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The Great, Great, Great Grand Adventure: Earth, Wind, Fire & Rain

Posted by Rob Brown on February 4, 2013 in Ancestry Great Adventure

Three months on the road and time is flashing by so fast that we are starting to panic a little. We have been planning for February for so long and now that it is here it almost seems surreal, but there is nothing we can do to slow time down so we just keep planning the future and making the most of every day.

EARTH

One of Rob’s greatest fears as sole driver of the motorhome is getting it stuck in the mud. The earth has a funny way of holding onto things when water is added, and we learned how true this is when we parked our motorhome in a grassy field for a few days back in Illinois. We didn’t anticipate it turning into a mud pit the morning of our departure but it did and if it weren’t for some skillful maneuvering and miraculous good fortune we may still be there! We thank Mother Earth for letting us go and we hope and pray we never find ourselves in the mud again.

WIND

Who would have ever guessed that when the wind blows the people inside don’t sleep? Well it is true and we have had our share of near sleepless nights over the last three months thanks to the sound of wind whistling through every microscopic crack and cranny of our home on wheels. It is also a real party to drive a 65’  “wall” on the open highways of Wyoming and Nebraska as mother-nature blasts you with pushes and shoves for hundreds of miles.

FIRE

Other than the half-second when we thought Audrey’s hair was on fire, the flames of good fortune have burned bright and contributed to the positive memories of our adventure. Time spent in blacksmith shops and around campfires making smores have been absolutely awesome times for our whole family.

RAIN

As the old saying goes, “When it rains, it pours”, but being from Utah Valley where the winters can be long and miserable (especially this year), we have put our own positive spin on the old saying. Whenever it rains we like to say “When it rains, it pours, but at least it isn’t SNOWING!!!

The bottom line is that Mother Nature just doesn’t seem to care what we, as brief visitors on this planet, hope or wish for i.e. perfect 75 to 80 degree afternoons with a gentle refreshing breeze. She just does what she does and we can either plan for every possible scenario or suffer the consequences. We have had more than our share of rain and wind on this adventure, but over the past week here in Florida we realize how much more we appreciate the good weather because we have been through the not-so-good weather. We also reflect on the fact that many of the good and bad times faced by our ancestors were directly related to the weather. While some lost fingers and toes to frostbite, others lost their lives to exposure and extreme weather conditions beyond their control. We are just grateful that they left their story and that no matter what weather we have yet to face on this trip, we are facing it together.

7 comments

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1 Gail KennedyFebruary 4, 2013 at 5:37 pm

It wouldn’t be an adventure without the ups and downs of the road traveled, but in the end the good times out weight the problems. The good people you meet along the way are also a plus. Traveling in an RV gives you a different outlook on life and what we take for granted. Traveling around also gives you a different point of view on history you were taught as a child. Your children are lucky to be able to experience this at their ages. Good luck to you all and hope our paths cross again.

2 Gail KennedyFebruary 4, 2013 at 5:41 pm

Sorry Nick, I thought your blog was written by The Brown family who I met in Florida. But most of what I wrote also goes for you and everyone else out there traveling our great country.

3 Jean MulliganFebruary 21, 2013 at 8:32 pm

Rob, Kathy and children: It was a pleasure meeting you. I am so happy I got to meet you and I am looking forward to seeing you Tuesday. I do hope you will stay in touch with me and tell me all the fun and not so fun happenings on your way. Please remember you have roots here and we would love to have you back in Wilkes Co just to spend time and visit. Rob, I am going to make the connection to my children’s Brown side of the family, Cuz. ha ha Take care God Bless you all and I will see you soon.

4 Jean MulliganFebruary 21, 2013 at 8:37 pm

Rob, Kathy and Children: It was a pleasure meeting you today. Please stay in touch with me, I would love to hear about you great and not so great times. God Bless you all

5 shahinFebruary 24, 2013 at 8:31 pm

Who would have thought that if the wind blows, people do not sleep? Well, this is true, and we had our share of sleepless nights near the last three months, thanks to the sound of the wind whistling through the cracks and corners of our little home on wheels. It ‘also a “real party, a 65″ “wall” on the open roads of Wyoming and Nebraska when explosions Mother Nature suppressed and pushed hundreds of kilometers.

6 robi12February 26, 2013 at 3:51 am

It would not be an adventure without the ups and downs of the road to be traveled, but in the end the good times of the weight problems. The good people you meet along the way are also a plus. Traveling in an RV gives you a different perspective on life and the things we take for granted. Traveling in also gives you a different view of history you were taught as a child. Your children are lucky to be able to experience this at her age. Good luck to everyone and hope that our paths cross again.
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7 Jennifer Cooper (Spicer relative)March 1, 2013 at 7:09 pm

Dear Brown Family
We were hoping to catch you before you left the area but this is the best we could do. After reading about you adventure in our local paper (Wilkes Journal Patriot) my mother attempted to find a way to contact you about your hunt for the Spicers. We were glad to know you found the Spicer Family book written by Bernard Spicer at our local library. Mother wanted to let you know she would be happy to share any Spicer pictures with you. My mother is Barbara Craven Cooper and is the daughter of Izetta Spicer Craven (all in the book). The Spicer family reunion is still held each year here in Wilkes. If you are still in the area or can tell us where to forward information we would be happy to share.

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