Day 11: Amazing Race

The clue from last night told the kids today was the last leg. They didn’t believe it. No! There is something else! This morning we told them we would be home by the end of the day. The kids were a little sad,but also a little excited to get home. After a quick swim we packed up our bags, put on our AR uniform one last time and loaded the car. The kids read one of the few envelopes left and had to find out where the garlic capital of the world is.

We headed south to Gilroy and the kids were amazed by the smell. The challenge in Gilroy was they each needed to eat a scoop of garlic ice cream. The kids and Mr. John wisely chose chocolate, while I chose vanilla. With the chocolate it covered most of the garlic impact, but the vanilla really let the garlic shine!

Sage had a hard time finishing her garlicky confection, but with a little cheering on she bravely chugged the rest of it. We got some cherries from a roadside stand to get the garlic taste out of our mouths and continued south.

About two hours later we parked in our driveway and made our way inside where the kids were greeted by a roomful of our friends and family cheering the weary racers at the finale!


The kids were so shocked as they then sat down and were interviewed about their big adventure. Our friend Mark asked them lots of questions about different parts of the trip and the kids got to share their thoughts and their favorite parts. They were each presented with a special trophy with their name, the dates of the vacation, and our AR Adams family edition logo. Afterwards everybody ate and chatted and had a great time.
Now, once again, everyone is asleep but now they’re in their own beds and hopefully having sweet and adventurous dreams. I know I am going to sleep well!


This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Vtay

    I am so sad it is over!!! But what a great and triumphant ending!

  2. Pam

    Wow! It was a wonderful trip. I'm so thankful you shared it with us. It was a treat to read a post from you each day. And I feel like I have a small glimpse of your wonderful family and love you all the more. We're going to have a great adventure in November!!! Yeah. 🙂 ♥♥♥♥♥

  3. What a wonderfully amazing way to cap of such a fun family adventure!!! Sad to see it done, but honored to have been able to follow along 🙂 We can't wait until our kiddos are a little older so WE can do this!!

  4. Paula

    I really enjoyed *travelling* along with your family on this Amazing vacation. You thought of everything, even the welcoming home to the racers complete with interviews! Your kids must think that you and your husband are so cool. I certainly do!

  5. Well I finally got a chance to catch up on your whole trip. You guys are the best parents ever!! I laughed and cried right along with you! You're such a great writer, Liz, and you and your husbands creativity in planning this "amazing trip" is beyond words! I love your family! 🙂

  6. TracyLH

    How fun! We went to the Gilroy Garlic Festival years ago and it was not complete without trying (trying, being the key word) the garlic ice cream. It looks as though you had a fun time!

  7. Sue

    I've always wanted to go to the garlic festival in Gilroy, and MAYBE try the ice cream:) What fantastic memories you've made for your children! <3

  8. I've been meaning to read through this entire family adventure of your for quite some time now. All I can say us that I CANNOT wait to do something similar with my kiddos. Mind you they are only 2 and 3 as well as the little bun baking in the oven…..but it just seems like such a fun memorable family adventure, one that will generate such warm and fuzzy feelings! Thank you for sharing a little slice of your lIfe 😉

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