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. We set out on an incredible journey that unbeknownst to us would change our lives forever.

We made it to every western 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. . .

To us, marriage happens in the moments we share together. It’s more than just a moment. It is symbolized every morning we wake up together on a mountaintop, 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

Meet the Herd

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Ramsey, born & raised in a small town in northeast Iowa, spent much of his childhood outdoors in the country. He was always a curious and creative one with a bright personality & a big smile. Family & friends know him as being the one who brought happy vibes into any room. He spent 12 years working hard to establish a solid career. However, one afternoon he quit his job to pursue his authentic self and move to Colorado where he could spend more time outdoors. He wouldn’t regret this decision, despite some fear of the unknown. He had a lot more time for hiking, rock climbing, & snowboarding and met his best friend along the way. He further realized how short life is & how much there was left to discover and he desired to commit his time to his passions. Now, he spends his afternoons enjoying hiking in the wilderness, gazing up at space, & living life to the fullest with his wife & pooches.

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Heather has always been an animal lover & a curious soul – interested in the stars, far away places, & exotic species. Those passions were further molded by later life experiences. She was born in Pennsylvania but moved quite a bit. As she grew, she sharpened interests in 3 key areas: a thirst for learning, creativity, & nature. She fed these via jobs & formal training in education, marketing, & science; but she didn’t fully find herself until facing a series of life’s unexpected ups & downs & gaining a drive to discover true authenticity & happiness. She quit a good job to pursue her real passion in biogeosciences (via graduate studies). Then, she made a 2nd life-changing decision to move out west where she truly felt at home in the mountains – to Colorado. Unbeknownst to her, it is here where she’d meet her soul mate & together they would make the final leap toward a full life – on the road!

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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. Kluane loves life on the road. Every day is a new adventure for him – from the travel & hiking adventures to new dog parks where he makes friends from all over the Americas.


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 now or get updates from our Facebook page. We also do periodic travel updates from our Youtube channel.

Paradise on Pennies

So far, we’ve been to nearly all U.S. states and many Canadian provinces (*see all Travel Stats). We haven’t been lucky enough to travel internationally yet. Our travels are centered around minimalistic & simplistic means that cost little to achieve. this allows us the time to travel and explore and be flexible enough to dash off to the next adventure. It means we aren’t tied up in work and status quo obligations. We’re free. We’re wild. We’re happy.