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Finally after.....

15 Flights, 6 Trains, Numerous Car Rides, Dozens of Metros, Multiple Trams, A handful of Ferries, 1 Balloon, 1 Horse and 1 Camel ride- we are back on US soil!!

sunny 70 °F

Yesterday we arrived at Washington DC (Dulles Airport) at around 7pm EST via Madrid, Spain. Our amazing journey, though not quite over (Yo says it is not over until we walk in our front door), is back in the "Land of the Free". I cannot tell you how incredible the last few months have truly been. Yona and I have started to take time to reflect and everytime we do it gets better and more rich. We arrived in DC to visit with our dear friends Zanna and David Yardas and their family. Last night as we savored our first home cooked meal in a long time (though we had a few "home cooked meals" on the road they were not the same), Yona and I just began to ramble on and on. We have so much to tell it is overwhelming. I am sure all our friends will get many different versions and ideas all from our experience--and all who have read the blog have already got some. I want to express my great thanks to all the family and friends who read and commented on our blog. We had fun telling the tales and relished in the comments- checking constantly when we posted something new.

On a personal note, this trip has been one of the greatest things I have ever done in my life (just below obviously things like the births of my children). I have learned so much about myself and how the I relate to the world. I am so blessed to have such a brave family and an amazing wife willing to step out of regular life and ride along the edges of the great unknown. As a family we have had our moments- laughing, crying, fighting and loving and every other emotion on the chart. Many times we have been asked if we have become closer? We have all grown in so many ways from this experience and what I believe makes us closer is the shared experience itself--we were all out there together through the ups and down, good and bad, ugly and beautiful....all of it. This bond will live with us forever.

Thanks for coming along!!!!!!!!

Posted by sherpaBen 05:24 Archived in USA Tagged family_travel

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Welcome back. So glad you're all safe & more bonded than ever. Your entry brings tears to my eyes. Much love, Stephen

by Stephen

Did you just hear my big sigh of relief! I'm so glad you're "home" and that you've had such an amazing trip. It's been exciting to check in with you all each day. Can't wait to hear it all retold. Have fun on the East Coast.

Happy trails to you, JoAnn

by JoAnn

Hip hip hooray! Back in the USA! Kind of makes you proud to be an American. I have so enjoyed traveling with the Trustmans! You make it seem so bonding & rewarding.
Thanks for entertaining me thru-out this fine adventure. Can"t wait for the next trip! Welcome home, almost.

by barb ackerman

What a lovely tribute to your wife and family, Ben. They are just as lucky to have you. We have loved reading about your adventures and following you on the map, discussing various places on Earth (using a globe) with Ava and with other well-travelled family members. Ava said she wants us all to (en famille!) to go to Paris next year. Hmmm...:)

We are delighted to hear that you have landed safe and sound with people we know you love and miss. Sometimes surprises aren't all bad, and what a great ending to your story! Have a fantastic time on the East Coast. A certain person will be hopping up and down to see you back on the Left Coast. Oh, and Ava will be super-excited to see Posie-Pie, too!;) xok

by Kelly

Welcome almost home!! What a great tale you have to tell! I look forward to hearing much of it next week!!!

by uncle David

I'm so proud of all of you- really stepped out of the safety zone and it sounds like it was a great growing experience you all will profit from in many ways in the years to come. Don't think it is over- it never ends. See you Monday!!!!! YaaaaY! Love, Mom

by Kathlin

Bravo! You know I'll be crying when we meet you at the airport, tears of joy. Thank you all, love you lots.

by Nana

Welcome home, Trustmans!

by Michael

First the blog, now the MOVIE!! You are all supreme estrellas for sharing this journey, your challenges and celebrations, great photos and reflections with everyone. Everything you all experienced and felt and embodied will continue to reverberate for years. AND glad you all returned safely!

by Andrea Cano

I was going through email today & decided to post my last blog comment...
On May 4th we were all beyond excited & happy to welcome you home to Truckee---even Sugar sensed you were coming and became a complete spaz-dog long before you pulled into the driveway!
I, too, am so proud of you. It was courageous to step beyond one's insulated life and journey as you did.
I believe it was a wonderful gift that you took the children out to see a bit of what else the world holds, what it looks like, feels like----I like to think that these travels are the beginning for them to always have confidence in their ability to go beyond, and to value others different from themselves.

Love you all dearly.

by cooc

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