Victorville, Calif.

Odometer check: 6304.9 miles. The first cries of “How much longer?” in 31 days on the road have been ringing through the rental minivan … The kids are ready to be home. Meanwhile, the game of Dad's fuel estimate versus the trip computer's DTE...

Las Vegas.

Talk of traveling to Italy to visit (very) distant cousins was how this trip began, so on day 30 we visited … The Venetian. K. found St. Mark's Square to be “beautiful.” Though neither Cynthia nor I recall seeing any Blue Men in the actual square...

Hurricane, Utah.

Make it six Wal-Mart stops in 29 days (including two in Broken Arrow), this one because the kids earned some mythical “surprise,” though I can't recall for what. This is the nicest one, slightly edging the one in Cody, Wyo.; five of the six are nicer...

Zion National Park.

Day 29. Take that National Park Service: Four national parks hit on our $80 annual pass … Advantage, us! Weather's mild today, low 90s, helped by some cloud cover. I'm torn between enjoying the view and running blackjack hand scenarios in my head. This...