Hey Friends! It has taken me some time to get through my photos (and I am still not done) but i figured I would start posting a little at a time about our vacation and just do this in "installments".
I have decided since I have so many photos I will be making "photo movies". I sincerely hope you will take the time to click this link: Vacation photo video Part 1
and check out my first effort. Please leave a comment on the here, on Facebook, or on the video and let me know what you think of this format or if you think I should go back to just posting pic after pic here in the blog.
I had such a hard time narrowing down photos, at the suggestion of one of my besties I took a shot and went this route. It was fun making the video and I think I will be able to showcase more of my pics doing it this way rather than just putting 40 trillion pics in the blog. I hope you will "like" the video as I am also going to try to grow my You Tube channel and that helps me.
Anyway...here we go..
Mark starting driving five years ago and had not had a vacation since a couple days in August of 2015 when he came to Myrtle Beach to spend the end of a week with Andrew and Griffin, when Adam and I had to leave early to go to a drum corps competition. He doesnt consider that a vacation anyway since it was at the beach. We have talked about taking time off to go do stuff, and had big plans when I got on the truck in 2018 but it seems that between the two of us it was one medical issue after another and between time off for that and medical bills (and working for two crappy companies that didn't pay squat or treat their drivers right) we could never really just afford it or find the time for it. When Mark made the switch to his current company (FCC we love you!) and actually got a weeks paid vacation, great miles, and great pay the stars finally aligned and we were able to actually plan and execute a real life grown up empty nester vacation! With the invaluable help of my mom, and my favorite blogger/YT'ers (Adventuresofaplusk) and lots and lots of research, we make our plan, picked our dates and started the countdown! I wont bore you with the gazillion of iterations and million discussions I had with Mark and my mom but eventually the day came....
I took off around 5:00 in the morning on Sunday the 12th of September. I could NOT wait to get on the road and had a hard time sleeping the night before. I was only going as far as Davenport, Iowa that day. My drive was uneventful. Full of my favorite podcast "Crime Junkies" and singing at the top of my lungs. I had had my hand post op appointment on the Thursday prior where my doctor told me zip lining was not going to happen but I was bound and determined that was not going to bring me down. I will admit that once I got to Davenport I could tell by the way my hand felt just from driving that I was in no condition to do much else anyway. However, I had some time to kill before checking in at the hotel so I decided to go check out the Vander Veer Botanical Garden. This place was so beauitful! It is a 33 acre park that showcased several fountains and tons and tons of stunning flowers. I think my favorite part was the stone bridge. It was there that I met Niki and her cat Karl (with a K) that she was teaching to walk on a leash. He was pretty comical, and not really happy about it. I spent a little time there and then headed to the hotel because I was TIRED.