We're Home: Trip RecapJuly 18, 2009 by Victoria Strong
We're home and the old adage is true, there is no place like home (a full size shower feels like such a luxury). But, we are also sad to see this trip come to an end. While we knew this journey was going to be special, it has been more than we could have ever imagined. We have had experiences with Gwendolyn we were not certain were possible. We have seen dreams turn into reality. We have created memories as a family that we will all cherish forever. And in getting outside of our comfort zone and away from our routine, we have pushed ourselves and grown in new ways that will have a lasting impact on our life with Gwendolyn. And Little Miss Gwendolyn flourished through all of it...she simply loved it. Seeing her bright beaming smile throughout the journey made us certain that this trip was the absolute correct decision for our family -- she needed it and so did we. It was good for us -- it was good for our souls.
We'd like to sincerely thank Aunt Kristen and Uncle Richard once again for loaning us their house on wheels. This trip would never have been possible without their generosity.
FINAL Trip stats:
* Mileage for segment on Thursday: Benson, AZ to Palm Springs, CA ---> 430 miles
* Mileage for segment on Friday: Palm Springs, CA to Santa Barbara, CA ---> 204 miles
* Cumulative mileage: 4,816 miles
* Cumulative gallons of diesel gas: 753 gallons
* Average MPG: 6.40 (ugh!)
And here is some never before seen footage
5,000 miles driven. Over 15 newspaper articles written, four nightly news segments aired, and two radio interviews broadcast. theGSF's first official fundraiser. Over $44,000 raised.