Question - What do you get when you cross: a nesting pregnant lady with an upcoming year of maternity/parental leave burning a hole in her brain; a cheap, research/organization-obsessed Virgo; some serious wanderlusting hippy tendencies; a penchant for minimalism/small living; a love of backcountry camping; a burning desire to breathe lots of salt air for long periods of time and; a highly-tolerant (possibly masochistic) spouse?
Answer - Possibly the most amazing (and insane) plan for an extended roadtrip ever.
Oh ya baby, we're going to try to take this (poop)show (two small kids, one skinny dog and two adults who should know better) on the road.
In a camper van. For 6 months.
I vacillate constantly between being super-excited and utterly-terrified. Wheee!
The current (sketchy) plan and timeline is to:
1) Give birth to a healthy (happy, mellow, easy-sleeper, champion-nurser) baby - late January/early February
2) Buy a reasonably-priced larger camper van (probably a used Roadtrek) - March/April
3) Figure out what to do with our current car and home while we're gone - April
4) Deal with any van repairs/upgrades, insurance, documentation, vaccinations, etc. - April
5) Come up with a rough plan for where we want to go and what we want to see (other than ocean, ocean and more ocean) - April
6) Pack up the van with a small selection practical and comprehensive roadtrip/camping supplies - May
7) Find enough leftover space for 2 child car seats, 2 small car seat occupants, a car-sickness prone dog, a driver and a navigator - May
8) Make appropriate sacrifices/prayers/offerings to any/all possibly sympathetic higher deities - May
9) Hit the road - May
10) Manage to make it to at least one ocean without any roadtrip-ending disasters - May/June
You'll no doubt be impressed that I've already purchased some aesthetically-pleasing and highly-practical Turkish towels. And I own a Swiss Army knife with a bottle-opener/corkscrew.
So really, we're pretty much ready to go.