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The Year Trip We are on another grand family adventure. This time we are taking 10 months to circumnavigate the globe!


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Tuesday, 19 Sep 2017 | Views [61]

France I was very excited to venture to a place that Chris and I visited 17 years ago. We stayed in a town just down the road from where we stayed on our first visit.  We really did not have any plans, just to slow down and take a break. ... Read more >

Tags: . france, yeartrip

Barcelona, Spain

Tuesday, 19 Sep 2017 | Views [67]

Barcelona We had a great stay in Barcelona, experienced our first Airbnb, road the metro, and as we have in many of our other cities, did a lot of walking.  When we first arrived in Barcelona, we were still a bit tired from Madrid, but did not ... Read more >

Tags: spain, yeartrip

Madrid, Spain

Tuesday, 19 Sep 2017 | Views [59]

Madrid We pre-purchased the city bus tour for a two-day pass before arriving. We decided to do this on our third day since we wanted to attend a free-walking tour our hotel receptionist suggested. The tour was free, but tips for the guide were welcome, ... Read more >

Tags: spain, yeartrip

Morocco Wrap Up

Sunday, 27 Aug 2017 | Views [158]

Our first night in Morocco was in the city of Casablanca. We ventured out to dinner and ate at a nice little restaurant. We didn’t do too much, because we had an early appointment with our tour guide, Hicham. The next morning, with Hicham, we ... Read more >

End of Morocco

Wednesday, 16 Aug 2017 | Views [131] | Comments [1]

We are bringing our time in Morocco to a close.  I still want to go back and write up some more on South Africa and our game reserves, but our goal was to get caught up now.  The primarily problem is time and internet.  We have been on ... Read more >

Tags: family, morocco

School Started

Tuesday, 15 Aug 2017 | Views [108]

Not that the girls were not getting a good education traveling, learing geography, animals, life experience, and everything else we encounter in the next 10 months, but we want, at least semi-scheduled, schooling. We decided to start school on a specific ... Read more >

Tags: education, kids, schooling, trip school

Elizabeth Clothing

Sunday, 6 Aug 2017 | Views [59]

In preparing for our trip I researched a little bit on what kind of pants to bring. I found what I wanted at Moosejaw and ordered it online, unsure if I would receive them in time, I purchased another brand at REI. I ended up getting the first pair and ... Read more >

Tags: clothing, rei


Saturday, 5 Aug 2017 | Views [43]

We are over a month into our trip and we have discovered to always have coins handy for tipping. Currency and credit cards are another issue.     In South Africa you will need to tip similar to the United States, however, it only needs ... Read more >

Tags: money, morocco, south africa, tipping

South Africa Suggestion

Tuesday, 1 Aug 2017 | Views [33]

We drove the garden route in South Africa.  During the drive we stopped at several National Parks.  Each park has its own entry fee.  However, they do offer a multiple park pass that might be worth looking at, it probably would have saved ... Read more >

Tags: national parks, south africa, wild card

Professional Bread Thief - The Monkey

Tuesday, 1 Aug 2017 | Views [43]

At our second game reserve, Kariega, there was a large lunch hall that was open to the outside. After we sat down and ordered our drinks, we were about to get up to go to the buffet -- all of sudden a vermin monkey come into the lodge’s eating ... Read more >

Tags: bread, kariega, monkey, thief

Kaleigh’s laugh at antelope play

Tuesday, 1 Aug 2017 | Views [47]

We have completed 8 seperate safari drives 4 at two different locations.  I will shorly post about them.  I wanted to get this little story our there first, because Elizabeth and I still laugh about it. If you know Kaleigh, our 7 year old, ... Read more >

Tags: antelope, funny, lalibela, mating, playing

Cape Town - On the Move

Sunday, 23 Jul 2017 | Views [189]

NOTE: WE ARE WORKING ON IMAGES.  THEY SHOULD BE UP IN NEXT DAY.  WE WILL UPDATE POST WITH IMAGES.   It has been a busy couple of days.  Our plans had changed a couple of times do you both weather and rough seas.  So, the ... Read more >

Cape Town Heritage

Tuesday, 18 Jul 2017 | Views [163] | Comments [5]

So it is my turn to add to the blog.  Yesterday our tour guide, Lele, took us out of the inner city to communities where people live. We had a couple of stops to see different housing of different classes which were integrated in the neighborhoods.... Read more >

Cape Town Day 1-2

Sunday, 16 Jul 2017 | Views [270]

After a 9 hour and 45-minute flight we made it to Cape Town, South Africa.  It is nice to know we do not have another flight for about 3 weeks!  When we arrived both girls claimed it was a quick flight and they barely slept on the ride. ... Read more >

Tags: apartheid, cape town, museum, slavery, south africa

Doha Qatar

Friday, 14 Jul 2017 | Views [192] | Comments [2]

We completed the first plane ride of our journey.  We flew from Chicago to Doha Qatar.    Here we are before taking our first flight, you that is our complete language for the next 10-months.    My parents drove us ... Read more >

Family Friends GoodBye

Tuesday, 11 Jul 2017 | Views [160]

Reality started to set in this week for Elizabeth and I about the adventure we are about to set out on.  Are we prepared, is everything planned right, is every left at home ok, the list goes on and on.  The past 11 days we have had a great ... Read more >

Tags: family, friend, goodbye, start, trip, world

Going to Michigan

Sunday, 9 Jul 2017 | Views [141]

We made it to Michigan. We had a little bit of an adventure on our way to Michigan.  We decided to take 2 vehicles to Michigan to leave an extra spot in our garage for the renters, so Elizabeth drove one and I drove the other.  In Cincinnati, ... Read more >

Tags: brakes, driving, michigan

Route Mapped

Tuesday, 20 Jun 2017 | Views [303] | Comments [1]

Deciding the best way to show our route at our up coming going away party we created a map.  We used:   $13 dollar piece of plywood Lowes cut to size 2 packs of 12X12 corkboard 1 rand mcnally word map 2 cans of spray glue ... Read more >

Tags: around world, family, map, plane, travel

Renting the House

Monday, 15 May 2017 | Views [249] | Comments [1]

It took a lot longer than expected to rent the house. However, we knew it was not going to be easy because one of the requirements to rent the house was to take care of our two cats. We thought we would find someone because we have everything setup, ... Read more >


Monday, 15 May 2017 | Views [226] | Comments [1]

Our two daughters have been going to public school since Kindergarten. In the fall Brooklyn would be entering 4th grade and Kaleigh 2nd Grade. This will be the first experience they will have outside the public school system. Elizabeth is a teacher so ... Read more >

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