One year ago our lives took a pretty drastic turn.
On April 30, 2012 we saw the ABF trailer pull away from our house in Davenport. Then we got in the cars and headed East toward Boston and eventually Durham, North Carolina. Beth and I traveled for two years in the past, but we didn’t really know what to expect or how long this would last.
Travel nursing with two kids has certainly been different. The draw for doing this is exploring new areas and being able to do things that we wouldn’t normally be able to do. But having two young children affects the things you do and how much time you can spend doing them. That being said, we have still been able to accomplish what we wanted.
At first I was keeping track of the miles we drove, but that turned out to be harder than I thought. I lost count at roughly 17,300 miles, and that’s not counting the normal driving around town. We have driven through 26 states and have touched the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans. We have hiked through the mountains, played on the beach, hiked in the Grand Canyon, took a boat ride at Niagara Falls, and even met Mickey Mouse and his friends. It’s been quite a year!
It hasn’t always been easy. And there are certainly some drawbacks to our current life style. It would be interesting to see what Sophia said if somebody asked her, “Where do you live?” The kids often say how they miss their “really, really, really old home” and sometimes ask when the next time they will see their friends. But Beth and I both agree that the chance to travel and see things they wouldn’t normally get to see outweighs the negatives.
We have a limited window on when we can do this. Our original plan was to do this until Sophie started kindergarten. Since she has a Fall birthday, she won’t be able to start until Fall of 2014. That means we have at least another year and a half of potential travels ahead. Will we travel that whole time? I have no idea. There are many days when Beth and I wonder if its worth all the hassle. Packing up and moving every three months is fun, but it’s also a huge chore.
As of now we are still enjoying the lifestyle and plan to keep traveling. When that changes, we will eventually “settle down” and adopt a normal life. But until that happens, we will continue to see the country and have more adventures!