November 1, 2008 - Burlington, Vermont, United States

Our whole family is taking a semester break from work and school, and heading out to backpack around the world for eight months!  All the places we're going have been on our "life-lists" for a long time. We've planned and packed for over a year but basically have no idea about what awaits us.  Our trip begins December 23rd, 2008.

We'll try to update this blog at internet cafes around the world.  On the right, you can subscribe to a mailing list that will notify you each time we post a new entry.  You can see our itinerary and follow our progress by clicking on the map, and leave comments at the bottom of each page.  Please join us through this blog as we set off into the unknown together.


Family hiking


November 24, 2008
I look forward to messages
December 1, 2008
I was thinking about you the other day and wondered if you had left yet. I've got you set up in my RSS reader now. Good luck and have fun!
Jeremy B:
December 1, 2008
Good luck
December 1, 2008
I hope you all have a fantastic trip. We'll miss Lucas here at school but will be looking forward to following you along on all your great adventures. Bon voyage!

Mr. H.
Team Discovery:
December 1, 2008
good luck to all

hope you have a great time!!!
Jack Welsh:
December 1, 2008
My good friend , Rich Castine, teaches at Beckie's school and sent me this link/site. As an older (former) backer packer I am excited for you all and wish you all the very best. I 'toast' you all on your adventure. I will enjoy following your travels. Be well.
Josh and Ashley:
December 1, 2008
Can't wait to follow you all around the world! Be safe.
Elizabeth Nuckols:
December 1, 2008
Very exciting!!!! We look forward to following your adventures!
naomi, noa and zaq:
December 2, 2008
have a great time! can't say we aren't jealous but our turn will come some day!
Matt and Nick:
December 3, 2008
Hope you go to many fun places and have fun!
December 3, 2008
have a great trip,around the world.
Denise Noble:
December 3, 2008
Have an AWESOME journey!!! We'll be thinking about you. Seeing your picture reminded me of when Chris and I thru-hiked the AT in '94. It was an amazing and life-changing experience...and to think you guys will be walking all over the world! We'll keep you posted on OUR adventures too..Miss Genevieve (french pronunciation) has decided to take her time arriving...she was due two days ago! Still feeling fine though.
The English Family:
December 3, 2008
We are so excited for you guys. What a great adventure and experience. Have a safe journey and we look forward to following you along your way...
Alina Mills:
December 7, 2008
Any room in your suitcases for 2 more?! We wish you a safe and exciting adventure. If you make it to Wales, say "Bora Da" for me!

The green/browns:
December 12, 2008
Jen says: Eat good food!
Liz says: Yo! My name is Joe and I come from Alabama yo, yo, yo! My name is Joe, Joe, Joe!!!! :)
Keith says: Learn!!
Allie says: Dude! Wazz-up?!!!
Seb says: Give me my Spiderman action figure!!!
Bitsy says: Miow!!! Purr...
Garth Allen:
December 12, 2008
Awesome trip! I look forward to hearing details as you go. I'll miss you guys around Roosevelt Park this spring but am glad that you are making this happen. Enjoy and I'll be in touch!
The Bentons:
December 13, 2008
Looking forward to some AMAZING stories!
kelly richards:
December 20, 2008
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