Right now Sophia and I are relaxing in a hotel in Cleveland, Ohio after a long day of driving. We left Beth’s parents house this morning in a 26 foot U-Haul and drove for about 11 hours. I am sad to say that this is very likely the last road trip for the Kelley Traveling Adventures.
Sophie and I had to leave Camp Chinqueka one week early because she starts school in a couple of days. She will be going into 1st grade in Moline, IL. Like usual, it was bittersweet leaving camp. I think by week six or seven, everyone at camp is looking forward to going home. But at the same time, everyone knows once you leave camp, you will almost certainly wish you were back there again. Camp life is much more fun than real life!
Sophia was a rock star camper this year! She stayed in cabin one all summer without any problems. She was the youngest camper in the entire camp. On top of that, she even won two medals! One was for Arts & Crafts and the other was for Outdoor Adventure. She went on every campng trip that she was allowed to go on. And she earned merits in quite a few activities.
Unfortunately, Beth and Sawyer have to hold off on their part of the final road trip. Beth’s nursing skills were needed at camp for the last week, so they both get to enjoy one more week of camp while Sophia and I move into our new apartment.
Bittersweet is a good word to sum up our decision to stop traveling too. The “sweet” part is the fact that we are going home to our friends in the Quad Cities. It will be nice to lead a normal life for a while. But the “bitter” part is that we have to stop traveling. We have done a TON of stuff the past two years, and I’m sure we will miss being on the road.