(In which we get emotional and anthropomorphize our van.)

After nine years and 150,000 miles, we are saying good-bye to our van…

Our last photoIt joined our family in 2004 when there were only four of us, and the next year it took us to North Carolina.

And in a symmetric (and poetic) twist that only a scientist could love, the van took us to North Carolina a second time – a year before this good-bye. In between, we picked up a third passenger for the back seat.

The van was photographed quite a bit through the years. Interestingly, it was the occupants of the back seats that took the most pictures…

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Farewell, faithful van! Maybe you’ll be reincarnated as a future vehicle of ours somewhere down the road.