Thursday afternoon. 8 hours til departure. The house has a quiet buzz to it. The kids are 'napping'. The phones, kindles, ipods, cameras, lanterns, airpumps, everything are all plugged in. Everyone and everything is charging. Charging up for an adventure. The kids need those 'screens' as we call them, they are Digital Natives, a term I heard at a conference this summer. To not take them would be like taking corn away from Native Americans. They need them to communicate, to feel connected. So we are packing them and charging them.
I am baking. The old fashioned stuff that keeps us charged. Oatmeal cookies with chocolate chips, nuts, and honey. No Raisins. There are a minority who don't like raisins, so we give them preference. We want to keep them happy.
So we are fully charged. We've got trail food to keep us charged and we are on our way!