cropped-cropped-10-IMG_7244-e14016607957202.jpgWe’re an American family taking a year off from our overseas lives to repatriate, travel, and learn about the United States. Starting in our home state of Connecticut, this journey will take us coast to coast with stops along the way to investigate historic and cultural sites, enjoy many outdoor adventures, and reconnect with family and friends. Join us throughout the year by following our blogs and recommending great places to visit along the way. Thanks for your interest in what is sure to be an incredible journey!

WAYS TO FOLLOW: The most active pages on this website are listed under the Blogs tab. Here’s where you’ll find regular updates from each member of our family. Add your e-mail address to any one of our blogs and you’ll receive automatic notification of new postings. If you have Facebook, you can also “like” our pages to receive not only notification of new postings, but also additional photos from the road.

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47 responses to “Welcome

  1. let the adventures begin…

    • At last! Can’t wait to read the adventures

      • I can’t help thinking about a book I read as a kid called the Wind in the Willlows. Here is the quote
        ” There you are! Cried the Toad, straddling and expanding himself ” There’s real life for you, embodied in that little cart. The open road, the dusty highway, the heath, the common, the hedgerows, the rolling downs. Camps, villages, towns, cities! Here to-day, up and off to somewhere else to-morrow! Travel, change, interest, excitement. The whole world before you, and a horizon that’s always changing.

        Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

  2. What a great start to your bogging adventure! I can’t wait to read your updates. “May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face” as you embark on your exciting journey!

    • Thanks, Gwen! Hope things are going well in your new home! Hope you keep reading! Do I remember correctly that you have a blog too – would love to follow yours as well.

  3. Congratulations Gold family on a fabulous 7 years and what a great adventure you have in store.

  4. sharlene cormack

    Enjoy the ride! Can’t wait to read all about it.

  5. We can’t wait to follow along! And what a terrific picture of y’all, too.

  6. Livin’ the dream! I’m so proud and so jealous all at once!! I can’t wait to hear your tales along the way. xox Richy

    • Thanks, Richy! We’re planning on hitting Tucker too! Can’t wait to see you guys – it has been WAY too long!

  7. Charles Kuralt would be jealous!

  8. Thanks, everyone, for all the good wishes! It sure will be an adventure!

  9. Can wait to read about your trip & hope you come through Boise to say hello!

  10. Wow!!! It is happening!!

  11. I want to know of the best diners you come across, stat! looking forward to hearing the stories!!!

  12. What an adventure you are going to have. Be sure to come to see us when you are in Florida in December. We have joined a boat club so we can give you a water tour of the area!! Have a great road trip!

  13. Golds, when you start planning for Montana, Wyoming, Nord and Soud Dakota, let me know. I know some roads you just have to drive, many cool historical sites, hiking trails, etc…

    • Thanks, Mark! We’ll definitely do that since we’ve never been in that part of the country at all – would love to hear your suggestions! Hope you all are doing well!

  14. Half of the fun of travel is planning it and now the real fun part DOing it…..travel well my friends…can’t wait to read of your adventures!

  15. Woo Hoo on the American road. I’m following. Do you have the app for Diners, drive-ins and dives.

  16. It’s really happening! I remember talking about this dream several years back! This is our dream too so we will be reading and watching how things go for the Gold Family. Let us know if you want tips on Minnesota. Safe travels.

    • Yup – it’s really happening! Took a while to get here but we’re well underway now. Let us know if your have any specific questions we can answer. Stay cool in the Singapore heat!

  17. Looks like your trip is off in the right direction…especially if you are catching TWINS farm teams! Hugs and Hi’s to you all!

  18. Uncle Dean & Aunt Debbie

    We know how much you have put into this trip to lean/relearn all about the USA. Look forward to reading and talking to you all as you travel. Of course we want to see lots of pictures and descriptions of what you have learned from each of you as you travel. May the Gods of happiness and prosperity be with you always!

    • Thank you for the good wishes! We’re going to set up a gallery page for photos soon on the website and I’m going to start posting to Instagram also. Thanks again for a great time in NH – even though we didn’t have the RV then, it still counts as part of this trip.

  19. Looking forward to checking out some of your adventures rob!

  20. Stop by when your making your way around the country

  21. How exciting that you are embarking on this fantastic journey! We are looking forward to hearing about your upcoming adventures! If you are in Portland in the summer, let us know!

    • Thanks, Nina! Hope life in India is good for you guys! Unfortunately, I think we’re going to have to save the Northwest for another summer but you can follow along with our other travels in our posts.

  22. Remember there is nothing wrong with heading north over the border and getting some good ol’ Canadian culture. Have a great trip you guys!

    • Thanks, Duff! Hope all is well with you three! Totally agree with you – might just make it up there towards the end of the trip…you’ll have to stay tuned.

  23. Drive on Golds! More music! More Sports! More Art! More everything! Soak it up! We are watching and learning from you!

  24. Hey guys!
    Finally getting a chance to get caught up on the start of your adventures. Looks like so much fun-what a great opportunity! We just had a typhoon day today–no school! Reminded me of when you guys were stuck here:) Miss you all tons. Now that we are signed up for updates (I signed up for both of you Jen and Rob, and Kieran signed up for Owen’s) we will get to keep up with you more. Enjoy every second!

    • Hi Laurie – we miss you too and we’re talking about that typhoon at your house not that long ago. Let us know if there are things you guys (or the kids) are interested in reading about – we’re trying to figure out what kind of posts to write. – Jen. ps- Loved your Mom’s jam!

  25. Jen, come to Texas!! It’s amazing! Would love to see you and meet your family and for you to meet mine!!

    • Hi Kim- we will be going to Texas and it would be great to see you and your family! We should be there in Feb at some point – will keep you posted.

  26. Bon Voyage! Yilushunfeng一路顺风! Can’t wait to read your travel accounts! Come visit us in Washington State! Paul would gladly take you to the best of biking, fishing and skiing spits! I will get my Jianbing plate ready to celebrate the occasion! Good travel!

  27. Finally got around to finding you on line. Hope the driving of the 5th wheel is starting to become more natural, and you all are having fun. Keep the pictures and the post coming. If you need some rain we can send you some from Manila:)
    Colin and the girls

  28. Chunman Gissing

    Great pictures! Love the great rock, lobster and reading books out in the great outdoors! Looking forward to October pictures!

  29. Congrats on stepping outside the box! 🙂

  30. Hi, guys! It’s been great fun reading and following you on your trip. Now that you’re in the West, I wanted to share some of my favorite places. I’m sorry this is in an email, but I don’t do Facebook or other media. As your last post has you in Texas, here are some suggestions out in front of you that you may already have considered, here goes.
    In southern Utah (an easy drive from the Grand Canyon) are several national parks that I really enjoy: Zion Natl Park, Arches Natl Park in Moab (with awesome sites created by wind and climate!), and Bryce Canyon (great hoodoos!).
    We were in CA in late Sept/earlyOct on a Tauck tour (John Muir’s California). There’s so much to see in San Francisco, but you could certainly drive into the Presidio, which was the home of the Buffalo Soldiers ( and a great research project for the boys) and then continue onto the Golden Gate Bridge on the way to Muir Woods National Park (awesome redwood forest and trails). We were in Sequoia NP ( huge Sequoia trees, some with base diameters of 20 to 30 feet! If possible, go to Yosemite NP. El Capitan, Half Dome, and other sites are well worth it! Driving from the coast eastward you will probably go through the San Joaquin Valley, also known as “the food basket of the world”(fruits, nuts, veggies, cotton, and more come from there).
    On the way to Wyoming you might consider stopping in northern Utah at the Great Salt Lake and visiting Temple Square in SLC, or going to the Golden Spike National Park just north of SLC.
    In Wyoming, my favorite park is Yellowstone NP! It may be closed due to snow, or restricted travel even in April or May, but if you can enter, it is awesome (great diversity of landscape and wildlife)! You’ll probation enter through West Yellowstone. It’s a great little town with painted bison instead of the cows we had/have from the Cow Parade. In West Yellowstone the is the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. They have a 700 lb and a 900 lb grizzly and many wolves there that for one reason or another cannot be returned to the wild. It’s an awesome experience. I know I’ve used that word a lot, but it is appropriate. In Jackson Hole, WY there is an arch in the central park made of elk antlers and the Boy Scouts there are the only ones allowed to go on the elk reservation to collect them. They also have s stage coach ride around the center of JH which was really cool. In Cody, WY you could tour the Buffalo Bill Center. Great historical museum.
    In South Dakota I’m sure you’ll stop at Mt. Rushmore, but you should also visit the Crazy Horse Monument. Some interesting facts here have to do with its funding, where it is and why it faces in the direction it does, and its sculptor, Korczak Ziolkowski, who used to live on Sedgwick Road in West Hartford, and who sculpted the Noah Webster statue in WH Ctr. You are probably familiar with his home. It’s on the bend of Sedgwick Rd. near the art school building.
    Well, you’re probably tired of reading by now. I hope the rest of your trip is exciting. Safe travels and we’ll see you this summer. Earle

    • Hi Earl,
      Thanks for all of these great tips. Many of the National Parks are on our “to do” list, but the additional details are appreciated. Didn’t know about the WeHa connection to Korczak Ziolkowski… very cool! We’re in the SW now and enjoying the great diversity of landscape and cultures. Also nice to be away from all that CT snow… yech! Next stop is the Grand Canyon and then California for most of March. Thanks for following our blogs. You might want to see the Gallery page of our website, too, which has a selection of photos from each month. All the best to you and Anne. See you on Knollwood in a couple more months!! Cheers, Rob

  31. Wow! I have always dreamed of traveling the whole country with my family! It would be a breathtaking adventure right? I am keen to see all the posts that are going to be written on the blog! I expect splendid and remarkable stories! Bon Voyage!

    • Thanks, Ellie. Glad to have you along for the adventure. Take a look at the “Blogs” tab to see each of our blogs. There are also lots of photos on the “Gallery” page too. Enjoy!! Mr. G

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