LEHI — When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Jon and Breanna Remington and their three children found themselves spending a lot of time at home with each other, like many families.
Rather than staying home, however, they decided to bring their home with them on an extended family road trip across the United States — in an RV.
But it wasn't just the current world crisis that caused this family of five to hit the road in a recreational vehicle. According to Breanna, she and her husband have been feeling a need to spend more time as a family for quite some time.
"I sold my dance studio in 2018 when I was due with my third child because I was feeling a pull to really focus on my family," Breanna wrote in an email. "My husband has been working in finance for the last decade and is in a transition time between what he wants to do next."
Along with some savings the couple has put aside, the Remingtons put their home up for rent and sold many of their belongings, including cars, in order to help fund the trip.
Preparations also included saying goodbye to friends, including those of their 6-, 4-, and 2-year-old children.
"The kids had to say goodbye to all their friends and most of their toys," Breanna said. "It took all of us a few weeks to adjust to RV life but I'm really proud of them. We try to keep a morning routine by making beds, eating breakfast together and having school before we head out on adventures. But they love exploring new places every day and I feel like they are learning so much."
The adventure that has spanned three months so far, has taken the family through Utah, Idaho, Montana, Washington and Oregon; they are currently making their way down the California coast. They've visited all the National Parks in each of the states they've visited, including North and West Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Glacier, Mt. Rainier and Redwoods.
And while Brianna admits the transition to RV life has been challenging, she says it has been worth it to be able to spend time focusing on her family.
"There is a big learning curve that comes with living on the road full time," she said. "There are definitely stressful times (including a broken generator that has yet to be fixed) but they are (few and far) between compared to the rewards. … This has been a chance to spend uninterrupted time with our family. It is something so special that we know won't last forever. Whenever there are stressful moments, we just try to remember how lucky we are to be doing this."
According to Breanna, it has been good to see the country in a positive light during a difficult time and to share that with her family. She said that life is what you make it, and she and her husband are trying to make the best of what could be a difficult year.
"We are big believers in creating the life you dream of," Breanna said. "If something doesn't make you happy, change it. ... Sometimes things work out and sometimes they don't, but you'll never know unless you try."
As for how long the Remingtons plan on keeping their home on wheels, only time will tell.
"We left without really having a return date," Breanna said. "We didn't know what to expect or how the kids would do; we just wanted to give it a try and do it for as long as we could make it work. We are in our third month, and we still have a lot of places we'd love to see. We're hoping to shoot for at least six months but things could always change."
The Remington's journey can be followed on Breanna's Instagram page, @bre.remington.