Minnesota to Ottumwa, Iowa: Our trip to Ottumwa, Iowa was a long trip, about 6 hours. We ended up leaving later in the day on Sunday then we wanted to, since it was super icy here and we needed to wait for the roads to clear. The ride ended up being alright, the roads were just wet but it was super foggy. We made it to our hotel by 8:30 that night, and introduced the dogs to the hotel.
Ottumwa, Iowa to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri: We left early the next morning (Monday) for Missouri to try to beat the big storms that were moving through the area. We ended up driving in on and off rain, but nothing to terrible. When we made it to Ft. Leonard Wood it was 70 degrees out!!! It was glorious. Morgan, the dogs, and I went on a nice long walk and soaked up all the sun we could. Tuesday we met up with Morgan's parents and his brother Calvin and his wife Renee. We all went and met Cory (Morgan's younger brother) for family day. It was the last day of boot-camp for him. We were able to hang out with Cory and enjoyed just chatting and hanging out. Wednesday was Cory's graduation from boot-camp. It was a great ceremony and Morgan and I were so glad we went down. We are all so proud of Cory!
|PVT Cory Kavanaugh|
|The dogs still managed to play with each other with their seat-belts on.|
|Morgan driving, the capital building of Missouri is in the background.|
|Enjoying the 70 degrees when we arrived in Missouri.|
|Dad and Morgan on Thanksgiving.|
|Hanging out at the Thanksgiving party.|
|Max, Jeff, and Alex.|
|Sleeping after a long day of shopping.|
Gurnee, Illinois to Eau Claire, Wisconsin: We left for Eau Claire at 8:00 am the next morning (Saturday). We got up there about lunch time and spent the day with Cory, Morgan's mom, and Morgan's sister Angie and her husband Adam. It was one of the last times we will get to see Cory for awhile, since he is going to be stationed in Germany! Also while in Eau Claire I got to meet up with some friends from my old girl scout troop, and it was very nice to catch up with those ladies.
Eau Claire, Wisconsin to Home: On Sunday we hung out in Eau Claire until mid-afternoon and finally made our way back home. It was the quickest drive but still felt like it took forever. Morgan, Nettie, Lexi, and I were all soooo sick of the car at that point that it was hard to sit even for the hour it takes to get back to our house.
Overall, the trip was busy but great. The dogs did really well. Nettie wasn't great in the car, but Lexi was a pro! I ended up doing alright in the car, although I'm very sore from all the sitting. Morgan and I estimated that we spent about 26 hours in the car over those 7 days, so we are all looking forward to not having to sit in the car for awhile!