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Planning

It's Not a Vacation! We're Working When We Travel

So we took this whole month of May to travel from our home in Wisconsin down to Phoenix, out to San Diego, up to Northern California, and end up back up June 1. The main purpose is so we can pick up more of our stuff from storage in Roseville, California. However, since we know … Continue reading »

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School on the Road

Fiona is now in third grade. There are less than five weeks of school left and four of them we'll be on the road. I've already got her curriculum sorted out. She's home schooled through a State-funded program and we meet weekly with a local teacher. Obviously that's not going to happen while we travel. … Continue reading »

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Packing Up for a Month

It's the weekend before we leave Monday morning for our month-long trip. Fiona is excited to see her sister Rachelle. That's a photo there of the two of them last August when Rachelle came to Rice Lake, Wisconsin to visit. What do you take with you when you know you'll be gone a month? And … Continue reading »

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Homeward Bound (On, Wisconsin!)

I love it when I can make a title out of nothing but song titles. Yes, the rumour is true: we're moving to Wisconsin. (The reason you haven't heard the rumour is because I'm starting it now.) New Jersey is beautifully sunny. The friends we've made here are connected at our core. But we just … Continue reading »

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Things I Miss in My Nomad Life

I miss the big comfy chair where I used to fall asleep meditating every night.

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Bridge Out on Memory Lane

In the movies, when the long-lost father/mother/brother/sister/whatever crosses paths with their kin, directors show us the visceral connection. Look in their eyes; they know something just happened. Nice for story lines, but no connection to reality.

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Visit to San Diego Extended Due to Van Repair

We arrived safe, though tired, in San Diego last Friday night at Joel's brother's house. We had a very nice meal together and then got to bed. Our niece is kindly letting us use her new futon to sleep on. Sunday we had a great visit with my mom, Grandma Susan. We enjoyed our lunch … Continue reading »

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The Long Haul: In Retrospect

A year ago I wrote about the beginnings of our adventure. Then I wasn't sure exactly where we'd be in a year or if we'd even decide to leave behind a home and travel. I did know I wanted to do something different. So we packed up, drove up to Vancouver and spent a glorious … Continue reading »

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Finding Me: The 1st Year

I wrote that the most important thing you find when you travel is yourself. (What I said literally was the real challenges are inside us; the journey simply exposes them.) I could write about the amazing changes in Fiona (as the 7th child, I know what to expect and she's exceeded it exponentially.) I could … Continue reading »

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Challenge: Routine

The challenge: maintaining a routine. Many wonder how it is possible to maintain a routine while traveling. There are especially concerns about some sort of routine for Fiona and her schooling. And of course our work. So what's our routine and how do we maintain it? We've always had a rather flexible routine in our … Continue reading »

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