11 days, 2 time zones and 8 states later our vacation is complete.
(By the way, I learned the difference between a vacation and a trip, courtesy of Annie. A vacation is without kids; a trip includes kids.)
Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Arkansas were all part of our road-tripping around the U.S.A.
Annie and I try to make an effort of going away at least one time per year, just the two of us, and then we make a trip with our kids at some point as well. Creating memories for the family is a high priority for us.
And spending quantity and quality time with your spouse is incredibly beneficial. In fact, I would even argue that disengaging from your normal activities and employment to “get away” with your spouse reaps benefits that are often very hard to accomplish during the routine of life.
Going into our vacation this time with Annie was what I looked forward to the most. When you spend about 30 hours in a car together with no children, there is a lot of time to talk. That’s time that might take us a few weeks to accumulate in our routine lives in Wichita.
Annie and I both agree that when it’s just the two of us, we could go anywhere. A vacation is good enough with just both of us present. We don’t have to be exotic (even though we have done the cruise thing) and we don’t have to go far (we have done the staycation thing).
Along the way, we did get to visit some very interesting places: in Louisville, Kentucky, we got to visit the Louisville Slugger Museum, Fun is Bowling alley, and the McAlpine Locks.
In Indianapolis, while Annie was attending the Women’s Gospel Coalition Conference, I got to visit the NCAA Hall of Champions. And then when we spent our time in Nashville, we were able to visit the Grand Ole Opry, the Opryland Hotel and Resort, the Parthenon, Music Row, and the Belle Meade Plantation.
A special surprise was getting to visit with our friends Michael and Miriam who live in Memphis, Tennessee.
Many good memories, many good meals, and very good quality time with Annie.