Whirlwind of Travel….

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.

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  Navy Pier_Flags

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.

Saugatuck Chain Ferry

Upon 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

I’m pretty sure that we left very few rocks unturned at the Dells.  WI Dells_fort dells

We did the Ducks & Upper Dells Boat Tour:

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Ghost Outpost, Lost Temple, Top Secret, & the WI Deer Park:

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WI Dells_Deer Park_Michael

Go Carts (or “Gofe” Carts as Michael calls them) & Alligator Alley:

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Tommy Bartlett Water Ski Thrill Show with Aqua the Clown & Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum:

WI Dells_Aqua the Clown          WI Dells_ripley believe it or not

Water parks small & large:WI Dells_ water parks


Michael’s favorite slides were these yellow & blue ones:  WI Dells_Chula Visat 

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):

Michael_rt 66  Micks old car

And the FNRC Splash & Dash, the kiddos ran a mile then hit the pool!

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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 ** amanda@tootallfritz.com