Our last day in Barbados was September 12th. Since then we've driven through a total of 18 states from Florida up the east coast to Washington DC and from Washington DC across the country to Bend, OR. After being contained on a tiny island for over a month the open road felt like endless freedom. At least for the first 20-30 hours of driving.
We did take a little time to see some sights along the way. After landing in Florida and driving most of the night we arrived in Charleston, SC just in time to walk down cobbled streets to the beach park and catch a sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean. I had remembered Charleston from a family vacation years ago and it was just as good the second time around.
We spent a full day in Washington DC just checking out the sights and walked as many miles in one morning as Barbados is wide. I caught Denver looking a little dewy eyed (I could count on one hand the amount of times I've seem this happen over the last 11 years of marriage) as he stood in the Lincoln Memorial and read Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address. It's a powerful place.
The next highlight was an overnight visit with my brother and his family in Indianapolis, IN. They introduced us to Chic-fil-A (we are so late to that party) but it was delicious and worth waiting for. 23 driving hours later we made it to the wilds of Yellowstone National Park after a quick stop to the Sierra Trading Post Outlet to grab a sleeping bag, a flannel for Denver and a jacket for me. Our island apparel and beach blankets for sleeping just weren't quite cutting the mustard as we headed farther north and west. It seemed like a perfect time to visit Yellowstone, bright fall colors everywhere and still crowded enough to make us glad we weren't visiting before Labor Day weekend.
It's good to be home for a couple of weeks. We've got big plans to do some fencing and insulate the apartment ceilings. Denver is in his element researching and planning for the Sprinter conversion. The first order of business is to install passenger and rear-door windows. I think it's going to be a great adventure rig when he's finished.