John had always wanted to drive across the country in an RV, and I resisted this idea for a year or more. When we plan vacations, I always say that I don't want to do the same things I do at home and have doing them be more difficult. John pointed out that Justin and Ryan were 9 and 11 years old; this would be educational, fun, and a family-bonding experience, and if we put it off much longer, the boys wouldn't want to go with us at all, so I finally came around. We bought a used 23-foot RV, stocked it with all the comforts of home, and planned a trip to Yellowstone. On June 23, 2002 we left New Jersey and drove 240 miles to Bedford, PA. Our plan was to stay in campgrounds with pools so the boys would be happy and we could all relax after a day of driving.
The next day we drove 430 miles to Greenfield, IN and swam again.
The third day we had some trouble with the RV, fixed it in a Walmart parking lot, but still did 500 miles to make it to Grain Valley, MO, where we swam once more.
June 26th found us 420 miles farther in Goodland, KS. We knew we were in Kansas by the combine on the overpass.
I'm sure swimming happened here, but just for some variety, here's a different type of picture from the pool.
Next week: We head further west and do some more interesting things besides driving and swimming. (Promise!)