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There are times in which I just need a bit of a reset. Sometimes, when the world seems to be closing in, when I am feeling overwhelmed, it becomes evident that an escape is much needed.

Perhaps it’s a recharge. Others may refer to it as running away.

Either way, it’s for my sanity. And for my family. I think that sometimes we, as a family – a culture -, get so caught up in the chaos that is everyday life and we forget what WE need to be a successful,

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Bzzzzz……Bzzzzz…..Bzzzz

Groggily I rolled over, wondering why my alarm on my phone was on the other side of the room. As I sat up, I realized the sound was not coming from my phone, but from Wanderstead Husband’s. He too was in a bit of a daze, but picked up the ringing phone, wondering who could possibly be on the other end at this hour.

I glanced at my phone. 3:04.

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It had been a long day. A long week, really.

It was an adventurous, exciting, and really neat experience, this whole driving to Alaska concept. But there were aspects that were difficult, especially with kids.

We arrived at Liard Hot Springs Provincial Park in British Columbia exactly one week after we had left home for our trek. Traveling along the Alaska Highway (or Alcan Highway) was proving to be more than we bargained for –

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This morning was cold. As I rolled out of bed at my new normal time of 4 AM, I realized that chill in the air wasn’t due to the overhead ceiling fan being on. I blindly opened the closet, trying to stay quiet, as the little one had come to our bed during the night and was sleeping soundly. I reached for the empty space where my long, fuzzy robe usually hangs, only to find it gone –

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In Where have all the mom and pop hardware stores gone?, Chad mentioned the hardware store his father owned up in Tekoa, Washington when he was growing up. There was mention of the simpler times; the almost Norman Rockwell-esque way of being brought up. I’ll admit now, I was nervous about heading up there to see it – first time for me ever, and first time for Chad since he left it at age 5.

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Today was a long haul. We started in Redding, CA, after spending 2 nights with my parents. We wanted to make sure to spend a little bit of time with them before officially beginning the Trek to Alaska.

This is the first leg of our journey from California up to Alaska towing a 24 foot trailer with two kids. We are traveling with my husband’s parents and will be exploring Alaska for a few weeks until we begin our journey back home to California at the end of the summer.

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There are homesteaders. And then…there are homesteaders. There are those trying to be self-sufficient on 1/10 of an acre and those who have thousands of acres and haven’t been to a store in 16 years.

We fall in between those two extremes.

We live in the foothills in northern California, just up out of the valley. Our home resides at approximately 800 feet above sea level and we have 20 acres of a combination of steep terrain and a little semi-flat.

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Our new lifestyle has now officially been going for one full month. That lifestyle is that Chad is home right now. I continue to work as a special education teacher.

This plan has been in the works for years. It hatched as we came across a quote that really stuck to us:

“You weren’t put on this Earth just to pay bills and die.”

How true is that? Isn’t it funny how just one simple sentence can stop you in your tracks?

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