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The Year of Nomadic Living Begins

Monday, March 21, 2011

The first day of spring and we’re on our way to the Grand Canyon.  Moving out of our house was an arduous process but that’s behind us – literally and figuratively – and our year of nomadic living begins.  We got a late start of of LA yesterday, after doing our final storage unit runs in the pouring rain.  Several friends (and our landlords) offered to let us crash in LA another night, but we needed to hit the road and move on.  It’s funny, once we dropped off our 3 chickens at their new abode Sunday morning (local friends of ours with 4 kids who will spoil those fluffy birds), our place no longer felt quite like home.
We’re on our way to the Grand Canyon.  Spent the night near Laughlin at a casino at the tip of Nevada, ran some final errands today in Kingman, Arizona, and should be at the national park by nightfall.  It’s snowing there and I can’t wait to see the Grand Canyon with a dusting of snow on the plateau.

This morning on a whim I called to see if there were any last minute cancellations for the Phantom Ranch at the bottom of the canyon. We’ve been planning to get walk-up permits to do the hike to the bottom, camping at one of the backcountry campgrounds, but I’ve always heard Phantom Ranch is the way to go – if you can get a spot.  Normally you need to reserve it 13 months in advance.  Lo and behold, there was a cancellation and we’ve got a reservation for tomorrow night!  This means we don’t have to deal with a wait list to get our permit to hike and will definitely be hiking the trail tomorrow… and we don’t have to carry our tent & sleeping bags.  Amazing!!  As our friend Sarah said, this is great karma to start off our trip.  The reservation man on the phone was as shocked as I was that there was an opening (“Whoa… hold up, hold up… you need to get me a present ’cause this never happens!”).  I just wish my dad were here with us – he’s always wanted to stay down there (last time I hiked the trail with my brother and father, we camped at Indian Springs about halfway back up the canyon).   What a way for Seth to experience the canyon for the first time!

Here’s our plan for the next month:

This week – Grand Canyon, Sedona, and Phoenix, where we’ll be visiting with family

March 28 – We head to Tucson for a family trip with my mother-in-law and sister-in-law

April 2 – We’ll check out the White Sands National Monument in New Mexico, then to Santa Fe for a night to visit friends

April 4 – we hit the road to Chicago, where we’ll be for about 2 weeks before heading to South America on April 19.

Our car is full: camping gear, travel gear, life supplies for the next 5 months.  After South America we’ll be bouncing around the states so we packed accordingly.  I’m glad we’re not kicking this off in winter – I think I can fit 4-5 summer tops in the same space 1 sweater would take.  🙂

Heading into the Grand Canyon now… more to come later!

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Tuesday, March 22, 2011 8:48 am

    What an awesome way to start the trip! I can’t wait to read all about your adventures. Take lots of photos!! Safe travels, bon voyage!!

  2. Dana permalink
    Tuesday, March 22, 2011 10:33 am

    Congrats on the good camping Karma. Wahoo!

  3. Wednesday, March 23, 2011 10:18 am

    I will be following you guys! Great trip!

  4. Shephard permalink
    Wednesday, March 23, 2011 3:17 pm

    Yay! Year of Living Fabulously!
    Can’t wait to see photos!
    Please have a s’more for me at the Grand Canyon. Or at least pretend to.
    ~Shephard 🙂

  5. Briel permalink
    Friday, March 25, 2011 7:49 am

    Your trip sounds amazing! I can’t wait to read about your adventures on the road!

  6. Jeffrey Travis permalink
    Sunday, April 10, 2011 8:40 pm

    So excited for you guys. (And yes, the chickens are already spoiled– they’re treated by the kids like royalty!)

    • Kristen permalink*
      Monday, April 11, 2011 4:18 pm

      We are so glad the chickens have a great new home!

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