Saturday, July 16, 2011

No destination.


The strangest thing is the journey with no destination. The no plan.

At home, in our real lives, we fly through each day trying to get the most done. Like a race from morning to night. My farmer boy has three to-do lists going most of the time: A today list, a short term list and a longer term list. I race around from one thing to the next, housework, making, baking, taking, picking up and dropping off. We always have something we should be doing and somewhere we should be going. A plan.

But this journey will take some getting used to. Six months with a car and a caravan. Driving, exploring, seeing, camping...no place to go, no place to be.

We hitch up the caravan, we jump in the car, we drive. We stop at playgrounds, for tea breaks and meals, or if we see something we'd like to see a bit closer.

There is no are we there yet because we don't have a there.

A couple of days after we set off, we'd been driving for a while when Miss Pepper asked why we were going to so many places and where would we be at the end? That's what the caravan adventure is, we told her for want of a better answer, going to lots of places and seeing lots of things.

Will we leave here today and head off or tomorrow? Will we go to Adelaide or skip it? Will we drive for a whole day or half? Will there be op-shops? playgrounds? markets? other kids? Will we have a bbq for dinner or tacos?

Who knows?

No plans.

Only adventures.

Happy weekending folks. Hope there are lots of adventures for you too.

43 comments:

  1. A shot of the outside! Only yesterday was showing your photos to my husband. And he more or less said the important things hadn't been covered , like the size of the caravan, what car was towing it etc. So maybe your farmer boy might have to do a guest blog to satisfy all the blokey stuff?!Which in turn will help all of us out there who want to do what you are doing but have to convince our other halves first.

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  2. Magic!
    Enjoy your nomadic lifestyle. I bet the children are loving it. And you too, it seems!
    X

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  3. Oh gosh bit green with envy at the moment, hope you are relaxing and enjoying it...when you go past or stop in Adelaide I'll wave to you! :)

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  4. the 'no plan' sounds like bliss!

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  5. Sounds absolutely blissful... for a month. Six months of it might do you in 'cos you're such a do-er. We shall see, no? x

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  6. if you decide to visit sunny adelaide, let me know - my offer for coffee and cake still stands. and, if you are very lucky, i might just let you pat my chickens and collect my eggs :)
    happy travels!!
    l
    x

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  7. Sooo envious of you all at the moment! We were in NT this time last year...it was soooo hot in July...beats our barely 1oC we're having in the mountains right now! Enjoy.

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  8. Funnily enough I think of you guys often, and that exciting adventure. A REAL adventure.

    I'm sure it will be filled with memory-making moments!

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  9. as much as I don't like the rush I find myself in and the I should be doing this or the we should be here, I need to be there etc etc etc I find The Foxy Family lack of plan both inspiring and terror inducing at the same time. Equal parts methinks.x

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  10. Sounds like you're doing an awesome job of switching off from routine & embracing the trip, already!! Well done!!
    Look at those happy faces & how TALL are your girls getting?? My eldest will over take me soon, i'm 5'6" so it's hardly a huge marker but they'll be aiming for my tall husband next.
    Are you a bit judgemental of other people's organic fruit & vegetable though?? Love Posie

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  11. Sounds like utter bliss, just making up as you go along.
    Enjoy xoxo

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  12. I love holidays like this - they're the best ones :) No plan, so no expectations, and usually lots of delightful surprises :) Kx

    p.s. Love those roadside fruit/veg stands too - aren't they wonderful? :)

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  13. What an adventure. Not sure that I could do it for that long but can't wait to see what you come across along the way!

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  14. Delightful Kate!!! I am thinking we may have to hire your caravan! hehe

    Love Rach xx

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  15. It sounds DIVINE Kate - enjoy no plans.

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  16. Oh please don't skip Adelaide (at least not the Adelaide Hills) There is lots to see and do and some of the locals are lovely (just a bit biased!) You can always email me if you want a list of stuff to do and you're welcome for a cuppa if you want to come and see where one of your dresses ended up LOL!

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  17. Go Kate Go. Enjoy every precious moment with your children at this fantastic age. We are so inspired. Might hav to find one of those vans also.
    Take care and enjoy.
    Robyn

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  18. I think you'll be living in a different world for the next six months or so! It is quite a funny sensation..enjoyable though..when you're outside of the 'work Australia' and in more of a tourist mode. We took a couple of weeks to move from Canberra to Qld a few years ago and then had several months to find our feet here when we arrived, I think we grew even closer to the kids and loved our new adventure..I know you will as well. Maybe you could leave a few craft footprints along the way in various places..a couple of pom bombed bushes?? A small crocheted toy in a bag for a serendipitious encounter with a small child??? Did you bring any of Kellies 1000 Homes of Happiness??

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  19. Loving your travel blog posts so far. Feeling so lucky to live vicariously through your caravan adventures. Enjoy every minute and your girls will NEVER forget this. When I was about 10 my mum took me on my dream holiday- to every tacky tourist destination in SE Qld. We did the Big Pineapple,Big Cow, Big Shell, Thunderegg farm etc etc etc. Best holiday EVER. melx

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  20. I thought all that red dirt and mallee scrub was looking familiar, you just passed through my home town of Mildura! The Fine and Sunny girls are a good bunch hope you had a nice time here a million miles from nowhere lol.

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  21. Oh I am totally loving the sound of having no plan Kate and just going where your heart takes you...I reckon I could live life like that and be one very happy gal :)

    xx

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  22. Of course you will go to Adelaide. You'll be sad if you miss it!

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  23. The concept of no end must be so hard for a very small to grasp. Loving your very blue caravan.

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  24. It sounds like a great way to travel, explore where you want, take your time and enjoy the adventure. Thanks for sharing your travels, it's great to see what you're up to it sounds like heaps of fun. xo

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  25. Sounds perfect! I'd love to do something like that one of these days.

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  26. Kate have a wonderful time, look forward to keeping up to date with all the travel stories!
    This is inspiring, my hubby and I have been talking about doing something like this for years...must do it!
    And as for Adelaide...it is pretty and worth a look...I'm from the Adelaide hills and it's beautiful.
    Have fun!!

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  27. The 'no plan' sounds like a great plan to me.
    A proper adventure.
    Enjoy every minute of it.
    X

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  28. Loving your plan with no plan! The kid's will have some wonderful memories of this trip.

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  29. sounds perfectly lovely. so much to see. getting excited here (and a wee bit afraid) god speed kate & co

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  30. Having no plan, no to-do lists, and no need to rush...that is the beauty of it. Love the photos!

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  31. Oh the memories you will all bring back. The times at the dinner table which will begin with...'remember the time we.." and go on from there. We have taken two trips with our 4 kiddos to the West Coast of Canada and to the East Coast of Canada, we live north of Toronto sort of middleish in Canada. We tented the entire time took bikes and a gypsy looking trailer to haul all of our 'essentials'. My guys are 15, 19, 20 and 22 now but we still pull out the pix and reminise(sp?) about those 2 amazing trips. We are both teachers so our trips fit into our summer holidays not the adventurous 6 mos you daring-dos are taking on. Best of luck and be assured I will be checking in on your progress--Have tons of fun!

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  32. Oh, the envy, the envy...

    I enjoyed your blog so so much until now, but this journey of yours just makes me love it even more - can't wait to see where the road takes you and what adventures lie ahead! (Sounds cheesy, I know..)

    Enjoy the no-plan time!

    Fine

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  33. It will take time for you to relax into the lack-of-plan scheme. You'll get there. And you'll love it.
    The hard part will come in 6 months time when you have to start running to schedule again.
    xx

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  34. No Time frames,No lists sounds wonderful! Mildura? I am guessing? Be sure to see Mario at Ornage world and go on his little Train and learn about orange growing!My Kids still talk about it there they loved it!

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  35. So much freedom .. I am envious.
    Oh and Kate - you would be proud of me - I did some sewing. Pics are on my blog!! YAY - thanks for being so inspiring!

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  36. What a fantastic journey your on!

    Loving the pic's of your riverland explorations, our dreams of retirement are based in that area.

    If you pass through Paringa, there is an AMAZING antique shop (shed!) on the main road that is well worth a visit!

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  37. Have a great journey!
    Thanks fr sharing

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  38. What a great adventure. Happy travels!

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  39. Six months without a to-do list is my idea of nirvana - but maybe that's because I've just drawn a line through the 5 year old's birthday party! No, I could happily take off for six months, and I'm rather envious and inspired at the same time.

    Your girls are SO lucky.

    Keep us posted Kate!

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  40. Oh Darling you can see the love surrounding your gorgeous brood and The Boy looks like he's in his element :~)
    Hey no plans is hard to get used to ... but only for a smidge ... once you do it it's all GO ♥♥♥♥♥

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