Thank god for Dog Man, Lumberjanes, Zelda and Neil Gaiman, they allowed me to enjoy the beauty of Southeast Utah. Especially the Canyonlands and Arches. The books kept all of us sane. When I did giddy shrieks of "OMG LOOOOOKKKKK!!!!" and my boys would look up from their books and do feeble attempt of wows and return back to reading. I drove for hours in peace and at one certain point, they wanted to read at the picnic spot and I went to hike (10 mins) on my own at my own pace.
I totally got them and could relate. My husband and I traveled Southeast Asia for 3 months and we got to the point where we were templed out. They are natured out, for now. I hope. I did manage to drag them to some trails after a lot of bribing, though.
I told my boys that after Santa Fe, the terrains will be pretty much flat until we head towards northeast. I wonder what the rest of the trip will be like. I already have November pretty much planned out, after that... it's totally up to whatever works best for us. I love the uncertainty of what lies ahead because I know, no matter what, we will see new places and continue to make memories.
just a mother who fled from society's constraints and is super excited to wake up to the outdoors, remain braless daily and teach her boys the art of boredom and discovery.