Trailer Purchased!

Yesterday we made a handshake deal to purchase what will be our home for a year while on this trip: A 2005 Rockwell 30’ Fifth Wheel Trailer.

Choosing and buying an RV can be a confusing and time-intensive process - it certainly was for us.  Between the sheer number of choices in types, manufacturer, new vs. used, and working with different sellers it was a more involved process than buying...

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National Zoo

The kids and I hit the metro at 9:30, waiting to leave until the price dropped. Data is our metro-ticket man (he carries our tickets and passes them to us when needed) and he is very conscious of our travel time.

For today’s trip to the zoo, we had to transfer from the yellow metro line to the red metro line. The transfer went off without any issues. The only thing I didn’t care for was the...

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Ditching Suburbia Manifesto Shirt

Ditching Suburbia Manifesto Shirt Suburbia-ditchers have different values than most people - tell the world what they are:

Simpler Living. Closer Family. Richer Education. Uncommon Adventures.

Styles available: t-Shirts, tank tops, and hoodies.
Colors available: black, navy, gray.

Quick Stop in the Windy City

The kids and I recently finished our Zoology unit on Sea Creatures. When we began the unit last fall I told the kids we would take a field trip to Shedd Aquarium.

Last month Mike signed up to attend an EE meet-up in Chicago. We decided to combine the two events and take a trip to the Windy City.

We left our car at the train station in Michigan City and rode the commuter train to our stop...

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Vehicle Test Drives

We test drove three tow vehicle candidates this morning: an ‘01 Chevy Crew Cab 2500 Truck, an ‘02 1500 Chevy Suburban, and an ‘03 Ford V10 Excursion.

2001 Chevy 2500 Crew Cab
The truck sat well for us - better it seemed than the newer Chevy Trucks we have sat in.  Looking around online it appears that between ‘01 and ‘02 the trucks got some added consoles and interior appointments which...

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Jeep and Trailer Sold

This past Saturday we accomplished our most significant step in getting prepared for this trip - selling off the 1964 CJ6 Jeep and 1950 Bantam trailer.  The Jeep I’ve owned for around 5 years - but it had parts from a previous CJ5 that I had owned for 18, and my dad had that one 9 years before me. So I’d been around parts of this rig since I was 9 years old.

The trailer I...

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