Since our good friends Joe & Janet were going to be in Albany, GA visiting mutual friends, Drew & Frances, we decided to do a marathon (well, for us) drive from Indianapolis to Albany in order to surprise Joe & Janet. We left Indy around 10AM on Thursday AM, and wisked through the rest of Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee and most of Georgia, arriving around 8AM on Friday morning. Since we only have one driver (I know, it’s about time I got behind the wheel), I thought we did pretty good covering that much ground that quickly.
Here are some photos and thoughts about the trip.
The Indiana sky…beautiful sunsets are everywhere!
Kentucky is WAY TOO beautiful (and with too many interesting spots) to just drive through. THis is a definate return trip!
NEVER NEVER NEVER attempt to drive through Nashville, TN at 5PM – (and you can’t even see Nashville yet!)
Mostly I learned that there are interesting things to discover along the way – especially from the front seat of an RV!
We decided to take advantage of a “free” weekend at a Thousand Trails Campground – it’s a private campground system that you buy into and then can camp for free at their facilities. In exchange for the “free” weekend, we listened to the sales pitch and had an extensive tour of the campgrounds. Toby, Tammy and Ellie joined us for the camping experience – and it was very delightful. The weather was picture perfect – enabling us to have a great time outdoors along with us being able to be outside while Ellie napped. We did a little swimming, a little boating and a lot of visiting! It’s been a while since we’ve had a nice long visit with the kids! Ellie is getting so big, and is so smart and is so cute….am I a Gramma or what! Baby number two arrives in November – it will be a big change for all. It will be a big blessing too! The sales pitch wasn’t too painful, we said our polite “no”, and went on our way. The camping was good practice for our big family camping event scheduled for early February 2005.
We also accomplished a couple of chores, visited with friend Jen, and just plain had a grand time all around.
Check out the Family Picture page for some photos of our time together….
We’re pausing here at a Walmart in Carmel, Indiana – (just North of Indianapolis) before we head south in earnest tomorrow morning.
Without getting in the car, we could have eaten at
Steak and Shake
Don Pedros Kitchen
Charleston’s (that’s the one we picked)
Old Country Buffet
We could have bought birthday cards, engagement rings, dog food, office supplies, sporting goods, mattresses, bedroom furniture, little girl’s clothing, cell phones, shoes, bed linens, smelly girl stuff, a suit for Gary, and a dress for me all without going into the Walmart, Target or Kohls that are also within walking distance of our camp site!
So much for the great expanses of the Mid-West!
Feels like Home!
We did have a great weekend with Toby, Tammy, and little Eliana Grace (now 19 months old). Here are some shots of our time together~
Here’s what you get when you ask for a smile.
Here she is “reading” – and my, she does love her books!
Cute shot of Ellie and Mommy playing in the canoe~
The Ohio Conrads –
And all of us just before we left ~
Guess we all know what Niagara Falls looks like – but just in case you need a refresher~