I love to map our travels on Travellerspoint.com. It always makes our yearlong travels look so sweeping and epic with it's loopty-loop lines. 2018, however, was to be the year of the big Slow Down. We had picked seven or eight stops where we were going to stay for several weeks at a time. I entered our travel destinations and our map was anything but sweeping and epic, in fact, it looked like a, well . . . Steven called it the Organ Trail.
It wasn't the shape of the map that made us change our minds, it just sort of simultaneously dawned on us that we're not ready to slow down. So 2018 has once again become swoopy and loopy and epic and all is right with our world.
We began our 2018 travels on January 22nd when we left Live Oak Ranch. Since then, we've stayed in the Lone Star State and will soon head to Big Bend National Park.This stop is for Steven, as he's craving some new photographic opportunities.
We'll then make our way across New Mexico into Arizona where we will land at the RV-Dreams Boondocking Rally in early March at Quartzsite, AZ. Two weeks later we'll attend a second rally before heading off to explore Utah for a few weeks.
Then it's on to Oregon and Washington where we will catch up with two of our kiddos and our PNW peeps. Hopefully we’ll find a new sofa for Scoopy and perhaps get some tiling done.
By mid-June we'll start heading east as we plan to take U.S. Highway 2 through North Dakota all the way to Duluth. From there, it's on to Wisconsin and with that, we will have earned our stickers for 49 states having spent at least one night in each. Hawaii is not in our plans.
We'll head south for a fun week in Chicago (where I will visit one of my favorite places ever - Eataly's!) before heading back west to meet up with Bill and Kelly for a tour of the Teton Valley. If everything works out as we hope, my parents may join us as well.
From the TV we'll mosey back to the ranch in Texas. Our plan is to then fly to Seattle to spend the Christmas holiday with our kids. Since Zoe works in retail, she never gets to take time off for the holidays, so this year we're going to her!
And there you have it, 2018 in a nutshell!
NEXT UP: Waco!