The next segment of our cross-country adventure starts on Tuesday. It’s a three-month trek across California, Oregon and Washington. We’ll be in Alaska for September, but I’m getting ahead of myself.

If you’re just joining us, here’s what we’re doing: Seven years ago, we decided to take our three kids out of school and travel. We started a blog called Away is Home to document the trip.

Why? A very wise person once said you learn more outside the classroom, so we enrolled our kids in Connections Academy, a virtual school, and we hit the road. Also, I’m a travel writer and a consumer advocate, and there’s no substitute for field experience.

This summer’s itinerary is one of our most ambitious — and uncertain. We still have significant gaps in the schedule, some as soon as June 7. If you have any suggestions for Northern California, please let me know.

I hope you will join us, by the way. We’re documenting this adventure on our Facebook page, on Twitter and Instagram, and I’m writing about it for our syndication outlets. Thanks to social media, you’ll get to experience every bump in the road. And I expect there will be one or two.

Some of you may be asking yourself: “Why are you doing this, Chris? Why not give your kids some stability. You know, send them to summer camp, like everyone else?”

Good questions. I’m not sure if there are any real benefits to that kind of sedentary lifestyle (I know because that’s how I grew up). And if there are, they’re far outweighed by the life lessons we’re learning on the road. The future belongs to a mobile, adaptable workforce and I don’t want my kids to get left behind.

Besides, isn’t this more interesting than sharing snapshots from summer camp?

Here are this week’s stories:

I’ll see you out on the road.

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