Left and Landed

Thanks to the generosity of Julia and Aaron, who let us camp at their house in the days before we left (Julia, thank goodness you didnt see your house whilst we were there…) we managed to pack our few light belongings into 135kgs of luggage, spread over 8 suitcases and a floor full of hand luggage.



Fortunately someone had left his vasectomy until a week before the flight, so couldnt lift anything at all, which made the airport experience so much more interesting, but we made it to a very wet Minneapolis – which Jonah made a little wetter….




Drove across Minnesota and Iowa, the corn capital of the world


We signed a million documents to get our Recreational Vehicle (campervan for the brits). Milo has named her Sunny. Sophie’s planning on some decorative modifications obvi….



Celebrated with a night at Nicole’s – who was our sales rep at Lichtsinn Motors and so much more for us. Milo, our 6yr old, completed the Ice Bucket Challenge


and scoffing steak with snickers salad (if you havent tried it, its as good as it sounds!)


gathered logs for our first camp fire


flew kites in the car park, whilst Sophie bought everything from shelving, blackboard paint, a hand drill, food, beer and a gun cabinet (ok its a lockable safe. Would i really feel at ease cooped up in a van when Sophie had access to a semi automatic weapon. Hmm)


We drove for 10 hours through Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and ended up at Yogi Bears RV park next to Lake Michigan.



No update would be complete without mention of the weather. We’ve been sat in the van at 10am in Michigan when its dark with thunder and lightning and been sunburnt from the scorching, cloudless sunshine the day before….go figure.

Last few days have been driving through electrical storms through Michigan, we crossed the border into Canada, down the beautiful northern edge of Lake Erie, we’re now in Niagra Falls. Waterfalls are stunning and the town is tackier than Vegas. Brilliant.


11 responses to “Left and Landed

  1. Well thank goodness for your update.
    Was beginning to think you had been arrested and the kids had both already been lost.
    Hurrah for all of it, loving the descriptions!!
    Sending huge love to you all.

    • Oh get us wrong it wouldn’t be the danby circus without the near loss of a child in Walmart. Thankfully all present and all no injuries as yet. Milo thinks he nearly drowned when pulled under fast flowing river but guessing a little drama injected as Russ had time to take his shorts off to rescue him. X

  2. Yee haaa! looks like you have hit the ground and straight into a great ol’ American adventure… sounds “awesome”! You are missed but we loved your fabulous update, it brought a big smile on all of our faces. We look forward to the next chapter of Cirque de Danby. All our love and hugs, The Amins xxxx

    • Thanks Mags, it’s a world away from the school drop alright. Glad you enjoyed post, will try another tomorrow to include our diamond mining experience…there’s a teaser!

  3. Missing you already (actually about a minute after we drove away from your mountain of luggage) and find myself thinking of all the things we could do next week if you were here! Big hug from Catherine to Milo and snuggle Jonah for me too! Jess x

    • Thanks darling, sorry to have landed you with a mountain of left over luggage, several bits which I instantly regretted although where on earth would I put them! Jonah keeps checking that Kitty still def got big bear bear. Milo teasing that since he gave him away he can’t him back, jez brothers are cruel. Xx

  4. Are you coming through South West Colorado??

    We are near South East Utah……. We are near North East Arizona.

    We are only many, many hours from awesome places like Grand Canyon,

    Arches National Park, Lake Powell,……..

    • Yes love to come by next year as we head up the west coast. We leave Mexico in March, so some time in April. Nearer the time we’ll liaise to see what dates works for you.

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