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I can't tell you how many times I have started and stopped this post since I returned from the Arctic at the end of August. Or even how many times I've written it and deleted it. I keep thinking I'm ready to write it and hit the publish button and then, it turns out, I'm not.

Before I went on this past trip, I was supposed to be hiking across Spain. Some health issues kept that from happening and the Arctic trip became the new plan, but the purpose behind the big trip at this time? It was my Freedom Trip. I had called it that in my mind for years. It was the trip of a lifetime that came at the end of my daily, hands on, kids are totally dependent on me, parenting journey. Don't get me wrong, the boys and I traveled as much as we could while they were growing up, but the Freedom Trip was different. It was going to be a long period of time, ALONE, where I could do what I wanted when I wanted and I could choose all the music and all the stops and all the snacks and a…

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