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GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, SOUTH RIM

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  We decided to make one final stop on our journey back to California, at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.  We visited the North Rim in the Summer of 2019, and loved it, but neither Justin nor the kids had seen the South Rim, so we headed there after our stay overnight in Holbrook, Arizona.  It was a gorgeous morning in between two snow storms, and the canyon was GORGEOUS, almost looking like it was dusted with powdered sugar.  A fabulous stop on our journey home! A gorgeous sunrise, driving from Holbrook to the Grand Canyon, early Saturday morning... Our last hurrah!!!!

BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA TO OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA TO HOLBROOK, ARIZONA

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Life on the Road... GORGEOUS day in Arizona! Trying Whataburger... Another blown tire, thankfully one minute before Gallup, NM.  We were up and running an hour later, thankfully.  This could have been a disaster if it had happened any other time or place. Homework on the road... Drawing each other... Another sunrise...

SELMA TO MONTGOMERY TO BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA

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 After arriving home from the Virgin Islands, we began our drive from the tip of Florida.  We spent the night in Jacksonville that evening, after driving and the kids were able to do school as we did.  There were a few tense moments along the way working out the kinks of doing school from the road, but the kids were troopers and remained flexible. We arrived in Jacksonville that night and spent the night, showing the kids the movie "Selma" before bed in preparation for our day the next day. They were mesmerized. The next morning, Justin and I woke up very early so we could get our start to Alabama to continue the learning we did this past summer with the kids about the Civil Rights Movement (they had really latched on to so much, and had also been doing some pretty hefty learning in school surrounding MLK Jr Day, which was just a few days before.  We drove through rural Southern Alabama to first explore Selma, where we arrived just in time for the kids to take their 1 1/2 hou

US VIRGIN ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK, ST. JOHN

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 After a short week in Miami, we embarked upon our unexpected adventure to St. John in the Virgin Islands National Park.  After a full school day (the last hour of which we did in the parking lot of the airport so that Grace could take her math test, and which led us to being *just* on time for our flight, which would come back to bite us when we checked in at the airport), we headed into the airport with nothing but a backpack for each of us (we hadn't anticipated this trip, and didn't have any luggage in the RV, and luckily needed very little for a four-day tropical escape, so we each packed in a backpack and called it good). I told the kids that we are making sure they are very efficient and unfussy travelers! Upon arrival at the check in desk, the woman asked us if we had our COVID paperwork (we did), and also our paperwork for entry into the USVI (Um, what was she talking about?!?!). In all of our research, we hadn't come across a single thing about what we soon learne