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Day 12 – 2018 Vacation

This is what most of today consisted of… We are now home and getting settled back into to home. This little guy was happy to see us. This trip included 5 states, 5 hotels and almost 2500 miles of driving by me. It was fun, relaxing and recharging. It is good to be home. Also, … Continue reading »

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Day 11 – 2018 Vacation

Not too much to report for today. We spend about six and a half hours driving to Tulsa where we checked into our hotel. Then we went and did our fourth escape room and as always, we were successful! After, we returned to the hotel where Vicky caught us messing around in the fitness room. … Continue reading »

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Day 10 – 2018 Vacation

We started the day going to the St. Louis Zoo. Fortunately, the humidity was down so it was not miserable out. And of course, Stephen with flamingos… After a quick lunch, we decided to fulfill Michael’s month-long dream of going to Ikea. And he wanted to try the meatballs.. Then we stopped by the Cathedral … Continue reading »

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Day 9 – 2018 Vacation

We started the day going to the National Transportation Museum. Oh, it was hot. After lunch, we went to the Civil War Museum. There was a National Cemetery nearby. It was huge. That is all for today. Going to the zoo in the morning and it is probably going to be hot and humid. Hopefully … Continue reading »

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Day 8 – 2018 Vacation

Not too much today. Most of the day was spent driving from Iowa to St. Louis. We did pass two towns significant to MASH fans… We got checked into our hotel. On the way to find some dinner, we happened upon an interestingly named school (and road)… Then we went and got on the MetroRail… … Continue reading »

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Day 7 – 2018 Vacation

Today was something I have wanted to do for a long time. An Indycar race. I have been a fan since the 90’s when it was called CART, then Champcar and now Indycar. We decided to go to Missouri then I realized there was a race in Iowa so we went. We got there at … Continue reading »

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Day 6 – 2018 Vacation

Another easy going day today. We started the day by going to a huge farmers market in downtown Des Moines. It was impressive. Then we went to the local zoo. My favorite animal? Giraffe. And got to feed one! Stephen and Michael got to feed them too, but it is my blog so my picture. … Continue reading »

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Day 5 – 2018 Vacation

We slept in a bit this morning before checking out. Then we hit the road towards Iowa. We made a stop in St. Joseph, MO and went to a museum called the Patee House. Lots of cool things to see there. After a quick lunch, we stopped by the Glore Psychiatric Museum. Stephen preparing to … Continue reading »

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Day 4 – 2018 Vacation

We slept in a bit today. We headed out around 9:30 to the World War 1 museum. After lunch we swung by the Money Museum at the Fed… Lifting a real gold bar… The we went to Union Station.. And while we were there, we successfully escaped another room! After dinner, back to the hotel … Continue reading »

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Day 3 – 2018 Vacation

We started early this morning going to the Kansas City Zoo. We decided to go early because it was going to get hot and I figured big crowds because of July 4th. I was right about the heat, but not the crowds. They had a skyway where you could ride over the park… This is … Continue reading »

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Day 2 – 2018 Vacation

We slept in a little this morning before making the drive to Kansas City. After checking into our hotel and grabbing lunch at a mall, we went to the Truman Presidential Library. The Truman’s graves… Vicky enjoyed it… I was hoping to get a library card, but they explained to me that it was not … Continue reading »

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Day 1 – 2018 Vacation

Most of today was straightforward. Driving. We drove to Wichita Kansas. We did stop in OKC for lunch. After checking into our hotel in Wichita, we went to an escape room. We killed it with time remaining! The escape room was next to a place called The Alley so we did some stuff there. Like … Continue reading »

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2018 Mashburn Vacation

It is that time again. Though this year will have something different than all others since 2006. No trains. We decided to try and do a cheaper trip this year to save up to do something bigger next year for Michael’s “Senior Trip”. So this years is a road trip. We start by spending a … Continue reading »

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Coming Home

Our last day started early with breakfast at 6:30. After that we stepped of the train in Texarkana. Here is Michael with one foot in Arkansas and one in Texas (approx.). We pulled into Fort Worth right on time. We took an Uber back to back to our friends house where we got our car … Continue reading »

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Returning On Amtrak

The day started early. We left our final hotel at 6:15am and walked a couple of hundred yards to the train station next door. It was raining, but fortunately no heavily.  Michael at the Dearborn Station.  Our train was on time. We were in business class on this train. It was about a five hour … Continue reading »

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Last Day In Michigan

Today was a slow day. We slept in a little and then checked out of hotel number four. We then went to play not one, but TWO escape rooms. The place we went needed to reschedule is later so they gave us a second room for free. We got out of both of them even … Continue reading »

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Greenfield Village

Today was all Greenfield Village at the Henry Ford. Train ride. We took a ride in a horse drawn bus. Then a model T bus and while we were on that who walked by? Mo Rocca. Turns out they were filming today for Innovation Nation which is a show I watch on Saturday mornings. We … Continue reading »

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Homeland

Today was pretty simple. We slept in a little later then checked out of hotel number three. On our way back to the states, we stopped off to see a Canadian destroyer from World War II. After that is was just the drive back to the good ole USA. We went over the bridge this … Continue reading »

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