A photo of Nora, Ainsley, Peter, Grayson, Molly, Oliver, Kate, Dillon, and Rayleigh standing on rocks wearing coats and sweatshirts outside under a sign that says "Skull Hollow Nature Trail" with a picture of a longhorn cow skull

32 Days in America, Day 26


  • Miles traveled: 63.9
  • Miles traveled to date: 4670.4
  • States visited today: 1 – Oklahoma
  • States visited to date: 14
  • Tanks of gas pumped to date: 15
  • Meltdowns: 15
  • Loads of Laundry: 20
  • Illness: 4
  • Socks lost or destroyed: 5

Daily recap

Today, Kevin worked from the Wendells’ house while Kirk taught the kids how to make card holders out of wood blocks, Kelsey and Mandy took all nine kids on a hike and to a playground, then we reconvened for a taco feast before going out for ice cream.


  • Kirk teaching our kids how to make card holders out of wood
A photo of Peter, Kate, Grayson, Ainsley, Rayleigh, Molly, Nora, Oliver, and Dillon working on crafts at a table while Kirk provides direction
Painting the card holders.
  • Going for a hike at Skull Hollow Nature Trail
A photo of Dillon, Grayson, Rayleigh, and Kelsey walking down the trunk of a fallen tree between two large rocks
Single file, now.
  • Finding a playground
A photo of Molly and Oliver spinning a piece of playground equipment with Kelsey, Grayson, Kate, Rayleigh, and another child in it
Faster! Faster!
  • Taco dinner
A photo of Grayson, Molly, Oliver, Dillon, Kate, Ainsley, Nora, and Rayleigh sitting at a table eating tacos
Taco time.
  • Ice cream for dessert
A photo of Nora and Ainsley, both dressed in purple, eating ice cream cones in a restaurant
It’s never too cold for ice cream.

Other photos from today

A photo of Grayson and Peter walking through the yard and talking. They are both wearing coats. Grayson has his hands in his pockets.
Just talking ’bout life.
A photo of Grayson looking to his left while he sands a block of wood at a table
Sanding gives you time to think deep thoughts.
A photo of Rayleigh wearing a hoodie and smiling at the camera while she sands a block of wood at a table
Rayleigh took a break from sanding to pose for this photo.
A photo of Ainsley sitting on a chair with her knees to her chest painting her name in yellow on a block of wood painted blue at a table
Ainsley painted her name on her card holder.
A photo of Kelsey standing over Grayson helping him paint a block of wood with pictures of monster trucks on it at a table
Kelsey helped Grayson with the detail work on his monster truck themed card holder.
A phto of Grayson smiling wearing a coat in front of a rock outcropping
Grayson found some shade under a rock outcropping.
A photo of Nora and Ainsley sitting on a large rock overlooking a lake
Nora and Ainsley were two peas in a pod.
A photo of Grayson, Kelsey, Rayleigh, Ainsley, and Dillon wearing coats posing on a large rock in front of a body of water
Grayson with the duck lips again. At least he’s looking at the camera, right?
A photo of Ainsley jumping a gap from one large rock to another
Don’t look down!
A photo of Rayleigh excitedly looking at a ladybug on a rock she found at a rocky beach next to a lake
Somebody should debug these fossils.
Kate and Rayleigh both wearing hoodies with the hoods up posing on some rocks with trees in the background
Team hoodie, represent.
A photo of Kelsey and Dillon both wearing sunglasses smiling at the camera while looking for fossils
Dillon, our resident rock hound, was happy to look for fossils.
A photo of Dillon doing a headstand on a rock with a lake in the background
Balance achieved.
A photo of Grayson wearing a coat with his hood up poking his head between the trunks of two trees that grew together in a V shape
Hi, Grayson.
A photo of Ainsley sitting on a short branch of a tree a few feet off of the ground
The perfect seat.
A photo of Dillon and Kirk working on creating a walking stick for Dillon out of a twisted piece of wood
Kirk taught Dillon how to make a walking stick out of this cool piece of twisted wood.
A photo of Kevin standing in a living room with Kirk, the Wendell kids, and the Forrester kids sitting on couches listening to him
“Professor” Kevin taught everyone about how binary works, and how computers store text in memory.

And now for your moment of zen…

A photo of Dillon squinting and pursing his lips while sanding a block of wood at a table
The name’s Bond. Dillon Bond.





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