Feeling hot, hot, hot!

Trip Start Jul 06, 2012
Trip End Jul 14, 2012

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Friday, July 6, 2012

We got up early and finished our last-minute details, and were on the road by 8:15 (ET).  Our first stop was the Cracker Barrel in Merrillville to drop off our doggie, Jolie, with Grandpa and Grandma H.  We enjoyed a nice breakfast and visit, and actually took shifts eating, so that Jolie only had to spend a few minutes in the car.  It was so hot already at 9:30 in the a.m. that we were worried it would be unsafe to leave her in the car.  Tom's quote (by text), "Mmmmm...breakfast and a hot dog!"  Hahaha.  

After a rather lengthy stop we were back on the road.  The whole trip was uneventful except for the extreme heat every time we stopped for gas or a rest stop.  The car thermometer read "104," which was our car's personal record!

We arrived in Minneapolis/Bloomington around 6:00 (CT), and after checking in at the Fairfield, we headed to Culver's for our traditional first day stop.  Since we had had such a big breakfast, we were able to skip lunch, have snacks in the car, and then have a light supper.  After supper, we headed to REI, a great camping/outdoorsy store that Jared had introduced us to last year.  We were able to find a wind/rain jacket for Leah, and Chloe bought a new Camelback water bottle.

After shopping, we headed back to the hotel for a dip in the pool, and a good night's sleep.  We needed to rest up before our big shopping day!
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