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IL Trip: From Asheville to Morrison, IL

This post is not dial-up friendly. (And I have dial-up. That’s why it took so long and will be coming in installments. lol)

On day one we planned t o stop 2 or 3 hours out in
Gatlinburg, Tennessee
. It’s a beautiful drive in itself, and I’d been through but never stopped and had any touristy fun. We had lots at the Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies.














Then we drove up into Indiana, where we stayed the night. The next day we went up to the Cahokia Indian Mounds. We only got a couple of pictures of the actual mounds, and those were taken from the car. Ivy had the beginnings of a cold and it was rainy, so we mainly hit their museum, which was interesting itself. It was still worth the slight drive out of the way, and I wouldn’t mind going back.

When we got there, we saw a dozen deer come out into the field across from the parking lot! It felt like a very special gift. We also got lots of pics of their big brass doors, which were gorgeous. Down the road from the information center, they have “Woodhenge”. I would have liked to do some reiki work in the middle of that, but maybe if we can go one summer.

















I'll have more installments in the future. I'd like to post pictures of my girls getting to meet the family, but I want to get permission from everyone to post their pictures on the blog. And I'll eventually have lots of Chicago pictures, where we had loads of fun - and the girls finally realized their dream of building a sandcastle.

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lanternlady
Mar. 29th, 2007 12:30 am (UTC)
Awesome! Sounds like a good time was had by all... nice to hear from you!!!
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ahavah
Mar. 29th, 2007 02:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I've missed you. :)
intrepidrayne
Mar. 29th, 2007 01:35 am (UTC)
Sounds like fun. I'm getting very excited for our upcoming trip! I keep wishing April away, which is bad, but I'm really looking forward to the trip.

Will there be pictures of sandcastles? I remember playing in the sand a lot when I was young, but I don't think I ever built an actual sandcastle. Maybe I will remedy that this summer.
ahavah
Mar. 29th, 2007 03:16 pm (UTC)
I bet! I wouldn't mind wishing for a Cayman Island vacation, myself.

There will definitely be pictures of sandcastles. You know, I never really made them either when I was a kid. I was the kind of kid who would go play in the ocean or whatever, and then I'd sit on a towel and read til it was time to go. Josh was all about it, though, and he was totally what the kids needed. I'm such a goob, I didn't even realize you make them by packing sand into pails and turning them over. LOL I'm going to practice, too.
intrepidrayne
Mar. 29th, 2007 07:31 pm (UTC)
When I went to the beach as a child, I think I spent most of my time swimming. I love the ocean! My nickname was occasionally lobster, probably due to the fact that I burn insanely easily.

Apparently, I am also a 'goob'. I had no idea that was how you make sandcastles. That should help me this summer. :)
ahavah
Mar. 29th, 2007 08:25 pm (UTC)
I suspect that there's more than one serviceable technique. lol I also learned a new one from one of the kids' books - use sea shells for roads and decor. A goob like me might not think of that on her own.
mc_questionmark
Mar. 29th, 2007 09:04 pm (UTC)
Shame on both of you for not knowing the proper bucketing technique.
intrepidrayne
Mar. 30th, 2007 08:41 pm (UTC)
Have you ever made one?
mc_questionmark
Mar. 30th, 2007 08:59 pm (UTC)
Yes, I have made many.
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ahavah
Mar. 29th, 2007 03:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
satoribee
Mar. 29th, 2007 04:48 am (UTC)
I like the one with the spacesuit. :-) Sounds like a fun trip!
ahavah
Mar. 29th, 2007 03:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks! There's one of me in there, too, but Josh didn't turn the flash off and I have this big light orb in my third eye. I almost tried to turn it into mad violet spirals and post it, but I don't think there was any fixing how much of a dork I looked like. :(
mc_questionmark
Mar. 29th, 2007 09:05 pm (UTC)
On behalf of your entire friends list, I'd like to say that we embrace your dorkitude and would love to see your violet third eye.
satoribee
Mar. 30th, 2007 09:48 am (UTC)
I agree with mc_questionmark - I think it would be cool to see your magic third eye on film!
kuroihime
Mar. 29th, 2007 06:37 am (UTC)
thanks for sharing. How do I put pictures from my photobucket onto Lj? I want to document my new york stuffs.
ahavah
Mar. 29th, 2007 03:21 pm (UTC)
Always a pleasure! I just use the most basic html most times, but the FAQ goes into a little more detail, depending on what you want to do.
mc_questionmark
Mar. 29th, 2007 09:01 pm (UTC)
I love the pic with Eden in the astronaut suit. So cute.
Did you get pics of Woodhenge? Sounds interesting.
ahavah
Mar. 29th, 2007 09:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Thank last picture is of Woodhenge. We got one or two more, I think.
mc_questionmark
Mar. 29th, 2007 09:27 pm (UTC)
Ok. It isn't nearly as impressive as stonehenge if that one picture is any indication.
ahavah
Mar. 29th, 2007 09:35 pm (UTC)
No, it's not. But it was a serviceable calendar, I think.
simplydorei
Apr. 3rd, 2007 12:49 pm (UTC)
These are great, and i'm so happy that you all had a great trip. With any luck, the rest of the pictures will include some of you (hint, hint).
ahavah
Apr. 3rd, 2007 01:32 pm (UTC)
Yeah, there are a few of me (mostly with the fam). I generally take pictures better and Josh wrangles the kids better when we're out in public. LOL And due to peer pressure, I have to remember to make a violet spiral third eye.

Thank you!
simplydorei
Apr. 3rd, 2007 01:42 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes...we can't be leaving out any violet spiral third eyes. It would be most uncivilized. ;)
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