Just get us over the pass....

Trip Start Oct 20, 2012
Trip End Jul 11, 2013

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Travis' driveway
What I did
Travis' bedroom - oh god

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Sunday 10-21-12

Bigfork Montana         
Before going any further, we would like to give a few shoutouts {or would that be shouts out} to our Bigfork family, especially Gregg and Shannon and Mike and Pam, for sending us off so (humorously, lovingly and)  generously. We love all you guys. Also a holler at Rey and Kathy and a big apology for leaving you at breakfast with a blinds guy who seemed pretty intent on selling you something. As usual, you dealt with it in your "nothing much surprises us", congenial manner. He probably feels a lot like I do  "these folks are my new best friends."

For many of you it will feel like we left without saying goodbye and perhaps that stems from some people's beliefs (or disbeliefs ) that we were really
going…really doing this.  REALLY?  So to many, we actually tried to say good- bye.  Another  shout out to Debbie for helping in too many ways to mention.

Final preparations for departure and turning the house over to our new friends and renters, Steve and Susan, was a bit trying - some communication lapses created confusion and last minute chaos, but we were able to pull out about 10 a.m. Sunday. The trailer got a little heavier! Now we’ve added a little more stress to the 200,000 mile pickup and it’s making for a bumpier ride. We also had the bed full of stuff for the kids, so the first goal is to get over the pass and offload some weight.

We made it to Helena, pretty much crawling over the pass, and backed into Travis’ driveway for our first night. Took the kids to dinner- I always gulp a little when there are 3 or more football players joining us, because they can eat!

Sunday 10-21-12

So what would be more fitting than to start out with technical difficulties… new phone…a SMART PHONE  no less!  is kicking my butt and blacked out on us and we plan to suspend Billy’s but fortunately hadn’t done that yet so we have at least limited access for the moment…  So our intent is to “blog”v every day if there are noteworthy activities and occurrences and or internet  access, which as it turns out, has not hit the big time in North Dakota yet. (Not even kidding here!)

Our first stop was a difficult one. We pulled into Helena to say farewell to Mallery & Travis at school at Carroll College. THE ONE thing that is hard and hardest about this trip - on a parent - on me is knowing the physical distance from Mallery & Travis. We were able to spend a few hours with Mallery in her dorm and catch up with Hurdle & Heptathalon Training, Thanks to my saintly sister Connie (Auntie Doods) we were able to plan their Christmas travel to meet up with us on the East Coast. The process, albeit stressful, was reassuring to know that we will have that on the radar- looking forward to when we will all be together next.

We have struggled to get internet access but will get it figured out and be better about easy access.   More Soon.  On the road again!
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Debbie Dill on

I love this blog about your new adventure and look forward to following your travels ... more power to you and Billy for being such explorers ~ Drive on !!!!

gypsytour on

Thanks DD! Hey maybe we can find one of Jeff's gigs and get together like we did about (yikes!) 10 years ago! Mare

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