I finally completed my travelogue about my Big Road Trip from last summer just in time to share THIS summer's big road trip, and while I don't want travel to totally define my relationship with my wonderful daughter, Melody, it is certainly an important aspect of our lives.
In the past month and a half, since school let out for the summer, we had a quick musically themed adventure to Ohio, which included an incredible twenty one pilots concert we attended in Columbus; a stopover in Chicagoland for G-Fest XXIV, the largest annual gathering of fans of Giant Monster movies in North America; a weeklong road trip in the Pacific Northwest, which included Olympic National Park, the Oregon Coast, the Columbia River Gorge, Portland, Seattle, and Mount Rainier National Park; and, inserted in between, I took one of my numerous business trips to Oklahoma City. In addition, Melody attended a week at music camp, and a couple of weeks at Grace Adventures Day Camp. And, of course, we rode a bunch of roller coasters at Six Flags Great America just outside of Chicago.
As if all that wasn't enough, while I've been working around the house doing some renovations, Melody was invited to take an epic trip to New York City with our good friends from Grace Community Church.
Along with all of that, last night was my first opportunity to attend Grace after what seems like a month on the road, and it was incredibly stirring to witness seven individuals publicly proclaim their faith in our Lord by getting baptized! The stories they each shared were very emotional, and left me teary-eyed. It was a memorable evening.
My daughter is putting the finishing touches on the Ohio trip report, which I'll share here on the blog. In the meantime, I'm working on a series of entries about the big Northwest adventure. I don't think it will take all year to share, like the last one, because I'm anxious to write more often than I have over the past few years. Life moves pretty fast, and I love writing about it.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend, everyone!
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