We left Atlanta on December 27th and headed north, stopping for soul food at Southern Star in Chattanooga, our borrowed Kia Sedona packed for 1,000 miles of exploration across the Bluegrass State.  A couple hours later, we were peeing at the Kentucky Welcome Center off I-65, and 45 minutes after that, pulling up to Mammoth Cave National Park. Here’s what’s ridiculous about Mammoth Cave–it’s 80 miles from where I grew up in Hendersonville, TN. I loved exploring caves as a kid; we had a few within biking distance,…

We boarded our train at 7am at Penn Station and began the 4-hour Amtrak ride to the Back Bay Station in Boston, where our Pathfinder was waiting on us.  We checked into a Courtyard and then dropped my bride off at a nail salon in Cambridge, so she could see her mom, little sister, and big sister (the bride-to-be).  I took the 2 older children for a walk. Naturally, we had to stop by a diner across from Harvard, so I could get my boy to say, “Well…