It was GREAT to start off our trip with visits to family: Chuck and Mike in Cincinnati, Jennifer in Lexington, Cindy in St. Louis and Laura in Kansas City. We took Molly to Chuck's house, where she (of course) gave Chuck a hard time but really took to Lanna, Mariah and Autumn. Mike surprised us on I-75 near Wilmington, OH - he pulled into our lunch stop with his big rig! And then he brought Lisa, Chelsea, Katie and Emily to our campsite in Florence, KY to see the Jayfeather. Thanks, Mike, for the driving tips!
Right after Mike left us we drove through my old "hometown" of Lebanon, OH. Here's a picture of me in front of our old house at 17 Roxie Court...looks a lot smaller now! Had some Skyline coney dogs, too! Oh, and did I mention that we had Graeter's ice cream every day while in Cincy and Lexington?
From Florence we drove down to the Kentucky Horse Park campground, where we shamelessly left the Jayfeather alone for two days while we stayed in Jennifer's lovely basement guest room. Molly managed it all well, even though Gavin is only 2.5 years old and Lauren is only 1.5 years old, and she and Samantha-the-mellow-dog got along pretty well.
In St. Louis Molly got to meet LOTS of dogs when Cindy took us to the dog park with her dogs River and Wilson Tibbs. Molly held her own - I have great videos to post at a later date...
From St. Louis we zipped over to Kansas City and went to visit Laura and Ellen. Molly got to meet another dog, sweet old Hershey, and the girls took us out for GREAT K.C. barbecue. Then we strolled around the Plaza and along Brush Creek and it was an absolutely gorgeous day, weatherwise. It was just so wonderful to see Laura, who I have missed SO much, and to get to know Ellen better. Next time, it needs to be a longer visit, though!