Thursday, July 19, 2012

Our Summer Vacation: A Story in Numbers and Photographs

Number of days we were gone: 31

Number of miles traveled round trip: approximately 4100

Number of states visited:   Illinois, Iowa, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri = 10

Number of places we've slept in the last 31 days: 9

Number of car repair shops visited: 4

Number of days spent at Grama and Grampa's house:  22

Number of days Finn and Emmett spent loving on Grama and Grampa (and vice versa): 22

Number of bears spotted in the woods: 1

Number of wildfires watched from not very far away: 2

Number of days on my fishing license: 2

Number of fish I caught: 0

Number of locations in which I attempted to catch fish: 3

Number of rodeo spectators that volunteered for the "Ring of Fire": 6

Number of rodeo spectators that lasted more than fifteen seconds when angry bull was released: 0

Number of years that have passed since Sean and I got engaged in this exact spot: 10

Number of relatives it takes to get the unheated pool up to 82 degrees: 10

Number of kids that fit in Grampa's old Porsche: 6

Number of miles Sean ran in Missoula on the 8th of July: 26.2

Number of baby goats at the ranch: 5

Number of years there has been a powwow in Arlee, Montana around the 4th of July: 121

Number of chinchillas the kids got to feed in Fort Collins: 2

Number of dear childhood friends who got married this past weekend in Salida, Colorado: 1

Number of college friends visited in New Mexico: 2 + 2 daughters

Number of times we ate carne adovada during our two days in New Mexico: 2

Number of red chiles we brought back to Champaign so that we could make carne adovada: 21

Number of minutes we spent in Oklahoma: 78

Number of memories: countless

It's good to be home but, wow, it was a great run. Thanks to the many friends and family along the way that welcomed us so warmly and made our summer so spectacular!


  1. Your family is the best part of every summer...miss you already! :-)

  2. Thanks for extending your trip to New Mexico! We loved seeing you all and filling you up with adovada. Please tell Finn that Hazel really misses him.

    1. He misses her too...let the postcard exchange begin! We had a great time with you guys. Here's to many more!

  3. You know how much I love numbers, so this post made me smile big!! So gla duos made it home safely. It was beyond wonderful spending time with you're good for our souls. Anna is still saying "Emmett" at the end of her prayers, so I know you all already grabbed a place in her heart. Hugs and love to you all.

  4. Great recap, Hope! Thanks for sharing. What a wonderful trip. I am honored to have received an awesome, Boston Terrier postcard from said trip.

    We can't wait to see you guys for Laurie Berkner next week!