Usually around this time I am depressed from having turned a year older, and contemplating what the summer might hold. I actually had nailed on summer 2014 back in November 2013, it was to be a summer spent in the Himalayas of Northern India and Nepal. So nailed on in fact, that I had begun to research the route we would take and to begin the long and laborious jigsaw piecing of travel. 
Then, around Christmas time I was looking at Qatar airways and noticed something that seemed almost too good to be true. It was a fare from Casablanca in Morocco (somewhere I have always wanted to go) to Miami via Qatar. I looked up Easyjet and figured we could get to Morocco for next to nothing. The rest just fell into place and before I knew it I had booked flights to Marrakech with a week to relax. Then a 7hr flight to Doha, Qatar – Then a 16 hour flight to Miami. I put this to Charlie and his first response was “who are we flying with?” I answered “Qatar” and he smiled, and nonchalantly replied “so basically I get to relax for 16 hours with free food and my own personal entertainment” He was sold and I knew Abi and Jack would feel the same 🙂
Once I had placed us in Miami I had a few choices, do I stay within the USA and have the ultimate summer road trip? Or chase a dream of nature, volcanoes and paradise in Central America? I google imaged Costa Rica and a parrot popped up, I made my decision instantly. 
So from Miami we head South to Panama, we travel North throughout summer making our way through Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize and Mexico. 
We then fly to Florida where we meet Bekkie who will have done the red eye from Hong Kong. I will drop Charlie and Abi with her, then fly to San Diego with Jack. I had planned to spend a lazy few weeks heading up the West Coast, but opted for a canyons, trekking and deserts.
With an Air New Zealand flight booked out of Los Angeles I have a date we need to be in LA for. Other than that we have a Jeep, each other and some big roads ahead of us. 
So that is it, no grand prelude, no thinking this and thinking that. The summer is set, and in July we head off into largely unknown territory (Except for the USA) we look forward to laughs, to love and to everything in between. The summer is on, and we can’t wait 🙂

Just a dad trying to live the dream with my kids.

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