1. Traveling long distances in the car is awesome when a) you don’t have to drive, b) you have a smartphone, Kindle, old-fashioned notebook, tablet, and colored pens, c) you can lie down in the back and sleep. This may have been the most vacation-like part of my vacation. And also? Two of my kids were in another car asking someone other than me why it was taking for-EHHHH-vuwh. That explains it.
2. The Kentucky Children’s Garden is somewhere we’ll visit again…next time with good play-in-the-water shoes. My parents live in Lexington, but last week’s visit was the first we’d heard of this fabulous play area located next to the arboretum on the University of Kentucky campus. The shots above really don’t cover half of its awesomeness.
3. My point-and-shoot camera that cost almost $300 a few years ago doesn’t even compare to an iPhone 5 camera. Sad day.
4. I can finish a book! (I may have up to 8 books “open” at all times.) I read Start by Jon Acuff and thanks to aforementioned Kindle, even read through the very last Appendix in the car. The book gave me tons to chew on, including an idea for a new blog and the realization that I think about writing music multiple times a day and probably should actually… start. (Or, technically, end the 14 year hiatus.)
5. My grandfather worked intelligence for the Army. I knew he was in Europe doing “radio” stuff, but I did not know that he was intercepting messages from very powerful people. So cool.
6. Taking the time to exercise on a roadtrip is totally worth the extra effort. I got to run in beautiful new places, and I’m pretty sure I had more energy to visit with family because of it.
7. Chocolate Almond Coconut Chocolate Chip ice cream is totally worth the extra effort of saying its ridiculously long name.