We are Bruce, Suzanne, Parker and Hunter Hutcheson, most recently from Abbeville, Louisiana. Suzanne and Bruce met while working as Nurses in Florida "a few" years ago. :) We have been in Louisiana for the past 9 years, having moved there when Bruce decided to follow his military training and switch careers to work as an Offshore Helicopter Pilot. While we enjoyed our time in Louisiana, we always felt it would not become a long term homestead. We purchased a partially completed home and completed it over a few years time, always with the thought that we would move on as soon as we got everything completed. During the time that we were completing it we came up with this idea of possibly taking a prolonged trip across the United States in an RV. Once it was completed we decided that this trip needed to get off the ground before the kids got too much older, so we could be more settled when they got into High School.
In 2006 we purchased our first RV, a 1991 Holiday Rambler. We had some great trips in it including a memorable trip to Disney world, and a couple of Hurricane evacuations. A thought started to emerge that it might be possible to do our trip between selling one home and buying another. After some investigation and with the help of some very supportive people at Families On The Road we emerged with the feeling that this might be do-able.
We have been home-schooling the kids since they started school, initially due to the schools which existed in our area and then later because it just began to fit our family situation so well. We use the Sonlight Curriculum for the most part, but we supplement with other texts as needed. We use the Singapore math program.
So there we were in 2009. We sold our first RV early in the year and started looking for something a little newer and a little bit bigger that we could travel in full time. We found "Our Home" and put our "stick house" on the market. Although we hadn't sold the house yet, we started out in July for Canada and the beginning of Phase one of the trip, encompassing the east coast of the U.S. In January 2010 we returned to Louisiana due to the fact that the house did not sell. We spent about 5 months painting and changing some things to try to make it more attractive, then put it on the market again. We were finally able to sell the house in July of 2010, so we set out again going to Kansas and Canada briefly before heading to the West Coast. We are taking this trip for the education opportunity and with an eye towards where we would like to "end up" so follow along and you'll find out where the journey ends, as soon as we do!