The Ups and Downs of Traveling


It’s been one year since we’ve been on the road and so far we’ve been to 25 states. My favorite states we’ve been to so far are Colorado, because it was just so lush and green, and Texas, because…well, I just liked Texas. Now, my least favorite state was Alabama. (Sorry to all the people who live there.) The campground we were at was horrible, the capitol looked like it was completely abandoned, the area we were in was not a very pleasant area, and the skies were NOT so blue!  Some of my favorite attractions were Yellowstone, because the mountains, wildlife, and rivers combined were just breathtaking! Bryce Canyon, The hoodoos were so cool! Grand Canyon, it was just so massive and amazing! And, I liked Rocky Mountain for pretty much the same reason as Yellowstone, (they were a lot alike.) The cities I liked were Austin, because during SXSW it was so much fun (and I got a lot of free stuff.) Vegas, the shows we saw there were cool and the light are really colorful. Seattle, because the Pike Place Market, the EMP museum, and the Space Needle were all so awesome! New Orleans, because it was so alive, and I can’t wait ’till we go to all the cities in California!! Right now we’re in Sidney, Montana where there is next to nothing. Our parents are working the beet harvest so my mom is gone from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and my dad is gone from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.! This is the only reason we’re in Sidney, and if my mom and dad weren’t working we would most definitely not be here!! On the bright side, there have been kids here the whole time for us to hang out with, while the parents are working, although they are leaving tomorrow. That’s what I don’t like about being on the road. Whenever I meet a friend either we always have to leave or they always have to leave. I also have to share a room with my brother which is not very fun because of the limited space, and he is always yelling at me to pick up my stuff. When the harvest is done we’re heading towards California to work at a Christmas tree lot for a while. I’m excited for that because I heard that my brother and I get to work too! 

Seattle Gum wall
Seattle Gum wall



13 thoughts on “The Ups and Downs of Traveling

  1. Thanks for the awesome post, Mercy. It really is an amazing experience you are all having. Happy one year anniversary and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! xoV

  2. Mercy!! Happy Birthday! Hope all your dreams come true for you in the upcoming year & that you travel well. Love papa Donny!

  3. Great entry Mercy, I love reading what you write! Can you believe how much you’ve seen and experienced? I can’t! Your parents have really given you and River so much insight as to what is out there…I bet you’ll be exploring many of the areas that you’ve visited again, someday on your own. I hope SC will be on your list of places to return to visit.

    Thanks so much for the bracelets! Marley and I love them and they fit perfectly.

    1. Thanks Liz! I’m glad the bracelets fit! We will definitely return to SC on our way back to Maine!
      -Mercy 😀

  4. Mercy- Your enthusiasm about this traveling is so much fun to read !!! Rock on!!!
    Love the pics as well !!!
    See you when you get back !!!
    love, alice, emily and lexie

    1. Thanks and we’ll see you at Magical Moon when we get back!!
      P.S. We still have so many more pictures to post!! 🙂

  5. M – I see you visited the Gum Wall … did you know that there is a hidden Geocache there? Since you move around a lot, you have an opportunity to geocache in some really awesome places. You can get a free account on and look for caches near your latitude/longitude (use google maps to find out what they are) or just use zip codes . you don’t even need a GPS because once you have the coordinates, you can just paste them into Google Maps and use Street View or zoom in a lot and then just look around. If you have a lot of time on your own without the parents, this would be a really really fun adventure for you and your brother. I take my kids (9 and 4) and I love it! Best wishes, Grace from Seattle.

    1. Well….no, but I did buy a piece hoping to put it on the wall, but at that point we were nowhere near it. 😦

  6. Mercy, I give you lots of credit for being able to share a room with your brother. You guys rock!

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