November is to me what February is to many. It's gray, cold, and a wee bit depressing. November arrives in a "woosh" of falling leaves before I've adjusted to the seasonal shift, and I tend to resent it and all of its cloudy-drizzly grayness.
This basic fact is compounded twice because:
1. November is normally one of our two busiest months of the year in our business, which equates to very little free time/family time while one of us works around the clock in LuSa (normally Pete) and the other tends to all family needs (normally me); and
2. Pete hunts and fishes so between weekends away at shows and long days in the soap studio he slips away to bow hunt, gun hunt, and steelhead fish. This leaves me on a purely domestic solo tract for most of the month, slowly going bonkers.
So this year I decided to do something radical.
Most of the work I do for LuSa can go on the road with me if I bring a laptop and a telephone. I have a new (to me) fuel efficient car, and two homeschoolers who aren't tied to a school schedule. What if we just… go?
I'm entertaining the idea of spending all or part of November on a road trip with my kids. And I need your help. We don' know where to go. I'm looking for your ideas. Before you begin, let me share some basics with you about our family and our needs:
1. My children do not enjoy hiking. We can go a mile but a proper hike leaves them both fussy and disagreeable (and therefore me as well).
2. Neither of my kids have ever seen the ocean. They are interested.
3. Neither of my kids have ever been in the mountains. Also interested.
4. They enjoy museums and the city. I enjoy the museums.
5. We live in western Wisconsin.
So bring it on. Where do you recommend we go for November? Give me the best-of-the-best suggestions for places you live or places you've been and we'll see where this takes us. The three of us can't wait for your ideas!