For all our planning...
In April 2006, we sold our house, our truck, and many of our possessions. We put everything else in storage, bought a 30-foot motor home, and quit our jobs. Along with our 20-month-old son Justin, we hit the road to travel around the US for a year.
Our goal was to visit all 46 of the National Parks in the Lower 48.
The months of planning paid off. In July 2007, 15 months after we started, our trip ended in Rocky Mountain National Park. We had accomplished our goal and had the experience of a lifetime.
In more ways than one.
We didn't plan on this...
On the fifth day of our trip, after leaving everything behind and cutting ties to our former lives, we found out Susan was pregnant. It was the only thing during our planning we knew could derail our trip.
Instead, we decided to continue and welcome a new family member in our travels.
Zane was born in December. On the fifth day of his life, we learned he was born with a chromosomal condition called Trisomy 18. The doctors told us to prepare for him to die.