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The Great, Great, Great Grand Adventure: Preparing to Depart

Posted by Rob Brown on November 2, 2012 in Ancestry Great Adventure

EATING AN ELEPHANT

Preparing for a trip like this is a lot like eating an elephant, if you think about more than one bite at a time the task seems impossible. In just over two months we have sold our house, prepared to leave our business, bought, serviced and modified a 40′ diesel motorhome, packed for a 6 to 9 month trip, planned a constantly changing 11,000 mile, 42 state itinerary, prepared our home-schooling syllabus for our three oldest children, prepared ourselves physically with dental, orthodontic and doctor appointments, and checked off what seems like a thousand other tasks from our daily To-Do-Lists. I don’t think we had any idea in the beginning that it would take this much work to get going. Now that we are only a week away from departure it still feels like we have a mountain to climb. The good news, however, is that our excitement for this trip has taken our energy levels to an all-time high, and even though some days we feel like we haven’t accomplished anything, we still wake up the next morning with a renewed sense of urgency to tackle to tasks of the day.

LAUNCH DATE – REALITY SETS IN…

Preparing the motorhome for this trip has taken more time than any of us expected. As a result, our launch date has been bumped a number of times, but this week we finally feel like we have a solid date that everyone feels good about. So, without further delay, the day of Friday, November 2nd looks like it will be the big day we pull up anchor here in Orem, Utah and start putting some serious miles under our feet. It really feels good to have a firm date to work towards. Our sense of urgency to get everything ready has really kicked in now and it is starting to feel very real. Even with all of the fun and excitement going on, we are starting to feel the sadness that comes when you leave great friends and neighbors, the people we have shared our lives with for the past 10 1/2 years. We keep inviting everyone to come with us in hopes that someone will take us up on the offer so we don’t have to go cold-turkey but no one has taken us seriously.

FAMILY HISTORY?

We knew we had American roots but we had no idea how deep they really were until after we made the decision to go on this trip. Since early August we have discovered that we have many ancestors who immigrated to america in the early and mid 1600′s including Peter Browne, a direct ancestor who came over in 1620 on the Mayflower. We have learned about Kathy’s connection to Pocahontas and Daniel Boone. We have discovered documents that prove interesting facts about the times and places where our ancestors lived. We feel that we have only scratched the surface of what we are going to discover and we are ready for the adventure of our lives. We are particularly interested in our ancestors who first came to America. We want to know what they left behind, why they came here, what conditions were like when they arrived, and whether or not they found what they were looking for here in America. We are excited to teach our kids about the characteristics and attributes of these amazing people.

By Rob Brown

Follow the Brown family on their adventures at http://www.ancestry.com/adventure

 

8 comments

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1 Marilyn RichardsNovember 2, 2012 at 11:08 am

I think this is amazing! Looking forward to the entries on your blog. My ancestors too came over on the Mayflower! I am sure that the paths of our ancestors crossed paths more than once. Will be interesting to watch.

Good luck in your travels and know that there are many of us out here that would love to do what you are doing!

2 Jody PryorNovember 2, 2012 at 1:49 pm

What wild, wicked, amazing fun you’ll have. I fall into the category of being insanely jealous.

3 Debbie HutchisonNovember 2, 2012 at 3:23 pm

No Conestoga wagon, early railroad car, riverboat or weary feet on a rocky trail, but you are explorers none the less. Pioneers about to discover our great country in a whole new way. Best of luck to your family in your travels. Looking forward to reading about your adventures in your blog.

4 JtNovember 3, 2012 at 1:06 pm

My hubby and I have now made 3 incredible trips ‘back East’ to connect with kin (new and old) as well as long-time friends from childhood. The joy of family research is that you keep ‘finding’ family! How wonderful is that??

But I think THE most amazing fact you all with discover is just how big and beautiful this wonderful country really is. I blogged about our trip two of the three times and family, friends and followers said they felt they were along for the ride. I am looking forward to YOUR journey and experiences on this trip and wish you all ‘safe roads’! You are going to have a blast on your ‘adventure’!

5 LindaNovember 9, 2012 at 9:33 am

It sounds like an amazing trip, one your kids will never in their lives forget. They’ll tell their kids about it someday.

One question–Have your had your completely loaded motor home weighed? With everything in it that would normally be in it as you roll down the road? Being seriously over your MH’s load limit, or the load limit of the tires, can be very dangerous. Be safe.

6 Bob MuellerNovember 13, 2012 at 6:54 pm

Be sure to check in to the Facebook Families On The Road group if you’re on Facebook!

7 Diane Crayne GardnerNovember 13, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Best Wishes for a fun and exciting journey!! I highly recommend Fulltime Families on Facebook, as well as, their website! AND I suggest you join the NomadicMama Facebook group (great support for the fulltiming moms) and Roadschool Facebook group (great ideas for homeschooling on the road)!! There are currently a zillion ;) fulltime RVing families on the East Coast, as there is a HUGE Rally being sponsored by Fulltime Families in FL in late January! Our family (me, hubby, our youngest daughter – 10 years) just celebrated our 1 year Nomadiversary .. originally from CA and travelling 6 months in the East in ’12/’13! If you need anything .. just post on Fulltime Families and there will likely be a family nearby to help out!!

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