Welcome to the Scharrer family's real life story! Most of our story is written for, and about, our four kids and the spice they add to our lives. It's our story of happiness, craziness, and sometimes ridiculousness. We've journaled through childbirth, the terrible two's, private school (and our public school experience), an autism diagnosis, medical school, residency, and long-term mission work in Africa.

Now we're following a new adventure, which involves a 45 foot motorcoach, homeschool, and as many ski slopes as we can go down in one year.

For posts from while we were living in Zimbabwe and updates about our future plans in Zimbabwe, please see our mission blog...

www.ourzimbabwejourney.blogspot.com.

21 February 2018

Wyoming, Idaho, Washington

The first leg of our six week journey...
Minnesota ⇒ Jackson Hole, Wyoming ⇒ Craters of the Moon National Park, Idaho ⇒ Sun Valley, Idaho ⇒ Spokane, Washington 









Jackson Hole - I'm pretty sure that Jackson Hole will always be one of our favorite ski places. Great terrain park, variety of hills, and very family friendly. We only skied two days, but wish we could have stayed longer!




Erik was having so much fun on the terrain park that he decided to try a backflip! He used to do them all the time, no problem, but it has been years and years since he's even tried one, so this was a surprise to us all, especially when he landed on his head! Haha! He's determined to land a backflip before the year is over, but I keep reminding him just how old he is and not to get his hopes up!




While we were at Jackson, Erik was lucky enough to be able to go on the legendary Corbets Couloir.  It's one of the top ten ski runs in the world that all skiers try to hit at least once in their lifetime. Next time, the kids have high hopes of trying it. After reading this and this article, I may have to pass. :)





Craters of the Moon National Park - We had NO idea that this place existed until we started noticing the crazy landscapes as we drove through Idaho in the early morning hours. Then, we came upon the visitor center, which was actually a very nicely done museum!  We learned all about the Craters of the Moon and even took our roadschool classroom for a ride to look for the different kinds of lava formations that we had learned about at the museum. What a great, educational morning!









Sun Valley - Definitely our favorite lodge of all the ski resorts we've been to!  Right from the start, Sun Valley welcomed us in, and right away we realized just how fun this place was!  There was enough variety to keep us all loving it and just enough challenge to keep any of us from getting bored.  We entered a family fun race, which was very icy, but so so fun to compete against each other.  Torsten hit a big milestone at Sun Valley when he and Skogen got on the chairlift alone and took a run by themselves! Up until this point, Torsten has always had to have an adult help him, or be there to help him, if needed.











Spokane - On our way to Whistler, we were blessed to be able to stop and see friends from residency on the way! They welcomed us to Spokane with lunch, lots of playtime, and dinner!  It was so great to talk homeschool, emergency medicine, and catch up a bit on each other's lives.  We also stopped just outside of Spokane to meet up for coffee with a medical missionary friend who works in Guatmala. It's always fun to talk missionary work, too!




Despite a little car trouble with our tow car, everything has gone so well! It's nice to only really have a destination and not really have a schedule. Mountain passes close, powder days come unexpectedly, and it's good to just be able to be flexible.  Now we're headed to Canada and excited for the adventure that awaits us there.


20 February 2018

Home

 Like most full-time RVers, we also have responsibility and bills. The way it works for our family is returning "home" every couple of weeks so that Erik can pick up some shifts. He works his shifts in blocks so that he can have large chunks of time off to travel. 
We enjoyed two weeks at the beginning of February at home with our dogs, catching up on homeschool, going to the dentist, celebrating Skogen's birthday with friends, and making plans for our next big trip!
Simba and Camber





Cowboy!

Maida helped plan Skogen's surprise birthday party, but didn't know she was going to be surprised, too!!!


Skogen's birthday party

Packing up and heading out on the RV is always a lot of work. All the skis need to be waxed, sleeping bags need to be washed, enough clothes need to be packed, and everything has to be hauled to the RV (which is kept several miles from our house). It's always a relief to finally take off.



Future expert ski tuner


The first night on the road was too long....



03 February 2018

Snowbasin, Utah


Anyone else out there absolutely love the P&G mom commercials during Olympics time?  They get me every year.  This year's commercial was especially on my mind while we were skiing in Snowbasin, Utah.  As I followed my boys down the Olympic course, I couldn't help but think about the Olympians that skied that course in 2002, and how they once skied with their mamas just like this!

We rode the extra tram and made it to the top of the Olympic course!  When I saw the "expert only" signs and heard the warnings from the tram operator, I was almost regretting going up, but when I saw the views, it was sooooo worth it!

at the top of the men's course

the men's start gate

the women's start gate


ripping up the Olympic course



So beautiful!

Snowbasin was the site for the 2002 Olypmic men's and women's downhill, super G, and combined races.  This was the third Olympic ski resort that I have visited s, but for some reason this one touched me the most.  The views from the top were breath-taking.  Lucky for me, I almost didn't go all the way to the top, but my boys talked me into it and the Olympic course was one of my favorite runs all season.  I'm so thankful I went!!


                                         
(You probably have to click the link to YouTube)

We write to taste life twice, once in the moment and in retrospection.”
~Anais Nin