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Emma’s birthday

Our daughter is 7 today, and she had a very happy birthday, thank you. She got some very nice presents (lightweight and small, too, which makes Daddy happy), went to the Pima County Fair, and had dinner at a Mexican restaurant. Later tonight or tomorrow, we’ll break out the rhubarb pie that Eleanor made (from fresh rhubarb purchased at Beatty’s a couple of days ago), and that will be the “birthday cake”.

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Lost in the hall of mirrors, Pima County Fair

Emma has been living the Airstream Life since she was three, and has celebrated two birthdays while full-timing, so she’s a travel expert now. At this point she is in no hurry to stop living in the trailer or traveling, but I doubt she will celebrate another birthday on the road. This phase of her life is coming to an end, to be replaced by a more traditional existence in a stationary house, conventional schooling, and fewer opportunities to explore the world.

As you might imagine, we have mixed feelings about this, but it was always part of the plan. Change isn’t bad, it’s just different. We started this trip with a 5-year-old and now we have a 7-year-old, and that’s pretty cool.

Google Earth location of the Pima County Fair.

I have not put up a Sign of the Week lately. I’d like to say that’s because I’ve been busy, because it sounds better than “I got lazy.” Whatever the cause, there were plenty of good sign opportunities at the Fair. Here’s an example:

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How do you deep-fry a Coke?

4 Responses to “Emma’s birthday”

  1. Bobby Says:

    Three things.

    1) I’ve heard of deep fried Coke before: mix Coke and peanut oil, heat until smoking, fill one large syringe and take intravenously through the left arm. mmmm good. It’s best to check into the cardiac ward before enjoying this treat.

    2) I love rhubarb pie.

    3) Happy Birthday, Emma!

  2. Rich Luhr Says:

    Here’s the answer:

  3. terrie Says:

    Happy Birthday to Emma….we wish you and your parents contentment with the change of lifestyle…you all will spice up your new neighborhood….

  4. marybeth Says:


    I stumbled upon your blog while searching for available 19′ Airstreams for sale around the Southwest.

    We plan on selling our house by August and then hitting the road with our 2 small girls (3.5 and 1.5 years old) and trekking up the west coast, all the way up, and settle somewhere.

    If we really like being on the road, we’ll do it a bit longer. We’ll see. Regardless, I am really glad to find you and read your wisdoms about being a family on the road.

    Happy travels,