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The Aiken/Widom Family Year Off The Aiken/Widom Family Year Off

Original Plan 2000 (Emily age 3, Tim 5) Decided when kids turned 10 and Original Plan 2000 (Emily age 3, Tim 5) Decided when kids turned 10 and 12 we’d take a year off and sail around the world Soon learned 6 years is more typical for a circumnavigation 2

Plan 2. 0 Sail around the South Pacific instead 3 Plan 2. 0 Sail around the South Pacific instead 3

Plan 3. 0 • Sail around the South Pacific • and Hike across the Plan 3. 0 • Sail around the South Pacific • and Hike across the Alps • and Drive up and down South America 4

Plan 3. 1 • Sail around the South Pacific • Hike across the Alps Plan 3. 1 • Sail around the South Pacific • Hike across the Alps • Drive up and down Chile and Argentina 5

Plan 3. 2 • Sail around the South Pacific • Trek in the Alps; Plan 3. 2 • Sail around the South Pacific • Trek in the Alps; visit Greece and Morocco • Drive up and down Chile and Argentina 6

Plan 3. 3 • Sail around the South Pacific • Trek in the Alps; Plan 3. 3 • Sail around the South Pacific • Trek in the Alps; visit Greece and Morocco and Italy, maybe Spain (Paris and London? ) • Drive up and down Chile and Argentina 7

Plan 4. 0 • Sail around the South Pacific • Trek in the Alps; Plan 4. 0 • Sail around the South Pacific • Trek in the Alps; visit Greece and Morocco and Italy, maybe Spain (Paris and London? ) • Drive up and down Chile and Argentina • Hike the John Muir Trail (Emily’s idea) 8

Plan 4. 1 • Sail and travel around Southeast Asia • Trek in the Plan 4. 1 • Sail and travel around Southeast Asia • Trek in the Alps; visit Greece and Morocco and Italy, maybe Spain (Paris and London? ) • Drive up and down Chile and Argentina • Hike the John Muir Trail 9

Current Plan • Sail and travel around Southeast Asia • Trek in the Alps; Current Plan • Sail and travel around Southeast Asia • Trek in the Alps; visit Greece and Morocco and Italy, maybe Spain (Paris and London? ) • Drive up and down Chile and Argentina • Hike the John Muir Trail 10

Lots of “Practice” Trips with Kids Alaska Argentina Australia Belize Canada Chile Costa Rica Lots of “Practice” Trips with Kids Alaska Argentina Australia Belize Canada Chile Costa Rica French Polynesia Guatemala Hawaii 11 India Malaysia Mexico New Zealand Norway Peru Seychelles Switzerland Thailand Tonga

An Adventure in Four Parts 1. Greece to Morocco via Italy, Alps, and ? An Adventure in Four Parts 1. Greece to Morocco via Italy, Alps, and ? ? Backpacks and public transportation 2. Chile and Argentina Rented motorhome and mountain bikes 3. Southeast Asia Rented sailboat Backpacks and public transportation 4. John Muir Trail (California Sierras) Backpacks and legs 12

An Adventure in Four Parts 1. Greece to Morocco via Italy, Alps, and ? An Adventure in Four Parts 1. Greece to Morocco via Italy, Alps, and ? ? Mid-June to end of September 2. Chile and Argentina November to mid-January 3. Southeast Asia Mid-February to end of May 4. John Muir Trail (California Sierras) July to mid-August 13

Part 1 14 Part 1 14

Part 1: What’s Planned (and Not) • June 19 -25: Athens, ferry, Tinos Island Part 1: What’s Planned (and Not) • June 19 -25: Athens, ferry, Tinos Island (6 nights planned out of 100+) • General shape after that • Due in Morocco September 1 15

Tour du Mont Blanc 10 -14 day relatively strenuous trek But easy overnights in Tour du Mont Blanc 10 -14 day relatively strenuous trek But easy overnights in huts and villages Purported to be one of the world’s great walks 16

Morocco High Atlas Trek 17 Camel Safari Morocco High Atlas Trek 17 Camel Safari

Part 2 Fly to Buenos Aires Pick up motorhome, buy mountain bikes Return 10 Part 2 Fly to Buenos Aires Pick up motorhome, buy mountain bikes Return 10 weeks later “The Motorhome Diaries” 18

Part 3(b): Two months on a sailboat 19 Part 3(b): Two months on a sailboat 19

Part 3(b): Two months on a sailboat 20 Part 3(b): Two months on a sailboat 20

The Boat 21 The Boat 21

Parts 3(a) and 3(c) 3(a): A week in Phuket, Thailand • Kids scuba certification Parts 3(a) and 3(c) 3(a): A week in Phuket, Thailand • Kids scuba certification • Boat preparation and provisioning 3(c): The only significant truly unplanned part of the trip (5 weeks) 22

Part 3(c) 23 Part 3(c) 23

Part 4: The John Muir Trail • Yosemite Valley to summit of Mt. Whitney Part 4: The John Muir Trail • Yosemite Valley to summit of Mt. Whitney • 210 miles (+12 more to the parking lot) • No road crossings • Small portion of 2650 -mile Pacific Crest Trail, from Canada to Mexico 24

How Will the Kids Do? … just fine, as long as we don’t push How Will the Kids Do? … just fine, as long as we don’t push too hard 25

Route 26 Route 26

Reprovisioning Tuolomne Meadows 1 Mammoth Lakes 2 Muir Trail Ranch 3 Burro via Kearsarge Reprovisioning Tuolomne Meadows 1 Mammoth Lakes 2 Muir Trail Ranch 3 Burro via Kearsarge Pass 4 27

Preparation • Travel planning • Equipment • Home logistics • Kids school • Work Preparation • Travel planning • Equipment • Home logistics • Kids school • Work è Major undertaking! 28

Travel Planning J Experts at planning complex two-week trips to exotic destinations Approach definitely Travel Planning J Experts at planning complex two-week trips to exotic destinations Approach definitely doesn’t scale 29

Equipment • Huge variety of activities • Duration of trip is motivation to optimize Equipment • Huge variety of activities • Duration of trip is motivation to optimize gear and clothing • Volume and weight important for some parts • … and absolutely critical for JMT • Computers and communication 30

House, Cars, Yard, Pool, … Thanks, Hector 31 House, Cars, Yard, Pool, … Thanks, Hector 31

School principals remarkably understanding and reasonable è Lightweight home-schooling with several “electives” So far, School principals remarkably understanding and reasonable è Lightweight home-schooling with several “electives” So far, it looks like ages 10 and 12 were a good choice back in 2000 32

Work No it’s not a sabbatical! Nor fully disengaged • Email availability • Regular Work No it’s not a sabbatical! Nor fully disengaged • Email availability • Regular reappearances Only in academia can one pull this off … 33

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