WHAT. A. RIDE. 10,800 miles. 30 states. 14 National Parks. 8 Naked Cliff Jumps. 5 Lost Teeth. 8 BBQ Joints. Infinite mosquito bites. 2 Great Lakes. 3 Destroyed Bikes. Countless moments of struggle & sweat, happiness & joy. There are endless stats for this trip, really. But what I know we will always remember, at least what I HOPE we will always remember, is that you can never fail when you take risks. That NOTHING is an impossible dream. To have seen our country this way has been the most incredible gift under the most difficult of circumstances. We return home GRATEFUL.
Family Goals Come to Life Coming home from our epic adventure last Summer, it quickly became clear that we just couldn’t get over it. I couldn’t stop thinking about how I had truly never been happier than I was on the road for those 60 days, and Justin and I so very frequently reminisced, talking about our favorite stops, retelling funny family stories from the trip, and daydreaming about our many pit stops on the road. And then two episodes with two of our kids quickly reinforced that I wasn’t the only one. The first incident happened one evening when I picked Grace up from her girl’s chorus rehearsal. She was in tears. When I probed her immediately about what was going on, she replied, “Our director was talking to us about Summer Memories, and I just kept thinking about ‘Thor’ (the nickname of our RV from last Summer), and how much I miss being on the road.”. Then, a few weeks later, one evening Brady came into our bedroom in tears. Justin and I were quick to assess the root
Bend/Sunriver Following our time in Crater Lake, we ventured 2 1/2 hours to Bend/Sunriver, where we spent four glorious days. Our first day was spent exploring Bend. We hiked along the Deschutes River (quickly named "Da Shoes" by the kids), played downtown, and hit up the Sunriver Brewery for a beer and some snacks. That night we built an awesome fire and cooked dinner outside and played some games. Day two was spent exploring the resort town of Sunriver on bikes. What a glorious day! We biked from the heart of Sunriver around the river loop, winding along the Deschutes River. The kids loved being on bikes, and the trail was perfect for them. We picnicked on the side of the river and explored a local park and played a few games before heading back to camp for dinner. Our third day in the Bend area, we ventured north an hour to meet up with the McDonnell family (friends from c