The Route

Let's Go!, Preparation
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I am posting this map with a bit of trepidation.  Mostly because last night we considered scrapping everything and thought about heading to the Florida Keys for the next little bit.  Then heading west for ski season.  Our map is ambitious and we know it.  We just wanted to see what was possible.  We wanted to know if we were to hit all of the major places we ever dreamed of if that was physically possible in three months.  In the last week we took Chicago off the route.  Last night we added back St. Louis.  We debated long past our bedtime, knowing we were leaving in the morning. We are still working out our goals and expectations.

Our trip is not set in stone.  But this is our plan for now.  I think we have ultimately decided to go where we are interested and stay where we are comfortable.  We hope to never travel more than 10 hours a day, and never have two long travel days back to back.  The Broncos game in Cleveland may get the ax and so might the Hockey Hall of Fame.  We will have sad little sports fans, but it may mean an extra night in The Big Apple.

We have been using Roadtrippers to map our course.  It is a bit glitchy for this big of a trip.  We are not able to add points of interest, and it is forever changing our trip dates.  However, I do appreciate knowing what kind of driving day we have ahead of us and if I want to map out a hypothetical route, it’s very simple.

Keep us in your thoughts as we head out later today.  Our first big stop is a special birthday in Malcolm, NE.  We have 3 1/2 days to get there.  Please feel free to comment and continue to make suggestions about our route and places to see!  Bon Voyage!


With Gratitude



We are packing again.  This time leaving our digs in Idaho.  We have been so fortunate to call this place home for the last four months.  Brad and I are both a bit melancholy to think we are leaving.  We reminded each other that leaving doesn’t always come with finality.  It is not forever.  And as I took my last, slow drive on the Moose-Wilson road, yesterday, I found my mind wandering to all the things I would like to do and see next summer under the steadfast watch of the Tetons.


There is so much to be thankful for and my heart is full today as I reflect.  We have a most wonderful support system of family and friends.  I realize that family is in your heart no matter where you are.  They are not only the people who claim you by birth, but the friends you meet along the way.  They are the people who support your big, wild, crazy, plan.  Support your ability to change and grow.  Support the ways in which you fail and fail again.  They are the people who pick you up and dust you off and send you on your way.


For every gut wrenching day of road school, there has been a sweet text, email or caregiver waiting with kindness to counter.  We have had some serious adjustments.  They have been desperate and loud and tearful. {Really.  Picture me jumping up and down in frustration.  Yelling for the kids to stop arguing.  Will laughing that I look just like a child.  Simmer in that for a second.}  However, we have gone days, now, with laughter and cuddles and morning chit chat.  I hear more often, I really loved dinner last night.  Let’s read.  I want to tell you what I learned (we are still working on that one).  I feel so deeply thankful, because the way has been carved with much anxiety and uncertainty.  The relief and joy of letting go of bad feelings is really sweet to the soul.  I’m learning it’s the least we can do for ourselves.


We are thankful for the kindness of friends and family who have been helping us every day to make this trip possible.  Mail.  Dog.  House.  Days Off.  Golfing.  DMV.  Dress Alterations.  Repairs & Maintenance.  Girl Time. Sleepovers.  Pioneering.  Aunts.  Cousins.  Comments.  Text messages.  Calls.  Emails.  Strawberry Preserves.  Love.  Endless Support.  Thank you if you are one of those people who has given yourself to this adventure.  There are no words to express the enormity of our gratitude.  We are taking you with us in our hearts.  It’s almost time to hit the road.

Tomorrow, the much debated and ever changing route….