United States of America · 7 Days · 54 Moments · March 2018

CJ’s Graduation; San Antonio, TX


25 March 2018

We finally made it home at 10:36!!!!
We dropped Daniel off at 10:10 and got back on the road at 10:21.
We crossed into Michigan!!!!
We crossed over into Indiana!!
We stopped at 6:01 to get gas and then headed over to Culver’s for dessert and got back on the road at 6:21
We stopped at Subway at 3:15 and got back on the road at 3:45.
Stopped at a rest area at 12:17 and got back on the road at 12:32.
Crossed over into Illinois!!
We made it into Missouri about 10:50.
We left the hotel at 10:25 and went next door to get gas before we got on the road at 10:32.
We made it to the Hampton Inn in Blytheville, Arkansas at 11:45pm. Mom and Dad went straight to bed while Daniel, Anthony, and I all took showers before we crashed for the night.

24 March 2018

One last pit stop before we get to the hotel where we are going to stay for the night. We stopped at a rest area that was a tad bit chilly on the bottom at 9:28 and got back on the road at 9:45.
We stopped for gas at 7:10 and then went over to Wendy’s to pick up dinner to eat in the car. We got back on the road at 7:50.
Crossed into Arkansas!!!! We stopped at the Arkansas Welcome center to use the bathroom and let Nova stretch her legs at 6:05 and got back on the road at 6:27.
We stopped at 2:10 to go to the bathroom and make lunch. We got back on the road at 2:36.
We stopped at Sam’s Club in Austin, TX to get lunch meat at 11:45 and got back on the road at 11:57.
We got off to get gas and snacks at 11:05 and got back on at 11:20
We packed up the cabin and headed over to get breakfast at Fred’s fixins at 9:38. We finished breakfast and got on the road towards home at 10:19.

23 March 2018

We got back to the KOA at 8:15 and chilled for the rest of the night.
We left the KOA at 3:05 and headed towards the Alamo and river walk. We found at place to park at 3:34 and waited for the rest of the group to find us then we walked to the Alamo. We hung out until 5:20 when we headed back to the cars. We left at 6:00 to head back to the base. Once on base we went to the BX and looked around for souvenirs and just hung out until 7:30. We hugged on CJ and then said our goodbyes then dropped him off at 7:47. Then we headed back towards the KOA for the night.
The ceremony started at 9:00 and was done at 9:50 when we got to tap CJ out. We talked and took pictures for a little while and then we headed over to his squadron so he could show us where he has been living for the past 7 and a half weeks. Then CJ had a short briefing with his flight while we all waited on the sidewalk for him to come out. Then we headed off base, which was CJ’s first time off base since coming to boot camp, for lunch at Texas Roadhouse. We left the restaurant at 1:50 and made plans to meet up at the river walk in a little while after letting Nova out.
We left the KOA at 7:15 and got to base at 7:45.

22 March 2018

We made it back to the KOA at 8:17 and the boys went down to the pool while the rest of us chilled in the cabin with Nova.
Stopped at CVS Pharmacy to get sunburn stuff at 8:00 and got back on the road at 8:10.
Mom and Dad got back to base 3:25pm and we went through the Airmen Museum. We went over and looked at the parade grounds where Friday’s ceremony will be then we went and had a buffet dinner at the Gateway Club. After dinner we hung out and went to a couple of the mini malls where we bought some shirts to support CJ. We dropped CJ back of at his barracks for the night at 7:35 and headed back to the KOA to relax and get ready for tomorrow.
We finished eating at 12:40 and headed back to the truck. Mom and Dad went back to the KOA to let Nova out and feed her while the rest of us hung out with CJ until they got back.
The ceremony got over at 11:30 and then we got to tap CJ out. We talked for a little and then we walked over to Popeyes for lunch at 12:00.
We left the cabin at 5:50 to head to base for the event briefing. We had a little technical difficulties with directions but we arrived at base at 6:25, parked, and then walked to the reception center. The Airmen’s run started at 8:00 and was over at 8:30 then we hung out till the ceremony started at 10:30.

21 March 2018

Got back to the KOA at 9:45. Anthony and Daniel took Nova to the puppy park while the rest of us made our beds and got ready to do to sleep. When the boys got back with Nova they went over to take showers while the rest of us went to bed.
Stopped at Wendy’s for a late dinner at 9:20 and picked up ice at the gas station next door at 9:35 and got back on the road at 9:39.
Made to base and got in line to get our passes at 7:27. We finally got our passes at 8:45.
Got to the KOA at 5:50pm, got registered, to the cabin, settled in, and ate a late lunch. We left at 6:45 to head to the base to get our passes!
Stopped at a rest area where the bathrooms were in silos at 2:00 and got back on the road at 2:24
We stopped to go to the bathroom room and get ice cream at Dairy Queen at 12:15 and got back on the road at 12:35. Even Nova got some ice cream!
We got up and ready to go around 8:00am and then left the KOA at 9:08am. We stopped at the Waffle House for breakfast at 9:12am and got back on the road at 10:08.

20 March 2018

Got to our KOA cabin at 8:30 and settled in then Mom and Dad went to the store to get ice for the cooler. Nova got to run and play in the fenced in area for a while and we washed Daniel clothes and pillow that got dirty in the car. We all got ready for bed and headed off to sleep by 11:00pm
Crossed into Texas!!
Rush hour in Little Rock and heavy traffic in the outskirts of Little Rock have slowed us down a little bit!!
Stopped at a rest area for Nova to go potty and Daniel to change his shirt at 2:18pm and got back on the road at 2:33pm
Crossed over into Arkansas!!!
We stopped at 1:10pm to eat lunch at a rest area and got back on the road at 1:37pm
Crossed over into Missouri!!
Pit stop!! We stopped at the Trail of Tear rest area at 11:23am and got back on the road at 11:44am.
On the road again!! We stopped to get gas at the speedway then got back on the road at 9:32.
We arrived at the hotel in Effingham at 11:15pm and got all checked in and to our “suite”. Nova was having a hard time going to the bathroom because it was raining and there were so many cars passing. Anthony, Daniel, and I all took showers and then settled in for the night that had kinda become morning already. We all got up and ready to go by 8:30am and headed down to get breakfast....a complementary full American breakfast I might add!

19 March 2018

Crossed into Illinois!!
Stopped at rest area at 8:22 and got back on the road at 8:42.
Crossed into Indiana!!!
Stopped at Arby’s and got Dinner at 7:10 and got back on the road at 7:25.
Finally out of the traffic jam!!! The cause was a fire in the side of the road and everyone having to go around the fire trucks.
Stuck in a dumb traffic jam for the last 10 minuets.
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We stopped to get gas at 5:37 and got back on the 5:45.
We left our house at 5:00pm. Picked Daniel up at 5:15 and we got back on the road to Texas at 5:35.