Heading West – Our Road Trip to Salt Lake City, Utah

Screen Shot 2013-09-10 at 3.26.18 PMWe are excited to be heading out west! Lizabeth’s brother will be getting married in a week or so in Salt Lake City, Utah and instead of flying, we have decided to pack the kids in the car and head west. It will take over 4,000 miles, almost 2 weeks, and a whole bottle of extra-strength tylenol with two 15-year-olds and a 10-year-old (who will turn 11 somewhere around Las Vegas) in tow. It will be lots of fun.

How will we get the money for the trip? We don’t know. God is our Source. Driving is much cheaper than flying all of us there, and in my book, it’s a whole lot more fun. Lizabeth is not about to miss her brother’s wedding and I’m not about to miss a chance for a road trip. The money will show up on time just as it has every other time.

We have my Choice rewards which should give us a couple of free rooms along the way, we are staying with friends along the route when we can, and we can eat sandwiches in the car. Visiting National parks isn’t very expensive and we are praying for gas prices to go down. We just got rid of one of the house payments and we’ve signed up several new clients lately. I just landed another teaching job that I can handle from the road and I interviewed for another job this afternoon that I can also manage from the road. (Just since I started writing this article I’ve gained 2 new clients. When you are in the flow, God provides! Praise God!)

The important thing is that we are living our dreams, following our guidance, and we are happy. I believe that when we do those things, the money will show up on time, every time. God is our Source. And when we have those desires in our heart, I believe that God put them there.

Of course, we don’t follow just any desire that rears it’s little head. This trip was not a spur of the moment decision. This is something we asked for guidance about. We prayed about it. We asked if this was ours to do. We planned out our budget and found the least expensive way to make this work and make it fun for everyone involved. We are learning to follow our guidance, no matter what it is. Something we learned well from walking on fire (a story for another article.)

Our plan is to visit the Petrified Forest, the Painted Desert, the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Las Vegas, the Badlands, Mount Rushmore, the Corn Palace, and the St. Louis Arch. We will hit some other places in between as well. We are making this an educational trip that the kids will never forget. Learning doesn’t have to be done at a desk inside a school building (a rant for another time). We’ll definitely keep you posted as we trek across the US.

The kids are so excited they can’t stand it. They have plenty of books, DVD’s, games and other time-killing, car-riding activities planned. We have our map, our schedule and our sight-seeing excursions planned out. We’ve had the car checked out, and the pet and house-sitters notified. We just need to pack our bags and figure out this jigsaw puzzle of how to get enough stuff to last 14 days for two teen-age girls, one young man, and two adults in a Nissan Rogue. Creative solutions. I love it!

We have the laptops, cameras and phones ready so that we can work from the car and document our trip for all of you. Now, it’s time to get off here and go pack the clown car! See you from the road!




  1. Oh I promise you we will. You will probably get sick of all the updates.

  2. Yee-Haw! Have FuN! Be sure to let us in on the cool stuff along the way!
    Be Safe!

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