And we're off.

Trip Start Jul 29, 2012
Trip End Aug 01, 2013

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

You've all done it. Packed up your things during some kind of transition. While Leah and I feel fortunate to have found renters who were amenable to us leaving a bunch of our stuff in our garage and Zola's bedroom, which eliminated the need to rent a storage unit, getting the house in order for our renters to move in was draining, both physically and emotionally. Now that we're out of the house, all I can say is, "whew". We left the house in ship shape and feel great about the folks who will be renting it for the year.

Our initial plan was to button up the house together and drive, as a family, to Minnesota to begin our adventure. When Leah got word that she had been awarded the “Best Article Prize” by the Rural Sociological Society and their flagship journal Rural Sociology, we decided she should accept the prize in person in Chicago at the end of July. So, Leah flew, with Micah and Zola, to the Twin Cities (and Leah continued on to Chicago) and I (Steve) stayed behind to pack up the house and drive to Minnesota. Micah and Zola got to spend some quality time with grandparents, cousins, aunt and uncle in Minnesota. I got to spend quality time with my sister, Carolyn, my brother-in-law, Ben, and my niece, Maizy, who were visiting Bozeman. All good.

I departed Bozeman in the late afternoon of Sunday, July 30, and began driving east. At 11:30pm, my eyelids were getting heavy, so I pulled into the Buffalo Gap Campground in the Little Missouri National Grasslands in western North Dakota and found a spot to sleep. My plan was to sleep in my tent, but when I got out of the car and felt cool, bug-free air, and looked up at the clear, star-filled sky, I decided to skip setting up the tent and enjoy a night in the open. I had a great sleep. I’ll go back to that campground.

North Dakota sometimes gets a bad rap for being flat and boring. Driving through Theodore Roosevelt National Park in the morning was anything but boring. Beautiful light, beautiful landscape, peaceful aura … a nice way to start the day.

The rest of the drive was smooth. I caught a couple of cat naps at rest areas along the way. Plopping down on my sleeping pad and pillow in shady, grassy spots, I woke up refreshed. It was wonderful to see Micah, Zola, and Leah at our first family gathering spot – Arrowwood Resort in Alexandria, MN.
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Sara Rushing on

We miss you guys! Glad you got everything buttoned up and made your way safely to MN, Steve. We are looking forward to following your adventures, so keep up the blogging. Besos y abrazos, as I hear they say in your future digs. Sara, Scott, Guppie, Benny and Whip-o-Will.

Hunt ... Don Juan on

This is brilliant Steve .. I'll be checking your blog often. Congrats Leah on your reward. I didn't know bout that . I will report any news bout latinos here
Abrazos a todos VDS y buena suerte H

Lotus on

Yes, please! What a beautiful way to commemorate a year of family travel. Keep us posted!

Sharon Glick on

We miss you! June really likes to say "MicahZola" out of the blue...She rocked out at Sweet Pea I'm up too late getting weepy over the Olympics...Good luck with all the upcoming firsts. We'll be thinking of you!

Heidi on

Wow. What an adventure!!! We can't wait to hear more about your travels. Even the drive to Minnesota sounds lovely.

Becky Kreutz on

Love it! The Kreutz Crew is looking forward to keeping tabs on you guys while on this fantastic Mexican adventure. Please be sure to post lots of details, including everything about the amazing food you will undoubtedbly have. Pictures, too! Need to live vicariously...

Reilly Rose also is looking forward to learning Spanish from her pals Micah and Zola. Enjoy it all and keep the posts coming!

keendog on

ahh salem sue, a true sign of a trip across the norte.

Te dios de bendiga!

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