As we do every other summer, we are awaiting the start of another adventure. In the past, we have driven from London to Mongolia, gotten married, cycled all over Europe, had a baby, you know... the normal stuff... SO this summer, we have decided to be as normal American as we can... We are taking a road trip across the USA!!! We intend to see many National Parks, camp, and have a great time!
On the other hand, we are Bruce and Andrea... and now Bruce, Andrea, and Emma. So we decided to take make our trip a little more interesting. We are taking The Big Blue Bus... across the country... with a toddler... and a tent on the roof...
I know... I know... but we just had to! It's Emma's FIRST ROAD TRIP!!!
So we enlisted the help of our AMAZING friends, aka The Horde, to help us get the most technically challenging part of our preparation ready. Thus descended our friends, over hill and dale, through Boston evening traffic, through Lynn, all for the love of... Emma! We needed help getting our new home for the next 8 weeks on top of the Bus. We recently purchased a pop-up tent that resides on the roof of your vehicle throughout your trip. This tent has a grand story of its own, having traveled around North America last year for 10 months with a very adventuresome couple in their own right. But I digress...
So back to The HORDE! They huffed and puffed and hauled the monstrous beast of a tent from the bowels of our basement. Up rickety stairs. Through cantilevered doorways. Once out in the cool night air, they circled the tent, pondering their strategy of attack, but with only one brain cell amongst the lot of them, this was quite challenging. With the speed of an elephant and the grace of a giraffe, up they went, with raised arms, thrusting their quarry upon the blue steed. They shoogled, they shimmied, they ratcheted and they eyeballed, the quintessential final placement of the hard shell clad tent. Each member engaged in the task most suited for their temperament. Before the sun had set below the dusky horizon, the tent was in place. They laughed at the ease at which they completed their evening task. With much guffawing and slapping of backs, they climbed aloft to experience the comfort they made possible for our family of three. Then off to sup, pizza and beer were much enjoyed along with good conversation in a circle of friends. When dinner was done, they left, one by one, into the night... weary but proud of a job well done.
Much thanks my friends. We couldn't do it without you!
So this concludes the first of many posts this summer. We hope you follow us on our journey. All our love.
The World is Ours!
B, A, & E