Off we go on another all-American family road trip.
A big red dog
And a car full of suitcases, leashes, a cooler, bags of food, blankets, pillows, maps, books, extra sweatshirts, water bottles, bags, backpacks, and a whole slew of electronic devices and their chargers.
Where are we going and what will we do when we get there? Just wait and see.
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Our weekend of celebration ended and my two older daughters flown back home, it's now time for our road trip to get back underway. Reversing our long eastward progression, we circled the wagons to face the west and began the long trip home.
On our way out of town, our little party of four stopped for lunch at Elyria's premier burger joint and feasted on Oh Boycheeseburgers, visited my late father-in-law's shop, and wandered down country roads to seek out the old Streicher family farm.
The house disappeared decades ago and the old barn is in disarray. But the fields stretch out under the golden summer sun just as they always have, and it didn't take much imagination to see George Henry and his sons out baling up the fresh crop of hay.
The past is gone, it's true. But if we look carefully, it is always within our reach.
Distance covered today: 173 miles
Total trip so far: 2722 miles