For more than half my days, I sat behind a computer dreaming about life on the outside. I created a secret board on Pinterest called Round the World. I hoped that someday our family would take one of those epic journeys. Truth be told, fear was a limiting factor, and I never believed it was possible to forego “the rules” and embrace a risky dream. For some time I didn’t realize that I had the ability to make my own dreams come true.
Earlier this year we turned our lives upside down. I walked away from my desk job in the city and Brad left for work in Idaho. We have traveled many miles over the Oregon Trail this summer, going back and forth through Colorado, Wyoming and Idaho. Just like the pioneers we held onto hope that something better was out there. Slowly we stitched together our dreams of travel and a plan was formed.
In the next few weeks we will start an “expedition” around the United States. I believe the actual journey started at that desk many years ago. It has been a long process of dreaming and planning. Please keep us in your thoughts as we road trip with our boys. Imagine: Angst coming from the back seat. Food bribes. Dreams of minimal screen time…failing miserably. And road school. For thousands of miles. It’s possible we are delusional. If nothing else this will be a good study about what it’s like when one family goes way outside its comfort zone. Successes and failures.
We can always be learners, even as adults. On the road we hope to become readers, writers, foodies, sociologists, scientists, measurers of mountains and question askers. We will be forever changed in ways we can’t imagine. The most exciting prospect of reaching for an unlikely dream is touching it and reaching for the next. Please join us as we write about our travels.
This post was originally published on the travel blog Rambling on a Rural Road.