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Jul 26, 2009

This is a written and video documentary of our declaration of independence from the cold, depressing hell we have been living in for the past six years.  We are still on the road a month later and this is a recount of our adventure so far.  We are currently winging the last leg with the help of charitable organizations such as the Holy Ghost Church in Alberqurerque, NM, kind police officers through Travlers' Aid, and generous truck drivers.  May this journey be completed before the week is out.

Saturday, June 27, 2009 12:09 PM

"We thought that we could begin a new life there, but much to our surprise, it wasn’t so. Maybe a mirror DID get broken and that damn myth IS true, but after nearly six years of bad luck, it was time to leave. And so the next journey begins.

Not a moment too soon… actually many moments too late, but that was then, right? The last week has been spent sleeping on a set of bunk-beds in a room barely big enough for them, at what otherwise was really a blessing for all four of us. I know that is not what many would call the John Graham Emergency Shelter in Vergennes, Vermont, though. These last couple of days has really made it clear to us, though, that we need to make a break; and today is that day. Everything is sorted, packed or crapped, shrink-wrapped like you wouldn’t believe (another story altogether) and shipped. Once those pallets are on the truck, our path is set.

Not to back-track, but a little history never hurts. This ‘adventure’ really began six years ago, when Quinn was only four months old. We picked up our family and moved from Maui, Hawaii, to Bristol, Vermont. Not something you can do with a van and a U-Haul. This original move was work induced… (a whole other story).

So this time we are going with NO expectations, much less job prospects. We simply want to work on being self-sufficient, and that requires a real growing season to begin with. It is our hope that our Section 8 Voucher has been extended for a rare third time. That would be greatly instrumental in having a home when we arrive in Mendocino County. At the moment, we are in suspense on the issue because the notices are sent out to our mailing address, which remains in Ripton until we get to California.


To read more of this blog, go to The Great Adventure.  Please remember to add your name to our fan list and add your own comment if you wish.


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Lyra J. (78)
Monday August 3, 2009, 1:27 am
This photo is from the third day of our Great Adventure. We reached the Statue of Liberty and were stunned at its sheer size.

Be sure to read our most recent blog post which recounts the events leading up to our arrival and what we found out.

Karen S. (106)
Monday August 3, 2009, 4:51 am
Great story Lyra. Looking forward to more!


Lyra J.
female, age 36, married, 2 children
Ripton, VT, USA
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