Tonight, we decided to drive to Boulder. I've heard so many good things about this little town, that I wanted to check it out. We arrived at around 7:00 PM and had a great dinner at a local pizzeria and then came back and sat in the hot tub at our hotel while the kids jumped in the pool.
(Pictures will have to follow tomorrow, because I left my thumb drive in the car.)
While the kids were playing and we were sitting in the hot tub, in this beautiful mountain town just outside of Denver, we were wondering why don't we live on the road?
I mean, THIS is the life.
We are traveling around this beautiful country, seeing new places every day, the kids are having a blast - we are having a blast - we don't have to worry about cleaning the bathrooms, mopping the floors, wiping down the kitchen counters and even the volume of laundry has been significantly reduced.
So, the first thought of the day is that we should sell our house and buy a big old RV. Unfortunately, because of the recent decline in the real estate market in San Diego, the equity that we could pull out of our house would probably be just enough to buy a big old RV. Two years ago at this time, we could have used our "California" equity to buy a house on an acre or two of land outright in many parts of the country.
Now, I think we'd be lucky if we could buy a double wide. So, we're thinking a Winnebago would be nice. Maybe a 35-foot 1973 model. Like Cousin Eddie, from Christmas Vacation.
The second thought of the day is that it is a bad idea to leave three-year-old triplets unattended in a hotel bathtub for FIVE SECONDS while you go to grab your cell phone. Because in the FIVE SECONDS that you are gone, they will pull every single bath towel in to the tub. And then, when you get angry and tell them "Look what you've done!!" They'll apologize and throw them OUT of the tub and there will be water EVERYWHERE and no towels to clean it up.
The third thought of the day is that although the threat "If you don't stop fighting, I will stop this car and put you out!!" might work very well the first five or so times you use it ... eventually your children will call your bluff and say "OK!!" And then, you might have to pull the car over and pretend like you are putting them out - and this is terribly stressful for everyone involved. So if you are planning to ever complete a cross-country road trip, make sure that you have a DVD player. Because so long as we have a movie playing ... EVERYONE IS HAPPY.
Tomorrow, we are planning to drive back to Denver and then continue east on I-76. The goal is that we are in Lincoln, Nebraska (or thereabouts) by tomorrow evening. Provided we don't keep stopping to see all of the beautiful sights and think about where we would like to live.
This really has been an incredible trip. Charlie and I are so excited to be on it, together - and we keep looking at each other in disbelief. Because a week ago at this time - the thought of driving cross-country wasn't on our mind ... and yet, here we are.
Or rather, here I am. Charlie's off doing laundry.
And it's so much fun to think about where we'd like to live because we've seen so many amazing places and we could imagine ourself in almost all of them. If money was not an object and we could live ANYWHERE we wanted to live, where would it be? And why?
Where would you live?