Simple, Happy, Wild & Free

We are documenting our life on the road so we can inspire others to embrace an alternative lifestyle and pursue their dreams. We’ve been sold an idea about life where happiness comes from the accumulation of stuff and tomorrow will be the day we can finally afford Paradise. Meanwhile, Paradise is not a place and it cant be bought. It is a state of mind achieved by looking at the world a completely new way where we stop simply existing and start simply living, by living simply. Less stuff, more time, more adventure, better health, stronger communities, better relationships, and better us. Two great movements are getting some of us closer to the dream – off grid minimalists and simple nomads who willingly choose to live with less. That’s us. Welcome to Paradise, on pennies.

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Who Are We?

Meet Ramsey, Heather, & the dogs Lillee, Kluane & Ohana ! It’s the 2 of us & our 3 dogs, living on the road together, permanently.

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We love hiking, being in wilderness and spending time together. By choosing to live on the road we’ve chosen a life of freedom and flexibility to enjoy these things we love. We love the beauty of this world but think we could all do better at taking care of it. This is why we’ve chosen to be the change we want to see.

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What Do You Mean “Live on the Road?”

We live on the road – meaning we have no permanent home. We lived out of our Ford Escape for several years & when that was old we switched to a truck with small popup camper! We’ve slept in our vehicle or our tent. We take various jobs to make money for basic needs, but we live rather simplistically. Sure, we’re a bit nontraditional but we’ve never been happier…living in Paradise!

So, Where is Paradise?

What is Paradise? What we’ve learned is that paradise is not really a place. While we’ve been to numerous places we would certainly call “paradise” the real paradise was experienced by our lifestyle change. As you read this, imagine what you would consider paradise, as a life. When we defined it we realized it was obtainable. . . if we were willing to make some trade-offs.

Paradise . . . On Pennies, Really???

Yes, really! We live on a pretty low budget – especially relative to most folks. We don’t have a ton of luxuries and we don’t have a lot of “stuff.” We don’t shower every day, we don’t carry a lot of clothes or stuff with us, we don’t spend money on fun & entertainment (we hike – its free!), we only have a few outfits, there’s no makeup, no hair gels, no jewelry, no extras at all. These things are unnecessary & take up precious space.

And this is completely by choice. It is only because of this choice to live simple and below our means that we have been able to explore some remarkable places that we’d call paradise. From mountains to oceansides, we’ve been in almost every U.S. state up to Alaska and back, from Mexico to Canada. We’ve seen volcanoes, Denali, the Pacific Ocean, grizzly bears, glaciers and other jaw-dropping, once-in-a-lifetime scenes. We’ve also shared rainy days stuck in the car, lighting storms on the side of a hill in our tent while eating cold noodles because we forgot our stove fuel, and almost ran out of gas in Death Valley…and we wouldn’t trade a day of it. Every single moment has added to the story that is our life. Sure, we’ve been to places that are absolutely paradise, but it’s not so much that we’ve simply traveled to paradise. More so, it’s that we’ve created a life that always feels like paradise. Even when it’s raining.