Posted from Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, United States.
We’ve been at my parents’ house for the past week, trying to get organized. We’ve done a fairly decent job so far but we haven’t left yet, which means there is still more to do. We still have to finalize the wardrobe selections and organize our camping gear, among of things. But we have been having fun spending time with my parents and seeing friends and relatives.
The big excitement is that Apollo has gotten gussied up this week. He is outfitted with new accoutrements, including a bug deflector, ventvisors, and Maggiolina, the roof top tent. We took a bunch of pictures, which are on the Apollo: Pictures page.
We also did a test run raising and lowering our Maggiolina roof top tent. I think we may spend the night inside the tent this week to get a feel for it. The weather here has been a little dicey for the past few days, so we’ll have to wait and see. Check out those pictures on her very own page, Apollo: Maggiolina.
And then here at headquarters, we need to make sure that everyday life stuff is organized for my mom to handle while we are on the road: things like 2011 taxes, legal issues, and other assorted uninteresting stuff like that. We also need to carefully and methodically walk/talk my parents through Skype so that we can all stay in touch after we leave.
As for scheduling, we have been working at filling in our dates for October and November. The plan is to see California, Nevada, and Arizona during that time (including Joshua Tree National Park, the Grand Canyon, and plenty of wineries) with the anticipated border crossing to occur in early December. Thanksgiving may be very understated this year, but that’s just fine. No one needs a banquet to have a reason to be grateful; there are reasons all around us every day.
Speaking of which… new quotes are up. Enjoy!
Next stop: my hometown of West Bend on Friday. Oh boy!