Our Family Adventure
Let's fast forward, shall we?
It's my day off after a sixteen-hour shift at the hospital. I lie in bed wondering what to cook my picky two-year-old daughter for breakfast, as she only craves savory foods (i.e. my wife is Latina who grew up eating mostly savory/salty foods, and I am a Caucasian from the midwest who regularly devoured tall stacks of french-toast, dripping with a heavy portion of Aunt Jemima Buttery Syrup). You can probably guess who she gets it from. So, after immediately regretting getting out of bed, I cook breakfast for us, wash the dishes, and finish tidying up our apartment. Meanwhile, she plays the game, 'launch gladiator Barbie into space by throwing her across the room and into the rotating ceiling fan'. I gotta say, Barbie got some amazing trajectory. Besides my toddler daughters entertaining fascination with the laws of physics, we did not go anywhere.
My wife works at the same hospital in LA doing opposite shifts and we only own one car. We were nearly immobilized (To clear this up, we do find moments to take her to daycare to play with kids her age as well as spending time with other family) After finding time to discuss how limited our life has become. We needed a plan.
"What if we ditch everything we've ever worked for and travel," I asked her. The look on her face was priceless yet intrigued.
"Now hear me out," I said. "Our energetic daughter needs more freedom than this and so do we. Let's buy a sizeable camper van, convert it into a comfortable living space, and travel the US."
She busts out laughing then stares at me concerned. "You're serious?"
"Couldn't be more. We'll drive through the summer and return in late fall. We'll teach our daughter about man-made monuments and nature along the way".
We talked for several hours reviewing every possible detail and both agreed it was a plan. This is where we needed help. Financially. We had a plan to travel as a family but not much money financially to start with. We will travel through the outer US to Arizona, Colorado, Texas, Florida, along with the east coast, circling back to the Midwest through Iowa and Minnesota. Our trip will end with San Fransisco as we return to LA in the fall. Please help us with our dream to give our daughter the learning experience she deserves.