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College is Codswollop, or Welcome to New Zealand!

I don’t know why it is that no matter how long I have to prepare for something I always end up cramming at the last minute to git ‘er done. After Tom pulled two almost-all nighters performing test packs (see the picture of the gear laid out in Grandma’s family room below), I revisited my college days and passed up on sleep Saturday night to make the final preparations for boarding our first flight on Sunday morning.

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It’s time.

Today we go from being a family who talks about going around the world to a family who is going around the world. 38 hours after leaving Salt Lake we will be landing in Auckland, New Zealand. Much more to follow… Technorati Tags: Round the World, Round-the-world, RTW, Salt Lake City

Urban Planning Gone Awry

When Brigham Young settled the Salt Lake Valley in 1847, he did so carefully and methodically. As the spiritual and political leader of hundreds and soon thousands of pioneers, he realized that the urban vision he unfurled would determine the rhythms, patterns, and eventual success of the Utah colony.


Top 6 things to do in Utah to remind you you are alive!

I admit it is one of only 3 states I know off where you can see polygamist compounds and 19th century dresses all in the same day, In an ironic way it also has it’s own political spectrum ranging from right wing to super ultra right wing…. It is important to make sure you keep Capital Reef and Arches below Zions and Bryce on any list, this will keep the crowds at Zion and will leave these two a little more open…. Lake Powell has more shoreline than California and if you judge your water-skiing on the scenery, water conditions and the potential for absolute glass like surface, there is no better place to be…. Today it stands as the center of the mormon church, and is worth a half a day to just wonder around, watch the brides get their pictures taken, and spend some time in meditation.

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Honeymoon with Who?

In his supremely entertaining memoir, Honeymoon with My Brother, Wisner explains how he was dumped by his girlfriend of a decade just days before his wedding…. Inspired by his experience in the rainforest and a demotion at work, Wisner quit his job and invited his brother to embark on an extended round the world adventure. They traveled for two years and learned a lot about the world but more importantly about each other along the way…. They take off on another adventure next month.While Oprah hasn’t come calling yet, we’re hopeful that our travels will get people excited about travel and the potential it has to bring people together, both as families and as a worldwide community.

Have Ding Dongs Will Travel

Our first big event to welcome Tom back to the extended family was a picnic in the park on Saturday. For many this would mean a drive to a nearby patch of city grass or a faraway lake, but in Orem it means a 15-minute ride into Provo Canyon and some of the most spectacular…

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Top 6 Reasons We’re Glad Tom Has Joined Us

With Tom’s arrival in Utah on Wednesday, we ended a five-week separation of our family. The kids and I are used to Dad being gone periodically–remember we’re using almost one million frequent flier miles, which Tom alone has earned, to fund our round the world plane tickets–but five weeks is extreme. We’ve spent many hours…