Well, the blog silence was due to a much needed vacation with my wife and kids. We left on Wednesday, July 25th and headed for the Sacramento area. We had dinner with some old friends, the Mullikins, in Roseville and then spent the night there. The next morning we got up and headed Northwest towards the Trinity Alps were we spent the week with the Raby clan on Trinity lake camping and enjoying good friendships, boating, hiking, playing, and celebrating TJ's 10 year-old birthday. It was soooo much fun for us and our kids.
Then on Thursday, August 2nd we headed 3 hours North to Medford, Orgegon to meet my parents and visit my sister and brother-in-law and their 3 boys. We hung out, celebrated TJ's 10 year-old and my nephew Grayson's 3 year-old birthday together as a family, played a lot, went on a a jet boat tour of the Rogue river, and Brad and I hiked Mt. McLaughlin. It definitely qualified as worth the drive. Then after hanging out for an action packed 2 1/2 days, we power drove home on Sunday, August 4th from Medford, straight on through to San Diego.... 14 hours total- virtually all of them on I-5.
I have lots of pictures to share, but to get things started, here's a pic of our ride all loaded up. 1726 miles and 12 days later, we're home and full speed ahead with "normal life".