We are a Fulltime’n- Homeschool’n- RV’n family traveling throughout North America learning and experiencing the significance of memorable events, people, and places that have shaped our Country. Reading about these important moments in the dry pages of a textbook doesn’t have quite the impact as submerging children into a sensory buffet of living history battles, museums, and monuments. Between all the feasts of knowledge, our family volunteers at National, State, and Local Parks to show our appreciation of all that we have experienced, allowing us to give back to the communities that have enriched our lives with such great opportunities to learn and grow!
Wow, that intro sure sounds noble and grand, doesn’t it? I’ve been working on this “About“ paragraph for over 18 months. (one word a week, that should be a Guinness Record?) Summing up my family, any family, in one paragraph is crazy. But hey I get it, you got things, much more worthwhile things to do than read a dissertation on our family. I’m not saying the intro is not true because every single bit of it is 100% true. As cheesy and Pollyanna as it sounds, new opportunities to learn, explore, and volunteer are the reasons we keep going. It’s just that there is so much more, including the not so fun parts of traveling fulltime. Space, privacy, distance from family and friends, dumping poop tanks, and rising gas prices are an obvious few. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t trade this life for anything else. But Sunshine and Lollipops everyday, it is not. The purpose of this blog, I hope, is to give you a balanced perspective of life on the road- the good, the bad, and the ugly. Not too ugly, we wouldn’t want to embarrass the kiddos ;) I also have a passion for finding affordable edutainment and getting the best bang for the buck when locating campgrounds and other living necessities. Rest assured, I will only recommend deals or products that I have experienced, used, or purchased myself.
Until recently, each family member had their own blog. Unfortunately, they were not as passionate as I in posting on a regular basis. So now we are all contributors to the “Fogg Blog”. If you subscribed to the other RSS feeds, you will no longer get any updates. Please subscribe here for RSS updates or make it easy on yourself and get updates straight to your inbox through FeedBurner. I promise to never send spam or sell any information you provide through the FoggyPhils website.
To see the places we have traveled along with a brief review of the parks and campgrounds we have stayed, visit the Rearview Mirror. For a shameful and sorry excuse for an FAQ, feel free to check it out and be disapointed here. I hope to rectify it soon but seeing as that intro paragraph up there took 18 months, I wouldn’t hold my breath. Instead, I suggest honking at us via our website contact form. I reply to every single email. If you don’t hear back within a couple of days, try again or leave a comment on any blog post and one of us will contact you. If you have miraculously found yourself enjoying any part of our blog/website, please sign our Guestbook. (Yep, they still have Guestbooks on the Internet).
If you were able to stay awake and read this far, I assume you must be procrastinating or avoiding something quite awful! So to make your tasks not appear as terrible as you might think, I leave you with a bland recap of our journey thus far:
We started our adventure from our home town in Charleston, SC, in November of 2009. After picking up our 2009 Monte Vista 35BH Fifth Wheel in Statesville, NC, we headed South for the Winter. We spent a majority of our time between Texas and Florida including a 2 month volunteering gig at the beautiful Giligan’s Islandish Ft. Desoto County Park in Tierre Verde, FL near St. Petersburg. We also attended our 1st Families On the Road Rally at Jetty Park in Cocoa Beach, FL.
The Summer and Fall of 2010 found us making our way North as far as Pennsylvania. We also spent time in Washington DC, Williamsburg, and Asheville. By our one year anniversary on the road, we decided to try something different and sold Christmas Trees in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
We celebrated the 2011 New Year by staying in the Florida Keys for most of January and then trekking through Everglades National Park for a couple of weeks. After a brief visit back home in Charleston, we decided Nashville was calling us and set out to complete 48 missions which you can check out at Dolly or Bust!
My brother married at the end of March and we were able to get there without too much trouble driving straight from Nashville, TN to Tyler, TX in two days. During the week of the wedding, I enlisted my 7 month old niece in Auntie Holly’s Baby Boot Camp (classes available soon in a city near you!). For the past month, Austin has been home. As soon as it starts hitting 90 degrees on a daily basis, we will head North to parts unknown!
We don’t usually plan too far ahead as to where we will travel next. Depending on what the kids are studying, price of gas, weather, etc. will determine how far and what direction we travel. As of now, we want to visit New England this Summer and head West in 2012. Obviously, we are not fast whirlwind travelers. I’m hoping to at least drive through all 48 Continental States before Anna graduates High School in 2014!
Holly, Brad, Anna, Chase, and Cooper
Last Updated: May 6, 2011
If you’ve been inspired or curious about hitting the road yourself, I suggest, no I implore you to check out the Families on the Road website along with the FOTR yahoo forum. You will have access to more info than you could possibly ever absorb in a lifetime and see what other families are accomplishing on the road by visiting several blogs linked from the Families on the Road Website.
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# Venn Diagram: Leslie Gore (Sunshine, Lollipops, Rainbows pic) by Jenny Addison, firebrat @flickr, used under the Creative Commons License