Friday, July 5, 2013

Road Trip Recap!

You may have been wondering where I have been.

I will tell you.

In the month of June, our family packed up the car and traveled 2,450 miles.

Here are some of the highlights:

Let's pack up and go!
First official stop: Fishing outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin! We caught (and released) several blue gill.

Second official stop: The Candy Factory! (Indiana)

(The Candy Factory was a hit.)
Third Official Stop: Cincinnati

While in Cincinnati, the kids tagged along as Baptiste & I did some research at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

Looks whose books we saw in the gift shop!

A family shot near the eternal flame on the roof at the UNRFC.

Words to live by!

Fourth Official Stop: Kentucky
Nice little park where we fed the birds on the other side of the Ohio River in KY

Fifth Stop: Penns Cave, PA

Sixth Stop: Philadelphia, PA
Visiting the Fairmont Water Works in Philly was an awesome way to envision new back matter for my forthcoming book, WATER IS WATER. (I love when research and brainstorming feels like vacation.)

My niece and son learned a lot about "where water goes when you flush"!

Seventh Stop: Washington, D.C. - visiting a friend who works for National Geographic!

Eighth Stop: Library of Congress! I can't believe my books are going to be here soon.  *wow*

Look whose book I found in the Library of Congress YRC!

Ninth Stop: ALA Convention in Chicago, IL - I got to meet Wendy Henrichs!

And Lori Degman and I chatted RYS and more. . .

Where else would I see a Schmidt/Rohmann duo so ready to pose but in my publisher's booth?

Laura Vaccaro Seeger! Caldecott Honor Medalist! She called me her "housemate". :)

Who doesn't LOVE Candace Fleming? Had to get her latest one signed for my daughter.

I love my editor.

So glad to finally meet another "housemate" (at my other house) - Laura Purdie Salas!

Yes, that is Jon Klassen shaking editor Sharon Verbeten's hand.

Kadir Nelson needs no caption for greatness, I assure you!

Doesn't it look like Peter Brown and I are up to something in this photo.....?

Chris Myers graciously poses with me at the Caldecott/Newberry/Ingalls Award Banquet.

Suzanne Walker with Sammy the Interviewing Toucan!

Katherine Patterson accepting the Laura Ingalls Wilder award. AMAZING!!

Tenth and final stop: The beach by our house in Wisconsin!

Are we home yet??

Thanks for visiting! Now, I've got a lot of writing to catch up on......
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