Our Story

Here We Are

But How Did We Get Here?

Our story is a tale of adventure, change, & happiness. Today, you’ll find us exploring mountains, forests, & new towns while we navigate an exciting life. We basically live in our SUV & move from place to place on a whim. We made it all possible by living for these guiding principles: (1) absolute simplicity, (2) authenticity & love, (3) nature & (4) experiences above things. We all have a story to tell. We’ve embraced a life that often lacks a plan. Some people get scared of this idea. We were once a little afraid, too. But then we began dipping our toes into the unknown and magical journey unfolded before us.

Here’s our story of how we got where we are today. . . Enjoy. . . 

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The Herd


It Begins

Part I: Finding Our Way

Once upon a time. . . we lived an average life. We bought stuff, lived in cities, we traveled sometimes, and we didn’t know each other. We each had something missing in our lives but we didn’t realize what it was. We hopelessly wandered through the journey of life.

As we grew, we each began traveling down a path. We had no idea that we had each chosen a path that led not only to one another, but eventually a life of maximum fulfillment. We individually faced a diverging path at similar points in our lives, and we both chose to take the one less traveled. And that made all the difference!



Two Roads Diverged

Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.

– Robert Frost

Then We Met

The paths we had chosen included a more simplistic, positive, authentic version of life. We wanted to chase our dreams but neither one of us were really sure how to make that happen. Our paths crossed in Colorado one spring day and it was like each of us was the missing piece for the other. As we built an incredible relationship we began discussing our passions and the ideal lifestyle. This led us to where we are today. It took us a little while to work out the details.

And the World

Turned to Color

So We Made a Plan
One night, while having one of our typical discussions – about the stars, life, & dreams – we came to a crazy conclusion. Maybe our dreams that the rest of the world called “crazy” weren’t so crazy afterall? Perhaps we could make them come true. It would just require one thing – doing something that everyone else would call..well..crazy!

“Want to quit our jobs !?”

We decided we would live on the road for a few months. We’d quit our jobs, sell our stuff, & hit the road for a while. We could go see the things we dreamed of – the Coastal Mountains, Pacific Ocean, Yukon wilderness, Alaskan range, the most remote place we could hike to, the best small towns, Utah’s Canyons. We could bath in the rivers, lay by the lakes, sleep in the forests, & just be. It was a dream not just of travel & adventure, but also of an experience that few people get to feel – true freedom. Go wherever you want, do whatever you want, each day.

So, we took our Ford Escape SUV and built a bed in the back. We got scrap wood and supplies for free off of Craigslist & from local yard sales & finished the car home for about $20.00 !



Life on the Road
“Into the forest I go to lost my mind & find my soul.”

The Simple Life

So, we did it! May 2016 we hit the road. We lived in our Ford Escape SUV that we built a bed in the back of. It was the three of us – Ramsey, Heather, & our pooch Lillee.So, we did it! May 2016 we hit the road. We lived in our Ford Escape SUV that we built a bed in the back of. It was the three of us – Ramsey, Heather, & our pooch Lillee.

We made it to every wester US State & into Canada and to Alaska! We had incredible adventures, camping in some wild and remote spots. We saw tons of wildlife, landscapes and ecosystems…walking through thick rainy forests in the Pacific Northwest to high alpine lakes in the Sierra Nevada mountains to glacial ice fields in the Yukon! You can browse through our stories by location or topic in our Travel Journal. How could we ever top such an adventure?

One of our favorite spots along the way was Kluane in the Yukon. We decided that our future dog would be named after this place – one of the wildest & most beautiful places we’d ever been.

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Married in the Mountains

Somewhere Over the Rainbow. . .

Marriage happens in the moments we share together. It is more than just this moment. It is symbolized every morning we wake up together, every walk we take, every breath we share, & every obstacle we overcome.

We Exchanged 2 Homemade Rings

Somewhere high in the North Cascade Mountains we got married. We exchanged 2 wooden rings we made together. We had a free meadow of wildflowers, our dog as a guest, and a view of the glacier peaked Cascade mountains on a sunny blue sky day. It was magical.

North Cascades Mountains, Washington
Exchanging our vows at the top of the world!


A Simple Wedding

Cabin in the Woods

We were in the Pacific Northwest as fall approached. We had to decide where life would take us next. We could live on the road, but we’d have to head south. We also wanted to try our hands at living in the Northwest, someplace like Montana, Idaho, or Washington and work on a sustainable homestead. So, we looked around for fitting properties – everything from bare land to old cabin dwellings. It started to look like we wouldn’t be able to pull it off before winter set in. We targeted a broad area, looked for the right land, and began working, all while still living in the car in the national forest land or parking lots. This was the only way to make it happen, though.

One afternoon, we stumbled across a property that already had a cabin on it. It was an old cabin that needed fixed up but that sounded perfect to us. It was a small 1 bedroom cabin on acreage in the Idaho mountains. The sellers needed to get rid of it asap. We jumped on the opportunity and before you know it – we became Idahoans! Oh, and winter set in. We moved in around early November, so we had little time to prepare for winter, such as collecting firewood. Our only heat source was woodstove. We hurried and worked hard.

Winter was quite long. It was an El Nino/La Nino season and there was alot of moisture. One episode delivered us about 4 feet of snow in about 2 days. It was amazing to experience. The snowy view of the Selkirk mountains across the valley was surreal. In December, we added a new furry family member – Kluane. He’s named after the most wild & beautiful place we ever explored.

While our stay in Idaho was surely unforgettable, it came time for us to adventure on. We decided to live on the road again, full-time.


Winter in North Idaho

Meet the Herd

Screen Shot 2016-09-04 at 6.39.14 PMRamsey

Ramsey, originally a country boy from Iowa, ended up working & living in cities across the mid-west. He ended up in Colorado where he had a nice mix of work & play, but as the cities at the base of the Rockies grew larger & larger he felt the need to move to a smaller town & get back to the basics. He’s a customer-service oriented fellow who can talk your ear off. He loves small towns & was eager to get back to his country roots.

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Heather is a small-town girl born in Pennsylvania. She’s lived in a lot of places in the U.S. since then, but found herself stuck in a city for many years. She absolutely loves nature & science. One day, she moved to one of her favorite states – Colorado. She wanted to be near the mountains.

However, she still longed for a true getaway from the city life. The Colorado front range has a steep population growth. While considering a move further into the Rockies, she met Ramsey. Their ideas combined & a new journey began.

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Lillee is a rescue pup from a humane society in Florida. While Heather lived there, she went for a companion pooch & found the sweetest little girl, scared & in need of love. Lillee had a rough start, losing all of her brothers & sisters & having been physically hurt by unknown means. She was scared of men & garbage bags. Heather promised to teach her human kindness & give her the most exciting life to make up for this. Lillee has been to the entire western U.S., much of the east, Canada, & Alaska on her adventures. She climbs mountains & travels everywhere Heather & Ramsey go now. She absolutely loves Ramsey, who spoils her when no ones looking!

Kluane

Kluane is our newest addition, a sweet boy with a big bark. He was rescued from a shelter in Northwest Montana. Lillee was not happy about sharing her snacks & love when we got him but they are becoming pals now! Kluane is named after the wildest place we experienced in the Yukon while living on the road. He loves playing in the snow & cuddling when he’s sleepy.


Endless Wanderers But Never Lost


Today’s Adventures

Yesterday is Gone, Tomorrow is Uncertain . . . All We Have is Today, The Present!

Today, we continue our adventures. You can track our location by checking out the website, our Facebook page, or our updates on our Current Location.

So far, we’ve been to nearly all U.S. states and many Canadian provinces. We havent been lucky enough to travel internationally. Our travels are centered around minimallistic and simplistic means that cost little to acheive. this allows us the time to travel and explore and be flexible enough to dash off to the next adventure. It means we arent tied up in work and status quo obligations. We’re free. We’re wild. We’re happy.