Been back a day or two from our vacation. We went to Colorado for my husband’s 20th high school reunion, spent some time around Colorado Springs and Denver. Went into Rocky Mountain National Park (I love National Parks!) took a horseback trail ride up a mountain outside of Estes Park. Then we drove through Wyoming to South Dakota and visited Wind Cave National Park (I love National Parks!), Crazy Horse Memorial, Mount Rushmore, Deadwood, and finally Badlands National Park (Did I mention how much I love National Parks?!) It was a whirlwind vacation and I just wish we could have spent a day or two more at each of these beautiful places.
Everyone I see keeps asking if I am relaxed after our vacation—here’s the deal, folks. We don’t do relaxing vacations. Or at least—rarely do we do a relaxing vacation. We POWER vacation. It’s about gaining as many experiences and memories as we can. We love a roadtrip and if we are going to roadtrip we want to see and do as much as possible in that time we have. And for me, I want to see and experience as much of our country’s history and national treasures as I can. I have a goal for our family and that’s all 50 states by the time the kids are out of the house. We probably won’t make that happen, but I sure want to try! This trip added three new states for the kids, two for me, and one for my husband. He’s ahead of the rest of us at 30 states, while I’m sitting at 27 and the kids are at 22. 22 states for the kids is a lot more than I had experienced at their age! When I was Jason’s age I had only been to Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri, and Texas! (Oh and Washington D.C., Virginia, & Maryland because of my 5th grade trip to D.C.)
I came home, stepped on the scale and have gained a whopping 9 pounds! (While my husband lost six!) I swear I didn’t overeat! I could see a pound or two, given how much we ate out, the occasional dessert, and the lack of fruits and veggies, but NINE? It has to be water retention from all the processed foods, salts, and hormones.