We had a fun, busy, family-and-friends-filled summer, where lots of great memories were made! Brad had dreamed about, and planned for this trip to America for at least a year. We made it to 23 States and drove over 7,000 miles and kept reminding the kiddos that this was a "trip of a lifetime" and that the "journey was the destination"! We were blessed to visit so many people and churches along the way:)
For 2 of the 9.5 weeks that we were in the States, we rented an RV out West and visited several National Parks. Our kids have spent the last 6 years of their lives in Austria, so we wanted them to see parts of America that they had never seen before. It was out West that I started to put together a list of a few things I was learning and/or that were helpful about traveling and camping...
*Add another kid in the mix if possible. We had the privilege of having one of our nephews (Mike) join us. With 3 kids, there is always someone who feels left out- this solved that problem and provided some extra bonding time for the cousins since we live overseas.
*Most motorhomes that you rent are NOT fully stocked. We had to make many trips to Wal-Mart along the way.
*Everything around a campfire is better!
*Tubing in Yosemite is awesome- especially if you bring your own tube and don't rent one of theirs.
*Squirrels in National Parks are NOT scared of humans and are EVERYWHERE waiting to get your food
*You cannot have enough zip locks!
*Always try to buy a bag of ice whenever you get the chance.
*Bring air freshener.
*No matter what the temperature is outside, someone will always complain.
*Boys don't care about taking showers, but girls do.
*A boy's best friend is a pocket knife.
*Have a secret stash of chocolate, as living in an RV with 5 other people might prove to be stressful at times ;)
*Keep your electronics charged, as you never know when an elk may walk in front of your car
*head-lamps are essential (this is Levi's tough guy face)
*Laundromats can be particularly soothing when everything else seems chaotic and messy
*White water rafting in Jackson Hole, WY is fun until one of your kiddos falls off of the raft
Bar J Ranch is totally worth it...real cowboys make your food!
*God's creation is AMAZING! See for yourself below!!!