Lewes greeted us with signs declaring its status as the first town in the first state.  It was our first destination for spending more than a few hours on our 2,000 mile road trip, as it’s where my late maternal grandparents-in-law lived when my mother-in-law was young, and since neither my children nor I had ever been there (and since my wife’s grandmother just died a few months ago), my mother-in-law rented a house for all of us plus my sister-in-law and her two sons to stay for…

For 10 days, the 5 of us are going to travel from Georgia to Delaware to Florida.  Along the way, we’ll visit Richmond, Washington DC, Lewes (where we’ll stop in DE), and Amelia Island.  The children will have been in 10 states (if the District of Columbia counts) when we return:  AL, GA, FL, TN, VA, SC, NC, MD, DE, and “DC.” Here’s what the Odyssey looked like right before we pulled out of our garage: We’ve never used my “cargo shelf” on the minivan before (it usually…