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New Look, New Purpose

First I should start with an apology. I haven't blogged about our travels since October and for that, I am sorry. I could give all sorts of excuses, mostly involving my kids, but honestly, it was becoming more of an obligation than I wanted it to be. I originally wanted to write about our adventures and recount what we were doing, not only for the sake of family and friends, but for our own sake, as a kind of family journal. But the truth is, it was a chore to just rehash everything we did each day, especially considering how much we were cramming in week after week. I couldn't keep up. Fast forward to Christmas. We were back in Milwaukee for three weeks. We were traveling at a breakneck speed, trying to see the entire continental United States in 9 months. It was exhausting. We were enjoying our new life but also were in desperate need of a break. If only we could travel indefinitely, we could slow down our travel, be able to take breaks several days a week, and even save mo
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Portland, ME Part Deux

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Loop 2: Niagara Falls and Albany, NY

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