The Great Adventure

It all started around July of 2010.

We had just paid a fortune to get the air conditioner fixed and were feeling disgruntled about it. The kids had been squabbling and seemed bored with everything. A mild sense of discontentment lurked in the corners of the house.

One day, while the kids were outside, digging in our boring old suburban back yard, I cruised the internet. I came across a blog written by a homeschooling mom whose family lives on a catamaran. I read one of her typical posts about life on a boat – perhaps it was about collecting seashells or maybe she just posted some pictures of a beautiful ocean sunset – but I was suddenly filled with longing. I thought “I want to do that.”

Eventually the longing resolved into a desire to give our kids more – more experiences, more adventures, more of everything.

Looking back, I can’t believe how quickly the vision for a new way of life took shape:

“Hey, how about selling our house and everything we own and traveling the country with our kids, giving them an education grounded in adventure and experience?”

So that’s what we did.

Sold everything we spent our entire adult lives acquiring.

Left the only house our kids have ever known.

Became nomads.

It’s scary.

And awesome.

This is our story.

The Grand Adventure

Getting Ready

The Details



We Did It


Help. Me.

Random Monday – Packing Edition


Travel Update



XTREME Protection!

Random Monday


Nevada and Oregon


Mostly Swell

The Sea

Blown Away

Goose Chase

Organizing on the Road


Moving On

Jigsaw Puzzle


Yellowstone – It’s all Nature-y and Stuff


More Nature Blathering

VRBOs – Let’s Talk About Vacationing in Real Houses

Me and My Big Mouth

Shut the Front Door

Dudes. Seriously.

Random Monday

Oh Well, at Least it was Cheap

Q & A

Travel Snacks




Answers for Those Teeming with Curiosity


Random Monday – Food Trucks!

Random Monday – St. Louis

The Upper Penninsula

O Canada

Random Monday – Traveling Edition

The Beach 

Random Monday – Birthday on the Beach 

The Plan, Stan