National Parks

Stop #31 – White Sands, NM

We decided to be in San Diego for Christmas, since Carrington could easily fly into the airport there from Richmond.  We thought it would be fun to then drive to Los Angeles, especially since her roommate lives there and would be home during their Christmas break!  The plan looked doable, but we had a lot of ground to cover before then!

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Our awesome campsite was only ten minutes from the Carlsbad Caverns NP entrance!

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Guadalupe Mountains National Park

We were about half an hour away from the Guadalupe Mountains NP entrance, so it was an easy drive, and we got to cross back into Texas for a hot minute!

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Jean Lafitte and More NOLA!

French pirate Jean Lafitte has a national historical site named after him, and we spent some time learning about him and the history of New Orleans in the French Quarter Visitor Center.

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Stop #23 – Mammoth Cave, KY

We set sail Friday, thinking Let’s go south!  There had been some cold mornings and we weren’t feeling it.

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The Beehive – aka The Death Trail

Our good friends who have also done a good amount of road-tripping, the Ingrams, told us we just HAD to hike the Beehive Trail in Acadia.  The ranger at the information desk took one glance at us and declared, “That trail isn’t for kids.”  (Sometimes I wish I could turn my rebellious nature off.  If you want me to do something, just tell me not to do it.  It should do the trick.)

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New Brunswick, Canada

Sunday we decided to take a day trip to Canada.  My desire was to hit Lubec, Maine, the eastern most point of the U.S., and also to see Campobello International Park, FDR’s summer home.  Billy’s desire was to test out the internet in Canada with our new T-Mobile service (we already have AT&T and Verizon but they weren’t ideal for an extended stay in Canada).  The kids were really curious about crossing the border.

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Stop #17 – Bar Harbor, ME

Saturday morning greeted us in typical Maine fashion.

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Stop #16 – Winter Harbor, ME

We’d like to interrupt our regular programming and give a shout out to the zip tie.  We’d like to thank the person who invented them.  And maybe hug them for a little while.

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