Around the West in 30 Days – Day before

I am amazed at how much preparation it takes to leave the house for 3 weeks. Maybe it’s just us. I went on a quest to wash every stitch of clothing so we would have packing choices and not leave a mountain of laundry for the return. We have a house sitter, so of course, I cleaned like a maniac so she wouldn’t judge us on how we really live. The bills had to be paid and prepaid, then filed. People rounded up and scheduled for checking on the garden, the bees, the pets, holding the mail, picking up packages, and cutting the grass. And let’s talk outside…the garden weeded, veggies gathered and prepped for storage, grass cut, bees given room to expand while we’re gone, dog area cleaned up, porch swept….ahhhhhh! It’s enough to make you want to stay home! Almost.

Roughly, we are headed out west, through 15 states, with a few fixed dates and places to stay. The rest is a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants-adventure. This is mainly a Daddy-Daughter trip. This is a chance for Brandon and Anna to connect since she has turned the magic age of 13 and has entered teenagerhood. A series of events over the last few years has drastically changed his schedule and our home. Where he was always busy and working, and had to stop and check in and stay connected, he now is very connected and looking for outlets become a purposeful parent and have meaningful relationship with a daughter that will move out and move on before we know it.

We can do this, right?
We can do this, right?

The main event on this trip is a hike from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, to the South Rim. They will go down on a Thursday, hike across, and come out on a Sunday. Just a dad and his daughter, camping, hiking and roughing it. They are going to have a ball. And I’m along for the ride. I can’t wait to see how all this plays out. What we learn, how we manage with very limited funds, how we get along side by side for 3 weeks and how we grow. I’d love it if you came along for the ride with us. Leave a comment or let us know you are following. (It will give me something to do while they are “bonding.”) 🙂