Home Sweet Home

Trip Start Mar 28, 2013
Trip End Jul 31, 2013

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Flag of Canada  , Ontario,
Wednesday, July 31, 2013

We all made it through our last drive! Caleb survived listening to Clare's Little People CD one more time and didn't lose his mind! We made our one and only stop at an Olive Garden for lunch in Watertown and throughly enjoyed it. When we arrived at the Cape Vincent ferry it looked full and we assumed we would have to wait for the next one. It looked like it only carried about 11 cars in total so we weren't even sure if we would be able to take it at all. The Captain came over and Bruce asked if we should bother waiting for him to come back. He said it would be no problem to fit us on this one. We thought he was absolutely nuts and could not begin to see how he was going to fit us on. He rearranged the cars already on the ferry and it was funny watching the other passengers reaction as they were probably thinking the same thing as us. It was unbelievable how he fit us on and we all laughed because he must not have seen our bike rack or didn't worry about it because the side gate wouldn't close all the way and our bike rack was hanging over the water! It looked hilarious and we can't imagine that Transport Canada would be too thrilled to see that! 
Customs was no problem and we sailed right through! Loading onto the Wolfe Islander wasn't nearly as exciting but everyone really liked traveling home via the ferries. We made a couple of stops before we arrived home to give some hugs and kisses to family. It was so great to see them, we missed them all so much! 

It's always good to get home after a trip, especially a long one. We have so many wonderful memories to look back upon and feel so grateful that we had this time together as a family.                                                                                                                                                                       

In reflection .....

27,086 kilometers travelled
30 states explored
125 days away
59 different campgrounds
4 times zones travelled in
17 National Parks visited
92 stops for gas with the pit crew on window duty
1 almost completely empty tank of gas in the middle of nowhere
2 wonderful visits with friends and family
65 campfires
1 swamp tour
2 staged gun fights
3 visits from the tooth fairy
1 awning blown off
46 bandaids used
925 games of mini golf (or that's what it felt like!)
1 speeding ticket 
5 caves explored
39 novels read
4 swims in hot springs
1 Ipad screen shattered
67 alligators spotted
2 rodeos
1 overnight in a Walmart parking lot
88 loads of laundry
10 huge sandhills sledded and boarded on 
endless kilometers hiked and biked
1 marshmallow stuck in hair
6 whale sightings
2 birthdays celebrated
3 guys who have now become "surfers dudes"
1 flat screen tv fallen off the wall as we're driving (we forgot to strap it back up and unbelievably it landed on pillows and was not broken, forgot that story in the blog!)
4 oil changes
1 family having a blast at their first concert together (we love Maroon 5!)
1200 bison waking us up
2 rivers tubed and rafted in
1 pair of Keens lost somewhere
12 beautiful waterfalls
3 gondola rides
58 fish caught (we're including the minnows!)
1 visit from the Easter bunny 
countless friendships made

The trip of a lifetime ....... priceless!

We woke up this morning to little Clare asking, "us are home?" Yes, we are home!
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Sandra on

I am so happy y'all are home safe and sound!!! I will miss reading your blogs though! You have to write a couple of more about your first few days at home otherwise I am going to go into a withdrawal :) Miss all of you!!!

Holly and Carter on

Welcome Home Patry Family!!!! Can't wait to see your smiling faces!! Holly :)

I was pretty sure your bikes would fall off at the end and who is yogi bear? -Carter Can't wait to see you surfer dude!

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