June 1st, 2020, is where our journey begins.
The beginning is one of my most favorite and least favorite places to be. It can be a little intimidating and even scary. But it’s full of anticipation and excitement too.
Our family’s goal is to complete America’s Great Loop. This kind of dream isn’t just about the end. It’s really about the adventure along the way.
I’ve gotten a lot of questions about The Great Loop. Let me tell you a little more about it, and then I’ll dive into how we got started.
The Great Loop is a circumnavigation of the Eastern half of the United States. It involves traveling the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW), New York canals, the Great Lakes, many inland river systems, and crossing the Gulf of Mexico. Most people do this in a counterclockwise direction (which is our plan too.)
There really isn’t a right or wrong way to do The Great Loop. Some people choose to travel quickly and complete it in months. Others take their time and spend years on The Great Loop. Some people do it continuously, and others take breaks.
As you might imagine, the majority of people who do The Great Loop are retired, and not a lot have kids on board.