It doesn't seem all that long ago that we were vacationing with the family in Michigan. But were Jill and I up for a short trip without the kids? In a word, yes.
Jill's parents paid us a visit, and then really paid us by (a) paying for our hotel for 2 nights and (b) watching the kids while we were away.
We decided to visit Shawnee National Forest because it's not too far away (3 hours) and though we had been to the area before (WildCard spring cycling camps), we haven't done any exploring off road.
The photos below are not in the order of our visits (frustrated with blogger). The common theme is rock, a rare site in our town.
Below is the view from just inside Cave-in-Rock, located just off the end of Highway 1 (one could take the ferry across the Ohio River in a car, but the road ends here). We had lunch at one of the 2 restaurants in town, chatting up some of the old-timers from town. We didn't get a chance to meet the 102 year old guy, who was at the restaurant the previous evening. Anyway, pirates, counterfeiters, and all-around bad guys used the cave as a hideout. Now that's it's a state park, it's a bit harder to use it as such.
A Mennonite group was there at the same time. The young men climbed the rocks, while the young women sat together singing. It was really lovely.
At no point during our trip did anyone cry about eating food, ask to stay up late, not share, or make a giant mess and refuse to clean it up. In fact, there was no complaining at all.
Now we're home, and we're glad to see the kids. Somehow, we did miss them.
We're nuts, like all parents.