Thanks. Funny, we live in a rural area, too. This means that we all pile into the car whenever we go anywhere - because we have to go many miles/places in the same trip. As a family we took our candidate (who will get a driver's license soon) to interviews, to buy an interview suit, to obtain letters of reference, do the USAFA campus tour, etc. Not to mention the emotional investment for all, including sympathetic siblings. Our candidate is a home-schooler, and as such, we do tend to see individual projects as family affairs. Everybody goes to tennis, everybody goes to orchestra, and so on, because the drive is so long. Everything is 20-30 miles away. We do most all things as a family. Doesn't mean our candidate didn't do his own application work, though.