Give a warm welcome to my husband Daniel, known on the internets as Daniel Bearman. I don’t even know why anymore. But folks call him that. He’s spilling the beans on what we’re up to after we move out of our house in Florida but before we arrive in TX. And it’s either one of the best ideas we’ve ever had or a nightmare of epic proportions. – Haley
By now, most of you have heard the news that we will be moving to a farm in Texas in September. And you may have heard that we’ll be moving out of our house in a few weeks. What will we be doing in between? Well we’re going to say goodbye to the Sunshine State towards the end of July and start making our way to Texas. But we’re going to take the long way around. The really long way.
We’re going to take over six weeks and drive around the country in our van with our three kids. We’ll visit friends, explore new cities, and discover national parks. We’ll go up through the midwest and then head through the great plains, over the rockies and to the west coast. Then we’ll head down California and turn back towards the southwest and finally arrive in Texas from the other side.
By the end of the trip, we’ll have visited 20 states and about a dozen national parks and monuments.
Admittedly, this is a pretty crazy thing to do with three kids six and under. But all three are doing pretty well in the car these days. And it’s impossible to imagine some other time when we won’t have a house or anywhere to be for a month. The stars have aligned and we’re going for it.
We’ve been planning a long time to try to make the trip as kid friendly as possible. There are very few long driving days (most days have less than 5 hours) and there are no back-to-back driving days. We’ll camp some of the time and spend other nights at hotels and with friends. Hopefully everyone (including us) will get more than enough time to run around and enjoy our stops.
We’ll do plenty of homeschooling on the road including history, science, geography, and math (are we there yet?). Benjamin is already incredibly excited about the junior ranger program at the national parks. But we’ve also already decided the most important thing will be enjoying each other. So if that means playing in a creek somewhere instead of seeing something on our list, that’s fine.
Here’s the possibly insane itinerary:
July 19-25 North Carolina
July 26-27 Mammoth Caves National Park
July 28 Louisville, Kentucky
July 29-30 Indianapolis, Indiana
July 31- August 1 Chicago, Illinois
August 2-3 Twin Cities, Minnesota
August 4 -5 Badlands National Park
August 6 Mount Rushmore National Monument
August 7-10 Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks
August 11-12 Boise, Idaho
August 13 Bend, Oregon
August 14-15 Crater Lake National Park
August 16-17 Redwood National Park
August 18-19 Central California
August 20-22 Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks
August 22-24 Los Angeles, CA
August 25-26 Zion National Park
August 27-28 Grand Canyon National Park
August 29-30 Albuquerque, New Mexico
August 31 The Republic of Texas
September 1 Waco!
We’re excited to be visiting so many places where we’ve never been before. After this trip, Gwen will have seen more of the U.S. at age 2 than we had at 29! We’re partnering with a few sponsors and have some speaking engagements lined up during the trip, but we have room for a few more. So if you’re interested in sponsoring a post or scheduling a speaking event when we’ll be in your area, just email Haley at email@example.com
We’ll be sharing our adventures on social media with the hashtag #crosscountrycarrots and we hope you follow along!