S: Summer 2012 Riley Road Trip
FC: Summer 2012 RILEY ROAD TRIP
1: Our first Road Trip as a family begins on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 and will last 13 days. It will take us through 21 states and 3,900 miles.
2: I can't believe it!! We are finally on the road beginning our trip in Louisiana. This first day brings us through 5 states.
4: NATURAL BRIDGE What better way for Tom to spend his birthday than exploring the Natural Bridge and the River in this quint part of Virgina? | 07.05.2012 | Birthday Time
6: NATURAL BRIDGE | Found in Rockbridge County, George Washington is said to have thrown a rock over this 250 foot natural formation. At one time Thomas Jefferson owned this property with the idea to to build a hermitage on it. It was eventually sold as part of his estate. There is a actual highway that is still used today running over the top of it. The caverns were closed to the public because of a tropical storm that knocked power out to the area.
9: Cedar Creek Trail Since the caverns were not accessible, we walked along the mile-long path beside Cascade Creek which ended at Lace Falls. It was a warm summer day with plenty of photo opportunities!
10: SKYLINE DRIVE | Appalachian Trail | 5 JUL 2012
11: Keep on Truckin'! Tom's classic pose from his road trip days with Rich and Nate overlooking the gorgeous Shenandoah Valley. We did not know what to expect but the scenery was astounding on this small stretch that runs through North Carolina and into Virginia.
12: INDEPENENCE HALL Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (The Pennsylvania State House) This is where the Declaration of Independence was signed.
14: Farewell Australia... until next time.... | Ellen & Jimmy's House in Boston Family Reunion Time! We had a great time with all the Hartfords and Costellos that came!!
17: Fenway Park Boston, Massachusetts is one of the most recognizable and beloved symbols of the Beantown area. It is the oldest Major League stadium still in use. We got to take the walking tour of the facility with Ellen and Kevin. Our visit coincided with the 100th anniversary of the this beloved park. 86 years of World Series futility was eliminated with wins in 2004, 2007 and (after our visit) 2013 - which changed the atmosphere of people and places around the park.
18: The Green Monster
19: We got to see so much Red Sox history along the tour - both inside and outside the park, but that 37-foot high wall in left field takes the cake!! | 100 Years Old
20: Old Iron Sides Boston Harbor
27: Liberty Island
29: Night At The Museum
31: Rockefeller Center
33: Gate Way Arch St. Louis, MO | We left NYC and drove across the country along the Penn Turnpike and Interstate 70 to take in another uniquely American landmark.
34: We came back to Louisiana to find Baby Camille | We Celebrated Nadya's Birthday | Owen is set for the last leg of the trip home. | Back in Texas