It has begun, 374 days of who knows what.

Day 1-3

It was pretty epic as Gavin would say, as we drove away from our home on Saturday morning and “Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen came on. I promise I hadn’t spiked our coffees, yet Adam and I were so doubled over in laughter I had to pull the car over. There was something so silly, yet to us… to drive away from a perfect home into the unknown didn’t give us jitters or any uneasy feeling, it felt natural. We were ready.

We drove 8 hours to Anderson, Indiana to stay the night. We passed over the Mississippi River and drove through crop fields and highways through Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. 535 miles, we spent our weekend in an airbnb, driving around Anderson and hiking through Mounds State Park.

Mounds State Park cost us $9 to enter as we were from out of state. There were quite a few easy, kind friendly walking trails along the White River. The White River had some neat history, having been found to be a trade route from the Gulf of Mexico up through the Great Lakes.

Here is some history of Anderson… loving that we stayed in the Heathen Town.

Native American Heritage
The City of Anderson is named for Chief William Anderson, whose mother was a Delaware (Lenape) Indian and whose father was of Swedish descent. Chief Anderson’s Indian name was Kikthawenund, meaning “making a noise” or “causing to crack” and is spelled in a variety of ways.

The settlers coming into Anderson referred to the village as “Anderson Town.” The Moravian Missionaries called it “The Heathen Town Four Miles Away.” Later it was known as “Andersontown.” In 1844, the name was shortened by the Indiana legislature to “Anderson.”

Industrial Boom
Between 1853 and the late 1800s, 20 industries of various sizes located here. On March 31, 1887 natural gas was discovered in Anderson. With this discovery several industries, notably those in glass manufacturing, rushed to locate here. Cheap and plentiful natural gas led to a population explosion. Other companies that could benefit from the increased economic activity in Anderson soon began to relocate here.

In 1912, the natural gas ran out. Several factories left and the local economy slowed. The Commercial Club, formed November 18, 1905, was the forerunner of the present-day Chamber of Commerce. This club persuaded the Remy Brothers to stay in Anderson and encouraged other entrepreneurs to locate here. For decades, Delco Remy and Guide Lamp, later to become Fisher Guide, were the top two employers in the city.

Today, Anderson continues to thrive on its manufacturing heritage while at the same time diversifying its economic base by actively recruiting new companies in various industries. Today, Anderson has a rich multicultural quality of life and low cost of living.  According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Anderson has a population of 56,129. The altitude of the city is 884 feet. The latitude is 40° 6′ 27″ N and the longitude is 85° 40′ 43″ W. The City of Anderson is located in parts of four townships: Anderson, Union, Richland, and Lafayette.

After Mounds, we drove around Anderson and Daleville looking for an uncrowded park for the kids to play. Unfortuantely we did not find one, but we did find, Dunn Right. The kids had Ice Cream, Gavin a hot dog as he was very unhappy with my turkey sandwich picnic I had made… and Adam and I split one of their house specials, the Dunn-Right.

Today, we will take off and drive the remaining 3 hours or 201 miles to Oak Harbor, OH where we will be staying for the next 6 weeks.



  1. I love the Chicago/Indiana picture – been there a few times (family lives in Indiana). I hope you start posting more often – love to see the kids and hear what you’re up to. Amy still talks about Avilene!


    • Hey Kandi! We will try. Sometimes it seems as though there just aren’t enough hours in the day. Gavin yesterday told people we are from Washington. We are so lucky to have met so many people from everywhere that have made such an impression on our lives. We will make it back to visit one day!!


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