Day Thirty Eight: Gratitude and the Most Important Thing

It might sound cheesy, but the most important thing about this entire trip was our time together. Time that many people don’t get to spend with the people in their lives at our age. There aren’t any pictures or stories from our last day, because our intention was to give this day as much time as we could in complete appreciation. We visited 3 national parks, drove thousands of miles, stayed in almost thirty different places, cooked hundreds of meals, and did it all right beside each other. We have come so far, have learned so much, and will forever cherish this time we have been blessed with.

I’m not exactly sure how a blog “ends” or is “supposed to run” and to be honest I’m not even sure if I’ve done what a blog requires. But sharing our journey for others to read has shown me how connected we can be. Reflecting on each day of a trip can give you a much deeper appreciation of adventure, and provide others with inspiration to take that leap. We are all more alike than we realize, and I will forever love traveling for this very reason. I will be sharing some product information and other notes about additional details of this trip to wrap it up soon, but until then, all of our love…

Jake and Cass

Day Twenty Seven: Laundry Day

We actually made our goal of leaving the campsite at 7! Win! The overnight oats were a success and made for an extra easy morning. Campsites in such high demand there was a guy waiting to take our spot at 6:30. He took a final picture of the campsite number to share with Grandma, and then we were on our way. Coffee filled drives with views of going to the sun road in the opposite direction made for an amazing morning.

We arrived at Rising Sun campground and waited in line for about 45 minutes before getting our spot. Yes, even at 8 in the morning there was a long line of people hoping to secure a campsite. Success! We paid for two nights and then headed to the entrance of the park to find laundry. It was only about 9:30. Ah, the beauty of early morning rising. Johnson’s campground had a wonderful coin laundry service AND good wifi. WIN. I was able to get a little work done and do laundry at the same time. Fresh bedding. Fresh clothes. Happy Jake and Cass. After laundry our hungry selves went on our way to find some food at St. Mary’s lodge. It worked but we wouldn’t recommend it. Not to be rude, just honest. After lunch we picked up some groceries. They had the cutest little shopping carts that my little kid self got overly excited about! It’s the little things. Literally.

Jake dropped me back off at Johnson’s to continue catching up on work for a couple of hours while he checked out some fishing around the area. Then, we stopped at the KOA for long, well deserved showers. We were feeling fresh in every way. It was a very cleansing day indeed! We had a simple dinner of backpacking food. Dave’s recipe. Chicken Teriyaki in a tortilla. No pictures, oops! More to come tomorrow!