Dan says he can't seriously consider quitting his job to go vagabond right now. He's right, we would be better served to keep squirreling away our cash for a bit longer. BUT he says if he gets laid off it's a whole other story. So that's what I need to be prepared for.
If it happens? Ohhhh, the world is such a wonderful, delightful, mysterious place. And the internet is the best, just the best. WWOOF (world wide opportunities on organic farms) coordinates farm owners/operators with volunteers who work on the farms in exchange for lodging and food from the farm. There are eight pages of farms in California alone who will accept families with children. I think hippie farming communes are in our future.
EDIT: It seems not as many farms are kid-friendly as I thought. But there are enough. Still keeping this one in our back pocket.