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After nine days on the road, it was time to go home. We'd driven nearly 4,000 miles and only had about 400 left to go on our tenth day, our last day. Our next destination was Chicago. Home. I was sad to be done with my vacation, the longest I'd taken in a long while, sad to be static again, sad that the next day there would be no more world's largest things to see, but, all the same, excited to see my cats, to sleep in my own bed, to stretch my legs. But we still had those last 400 miles...

When you start creeping towards the American midwest, all the biggest things start getting bigger. And closer. And all the more amazing. And so, after a couple of slow days driving through Montana, we were ready for a jam-packed penultimate day on the road, and all possible stops, and all the world's biggest things ahead. We started at Sandy, the World's Largest Sandhill Crane in Steele, North Dakota. It was a foggy morning, so foggy we could hardly see Sandy's beak peeking out through the thick air. But she was there, all forty feet and 4.5 tons of her. Besides a...

Over Labor Day weekend Emily and I took a Chicago to Mount Rushmore road trip through Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa. This is a recap of the long weekend trip and all of the roadside attractions we saw.   Friday: Labor Day Chicago to Mount Rushmore Road Trip Friday morning I ditched work for the last time all summer, woke up even earlier than I would have if I had gone to work, cut myself shaving, bled all over the place, cleaned up the blood that got all over everything, packed up black pickle (AKA my car) with way too...