So some people might say driving around the country with 3 children and one largish dog is not a vacation. For me this was not only a vacation but a mental welfare trip. Yes, there should have been concern for my mental welfare as this first winter living in the Pacific Northwest was brutal. BRUTAL!!! I needed sun. Lots and lots of actually sunny summer.
For the first two weeks my lovely husband was with us as we camped at Yellowstone, explored Mt. Rushmore and then landed safely at his family lake home in Wisconsin. Much water play, boating and frolicking in the sun ensued. Jon flew back to Washington to continue funding our travels leaving the rest of us free to further explore our beautiful country. And yes-oh-yes Ms. America is a beauty indeed.