Open Road

Open Road

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Team Woods

Welcome to our Blog - Ten Weeks in a Tin Can.  Yes, our family is actually going to spend ten weeks traveling around the country this summer in a motor home that feels big now, but won't at the end.

With a focus on national parks, historical sites and excellent places to eat, we can only tackle part of our amazing country.  So, with respect given to New England and the mid-Atlantic states, we gotta skip ya.  Next time.  

You see, Jason (my dear husband) is the camping type.  He loves the outdoors.  Hiking, fishing, exploring, and doesn't mind a little dirt under his fingernails.  His dream has always been to show his family what a beautiful country we live in and to expose our children to the wonders of it all.  He had the opportunity to take a sabbatical this summer, so the dream of "Ten Weeks in a Tin Can" was put in motion.

The Mom, myself, April, enjoy trips to the beach, soaking up the sun on our boat, getting manicures and shopping.  I'm excited about this adventure, but know that I am stepping out of my comfort zone.  My early worries included where was I going to get my hair highlighted while we're gone.  Trust me, I'm not shallow and have gotten over that.  I'm an involved Mom, active in my children's schools and community.  I'm just going into this knowing that my patience will be tested, I will crave a hot shower and a little solitary time.  

Our children are the best.  Sorry, they are.  Our daughter Katie, will turn 12 on the trip.  She is right on the cusp of still enjoying our company, so we knew we could not put this off much longer.  Keeping in touch with her friends is of the utmost importance to her.  And we accept that.  This trip we hope to ADD to our children's understanding of life around them, not take them completely out of the life they enjoy.  Thank goodness for FaceTime and Skype.  

Our son, Jack, is ten and very interested in this trip.  Helping to select the motor home to purchase was important because he needed to know how many TVs would be on board.  He's a big history buff and has read more biographies than I can shake a stick at.  Technology buff that he is, we're making sure that his skills continue to grow while expanding his view of the world around him.  

Ultimately, this trip is about togetherness, family, providing opportunities, exploring new horizons while laughing all the way.  We'd love for you to join us on this adventure.  Put your seatbelt on - it promises to be a wild ride.

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