Vacation Update: Home, Sweet Home

By: Andrew Bermudez
(Daniel and Andrew's House; July 24, 2009)
     Yesterday, the Bermudez's 6-week long vacation came to a close. Even though the vacation was cut short by three days due to bad weather, they still had a wonderful time. Here are the details on the last days of the vacation.
     Day 38: Today we drove on to the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. Here we visited the underground Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, which featured a museum about westward expansion. The entire complex, especially the arch, was very clean and impressive. Pity the same cannot be said about the rest of St. Louis. For the night, we stopped in Independence, MO.

     Day 39: Today we went into Independence. First, we visited the Truman Presidential Library. It featured all sorts of different artifacts, including the famous "The Buck Stops Here" sign. Afterwards we walked around town before a storm scared us back to our hotel. Oh boy.

     Day 40: Today we outran the storm as we drove nonstop through Kansas and to Denver, CO, where we spent the night.
     Day 41: We continued west. Here, we stopped at the Dinosaur Journey Museum in CO. The museum featured many rare and unique fossils, hands-on exhibits, and animated dinosaurs. The museum also featured a short film, When Dinosaurs Roamed America. It was all very interesting. Afterwards we went to Cedar City, UT to spend the night.

     Day 42: The last day! Today we traveled through Las Vegas and to Primm, where we stopped at Buffalo Bill's for lunch. We were going to go on the log flume, but the laser guns for shooting at the targets along side the flume weren't working that day. How disappointing. We then continued on our way home. We finally reached home with the rewards of the vacation: a box load of souvenirs and a brain full of memories.
Vacation Statistics:

Total Miles Driven: 8104 miles

Total Number of States Visited: 23
Six Strangest Street Names:
Zzyzx Rd.
Pigs Ear Rd.
Sore Finger Rd.
Old Coffee Rd.
Old Ox Rd.
Frying Pan Rd.

Final Roadkill Tally:
Note: This is NOT how many we hit (which was none at all). Rather, this is how many we saw.
Alligators - 1
Armadillos - 10
Beavers - 2
Bigfoot - 0
Birds - 13
Bobcats - 1
Cats - 5
Deer - 15
Dogs/Coyotes - 5
Foxes - 2
Frogs/Toads - 2
Gibbons - 1
Groundhogs - 4
Hedgehogs - 2
Insects - infinite
Mountain Lions - 1
Opossums - 5
Pigs/Boar - 1
Porcupines - 3
Rabbits - 10
Racoons - 26
Skunks - 10
Snakes - 2
Squirrels - 1
Tire Debris - infinite
Turtles - 7
Unidentified - 81
Total (excluding insects and tire debris) - 210
Best Attractions (No Specific Order):
  1. Walt Disney World
  2. Pamplin Historical Park and the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier
  3. Smithsonian Institute American History and Natural History Museums
  4. Georgia Aquarium
  5. Yorktown Victory Center and Battlefield
  6. Gettysburg, PA (Battlefield and Town)
  7. Stone Mountain Park
  8. National Zoo
  9. National Museum of the United States Air Force
  10. Harpers Ferry
If you plan on visiting Walt Disney World, here are some recommended attractions:
  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular (Disney's Hollywood Studios)
  • Great Movie Ride (Disney's Hollywood Studios)
  • Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show (Disney's Hollywood Studios)
  • Muppet Vision 3-D (Disney's Hollywood Studios)
  • Mission: Space (Epcot)
  • Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros (Epcot)
  • The American Adventure (Epcot)
  • Honey, I Shrunk the Audience (Epcot)
  • Festival of the Lion King (Disney's Animal Kingdom)
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris (Disney's Animal Kingdom)
  • Pangani Forest Exploration Trail (Disney's Animal Kingdom)
  • Maharajah Jungle Trek (Disney's Animal Kingdom)
  • Discovery Island Trails (Disney's Animal Kingdom)
  • Mickey's PhilharMagic (Magic Kingdom)
  • Carousel of Progress (Magic Kingdom)
  • Jungle Cruise (Magic Kingdom)
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (Magic Kingdom)

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