I’ve wanted to sit down and blog but so much had to be done to get us back up and running. Apparently we packed enough in our camper to never come home so it took awhile to get it all back in place and us on a routine again. And in all honesty, I wondered how every day life would compete with the amazing adventure we just had. It’s like reading a great book with an incredible ending. The second book never compares.
Now that we are back, we have had so many questions about our trip. I find it’s best to just answer simply because there are too many great things to share. Here are a few of the more constant ones…
Did you all get along? Really well in fact. We are used to being with our kids 24/7 because we homeschool so we have adjusted to live in really close quarters. Usually when someone gets annoyed (that’s usually me) people know to stay away! HA!
You brought your dogs? There was definitely no one raising their hand to take on life with a puppy. It was a really good bonding experience and the puppy can pretty much put up with anything now. The older dog is easy. She’s just along for the ride.
Why 45 days? Because Rad wanted a 30 day road trip and I wanted a 60 day one, so we comprimiesed.
Would you do it again? In a heartbeat!
Could you live in a trailer? Seeing the adventure it brought to us daily, maybe. But it would have to be bigger than 24 feet!
Did you want to come home? Once we turned the corner and started our journey home, we were ready to see home again..but it was bittersweet for sure.
What was your favorite place? New Mexico was gorgeous and our favorite park was Valley of Fire in Nevada. We hardly got to explore Oklahoma and Arkansas and want to go back and visit more of their parks.
Did we do school on the road. Sure. There was school all around us. We pulled out the books and did work but they in no way compared to touching and feeling and seeing Gods amazing beauty.
The biggest thing that changed for us is our perspective. Our small ranch feels huge. Our desire for more adventure is stronger. I’m perfectly happy with dirty kids and not clean sheets. The more dirt the better. (That was definitely not the case before). We learned to live one day at a time and fully enjoy that day. We are renewed and excited about what is next for our family. We have gained a better understanding of what really matters.
I am so very thankful that Rad’s idea of a road trip was so much grander than mine. I had visions of a week away to a hotel somewhere relaxing. What this created in us went far beyond what I ever imagined.
We had to start over with potty training a cattle dog in a “house.” I think she almost has it. Yet she has found her love of digging holes. This photo was after she got yelled at. The kids must have felt sorry for her and made her feel comfortable at home. Her life is too easy. We need to put this working dog to work!
Let the next adventure begin!
And for anyone interested in trying out camping on your own, here are some resources.
www.campendium.com is where you can find amazing state and National parks to camp in and people rate them so you know what to expect.
www.outdoorsy.com is where you can rent campers.
www.allstays.com is an app you need if you are traveling in an RV. It gives you truck stops (because you can’t always get an RV in and out of a typical gas station), restaurants, rest areas etc and most places are rated or give great info you would need to know.
www.everykidinapark.gov/get-your-pass/ 4th Graders get a free national park pass so they can take their family FOR FREE to any national park. They have it based on age so we got in under that. This saved us quite a bit of money.