The truth is that my life has been changing. I've noticed over the past few months that my travel-planning is more of an afterthought. The dreams are constantly in my mind, but the opportunities pass and I'm left reflecting on how I let practicality or financial responsibility make the decision for me. Where in the past I would have spent the last two months spontaneously road-tripping, the farthest I've actually been is 2 hours from home on a Sunday afternoon. It's a numb feeling inside of me that normally would have me kicking and screaming. Instead I'm resigning to my current reality.
Which is not to say that all is lost for me! I've written before about the big plans my family has for traveling. That dream is still alive and well. And to reawaken the life-breath inside of me, I'm going to share the latest rendition of our plans with you...
I recently discovered that kindergarten is not required in the state of Utah. This is wonderful news for me! Our little boy Beck will be old enough to start school in September 2012, one year from now, and so that has become our target date for packing up and leaving. Rather than loading up with notebooks and pencils, his backpack will be full of maps and traveling activities (he is adorably in love with reading maps and telling us the way).
We're going to go east first for a stay with my family in the Midwest and a chance for my husband to work and make a little more money before leaving the country. After that the world is wide open for 9 months of traveling. Right now we're thinking to spend a month at a time divided between cute comfortable cottage-like rentals and camping; a temporary home-base where we can get get a feel for community, but also venture out for days at a time and see the most of what there is to see.
More details? No, not yet. It's still a year away. Right now I only have one important job to complete: Tomorrow's mail will carry my passport renewal form and photos away, along with my 18-month-old son Peyton's first application. I remember the excitement I felt seeing Beck's photo inside his very own passport, and I know it will be a party the day our mailwoman delivers my travel freedom back to me.
I promise future posts on where we're going to go, how we'll make sure Beck gets his kindergarten education on the road, and many other travel-related topics that get me smiling. Until then, I'd love to hear anything you have to say!