Overall, Luke was an amazing baby and did really well, but we are all very ready to be out of the car and to stay in one place for more than a few nights. I realize that road tripping with an infant is a lot easier than with a toddler since Luke will literally sleep for hours everyday, but it still certainly made for a different kind of trip. Stopping for 30-60 minutes every 2 - 3 hours to feed him made for much longer days.
This is probably the most repeated overall picture of our trip ... finding a bit of shade and grass alongside the road for the baby to stretch and eat in.
Our overnight stops => Buffalo, NY--Fort Wayne, IN -- S. Bend, IN -- Stoughton, WI -- Minneapolis, MN -- Bismarck, ND -- Big Timber, MT. Fortunately, for six nights of our trip we had family and friends to stay with which was great for showing Luke off and reconnecting.
We had the chance to introduce Luke to some of his second cousins! My cousin, April, had her handsome boy in January and had family from Scotland visiting at the same time which was so much fun! (these photos are from April's camera)
Luke was clearly excited to meet his 2nd cousin, Fraser.
Our next stop was to see Jim, the property manager of Forest Echo who has been our boss for the past two years. We are so glad that he has become part of our lives! Since we hadn't gotten a chance to see him during this past season of caretaking, it was lovely to stop in, say goodbye in person and thank him for the opportunity to become part of Forest Echo.
We had three nights along the way that we camped - the first one was at Lake Kegonsa in Wisconsin. All things seemed to be headed for a better experience than our rainy weekend in Acadia until a little after midnight when we had a HUGE thunderstorm that lasted about four hours! It was incredible to be laying in bed with only a thin piece of nylon between us and lightning, thunder and pouring rain. We stayed nice and dry inside, but ended up with a very wet tent again :(
In Minneapolis, we got to stay with Jason's cousins Todd & Jenn and also see his aunt Sharon & uncle Doug. Luke got to meet another second cousin, Shiloh. We had a great day seeing Minnehaha Falls --
Our favorite photo from the day -- getting caught in a thunderstorm! Luke didn't seem to mind at all :)
Our second to last stop was in Bismarck to see Jasons' grandmother. Elsie is 101 years old, it was crazy to think that there was 101 years between she and Luke. She was quite taken with her great grandson and he with her.