My husband and I have been throwing around the idea of taking a year off, packing up the kids and touring Europe like a bunch of nomadic gypsies. Unfortunately, we have bills to pay. And seeing as how we're not independently wealthy, not having a paycheck for 365 days is not in the cards. So we decided to do the next best thing: load up the SUV, throw caution to the wind and tour the good ol' USA. Destination: Vermont.
As you may remember, our two girls through middle school. Since the youngest is now in sixth grade and the oldest is in eighth, this is the first year they will be at home together. Making this the perfect opportunity to do a little traveling.
We purchase both their educational curriculums from Oak Meadow, a fully accredited school in Brattleboro, Vermont. In addition to the learning material, we also purchase the services of a credentialed instructor. We send in homework to her every two weeks and she, in return, sends us comments, corrections, feedback and of course, grades. We have thoroughly enjoyed this set-up and have grown quite close to Lesley, their teacher. We thought it would be exciting to take a driving vacation to and from Vermont to meet Lesley, while making lots of fun and historical stops along the way.
Unfortunately, since my husband has to work, he will only be able to join us sporadically. Luckily, that leaves lots and lots of quality bonding time for just us girls. The three of us. Together. In a car. For miles. Thousands of them.
Thank goodness for books on tape.
The plan is to camp our way across the US, visiting the few friends we have away from the West Coast. We decided to head east, on the way over hitting Nevada, Utah, Colorado and Kansas. Then it's up to St. Louis, Chicago, Indiana and maybe even Michigan's upper peninsula before making our way to Vermont. Once there? Other than visiting Lesley and the school, I have no idea. I'll keep you posted.
Just like the rest of Alameda's youth, my girls will be heading back to school. Our commute is just a wee bit longer.