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WAY Big Adventure Part II
January 1, 2010

In the early morning hours of New Year’s Day we departed for the second leg of our adventure. After a wonderful Christmas, a birthday for Scott (49), many hugs, much laughter and some tears, it was time to go. Packing this time seemed easier. I think we have gotten pretty good at it. We exchanged our ski helmets (which were never used on the first part of our trip) and snow-pants for pool toys, and sunblock. And as you can see, Pepper wanted to be sure he wasn’t going to be left behind…

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We will still homeschool each day and plan to see as much of state of Florida as we can. Scott will work M-F from his remote office and plans to fly home a few times to check in.

As good as it felt to be at home, sleep in our own beds, and have lots of space, I must admit that the sight of the RV pulling into the drive garnered a few squeals of excitement. We have loaded it this time, keeping in mind that we will be unloading it when we get to our rental house in Stuart, Florida…I am so looking forward to staying in one place for a while.

So for now, in spite of the icicles hanging off the front…

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“The wheels on this bus go round and round…”

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Departure Delayed To Say Goodbye
January 1, 2010

Yesterday we said goodbye to an uncle, fellow adventurer, great encourager and dear friend. 

                                              Dawson

And now, just as he would advise, we will “Praise the Lord and carry on!”

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May  the road rise to meet you,

May the wind be always at your back,

May the sun shine warm upon your face

the rains fall soft upon your fields and,

until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

                                                                            -An old Irish Blessing

Merry Christmas!
December 26, 2009

DSC02906We had a wonderful Christmas in Charlevoix, and felt so grateful to be home… I cannot imagine Christmas anywhere else.

A number of people have asked if I even bothered to put up a tree…of course, I did!

 

 

 

 

 

My kids LOVED going back to school for a couple of days…and Amber made it to the Christmas dance.

We have had many Christmas gatherings, family and friends to hug, babies to kiss, and WAY too much food!

Mom, Dad and a lot of nachos... Mom and her grand-daughters

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We have enjoyed sleeping in our own beds…

We have taken care of doctor’s and orthodontist appointments, haircuts…

We have enjoyed some fun in the snow…

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And now it’s time to re-pack…

What We Know For Sure…
December 15, 2009

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Photo courtesy of Always Photographic / Kim Way

Tyler:   

Things are not always what they seem. Like the Montezuma Castle, it didn’t look like a castle to me. I also didn’t know we had a rainforest in the U.S.A. but we went to one in Washington.  Before we went I was thinking it would look like a rainforest, rainforest (like green eyed tree frogs, and trees with huge leaves…). But it was really wet. We got drenched!   

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Tyler’s favorite place: Legoland   

Amber:   

Arizona was cool. The desert was full of a lot of kinds of cacti and was really flat with some mountains (and lots of coyotes that wake you up very early in the morning). When we left there and drove to the Grand Canyon, it got to be just plain grass with some mountains, and then rocks and mountains, and then trees with mountains, and then snow and mountains, and then the Grand Canyon. It was all in Arizona!   

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Amber’s favorite place: E. Roen Ranches in California   

Hilary:   

Even though I wasn’t with my family yet when they were in the “Wild West,” the west is very spacious. There are a lot of empty fields, rolling hills, mountains, and more fields. They seem to go on forever. Then in southern California it was very populated…then New Mexico and Texas, more fields. There is a lot of “cowboy country” out there!   

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Hilary’s favorite place: Oceanside California   

Mom and Dad:   

The technology we had was top notch. Thank you Phil at Hometown Wireless (Alltel/Verizon) in Charlevoix for getting us hooked up. There were very few places that we had no internet service. He drove, I blogged, or cooked, or blogged, or schooled, or blogged… With Skype and e-mail always available, we were able to stay close to home, and stay connected to schools…we would have been very homesick without it.    

The National Parks and Monuments are either free or very cheap ($20-25 per car that’s less than one child’s admission to a Theme Park or the San Diego Zoo), and are well worth seeing…we are still awestruck!   

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“Eating in” saves a lot of money.   

“Sleeping on the fly,” as in truck-stops (when we are driving for a couple of days) does too. We payed $17.00 per night at Cabela’s (low), $75.00 per night in San Francisco (high), and $20.00 per night at Chadrin State Park in Pheonix (favorite). We averaged close to $40 per night…but we only stayed in parks about 60% of the time. Although Wal-Mart welcomes RV travelers, we never did “anchor out” at a Wal-Mart.   

This country seems so vast, but it is still such a small world. Checking out at T-shirt shop in a tiny little mountain town in Arizona, and we learn the girl spent her summers on Walloon…this happened over and over.   

Driving across the United States in an RV is, “the ultimate way to see the country!” … and that is a direct quote from my boat loving, Sperry (boatshoe) wearing  husband!!!!   

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Our kids have watched very little television for the last two months, but they are totally hooked on computers… Tyler can now help us with our technological needs.   

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4 of the 5 laptops on board

The first part of our Way Big Adventure is over…but we have enough memories to last a lifetime.   

And finally, laughter is still good medicine…   

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The classroom without walls…
October 22, 2009

Amber's new locker

Amber's new locker

FAVORITE PART OF HOMESCHOOL: by Amber

This morning we got up at around 6:45am and went to the Flap for our last breakfast with our family and friends. Then we loaded up the last bit of cargo into the RV…And we’re off!

It’s 11:00am and it’s been 3 hours. At school me and my little brother have to call mom “Mrs. Mom.” We have to get up at 7:30am and school starts at 8:00am. My favorite part is that every day is “Bring Your Pet To School Day!”

Today we did Math, English, Social Studies and Music (I taught Tyler how to play a new song on his recorder). Now I can’t wait for what’s in store for tomorrow!

1st DAY ON TRIP: by Tyler

I woke up good and fast this morning because it was the day of the trip!!! I had breakfast with some of my friends (actually relatives). I left at 8:00 and it’s 11:00 right now. We are going in three states today! Our plan today is to drive through Michigan, a little bit of Indiana, Illinios, and we are sleeping close to the Iowa border.