Leesburg, Ohio Part 4; Day 3

Here in Leesburg there are a number of things that have changed since we were last in town. One of these changes is the addition of a new cafe on Main Street. It’s notable because Leesburg only has 2 restaurants and we visited the second one (and latest addition) today. We were able to enjoyContinue reading “Leesburg, Ohio Part 4; Day 3”

Leesburg, Ohio Part 4; Day 2

Today, like many people across the United States, we gathered with those we love to enjoy food and each others’ company. For us it was at the Bailey House hosted by Nancy and Stan Purdy. It was great to be back there, particularly since Pa has had some health issues over the past few months.Continue reading “Leesburg, Ohio Part 4; Day 2”

Leesburg, Ohio Part 2; Day 1

After Brian’s surgery, we returned to Mamoh’s house for recovery and to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday week. Brian is doing much better and was able to stand long enough to help with the dishes which he hadn’t taken on for weeks. We also got to see Tara and her son Blake who leaves for ColombiaContinue reading “Leesburg, Ohio Part 2; Day 1”

Panama City, Panama; Day 3

Today we got to do our field trip to the Miraflores Visitor Center for our school’s Panama Canal Unit. The school staff/parents were more excited than the kids but in the end, we all were very impressed. There were some adjustments due to COVID-19 so we didn’t get to see the IMAX movie which wasContinue reading “Panama City, Panama; Day 3”

Boquete, Panama; Day 16

TODAY WAS SCHOOL PICTURE DAY!! We’re trying so do some normal things at the 5 Adventures Academy (our name we picked for the school) and what’s more normal than sitting the kids in front of a blue background and snapping a photo for posterity. We’re still on the distribution list for our hometown PTA andContinue reading “Boquete, Panama; Day 16”

Boquete, Panama; Day 11

Despite it being a Saturday we made it a school day so there were no big adventures today. We did finally take a few pictures of our AirBnB house and our ‘yard mates’ for lack of a better description. The house itself is one story, three bedroom/two bath and about 1,800 square feet. It hasContinue reading “Boquete, Panama; Day 11”

Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica; Day 5

A short post for a quiet day. The adventurers stayed close to home with the kids reading and making up games with their cuddles. The plot included many paper snowflakes so we are enjoying a bit of pretend winter here in the tropics. We did a little shopping. It’s amazing how fast clothes tire outContinue reading “Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica; Day 5”

La Fortuna, Costa Rica; Day 2

What a day!  This is the first time visiting Costa Rica for the 5 Adventurers. It’s a popular destination because it’s natural ecology is appealing (volcanos, beaches, tropical forests, waterfalls) and also because it has built a reputation for outdoor adrenaline activities. Ziplines, horseback riding, rappelling, ATV riding tours, hiking, scuba and snorkeling etc etcContinue reading “La Fortuna, Costa Rica; Day 2”

Liberia, Costa Rica, Day 3

After a breakfast of huevos, bacon and cafe con leche we decided to head to the beach again – this time in the sunny morning and with our bathing suits. Today’s destination was the next beach south from yesterday’s and much more commercial. Known as Playa del Coco, it has hotels, restaurants and souvenir shopsContinue reading “Liberia, Costa Rica, Day 3”

West Allis, Wisconsin; Day 3

We left Wisconsin today for an overnight stop in Atlanta before going to Central America on Friday. We arrived at the airport in time to try on the latest in Cheesehead fashion. Thank you Aunt Kathy & Uncle Henry! We loved our time with you in August and cannot wait to share our stories whenContinue reading “West Allis, Wisconsin; Day 3”

West Allis, Wisconsin

Today started with wonderful French Toast and Sausage courtesy of Aunt Kathy and Uncle Henry. The rest of the day was quiet on the adventure front. It tried to rain but only managed a light shower and some sprinkles at various times during the day. Brian helped set up a new printer, we started gettingContinue reading “West Allis, Wisconsin”

Blaine, Minnesota

Today we confirmed that when our family has fully un-packed and stays in one place for a while it takes Brian and Tiffany two hours to re-pack Jeremy Picklepants with all our belongings. That sounds like a lot, but it’s only 24 minutes per person so it’s not too bad. Or at least that’s whatContinue reading “Blaine, Minnesota”

Gull Lake, Minnesota; Day 7

Our last full day Madden’s for 2021 was full of banana taxi, pool time and cramming in some final in person conversations with family we don’t see often enough. It was a continued mixture of old traditions and new activities. Tonight all the Adventurers and cousin Alan played several rounds of the online game AmongContinue reading “Gull Lake, Minnesota; Day 7”

Devil’s Tower, Wyoming

Today was Day 2 of a drive to the Black Hills area of South Dakota.  We have now reached 4,709 miles on our travels from San Clemente, California. Wyoming has a marvelous diversity of land.  One of the more unique places that we have visited thus far was Devil’s Tower.  This feature rises up overContinue reading “Devil’s Tower, Wyoming”

Jackson, Wyoming

The Adventurers began the day early and left West Yellowstone for Jackson, Wyoming. We had been forewarned that Jackson was going to be super busy during this high season so we were glad to get there mid-morning. The family walked around a bit, had a snack, and shopped. The kids discovered a park at theContinue reading “Jackson, Wyoming”

Spokane, Washington; Day 2

We had a fantastic day in Liberty Lake with Brian’s sister Tanya and her family. Liberty Lake is just east of Spokane in Eastern Washington. All four of Tanya’s kids were home to see their cousins. We started the day with a board game, which is a treat for the 5 Adventurers. We learned thatContinue reading “Spokane, Washington; Day 2”

Spokane, Washington; Day 1

We got back into the minivan and left the Columbia River Gorge for Brian’s sister’s family home in Spokane. This brought us to visit more family and also back into the “heat dome” which recently left West Oregon. It was 105° in Spokane but is expected to cool off before the weekend when our twoContinue reading “Spokane, Washington; Day 1”

Portland, Oregon; Day 2

Record-breaking day in Portland, Oregon today. 114° meant that some of our original plans for exploring the great outdoors was nixed. In fact, the pool was closed due to the inhumane conditions for the lifeguards. One resident of the cousins’ house here is better built for this weather. Adam is a Bearded Dragon. Adam wasContinue reading “Portland, Oregon; Day 2”

Portland, Oregon; Day 1

Driving Day. We drove to Detroit. Detroit, Oregon that is. Actually we were only driving through Detroit on our way to our next destination.  We have arrived in Portland and have now logged 1,498 miles on the road. Cousin Melissa prepared a fantastic Sunday meal for the entire family at Jessica & Kevin’s house inContinue reading “Portland, Oregon; Day 1”