I am sad to say the “Traveling Kelley’s” have officially set down some roots and are retiring from the road. We have settled back where our journey began – in the Quad Cities. Sophia is officially a 1st grader and Beth and I are in the process of finding jobs. We are ready to live a normal life and not pack up and move every three months. It’s good to be home!
But as good as it is to be home, I know we will definitely miss the road. The past two and a half years have been incredible. We have been able to do some awesome things. The kids have experienced a lot more than they ever could have. The fact that Sophia is five and Sawyer is only three means that they will probably not remember a lot of what we did. My hope is that with all of the pictures and videos, we can keep the memories alive as long as possible. My plan for this blog has always been to create a final photobook that shows everything that we did. That way the kids could look at it down the road and remember things.
And we did a LOT of things! We visited 30 of the 50 states. We swam in both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans multiple times. When we started driving, I use to keep track of miles driven, but I gave up after 20,000 miles – and that was well over a year ago! One thing Sophie and Sawyer are good at is road trips!
It’s hard to pick a favorite memory. From camping in the mountains of North Carolina to surf lessons on Maui. From spending Christmas with Mickey Mouse to swimming in a natural hot spring in Colorado. Cubs spring training, Camp Chinqueka, Outer Banks, Volcano National Park…we did a lot of cool things. The places we lived included Durham, NC; Fort Pierce, FL; Phoenix, AZ; Camp Chinqueka, CT; Denver, CO; Maui, HI; and finally Camp Chinqueka again.
The fact is my family has fun no matter where we are. Sometimes the fun is something big like Disney. Sometimes the fun is something small like going on a hike with a picnic lunch. Now that we are “settled down” the traveling certainly won’t stop. Beth and I are determined to see as much of this world as we can. We want the kids to experience as much as possible. Instead of leaving for months at a time, our travels will now have to be a little more focused. We would like to start visiting places outside of the United States. One of the great things about spending our last two years at camp is we now have friends from all over the world!
So I guess this is it. The “Traveling Kelley’s” are officially signing off. I’ll end my blog with a quote that I saw about traveling that I really like.