It all started back in February or was it when I visited England and France back in 1995? Yes, definitely back in 95'. I loved that trip to Europe with my husband Steve and my teacher friends from Pleasant Grove High School, but what it really taught me was that I needed to see America before I travelled back to Europe.
So, I have done some exploring. I have seen most of Texas--the greatest state in the Union. I've been to Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and New York. I've detoured down small country roads in Alabama, Mississippi and Arkansas, but I have always dreamed of heading West to see America.
On June 15, the dream becomes a reality!
Back to February. I began discussing the trip with Steve. This was not a new talk. He has known for quite some time of my desire to drive to California, to see what sights our nation has to offer, to be on the road. The real catalyst to make the trip happen now was the fact that our good friend from Germany, Julia Zimmermann, is nannying in San Francisco. What better time to be out there than when she was there? Finally, we agreed that the trip could happen! The girls and would make the trip in a span of about two weeks.
I immediately began mapping out our trip, determining how far we could drive in one day and where we would stay each night. I spoke with others who had gone before me for tips and recommendations on where to stay and what to do.
And now, all the planning is over. The dream is about to become a reality. I am looking forward to the precious time I will have with my daughters. Madison and I may never spend this much time together ever again. Claire will have a job next summer and won't have time to make a trip like this. This is definitely a transitional time in our lives. The memory of this trip will be one that we will treasure for the rest of our lives.
This is our trip in Amazing Race style:
The girls and I are beside ourselves with excitement. We are now in the packing and planning for the driving stage of our trip.
I am trying to plan for every contingency, but isn't the adventure in the NOT knowing? Not really having a plan? Just enjoying the ride? Well, that's my plan--to have the adventure of a lifetime.
Side note: I really wish Steve was going with us. I have tried my hardest to persuade him, but he says he has already made this trip and can't take off from work for the amount of time the trip will take.