After a 500 mile whirlwind trip to participate in the swim/bike portion of the abbreviated Ironman 70.3 Muncie (Race Report HERE & travel/expo details HERE), it was time for vacation. Fortunately, the kiddos got to spend a few days at the lake with my parents and Mick and I had a few solo days prior to the chaos!
Mick and I took a trip into the city (Chicago) the day after the Muncie event – 100 miles driving.
We then spent a day deep cleaning the house and throwing things away in the playroom
while the kids were away and nobody could scream or go thru the trash. Trust me, you don’t need a photo of that!
Then we headed to Saugatuck, MI for a day of fun in the
bars sun with old friends – 150 miles.
sobering up waking, we then took a cross country trip back to the lake to pick up the kiddos. The phrase, “over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house we go”, never really meant as much until this little cross country jaunt with no direct route. 120 miles later we had our “babies” back!
We stuffed the “little ones” in the car
and prayed they would nap for the trip to Wisconsin Dells for a few days of family fun! 350 miles
We did the Ducks & Upper Dells Boat Tour:
Ghost Outpost, Lost Temple, Top Secret, & the WI Deer Park:
Go Carts (or “Gofe” Carts as Michael calls them) & Alligator Alley:
Tommy Bartlett Water Ski Thrill Show with Aqua the Clown & Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum:
Then we made the trip home
with Michael screaming that he didn’t want to leave the “Consin Dells” and Aby pouting that we didn’t make it to the Mining Company – 225 miles, just in time for a bit of NMCA racing (Mick’s old car in second photo):
And the FNRC Splash & Dash, the kiddos ran a mile then hit the pool!
That was a very full 8 days of “vacation” which started with the Muncie race and ended with the Splash N Dash. I’m exhausted just reviewing it all!
Any family fun on your horizon?
PS – If you missed it, I’m giving away an entry to the Chicago Half Marathon on September 9th! Click to enter HERE. Good luck!
** Summer Lovin’ ** Amanda – TooTallFritz ** firstname.lastname@example.org