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  • I've been climbing steps off my back porch for 2 weeks now. Who knows if it will be quite enough to get my legs and lungs in shape for Mesa Verde, or White Sand Dunes, but it makes me feel like I am preparing my body and dedicating a portion of each day to the experience of "THE TRIP". 35 years ago, my amazing parents packed up their large family and criss crossed this country in a Corsair camper to give their kids an unforgettable experience. This year, I aim to do the same (without the Corsair, god rest it's be-stickered soul). Now, I'm the one with 5 kids, and my daughter is a year older than I was when I hit the road with my parents.

    This is a huge undertaking. Financially and logistically it is challenging, as I am neither independently wealthy nor blessed with incredible organizational skills. But there is something about this moment in their lives that I don't want to miss. This country is at war with itself in many ways in 2012, but it is still as goddamned beautiful and rich (in stories and people) as it was when my parents made the commitment to show it to us. I want my kids to gape in wide wonder at the Grand Canyon, and whine in despair "how long IS Texas anyway??". I want them to see people and food and places they have never experienced before.

    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness..." said Mark Twain. I sure as hell hope so, and I'm not at all intimidated by the fact that he said it so long ago and it still needs to be said.

    I'll be sharing my stories of preparation and of course the actual TRIP. If there aren't amazing pictures, I'll be very surprised.
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