In true Make-A-Wish style, we'll be picked up at our house in a limo and transported to the Grand Rapids airport where we'll be flying to Chicago and then on to Jackson Hole, WY. Thanks so much to Erica in the Michigan Make-A-Wish office and Dana in the Wyoming office for putting together an amazing trip for our family!
Here's our basic itinerary in case anyone has any additional recommendations of must-see stops along our route. We'll try to write a few posts while we're traveling, but probably most photos will be on our Facebook pages in case you're interested (C & K).
Thursday, August 1 - Staying at Signal Mountain Lodge in Grand Teton National Park.
Friday, August 2 - Exploring the Tetons and then heading into Yellowstone. We'll be staying at the Old Faithful Inn tonight and and Saturday night.
Saturday, August 3 - Visiting the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center and more Yellowstone stops.
Sunday, August 4 - Heading towards Mammoth Hot Spring and the Roosevelt area for the Old West Roosevelt Dinner Cookout. Staying at the Canyon Lodge.
Monday, August 5 - Taking a scenic cruise on Yellowstone Lake and then exploring the lakes area. Staying at the Canyon Lodge again.
Tuesday, August 6 - Today we'll be heading out of the park and staying at the Chico Hot Springs Resort.
Wednesday, August 7 - This is the official end of the Make-A-Wish portion of the trip, but we decided that since we were this far west, we might as well extend our trip. We'll be staying an additional night at the Chico Hot Springs.
Thursday, August 8 - We're hitting the road and heading toward Rapid City, SD. When looking for a spot to stay in Rapid City, we happened to find a hotel with an indoor water park. This is what Chloe seems to be mentioning the most at this point! :>)
Friday, August 9 - Visiting Mount Rushmore and other sights in the area. Recommendations?
Saturday, August 10 - Flying back to Grand Rapids.
Someone mentioned to us that our return to Lighthouse was well-timed in terms of reminding us why we're taking this Make-A-Wish trip. While I can't say a day goes by without something reminding me of our family's journey through childhood cancer (will it always be this way?), it has been good to be reminded of what we went through as a family and how much we have to be thankful for. Yesterday while posting on our family blog, I happened to notice Chloe's POP video that our friend Tim Hackney put together for us. The video is an amazing blessing to be reminded of that time in our family's life and to appreciate how far we've come since then. I'll add it below as a gratitude to God and to all of those who have supported us on this journey.