Saturday, February 19, 2005

Must see...trip across America

As many of you know we are planning a trip across the US for end of August through September. Our plans are to purchase a trailer later this year that we will tow behind our van. We are interested in hearing from you what you consider to be a must see in your part of the country. As an example, if you ever come to Washington State, you have to go take a hike at Mt. Rainier and visit Mt. St Helens. If you have time, take a ride to the top of Seattle Space Needle or a boat ride on Puget Sound. Please include your name with your suggestion, that way if we want to follow up, we can.


Julie in NC said...

Hello Gordy, I will post more as I think of more. We have been in NC for 3 years ( minus 9 months in FL). I have some links for you to look at that are around or in Charlotte! When I told Shane that you wanted to know what to see....where we live he said "US!" (smile). We would love to have you guys. You are more than welcome to stay with us too.

We have been to Carowinds and it is a great amusement & water park!

Sundays are free at the Charlotte Museum of History

If you get a membership at this or other Museums, your membership will allow you to be admitted into other museums as well.
If you are a race fan...Charlotte is a great place for you! We are not but would do anything to help on that!

We moved here from Mississippi so I took it upon myself to post a few links for that area.

If you buy a membership to the either the Discovery Place (NC) or the Natural Science Museum the membership should allow you to visit both. ( I would think that the membership in MS would be the least expensive).

The Jackson MS zoo family member ship should allow you to enter many different Zoos. The price for a membership is so cheap for a large family. When we moved to NC and went to the Zoo in SC it was twice as much to join at the SC zoo so we got our membership in MS.

The city of Natchez is just a neat place to see.

The Natchez Trace is a nice way to travel.

I know that this is alot. Most of all we would so love to be able to meet Ya'll. Please let us know if we can help in anyway. I will email you these links too so you can click them.
Blessings to all, Shane, Julie and children

When the time is closer we will tell the name of the Restuarants where Children eat free.

Julie in NC said...

Hope you don't mind me asking a few questions. Teena, did you get my email? Has anyone heard if Amy had Chloe?
Blessings, Julie

Teena said...

Wow, we would love to meet you too.
We are in S. Georgia. Hmmm, let me think about places for you to see in Georgia... Stone Mountain... it is near Atlanta. I have to think a while! Tell Luke we are praying for him and love him... I still love the pictures of Isaiah & Zeke being "ring bears"... Mandi said this would be so cool!

Yes, Julie, I just answered your email tonight and talked to you about meeting "The Searles"!!!

The trailer you are thinking of pulling is it a camper or just to put things in? The reason I ask is... if it is a camper/RV... state parks are all the way and very reasonable. Stone Mountain has a camp ground and all kinds of things there! We are about 4 hours from Stone Mtn. Just a thought! We are a camping family!

Still thinking about other places in Georgia... in Florida is the Jacksonville Zoo and it is a big one. It is about 2 hrs from us.

Will think about more... Have a blessed Lord's day ....tomorrow.
our love
your Georgia Friends,
Billy, Teena, Michael, Mandi, Dakota, Alyssa, Wyatt & Wesley
ps. who is Amy (Chloe)?

Anonymous said...

I am in Las Vegas NV. Hoover Dam is pretty cool. Death Valley isn't very far away. Then there is Bonnie Springs. I haven't been but I heard it is like an old mining town.
Nellis AFB is also here. That is home of the Thunderbirds. Around that time Aviation Nation usually kicks off. I'm not sure of the dates yet thougn.
My husband is in the Air Force so I might be able to arrange a visit to the Thunderbird hanger.
All this besides the obvious casino resort stuff. We don't really go there though.
Anyway, my name is Rachael and my e-mail address is:
Have a great trip!

Lisa said...

Well I'm here near Philiadelphia. We the the Liberty Bell, The constitution, Besty Ross's house. Plus there is the oldest street in US. It's called Elfred's alley, I believe that's how you spell it. We have the Franklin Insitute, which has all kinds of things to see. There is the Mint, where money is made. I'm not sure if you can get in there still. Philadelphia is a MUST see place. There is such much history here. I hope you get to stop here.

Gordy AKA Luke's Dad said...

We will be towing a travel trailer that we can all sleep in and yes it will need to be large to fit all of us.

In general, the trip will be down to CA, across the south, NM, AZ, to GA, up the east coast, through DC to PA before heading west, through MI, and ND. And obvisiously many states in between those points.

Lisa, do you know if the mint gives out free samples :) Sue and I visited the Denver mint many years ago, but the kids have never been.

lockwoods said...

Are you sure you don't want to drive up the Alcan and visit us in Alaska??? *smile* We'd love to have you!
I also wanted to tell you all that Chloe Faith was born on February 18th at 11:35pm (just 25 minutes before our 'deadline' was up!) She was 9lb 1oz (our smallest baby!), and is beautiful and healthy. Praise the Lord! Her birth was definitely a 'faith walk'...and thus her middle name...Faith.
Thinking of you all!
The Lockwoods
(Mark, Amy, Elijah, Tabitha, Joanna, Josiah, and Chloe)

Julie in NC said...

Lockwoods, Congratulations on Baby Chloe!!! We have been praying. God is so good! Blessings, Julie

Anonymous said...

(Congratulations to the Lockwoods on the birth of Chloe! I love that name.. if i had another girl, i would have named her Chloe.. my last two children were induced at 2 weeks overdue, so i know how you were feeling)

Now for Gordy and Sue's question. As you both know, I just took a "round the country" trip back in September and got to see many of the wonderful sites of our wonderful nation.

We stopped in South Dakota to see Mt Rushmore. There are actually a lot of things in that area to check out. I wish we had had more time while traveling. I would have spent a few days there.

We went to WA DC and saw the Vietnam Memorial, WWII memorial and Korea war Memorial. We also saw the Lincoln Memorial, and just walked around The Mall there. We also went to Arlington National Cemetary (My grandfather is buried there, so we went to his gravesight, then continued on from there) It was really amazing to see JFK's memorial and tell our kids about him. Also there was a memorial for the astronauts from both the Challenger and the Columbia. So many memorials there.

I really wish we could stop in PA sometime to see things like the Liberty Bell, but haven't made it up that far yet. Someday i will plan a trip to the northeastern states. (wanna go to Boston too).

We then traveled down to florida. We got to swim in the Gulf of Mexico. The only thing we didn't do that i wanted to do while on the East Coast was see the Atlantic Ocean. Being in WA, i have seen the Pacific many times, but not the Atlantic.

We then traveled to Texas and stayed in San Antonio for a few days. We got to see the Alamo and walk on the Riverwalk.

This summer when i travel to TX, I plan to come back by way of California. Hoping to see the Grand Canyon on this next trip.

Well, those are the things i can think of for now. Oh, and I wish we had stopped at Yellowstone. I have never been there (maybe this next trip).

-Teresa H. and family

Gordy AKA Luke's Dad said...

To the Lockwoods, Blessings to you on the birth of Chloe Faith. May she grow up to be a mighty woman of God. Someday we hope to make it up to Alaska, however it wont be this year. If you are ever in the Puget Sound area, by all means give us a call.

april said...

Alabama is great. I will have to think about all we have here. But I know we have great beaches. Gulf Shores is wonderful. We also have tours of the USS Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. I'll tell you more places when I think of them.
Teena, Don't forget Six Flags over Georgia. The kids would love it.
So many great places have been mentioned so far. How will yall ever decide were all to go.

Anonymous said...

The Missouri River- a MUST see in Omaha, Nebraska! :) Love, the soon to be former Texan, future Nebraskan Hurtado's

Anonymous said...

Well, first of all, if you guys find the time, I would love to see you! But beyond that, my favorite place to go to here in Georgia is Savannah-- it's absolutely beautiful, and there's so much history there! And it's just a quick drive from Savannah to Tybee Island, where you can see the Atlantic, and even watch dolphins playing in the ocean!


Anonymous said...

Gordy and Sue, We visited Mount Rushmore and Yellowstone last year. I still have most of the tourist books here at home if you would like to borrow them. I can give them to my sister Laureen and she can bring them to work. There are many cool historical places in South Dakota you might want to see on the way home. Yellowstone is a awesome place to see but, you need to have at least a couple of days if not more. Mount Rushmore is also a very beautiful place with tons of places to see in the area. I have some good information on that area if you would like.

Good luck on your planning.

Colleen in Des Moines

Denise said...

Hey Sue and Gordy. Well, if you should decided to stop in the Chicago area there are TONS of things to do just in the general vicinity. But also about 3 hours away is Galena, IL....the oldest preserved city in the country. Darla and I and my other sister Pat went up there around my 40th birthday. What a neat place. There's lots of history to see here just within 30 or so minutes away from where we live. Plus there's a Six Flags close by as well. And of course, a free spot to park...our drive way and lots of room inside as well for an easy stay. =grin= Would love to reminisce on old times and catch up each other. Love thinking about the possibility of seeing you again. Hope it works out!

Anonymous said...

Hey everyone,

I'm from Toledo, Ohio. If you happen to pass through this area, first of all give me a call because I'd like to meet you all. Toledo has an awesome zoo that you all would love. Its huge and has so much to see:
Sandusky, which is about 45 minutes east of Toledo has a world famous amusement park that is definitely worth checking out:

Please e-mail me if you plan on passing through! I've been praying for your family and would really like to meet you all. Sincerely, Chris Hipsher

Anonymous said...

I am from Tacoma, but all this talk of the South got me thinking. A while back I took a business trip to Charleston,SC and from there took a little side trip to Savannah, GA. Both places were so wonderful and so rich with history (like a previous post mentioned about Savannah)I would recommend both wholeheartedly. My husband wasn't in on the trip, but I've talked about those two places so much that we are actually considering those desatinations for our trip this summer. Definate must see's and within a couple hours of each other.

Laura Smidt

Anonymous said...

Hi Gordy, Sue and family,
It's your "old" auntie and uncle here!! As you know we are travelers from "way back".....but our most "special" places to "sightsee" are in Ohio and Pennsylvania (the Amish villages) (the kids would love it)Gettysburg is interesting, also. And the "Dutch" villages in Iowa and Michigan (again you all would love it)!! We're planning to do like you....only w/o the RV....going to visit lots of friends & family and will be driving (auto).... our plans are for May or June. We keep you in our prayers....and love you all very much!! You will enjoy the trip around America....sooo much to see. May God continue to bless, strengthen you all and it is exciting to read what is happening in little Luke's life....God is at work!!

Rick and Christie said...

I'm a good friend of your Georgia friend Teena. She told me about Luke months ago and he has been in my prayers ever since. The story touched my heart and I am so thankful to hear of his progress. May God continue to bless your family.


Mommy_2 said...

Hello there from Rose Hill, Kansas. If you're down around this way the Exploration Place in Wichita is an awesome place to have some good family fun (kids of all ages love it...even 30 somethings like myself :) Its a science museum and it is a blast.
We have traveled several times to Oklahoma City and visited the OKC Zoo, the Aerospace Museum, Bricktown, Frontier City and the Oklahoma City Memorial (where the Alfred P Murrow building was destroyed...its a very surreal place to visit). Thats about it around here.

Rick and Christie said...

If you are in the Georgia area I absolutley love the historic section of Savannah. It's a beautiful, picturesque area full of things to see, do and eat. Although after being in Seattle a few weeks ago, I don't think any of our sights could compare with yours! I guess it all depends on what you're used to. While in Seattle we visited the Space Needle, Pike's Place Market, the locks in Ballard, and several other places. It was wondeful.


Denise said...

I agree with Rick and Christie...Savannah is a must-see! We took the boys there about 4 years ago and loved it. Good suggestion!

Mego Verde said...

Hello Searles Family!!

This is Megan Green (Brent & Pauli Green's Daughter) and I'm here in Sacramento, Ca. There are many great places to see & things to do here in CA... Here's a few off the top of my head.

*the "San Fransisco experience" (includes riding a trolly, having clam chowder in bread bowls, touring the Gheradelli factory...)

*Disneyland (Of course!! And if you guys want to go... I have a connection with Disney Corp. & could work on getting you a family discount)

*the Santa Cruz boardwalk (it has rides, food, the beach, shops...what more could you ask for?!) For more info. visit

*the Monterey Bay Aquarium is really neat.

*LA/Hollywood, Universal Studios, Hollywood "star walk".

If you have any questions, or need more suggestions, feel free to email me-

Still praying for you guys!! And it's always great to hear the praise reports & progress of little Luke.

Serving Him together,

Anonymous said...

We live in south Jersey, just outside Philly. I agree that Philly is a great place to see--they have a lot happening in the summer time. Lancaster Pa, (Amish Country), is also wonderful--such a different way of life. They have the Strausburg (sp?) railroad which is a neat ride for the family with a stop at an amazing farm--just right for the whole family.
Being from NJ, I have to recomend the Jersey beaches! We just love it!


Julie in NC said...

Hello Little Luke, Just wanted to let you know that you have been in our prayers! Let us know if there is something that we need to pray for, still praying for clear lungs!

Blessings, Shane, Julie and Children

Teena said...

Hi, yes I agree... Savannah is a must see.... also what we want to name our next girl if the Lord blesses us again! LOL. How is Luke? How is Lily doing? We love Rick & Christie and I do believe Christie loves Savannah. Wow, lots of places for you to see!!!

Hope you are having a calm, peaceful week
your GA friends,
Billy, Teena, Michael, Mandi, Dakota, Alyssa, Wyatt & Wesley

Anonymous said...

We are so excited for your family's upcoming trip.This will surely be a precious time 4 u 2 experience the wonders of God's creations. We lived in NM for a yr and enjoyed the ride across Sandia ski resort during the summer-beautiful! My favorite childrens' museum is in Sante fe, the food is yummy too. AZ is still too hot in Aug/Sept 4 a lot of things.We would be honored 2 have u stay with us (SE of Phx) in Chandler & have plenty of room 4 your trailer, horses 4 u 2 ride & Joseph would love 2 give y'all:} a roping lesson. Red rocks of Sedona-Wow, Grand Canyon,Old Tucson,h20 parks, deals @outlet malls, Phx Zoo, Wild animal park(tigers). Kendall Family sends love and prayers