I recently read a good book by Rinker Buck, a journalist who set out to cross the Oregon Trail in a covered wagon pulled by a mule team – in 2012. In it, he recounts how the original pioneers embarked in overloaded wagons, with poorly trained animals, and unrealistic expectations of how much ground they … More Westfalia Wagon Train
In the last exciting episode of Don’t Make Me Turn This Van Around, we added a second van to the family. Have we jumped the shark? Um… neither of these vans are jumping anything. With the new (to us) Westfalia in the fleet, Monica wasted no time in setting up a dress rehearsal. Less than 24 … More Key Westy
For most of the spring, we’ve been cautiously planning a trip to Europe with a focus on art (for our daughter’s sake) and World War II (for our son’s sake.) I say “cautiously,” because we got a great deal on plane tickets – but were waiting for a magic genie to leave us the funds … More Euro-trip or Euro-van?
Our 2019 Spring Break trip was a highly anticipated opportunity to put everything we learned on the road last summer to the test. We would pack lighter and smarter. We would camp with finesse. We’d make it look easy – like those pretty people on Instagram who live in a utopia with no dirty laundry … More Spring Break Professionals
Spring Training has come to our house. A year ago, Monica was just toying with the idea of running a marathon. Today, she’s got her eyes set on getting competitive. She doesn’t think she’s going to the Olympics or anything, but she’s loves getting faster. She’s working with a group of seasoned marathoners and a … More Spring Training
On Thanksgiving 2017 we received a call back from a nice couple who was selling a sweeeeet van. We’d already looked at the vehicle, but it was promised to a buyer coming in from out of town. Alas, that party backed out and the van was ours. November 25 is our Van-iversary. Initially I was … More Happy Van-iversary
Before getting in to this week’s post, I want to say a word about a man who lost his fight with vEDS this week. J.B. was a frequent voice on a vEDS Facebook group that I follow. He’d had several complications over the years. Last week he suffered an abdominal dissection followed by multiple ruptures … More 8,500 miles in a van wasn’t enough… Monica is going 26.2 miles more.
The other day, one of my best friends told me about his family’s weekend road trip to Miami to celebrate his wife’s 50th birthday. They returned to the stomping grounds of their twenties to show their tween son and daughter where they lived – before kids. What ensued could have been lifted right out of … More A long series of near misses or a trail of destruction?
Friends, a lot happens on a two-month road trip and as I look back, there are so many tantrums, moments of frustration, periods of sheer joy, and hilarity that didn’t make it into the blog. Here’s a look back at some of the things that didn’t get their day of internet fame: The lamp and … More Outtakes from the road
*They say laughter is the best medicine, but I am not a doctor and nothing on this page should be interpreted as medical advice. If this is an emergency, please dial 911 – then read this until the ambulance arrives: Planning and executing a two month family road trip was a challenge. Doing it with … More Five tips for road-tripping with Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (that can even help humans with non-mutant arteries)