These are some great ideas! Can't wait. And yes it is a vacation, without a doubt. And I like your pick of the word "journey". So many people are shocked when I tell them where we are going and why. But for us the journey has always begun and the end of the driveway. There is so much to see on this continent that is best seen on the road. Well, hiking or canoeing beats that, but not when you need to travel a few thousand miles!
A couple more years and we can take some longer trips. This is all new ground for us, and that is always exciting. Thanks for the ideas.