I love giving the kids time to reflect on our trips and seeing their unique personalities come out in their responses.
On our final drive today, I typed up all of our favorite parts of this month long adventure.
1. I liked playing with the cats on the prairie
2. I liked Yellowstone because it is a volcano
3. I liked the beach in Oregon. Sliding down the dunes was fun.
4. I liked the jumping place and playing in the tunnels
5. I liked the fun playgrounds we found. I really liked the ones in Seattle.
1. Prairiedown towns – I liked these because all of the prairie dogs were popping out their heads out of the holes and we don’t get to see them in Indiana – they are cute.
2. Rodeo- I liked the rodeo because people rode bulls and horses. The bulls and horses jumped, twisted and bucked. It was so cool.
3. Snow – I liked the snow because you don’t get to play in the snow in the summer at home. We made snowmen, snow angels, threw snowballs and snow forts, it was fun
4. Animals – I liked seeing animals because some of the animals that we saw aren’t in Indiana. We saw over 10 bears, elk, moose, prairie dogs, coyote, caribou, big horn sheep, mountain goats, banana slugs, antelopes, marmots, jack rabbits and a lot of deer.
5. Beach – I liked the beach because we slid down dunes on our sleds. We found a house made of driftwood on the beach and it was also so fun to make a family mini National parks in the sand.
1. National Parks – I loved going to National Parks and getting Junior Ranger badges. 2 of my favorite parks were Yellowstone and Olympic.
2. Canada – my favorite parts of Canada we’re seeing bears and the Lake Louise hike up to the tea house.
3. Oregon Dunes – I loved staying at n a house close to the beach. I also liked sledding down dunes and building our sand National Park
4. Science and Industry Museum – it was really fun learning about different things. My favorite was the mirror maze.
5. Urban Air Trampoline Park – my favorite thing here was the ninja course, the high ropes course and the air slide.
1. Mt. St. Helens
2. Urban Air trampoline park
3. Mall of America
4. Science and Industry Museum
5. Seeing Boise State
6. Seeing the University of Oregon
7. Touring the Old Faithful Inn
8. The rodeo
9. Lewis and Clark Museum
10. Using two hands (he had a broken knuckle at the beginning of the trip) 😂
1. spending the evening and Sleeping on the prairie in the Ingalls Homestead
2. Listening to the Ranger talk at Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument with the battlefield right behind him.
3. Seeing Lake Louise again and the hike up to Lake Agnes Tea House. Eating in the tea house.
4. Exploring low tide pools in Olympic NP and the Puget Sound
5. Our time in the Oregon beach house and the dunes
6. Seeing Mt St. Helens and Crater Lake.
7. Spending time exploring Yellowstone, especially Old Faithful Inn.
8. swimming at Chico Hot springs at night, playing with my kids
1. Beartooth Highway. The views of the mountains and seeing all the snow
2. Hiking in the Canadian Rockies. Seeing wildlife. Johnston Canyon. Jasper
3. Daily watching the kids interact with each other in different pairings and building bonds together
4. Olympic NP Rainforest hike and Hurricane Ridge Trail.
5. Experiencing Yellowstone and Theodore Roosevelt NP. Lots that I saw and learned about
6. Cody nite rodeo
7. Exploring Seattle
8. Chico Hot springs
9. Building our sand National Park in the Oregon beach
10. Driving 8,500 miles
We had a bit of a buffer for our reentry into the real world by going to my parents house on a lake for today and for the 4th of July. All the fun of being home with family without any of the responsibilities of unpacking or working.
It was a perfect lake swimming day
Aiden was happy to play some kind of video game after a month away.
One final wrap up tomorrow.