Leading by Example

In our family discussions about the trip the topic of purging & reducing has come up often - especially since we are in the Christmas season when so much new stuff comes into the house.  It’s understandably hard for kids to conceive of not only giving up their own private rooms but also many of their possessions.

At the same time - I’ve been looking at my own “toys” and trying to figure out...

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Stuff and Nonsense

MsBoyink and the kids worked on purging books today - being homeschoolers and all of us readers we had quite a collection going in the basement.  There are now several boxes in the back of the car waiting to get dropped off at a resale shop. 

And the books prompted a larger discussion: what to do with all of our stuff

As an aside - books will be an issue to struggle with on the road. ...

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Travels with Charley

In preparing for this trip MsBoyink and I have read a number of books.  Most of these have been of the “how-to” variety—how to finance a year long road trip, how to choose the right RV, how to find places to stay, etc. 

I’ve just finished a book that stands apart from that group however - and that book is John Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley, subtitled In Search of America.

The Wikipedia...

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Our First RV - the Disastermobile

This won’t be our first trip to the RV rodeo.  Several years ago we used an inheritance to buy this 1978 23’ Starcraft Class C.  Our kids were young and we had grand visions of family camping trips to some of Michigan’s great state parks.

The ownership experience, however, was a disaster.
We were young and not very wise in the ways of purchasing RV’s - I’m not even sure we looked at 5...

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What Does Adventure Mean?

At lunch today the topic came up of “what does adventure mean?”  So I asked everyone what would make this trip an adventure for them.  Here are the answers:

For Miranda

  • Interviewing an author
  • Hiking along a beach and picking up huge shells
  • Taking a walk in the forest and seeing a wolf
  • Swimming with dolphins
  • Going horseback riding in Kentucky
  • Trying Coffee


  • Seeing things like...

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Round 3 of RV Research

For round 3 of our RV research we headed to TerryTown RV in Grand Rapids.  Our intent was to:

  • View a couple of used travel trailers they had in stock
  • Look at some Class C options

We were greeted by yet another helpful and pleasant without being pushy salesperson - that we’ve had 3 good experiences on RV dealer lots is an encouraging sign.

We went through the used trailer that was still...

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