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Reasons

"Enjoy Your Vacation"

People keep saying that. "Enjoy your vacation." I've stopped correcting them. Sue has already commented on all the work going on while we travel. I wanna talk about this whole "if you're traveling it must be a vacation" mindset. It's wrong.

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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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Are We There Yet?

Life changes. Sometimes we can control the changes; most often we can't. It's a journey - one we are continuing to take. Continue reading »

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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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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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Looking for That Ideal Place

I recently gave some thought as to why the continual moving to a new place doesn't bother me. At least not much. Sure once in a while it can be challenging. But overall I find myself excitedly looking forward to moving on to another place, another house sitting job. Why? I realized that many housewives, … Continue reading »

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A Year of Driving; A Driving Year

One year ago today, perhaps one year ago this moment, I looked up from my tea and said, "It sure would be cheaper to live if we didn't have a house to take care of." And the other responsible mature adult in the family, rather than laughing at my insanity or rolling her eyes at … Continue reading »

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Happy 6 Months

I wrote about how this is the real beginning but didn't explicitly congratulate myself and my family. Go, us! It does feel like we're barely warming up. We're just starting to sort out this whole house-sitting thing. I still worry every time I have to pack the van that this time it won't all fit. … Continue reading »

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Six Months Ago Today We Left Home

It was six months ago today, September 30, 2010, that we left 'home'. We drove away from Roseville California to start living a nomadic lifestyle. What's it been like? Are we ready to settle down? How's Fiona doing? It's been good. Sure there have been some long days when we've been in the van all … Continue reading »

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