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Here's the letter I sent to my Lazy Daze RV friends when the trip idea was born:
Do you want to hear my new plan? I was planning to take the kids this summer on our Wild West Adventure 2008, but there just isn't enough time to see it all. Plus, there is the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta in October, the Baja and Copper Canyon in January and
Februrary. . . so much to see, too little time.
SO! I decided to take the kids out of school for a year and go do all we can!
Fortunately, dh (married almost 20 years) is alright with that. He'll fly out to meet us, hook up daily via webcam, and listen to our numerous calls a day. Also, we promised to bring him to all the great places as "Daddy-on-a-stick" (see Andy's Fulltime with Gertie
site for details on that! http://www.andybaird.com/travels/fulltime/fulltime08.htm .
Doesn't that sound exciting? I'm thinking we go to the Wild West, Alaska, Canada, New England in the Fall, family in NC, Disney, back to Texas for the holidays at the end of November & thru December, then off to Mexico, maybe up the California coast, etc. (Note: this has now changed- see "Itinerary" blog http://tinyurl.com/2hkmq8 ).
Of course, I have been percolating the idea of shipping the RV to Europe and touring there too, but I think I need more time for that (I bought that book, "Take your RV to Europe" and it is FAB!).
Today Ned and I met with the Head of School for our kids and he was going to take a week to discuss it with the various school heads, etc. Our concern is not being able to get them back in this school after our year away, but hey! What is life without risk? I'll be "road-schooling" the kids along the way and they are excited about getting laptops.
I joined that "Families on the Road" yahoo group where there are equally "crazy" and wonderfully encouraging people. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/fotr/
What do you think? I'll give you a good Thoreau quote below so hopefully you'll go easy on me.
Tessa in TX (p.s. Happy Valentine's Day! I love this group!)
"Friends... they cherish one another's hopes. They are kind to one another's dreams. "
Henry David Thoreau