Last Thursday we began a two-month long road trip!
We started from Tennessee and the plan is to drive north (through Wisconsin) to the Canadian border. We will cross over into Canada briefly at Sault Ste. Marie and then come back into the US going west to see things tons of things including Mt. Rushmore and Yellowstone. We will be working our way to Seattle where we will do a 10 day cruise to Alaska. After that, we'll work our way down to San Francisco then start heading back east eventually getting to Denver and back to our home in Tennessee.
We will camp about half the time and stay in hotels etc. the rest of the time.
A major reason for this trip is that I'm two years out from having a very agressive form of breast cancer. If it is going to recur, it is most likely to come back in the first three years after diagnosis. There are a ton of things on this trip that are part of my "bucket list." Also, this trip is a great way for me to stay active and keep my mind off of the Big C.
So...last Thursday afternoon, we began the trip by driving 3.5 hours from our house to Mammoth Cave National Park in KY.
We got there around dinner time and set up our tent at a terrific campsite in the park.
We made dinner at the campsite and then took a nice walk to watch the sunset. We saw tons of wildlife including lots of deer and wild turkeys. The lighting was too low for me to get a picture of them with my phone.
The next morning, we took a "lantern tour" of the cave. We carried gas lanterns on the tour, just like people did years ago when exploring the caves. It was fun. The only downside to the lantern tour is that the lanterns didn't put out much light, so we really didn't get to see how big some of the spaces were as we walked/hiked through the cave. It was a three hour tour, and my Fitbit registered it at over 13,000 step and 34 fights of stairs!
I plan on wearing my Fitbit throughout the trip. I think it will be interesting to see how my step count will vary from day to day depending on what we are doing.
We finished the tour around lunchtime and hopped in the car to drive up to my son's house in Northern Illinois. It was a long drive and part of I-65N was closed due to road construction so we didn't get to his house until 9:30pm. Most days, we have only 3-4 hours driving scheduled, but this part of the trip we have done many, many times and just wanted to get up to Illinois for the weekend so I could maximize the time spent with my son.
I titled this blog "Road trip! We're off...kinda sorta!" because we are actually spending almost a week in Illinois before we really take off. Hubby has several doctor's appoints this week here in Illinois so this week is the "lull before the storm" when we really start travelling in ernest.
I'm very grateful to get to be going on this trip. I feel fortunate that we both have the time, resources and health to be able to do something like this.