Today we are excited to mark TWO major milestones for our family: The launch of our long-discussed blog, and the kickoff of a five-week road trip six years in planning!

Over the years, we’ve discussed starting a half-dozen blogs, covering a variety of our interests: renovating and decorating, budgeting, food, minimalistic living, etc. However, those never made it off the ground, mostly because they were too narrowly focused for us to be able to discuss all the different things we get excited about! So we decided instead to create this blog — the story of how all those different pieces came together to help us create this awesome new life we’re living. We hope you love it!

As for our road trip, we had originally planned to do it five years ago as a graduation celebration. But when we graduated, we were so broke that anything other than working all the time and eating beans was pretty much off the table. So both the blog and the road trip represent long-awaited personal victories, and we’re very excited to share them both with you!

We decided that the road trip would be the coolest possible way to kick off the blog, so here we are! Today we packed up the car, closed up the camper, and headed west into the wilds of West Virginia. I’m headed to the Gauley River for a few days of class-five whitewater with a bunch of fellow raft guides, while Rebecca and her sister are headed west for a weekend of races, knocking West Virginia and Ohio off of her race-in-all-fifty-states goal.

Since we are planning on moving quickly and covering a ton of ground, we felt it’d just be easier to leave the camper behind. The Tahoe is packed full of camping gear, food, and clothes, and off we go for a fun mix of camping and (hopefully) inexpensive hotels.

Where are you going, you ask? EVERYWHERE. Or at least as close as we can get in 5 weeks. You can catch the general overview below on the map.

Road Trip 2015 Map

We’re headed from Virginia out to West Virginia, through Peoria Illinois to visit my sister-in-law and her family, then out for a few days in the Badlands to see Rushmore and Crazy Horse. From there, we’ll head out to camp in Yellowstone for a few days, then go out to Port Townsend, Washington to spend my 30th birthday with my beloved Aunt Pam and Uncle Ted. After that, we’ll work our way down the Washington/Oregon/California coast to spend a few days in San Francisco, then cut east to Salt Lake City, and then Colorado Springs. After that, we’ll cut back across the Great Plains, hopefully spend a day or two in Chicago, then head on home to Virginia. It should be amazing, and we’ll be documenting the whole thing, so stay tuned!

I grew up in New Jersey, went to college in Virginia, and married a girl from New Hampshire, so I can drive the East Coast in my sleep. I love exploring, jumping out of airplanes, whitewater rafting, fast cars, comic books, and generally refusing to act my age. More practically, I love budgeting and financial planning, renovating and updating older homes (and now campers), and learning to make our family as self-sustaining as possible.

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