In the summer of 2019 the boys and I took a trip back to Iowa to see friends a year after we had moved away. We wanted to do it again in 2020, but Covid put the kibosh on that. So this year I wanted to make sure it happened for sure, especially after the hard time we'd had that winter and spring. And happened, it did! We decided to drive out instead of fly, and my mom came with us to help, and it turned out to be a fun ten-day road trip halfway across the country and back to very special places that are near and dear to our hearts.
We stopped for the night in Westlake, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. My favorite hotel chain is Holiday Inn Express. Among other things, they (usually) have nice pools.