13 years ago, as a middle school math & science teacher, I had a vision, and it involved my kids never attending middle school.
I felt so bad for the students. The girls’ bodies were changing, the boys voices were cracking, the girls were taller than the boys and the boys couldn’t sit still in their seats for 10 minutes. Whoever decided it was a good idea to put 25 adolescents in a room for six hours with one adult was definitely not a parent. This was insane. No, it was idiotic. I vowed many nights at the dinner table with my wife that our future kids would never be subjected to the cruel world of middle school. Did anything good come out of your middle school experience? No, the answer is no. Nothing good came out of that time in our lives, unless you count zits & wedgies and more embarrassing moments than you can imagine as good things.
So we started to envision a plan. Something that would be incredibly meaningful for our kids and would spare them the pain of those middle school years. We discussed taking our kids out of school when they reached middle school age, homeschooling them (we were both educators at the time), buying an RV and taking them around the country to see history where it actually happened.
Fast forward 12 years, and my future kids are now 12 & 10 years old. Middle schoolers! We were already homeschooling for five years at this point, but we hadn’t pulled the trigger on an RV even though we had attended the annual RV shows and had spent many nights on websites looking at different models & floor plans. It was time. If we were going to do this thing, it had to happen now or it wasn’t going to happen. The week COVID shut the world down, we put a deposit down on a Class C motorhome with bunk beds.
We picked up our new RV on July 6th, and two days later we left for a 6-week trip to the West Coast, full of wonderful scenery, a few costly mistakes, and memories to last a lifetime. In one trip, we saw:
- Field of Dreams
- Mount Rushmore
- Devil’s Tower
- Yellowstone & Old Faithful
- Mount Rainier
- Mount St. Helens
- Mount Hood
- Mount Shasta
- Napa Valley
- Yosemite National Park
- Sequoia National Park
- Grand Canyon National Park
- Oldest House & Oldest Church (Sante Fe, NM)
- Route 66
It was exactly what we had envisioned over a decade earlier.
This summer is our second year as an RV family, and we decided to trek out to the East Coast, a part of the country my wife & I had spent very little time, and our kids had never been, and this part of the country is full of history. So if you’re interested in following along, I’ll be blogging about our trip as much as I can, including some pictures and stories that will hopefully encourage you and inspire you to dream big dreams and pull the trigger before its too late.
We left our home in St. Louis, Missouri around 2:00pm, heading for Louisville where we’ll stay two nights, visit the Louisville Slugger factory & museum, as well as the Kentucky Derby museum at Churchill Downs. It was great to be back in the RV, a place where we often feel most at home. The drive through Illinois displayed the beautiful plains of the midwest before we hit the mountain ranges on the East Coast.