Home is a subjective term. Over the years, we have transitioned from living year-round in our home in New Hampshire, to spending large chunks of time in different locations. We have found that we are just as comfortable on the road or in the woods, as we are in New Hampshire. As long as we are together, we can make a happy “home” wherever we find ourselves.
We met each other for the first time when we were trainees in the same Peace Corps group in the mid-1990’s. After graduating from college, we both headed to Tanzania with hopes of making a difference in the lives of teenagers in our host-communities. Those two plus years are very important to us…not only did we meet each other, but we came to the realization that life was full of unlimited possibilities.
In 1999, we got married and have continued to live our lives based on the belief that anything is possible. This belief has led us to live on very little income at times, so that one of us could pursue an interest or passion – graduate school for counseling, an apprenticeship with a luthier, or long-distance hikes. Our guiding priorities are those things which make us happy, healthy and fulfilled.
We have lived in New Hampshire for the past sixteen years. Ten years ago, we bought land in the White Mountains and started building a house. As most house building projects go, the construction lasted for as long as we lived in the house. While it started as a labor of love, it morphed into a necessary chore although we are extremely proud of what we accomplished with our home, and enjoyed learning a lot of new skills.
Since 2010, we have been able to have more flexibility with our lives. Where we were once “tied” to home because we had a internet business which required our constant attention and our physical presence to ship orders, we are now able to travel and be more “disconnected” from the daily grind. We developed our passion for long distance hiking; completing the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail (Brian), the Long Trail (Brian), the Tahoe Rim Trail, the John Muir Trail, and Wonderland Trail, and the Arizona Trail. We have spent several winters in Mexico, where we were able to enjoy the warm weather, the nearby hiking, and the delicious tacos. We have made the conscious choice to spend our time where we are happiest.
In 2013, we decided we were ready to apply for a second stint with the Peace Corps. It was something that we had always talked of doing again, but we had just never made any firm plans. Well, two years after first submitting our applications, we are heading off to the Republic of Moldova (June 2015). We are excited about the adventure and all the new beginnings it holds.
Hopefully, you will enjoy reading through the blogs of our adventures and our musings. As we go through our lives, we realize that we have a lot to learn, but we see the world as full of opportunity and adventure.