We've decided to abandon our attempts to be a normal suburban family and hit the road for the life we want to be living. By decided I mean, we took a weekend road trip to North Carolina again and started talking about what we want to do travel wise in the next five years.
This summer is pretty much booked with the wedding in June and baby Dominic due in August, so I don't foresee much traveling happening this year. But we have some high hopes for our future.
I just read MomsByHeart's post on how they're living on $200 a month on their camper adventure. And it inspired Trisha and I to look at how we can get to full time traveling.
I've since discovered the Families on the Road community and are even more inspired. Honestly, it's nice to know what our financial priorities are and what our outlook looks like beyond saving for what ifs and grinding away at work. So anyway, I think we'll hit the road as soon as the baby is done with diapers. Here's how we plan to do it.
Belle Isle has been a point of contention in Detroit politics since before the Emergency Manager was even announced in 2013. During bankruptcy proceedings, it was leased to the state of Michigan which now manages it as a state park. It's also one of our favorite spots in Detroit.
When I moved here for work, I picked an apartment less than a mile from the island.
Trisha and I took our kids there the summer we met.
I proposed to Trisha on that same beach.
And surprised her with a photographer for a same-day engagement shoot.
So when it came time to plan the wedding, we decided to host it there. That's where the whole state-taking-over-from-the-city thing threw a wrench in our plans.
In prior years, the all of the facilities on the island could be booked starting on March 24 of that year. This is no longer the case. The city has finally taken down their Belle Isle page, two months after the shift from a city to state park, but in the last two months we've chased down threads of information about the various sites and finally have a comprehensive understanding of what to do.
In April 2013, I moved from North Carolina to Detroit. I couch surfed for the first two weeks to get a feel for the area (and a one night detour in Atlanta on the way up) and wrote about the experience. What follows is a look at what I posted to social media, what really happened, and the music I was listening to.
Sleep late, have fun, get wild, drink whiskey and drive fast on empty streets with nothing in mind but falling in love and not getting arrested. - Hunter S. Thompson
I imagine that my experience is not unique: In the weeks leading up to a vacation, I begin to really get bogged down in the day to day. Work gets routine. Family gets routine. Routine gets routine.
This year was extra difficult because instead of getting time off for Christmas, I worked a lot of overtime. The pay was good, but by the time March rolled around I was toast. So it was that I took my final page assignment, EDIT/PERSPECTIVE, to heart. I returned seven days later, much refreshed and sporting a much improved perspective.