About Us

We met in 2006 at a Habitat for Humanity workday so I knew she was handy, and she knew I looked good in Carhartts. I asked for her number. She told me my name tag had been stuck to the ass of my pants all day. Clearly my plan had worked, because I’d gotten her attention and - by the end of the day - her digits. When I called to ask her out, she said she couldn’t because her mom was visiting for the next week and a half. I confirmed with my female friends that this was, in fact, a blow off and that no 26-year-olds living in studio apartments have their mothers come visit for a week and a half. When she told her mom (who actually *was* visiting for a week and a half) the story, she wisely insisted that her daughter go out with me. They texted each other the whole night.

Ann had been working as a massage therapist since moving out to California from Boston around 2005. I’d been swept up in the DotCom craze in the mid 90’s and, while never holding the same job for more than 6 months, was somehow paid hyper-inflated salaries and invested well until things fizzled around the turn of the century/millennium. Afterwards, I did some contract work for a tech company here and there and taught music while playing in a bluegrass band in San Francisco, but mostly focused on developing investments that could support me between gainful employment. Ann continued to grow her massage practice, and things were going well for both of us.  Or were they?

We both felt like we’d arrived to one degree or another but weren’t quite sure where. Just around then, the pesky Internet started bombarding us with stories of fun sounding people traveling the world (or had we gone looking for them?). There was Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman riding motorcycles around the world, and Pat and Ali from Bumfuzzle sailing around the world. Then came blogs (many listed on our Overland Respources page) about young couples who sounded just like us, packing up an SUV and pointing it south on something called the Pan American Highway. They sounded alive, solving problems creatively every day and living out in the world. We became obsessed with their stories and adventures, and before long, were actually batting ideas around for one of our own.

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We got married in October of 2010 and left one month later with an open plan. Our lives at home were buttoned up and put on hold while we drove south from San Francisco thinking we might make it all the way to Tierra del Fuego or beyond. We were open to the idea of being gone for a year or maybe more. I’ll make you do your homework to learn about the experiences we had and the factors that made us stop in Panama, but basically, a 10,000 mile 5 month journey through Mexico and Central America had its desired effect: to break us out of our routine and comfort zone and clarify for us the kind of life we wanted to be living. We knew that while this was "the trip of a lifetime," it was also, just "a trip in our lifetime" and we felt a draw home towards family and friends to start over.

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Yup, we bought a farm. Well, a farmlet really. A homestead. A gentleman’s hobby holding, perhaps. Any way you want to say it, we moved to a house on 4 acres an hour north of San Francisco in a small town with deep agricultural roots and a growing local food and sustainable farming movement. In April of 2011, we started learning about chickens and sheep and pigs (as well as foxes, coyotes, racoons, skunks, hawks, owls and all the other things that eat them - and llamas who try to prevent it). We planted a substantial garden, tended to neglected grape vines, blackberry bushes, apple trees, plum trees, a peach tree and a fig tree and learned new things every day. And lucky you, you get to hear not only about the things that go right, but the things that go wrong.


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It just so happened that this environment would be the perfect place in which to raise a child, and within a month of landing back on US soil from Panama, we found out Ann was pregnant. That turned out to be a pretty good adventure for a while: managing the farm while watching this strange little human we created develop on a daily basis.

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But lately, the road has been calling again, and we've been musing on the values of the farmlet life vs travel.  We've upgraded from the roof top tent to an Airstream trailer, first a compact and efficient 19' unit and then a more spacious and well-outfitted 25'. In 2013, we spent more than 100 days traveling in the Airstream including a loop around the Southwest US and a trip through the Pacific Northwest up to Banff and the Rockies with a caravan, and decided we wanted to do even more. While we love the travel ourselves, we've found it even more enriching to do with a child, opening our eyes to simple pleasures and watching as they learn through interaction with the world. We've met some great families on the road and do a lot of thinking about how we would like travel to be a large part of how we raise our children. Yep, I said "children." In July of 2014, we welcomed little Mae and soon set off on more adventures in the Airstream as a family of four. By January 2015, we'd decided to rent the Farmlet to some close family friends and hit the road full time. First destination? Alaska!

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We're now back from 2 years living and traveling in the Airstream and looking for a little more balance. Check out The Latest for, well... the latest.

We hope you find something on this blog that you’re interested in. If so, drop us a line from the contact page to let us know or leave a comment. If not, thanks for a brief visit to our self-indulgent little way of processing our lives as they’re coming at us.

Dave and Ann