Blogs authored July, 2014

  • Chapter 1, Rockford, IL June 14-15, 2014

    Posted by  Brooke Tower on Saturday, July 19, 2014

    Our ideal is to not travel too many miles at one time.  Rockford, IL seemed like a perfect place to spend our first night after traveling about 5 or 6 hours.  Illinois is "home" for me, and has been "home" for J., though now after living in Michigan for 9 years, those connections look and feel differently.  My Grandma Swanson lives in Rockford and found out that we could park in the parking lot of Fairhaven, her retirement community, for a night. Delicious and comforting foods made with love is



  • Time savers and time spenders—finding things

    Posted by  Brooke Tower on Saturday, July 19, 2014

    Every choice has costs and benefits, both pros and cons. Living in an RV is no exception--there are things that make it easier and others that make it more difficult.

    For example, life is simpler in a smaller space. It is less than 20 steps for me from one end of the RV to the other. Vacuuming the entire space takes 20 minutes or less.  Getting from the kitchen to the bathroom to brush my teeth takes only a few steps compared to the many it took crossing our family room, down the hall, up the sta



  • One month into this 48 State Project

    Posted by  Brooke Tower on Tuesday, July 15, 2014

    It is hard to believe that one month ago today we pulled out of our driveway and began this crazy adventure.  J. and I definitely have moments of "are we actually doing this?!?"  Our truck tires have crossed the borders of 11 states (which might make it seem like we are about 23% through this adventure after only one month). We have crossed many miles of the wonderful Midwest.  When I remember road trips as a kid, they were usually through Wisconsin to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to visit my



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