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On the eve of our big world adventure, we unveil our new travel blog! Tomorrow we fly to Panama--our first stop on a world tour that puts us on the road for 4 of the next 6 months.

First, the stats.

Three separate trips:
1. Starting tomorrow--Panama!
2. January - March: New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Singapore
3. April - May: Turkey, Italy, France, England

Each of us will be traveling more than 64,000 miles--the equivalent of circling the earth 2.6 times! (That's a lot of goldfish crackers and potty breaks.)

For the past 8 years, we have dreamed of taking our family on an extended trip to see the world. Until now, work schedules, school, and family obligations have prevented us from realizing our dream.

Now is the perfect time. Henry is in his final year of homeschooling before he starts public high school. Pearl is young enough to miss school but mature enough to handle lengthy trips (we hope). And everyone in our extended family is healthy.

Some of you may wonder: Why Panama?

It is on Henry’s bucket list. To describe Henry as an avid young birder is not really doing him justice. Henry LIVES for birds. We will be spending the next two weeks slogging through the rainforests, western highlands, and Caribbean islands of Panama in search of the elusive Resplendent Quetzal!


Posted by skwclar 19:01 Archived in USA

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by Donna Rowsell

Safe journeys. Thanks for letting us tag along via your blog. Best wishes to Henry in his birding quest.

by Jo-Ella Podagrosi Spratt

Have a fabulous time! Safe travels.

by Gabby

Alice and Phoebe will enjoy following you around the world.

by Susan Whalen

What a grand idea!! So excited to see how it all goes for you! You are making amazing memories for your children!! Bon Voyage!

by Sue Mutter

Have a wonderful trip, Sue! What are your dates for New Zealand? I'll be there between Xmas and January 7.

Safe travels,

by Preman Tilson

Safe travels! We're very excited to be able to go along with you on this amazing adventure.

by Ellen

Looking forward to viewing and reading online about all your wonderful adventures!!! Can't wait to get even more details in person in a few weeks!!! Safe travels!!!✈️

by Bruce

C'est merveilleux!! Quel privilège de vous suivre tout au long de votre voyage!
Je vous embrasse tous les 4.

by Claude Nicolau

Wow! I had no idea. That's fantastic.

by Jim Ross

Wow, Sue and Dave!!! Sounds like a life-changing experience and an incredible adventure for you all! Enjoy!!! So happy for you!


by Jen Brown

Best wishes for a wonderful trip to Panama! Perfect timing, it's getting cold in Chicago.


by ann palen

Your kids will always remember and cherish these memories! Safe travels!!

by Kara

How cool is this! Thanks for sending.
Beautiful photos.


by James Gorton

WOW!! So excited to vicariously see the world through you, Friends!! Be safe and grow and enjoy!!
xo Karen

by Karen McNees

Glad to see you made it ok!! Can't wait to read about all of your adventures!

by Lisa

You are one awesome family! Thanks for sharing this wonderful adventure - very exciting!

by Karin

I'm really enjoying your blogs. Thank you for sharing them with me.

by Hannah Voigt

So happy to hear from you. Have a great trip! Can't wait to hear about the birds! We have a date with one on Thursday! Mary and Dan

by Dan and Mary

Hi Sue and Dave!!
This is an amazing adventure for your whole family! Safe travels and will love to read all about your stories!
Stay safe!
Love Petula

by Petula

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