The End of an Era, The Beginning of a Lifetime…

image1 (2).JPGFacts from the trip

  • 6 months
  • One Versa-26,800 miles
  • Drove into 45 states (missed Alaska, Hawaii, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Nevada) and 2 countries
  • Stayed in 61 cities
  • Stared in awe at 10 National Parks
  • Camped 37 nights, crashed at 29 homes (THANK YOU! We have the BEST family and friends!)
  • Too many granola bars and peanut butter sandwiches to count
  • Hours of carpool karaoke
  • Two best friends = Infinite memories

187 days ago Nick and I began a journey that was doubted by some and envied by most. I swallowed the comments of discouragement and confusion because those opinions would not halt me. In fact, they encouraged me to discover greater places and be open to wider ideas. I started what seemed like a simple voyage and was unexpectedly served an extra large gooey slice of real world pie. Each moment was just as mystical and never failing as the last. My six month crusade of discovery, truth and humility has come to an end. However, the spirit of this time and what was learned will live in me forever. I do not plan to stop traveling (EVER) because it brings me immeasurable euphoria, but I am going to pull the reigns back a little.

I am delighted to announce that I will be teaching high school special education this coming fall and Nick will be continuing his undergraduate work. I expect many visitors this next year. We always have an open couch!

I will continue to blog on Mondays and Fridays, keep following! As always, comment below! Let me know your favorite place to visit in Minnesota and I will likely feature it on an upcoming post. šŸ™‚



  1. Hannah Sutter-Balke · August 28, 2016

    Ohhhhh I love this one! I’ve been catching up on your blog (and all of my emails in general) tonight. Count Will and I in for a visit next spring! It’s my turn, right? šŸ˜‰ And if you have any time off when I’m out of WI, or just want to come for a quick weekend, I’d love a visit in any of my next 3 locations!

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