago|