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August Milestones

August was a crazy month for us. We fit in doctor visits, routine medical tests, family visits, a week with the Grand Boy, and even managed to be productive at a SOWER project – Potomac Park Retreat Center.
But August also contained two milestones for us!

  1. It was on August 1, 2004 that we took off on this adventure! We left from our church’s parking lot, heading off for a one or two year RVing adventure. Sayinggoodbye We had no idea at the time that God would keep us out ‘on the road’ for these last 17 years, but my, He’s been good to us! As we begin our 18th year, we continue to pinch ourselves that we have been gifted this life of ministry.  For us it was totally unexpected and yet totally perfect.
  2. We also filled in one of the two ‘holes’ in our USA travel map. Our criteria is that we spend at least one night in the coach in the state before we can put it on the map.  Although we’d been in Delaware several times in our ‘previous lifetime’, it wasn’t until Noah’s Delawarean Adventure that we were finally able to put the Delaware sticker in its spot. And we let Noah do the honors.
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    It’s a little thing, that state of Delaware, but it sure felt good to fill in that little spot.
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    Which only leaves the North Dakota hole to be filled. (Still waiting for the bridge to Hawaii to fulfill the ‘overnight in the coach’ requirement!)Praying we make it before this great adventure winds down!

In a Real Time update – I’ve just updated the So Where are You Now page if you’d like a little more info on our September location!  Feel free to check it out!

Thanks for stopping by!
Steph

Noah’s Delawarean Adventure

It’s been 8 years since we took our first grandchild on their Adventure with Grams and Pops the summer they were 10. We’ve been to Washington, DC, Baltimore, Lancaster, Knoebels, Niagara Falls, Toronto, and Williamsburg, VA.  Each one was unique and special and made sweet and lasting memories.  For them and for us! This summer, as we were anticipating taking grandchild number 4 on his (our first boy!) adventure, we reviewed what we had learned.

  • Spend more time in one place. Spending days driving in the RV isn’t really that exciting for a 10 year old.
  • Be flexible with your planning. SO MANY things can impact plans.
  • Don’t shop for food until after you pick up said grandchild.  And don’t be surprised if they order chicken tenders each time you go out for a meal.
  • Throw in some educational activities, but make sure there’s some good adventure options available too!

Given our logistical constraints and a bit of input from Noah (he was interested in amusement parks, the beach and scuba diving (!!!)), we decided to spend our week doing All Things Delaware.

Wait, Delaware?

I know – it doesn’t sound all that exciting, but as I checked into Delaware options it really seemed to fit the bill.  It’s got  historic/educational (it is the first state, after all) value, it had beach options (with boardwalk amusement rides), and while we couldn’t manage the scuba diving, we did venture high up into the trees with an almost four hour high ropes course.

We started our adventure with a bang (or a leap as it were) at the Go Ape Adventure course located right in the state park where we were camping. Since Noah really wanted to do the Treetop Adventure (“This is the big one! Our original Treetop Adventure in the canopy. Looking for 50 foot high tree-to-tree crossings, super long ziplines and heart-stopping Tarzan swings? Search no more. A 2-3 hour adventure like no other awaits you.”) and he needed an adult to accompany him, we decided that both of us we take the plunge.
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To say that this was outside of our comfort zone would be an understatement!
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We were stretched to be sure – but we all lived to tell the tale.
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(I’m going to add high ropes/ziplines to my bucket list just so I can cross it off!)
The middle days of the week were filled with museums
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Children’s Museum of Wilmington

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Air Mobility Command Museum


and nature walks
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and mini-golf!
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We filled our last full day with Beach Goodness –
Time at the ocean,
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on the boardwalk rides,
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and finally at the waterpark.
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Where we would wait patiently at the bottom of the big waterslides to see which chute he would come out of! (Well, when we weren’t floating down the lazy river ourselves!)

Phew. What a day! So fun (and minimal sunburns!).
Saturday we left our sweet parking spot (Lums Pond State Park) and regrouped back at Potomac Park, our August SOWER project location. But before we returned that beautiful boy back to his parents, we had one final bit of fun – spending the evening with his newly discovered (for him – not for us!) second cousins (thanks to that family reunion in July) who live nearby.
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Such a sweet finale!
Sunday morning we packed him up (along with miscellaneous items (like those Cocoa Puffs) that we’d collected for him along the way)
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and returned him to his parents.
It was a grand week! It was wonderful to spend that one on one time with Noah and many precious memories were made. We’ve definitely noticed that we’ve aged some since we devised this plan 8 years ago, but I don’t think we’d trade it for anything.

Maybe just factor in a few more naps!

Thanks for coming along on our Delawarean adventure!
Steph
PS – The whole batch of Noah’s Delawarean Adventure photos can be found HERE!

Real Time Update

After such a flurry of blog posts about the reunion, I’m sorry it’s been so quiet over here. But let me assure you, while it may have been quiet in my blogging world, but it certainly wasn’t in my Real World! You see, last week was our ‘Take ’em for a week when they’re 10′ week with grandchild number 4 – Noah. And let me tell you – it was go-go-go for this boy! From that first donut
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to the high ropes course
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(yes, that’s me back on the platform, waiting my turn (with just a bit of fear and trembling))
to a bit of nature
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to the beach
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it was an action and fun-filled week.
Hopefully I can fill in more details about how “Noah Does Delaware” in some future posts, but meanwhile I just wanted to touch base to let you know we are still alive, still in love with crazy boy
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and still catching up on our naps!