Who ARE these people?

Brian here:  For the most part, people we encounter think what we are doing is cool, beneficial, smart or fun or just plain interesting.  Some of the most interesting have been teachers who have made statements  about home schooling such as “I’ve been a teacher for 30 years and they won’t miss anything in school while being out here doing this with you”.  Others have been more conservative in their comments but for the most part people are supportive, of course our audience are people out here traveling!  A few think we are flat out insane.

The same questions arise all the time, and to be honest I get tired of the same old questions, responses and defensive answers though; maybe we need a sign permanently mounted on the side of  Jack that tells our story. It might go something like this…

Q. Who are you?

A. We are the Creasy family of Portland, Oregon.

Q. Do you have kids?

A. We are a family of four: Brian and Janet with Ava (10) and Tess (8).  We also have with us we have Fina our old lady boxer, Tito our young energetic rescue and the ‘ol man, our faithful old cat we got when we were dating.

Q. So you home school?

A. We work with our children everyday to learn from their experiences and foster the love of learning without cramming it down their throats. Radical stuff, eh?

Q. You all live in the RV?

A. Jack is our home on wheels for now, a sturdy at 39′ and well appointed. We are comfortable and have more than we need. It is amazing what you find you can do without when you aren’t focused on stuff, or the Jones’ stuff. Don’t get me wrong; we still haven’t stripped out a lot of unnecessary stuff.

Q. When did you leave?

A. We departed Portland Sept 1, 2010.

Q. Where are you going?

A. Counterclockwise North America, following 72 degrees and sunshine.

Q. Did you loose your job, or are you independently wealthy?

A. We have our own engineering consulting firm and have the flexibility to work from the road.

Q. Do you have a home?

A. Yes we have a home, which we like very much. We rented it to a wonderful family from Canada, and they are reaping the rewards of our bountiful garden.  Dang, we wanted those tomatoes!

Q. Are you planning to go back?

A. Yes, in 12 months.  However, we are also open to whatever comes our way and are not making any firm decisions about anything before we complete our year.

Q. What is your route?

A. We have a firm commitment to be in Atlanta for Christmas, everything else is negotiable. Suffice it to say that we have have a lot we want to see . We are keeping it loose so that our adventure develops it’s own spirit and personality. In general we are heading around the US and Canada counterclockwise.

Q. National/State Parks or RV Parks?

A. A bit of both to be fair, each fits a need. We prefer National and State Parks, hands down.  Since we also seek culture and some city life, we will also be staying in some RV Parks since they are generally closer to the cities.. The RV parks also fill the void for laundry facilities and Wi-Fi access.

Q. Do you have Internet?

A. We have a mobile broadband with MiFi and WiFi connections and of course computers.

Q. Apple or PC?

A. Apple.  Really?

Q. Are you, or do you get, sick of each other?

A. We are a pretty tight family, and I am hoping this will bond us even closer to each other. We have some challenges, but we also learn to work through those challenges when we have them. Janet and I have very different needs; she needs tranquility to rejuvenate and I need to be around people – family or a stranger. Janet has always laughed that to rejuvenate me is to have a party.

Q. What do you hope to accomplish with this journey?

A. My goal is to spend as much time with my family as possible having fun and to learn together about life and this great country we live in. Oh, and to learn a bit of guitar.

My work schedule, as for many parents these days, requires a lot of travel.  Personally, that time away from my family drives me insane and this adventure allows us a lot of time together when I am home, to really focus on each other.  It allows Janet and I to have better influence on out children’s lives and to be have a larger role in their upbringing.  We love our kids and each other and are looking for a better alternative to the status quo.


11 responses to this post.

  1. Great to meet all of you at Penelope’s Cafe yesterday! Excited to see where your travels take you! Best, Joshua


    • Josh – had such a great time talking with you yesterday. If anyone is ever in Ketchum (Sun Valley) and looking for a wonderful Crepe or coffee, Penelope’s Cafe is THE place.


  2. Posted by Karen on September 16, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    So great meeting all of you at the ice rink yesterday! I love seeing families out having fun together. Enjoy your adventure~~I’ll follow you via your blog. Wishing you a wonderful year!


  3. Posted by andrea gaspari on September 16, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    I want to be you right now!
    : )


  4. I’ve heard that don’t you get sick of each other so many times? Dude, it’s my family, I love them! 🙂 We’ve also had so many people that get it (as opposed to people at home who didn’t), maybe because most are out traveling too. All the retirees say they wished they’d have taken their kids! 🙂


    • Posted by Brian Creasy on September 18, 2010 at 2:59 am

      I agree, many people do get it, and I really try to relish in those experiences. ______________________ Brian Creasy | Explorer Corps. of Discovery

      creasyclan.wordpress.com bhcreasy@gmail.com 1.503.545.8399


  5. Just found you through Fulltime Families. We are fellow Portlanders and just came home a month ago. We are trying to unravel our lives to go out on the road…probably 2-5 years. Enjoy – it’s fun!


  6. Posted by Bill Chorney on October 15, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    I wish I did what you are doing. Kids just grow up too fast. This will be the the trip of your life. Hope you swing through BC. on the last leg before heading home.


  7. Hey got your response note to the evite, wow is that cool! way to go guys. i have found with my travels more majical events seem to occur when you are in motion vs staying stationary, which would make sense as movement is the key to life and stagnation is death. the best in health and happiness to you all and it was great to hear from you! i wish you an eventful journey and safe return!
    Gretchen Blyss, DC


    • Posted by Brian Creasy on October 24, 2010 at 2:21 am

      Thank you, we like to be in motion and are having a great time with it so far. Thanks for your thoughts, happy birthday and have a great party!

      We hope you follow us on here. See you next year?

      Onward, Brian


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