29 Mar

Last Spring Break, our plans were to travel to Detroit (I know, exoctic Spring Break, right?) to watch a the Detroit Pistons. I know, you’re shocked that those plans were canceled.

This year, we had considered just staying home again, maybe taking some day trips around West Michigan. When Anne, my wife, broached the subject with our two boys, she asked, “What do you like to do when we go places?”

They both talked about exploring new towns, new trails, new souvenir shops. Novelty was a definite theme. I admit, they get this from me.

With our old dog fading fast, Anne didn’t see how any sort of trip could happen, even though she and I are vaccinated, even though we like to explore nature trails and be outside. We can’t really leave our old dog with anyone; I’m surprised she’s made it this far into the month.

The boys are so understanding. They gamely said, “It’s okay. We can just stay home.” No complaints. No whining.

After a private discussion, Anne suggested, “What if you just do a short guys’ trip? You two and Daddy go away for a couple of days?”

I added, “Yeah, I was thinking we could take a quick trip down to Louisville or…”

Smiles spread over their faces. “Yeah! Louisville sounds great!” my oldest said.

Five minutes later, my youngest is on his Chromebook. “What are you doing?”

“I’m looking at things to do in Louisville. There’s this park that has ‘Forest Giants,’ and I found this trail that goes by a waterfall. Maybe we could go to the Louisville Slugger Museum if we wear masks.” He was already creating a Google Doc with options for us to do.

It doesn’t matter where we go. The boys are just excited to explore a new place. They’re happy anywhere.

Back in normal times (how long will we keep this phrase), I would do a fall marathon and a spring marathon. Eventually, I hope to do a marathon in every state. They’ve had fun in places like Wynn, Arkansas; Omaha, Nebraska; and Brookins, South Dakota. They just like to check out towns, big or small.

I love exploring with them too, seeing the world through their eyes, finding out what they’re interested in. We’ve been to mineral museums in the UP (that’s Michigan’s Upper Peninsula) and art museums in Topeka. It’s so fun.

So, any recommendations for a quick trip to Louisville? I can add a few ideas to my son’s Google Doc.

1 Comment

Posted by on March 29, 2021 in Uncategorized


One response to “Exploring

  1. TammyB

    March 29, 2021 at 2:40 pm

    I love that he is creating a Google Doc to log all his research! I always preferred fall marathons…less wind it seemed.
    Have fun planning!


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