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We’re Steve and Noelle and we write this travel blog dedicated to showing how we’re choosing to live more fully in each moment and how YOU CAN TOO.  Our lives may not always be pretty, but it’s our adventure of a lifetime.  We hope you’ll follow along with us.  Your comments and emails always make our days and bring smiles to our hearts.

Steve and Noelle in front of stupas and ruins

In our early 50’s, we’ve sold our house, sold our cars and quit our fantastic jobs. We’ve placed almost all of our belongings into storage…so we’re effectively homeless.  We’re taking at least two years off work to hike, backpack, eat lots of food and explore the world.  We not only want to share our experiences with you, we also want to share the best ways you can take steps towards your own adventure, whether big or small.  We’ll share places & adventures we’ve experienced, as well as some tips, inspiration and best travel practices we’ve learned along the way.

 

We’ve raised five kids and a handful of dogs between us and now we have the joy of seeing our children raising their own families.  It’s a beautiful sight!  Both sets of our parents instilled strong work ethics into us, so we thought we’d follow the norm and work till retirement age and then maybe do a little exploring “then”.  What we didn’t count on was the life changing events of some heart issues Steve experienced.  Combined with the death of Noelle’s mom, we sat down to re-evaluate.  We chose to dramatically change our lives in order to live in the moment.  From thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail to beginning to explore Southeast Asia, we set out for adventure.  To be sure, Covid19 has had other ideas for us, as has the loss of another parent, Alzheimer’s and all the challenges & rewards that aging parents bring.  Our hearts are full, our minds are open and we plan to continue living fully despite what life hands us!

 

 

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Steve and Noelle: proof of life

Hi friends and family! Colleen, here’s further proof of life...we know...it’s been a while! We’ve been super busy in Colorado Springs since we returned from Vietnam to quarantine earlier this year. We then stayed to help liquidate and sell Steve’s parents’ home and...

Stay at Home: A month back in the US

We’ve been back to the US for a month. Here’s how it’s going for us with the “stay at home” order in Colorado and what we think our future may look like.

The dream versus reality of traveling for one year

We explore the dream of what it might be like to travel for one year versus the reality of what it’s actually like to travel for one year.

Off on a new adventure

Noelle here: The last week has been so difficult and also so inspiring. My dad passed from this life to the next. He’s off to dance with my mom again. To sit beside his savior. He’s at peace from the struggle of Parkinson’s and can rest. Two of my sisters, Steve, a...

A long goodbye

I’m not sure in which specific year I started calling my mom on New Year’s Eve, at the stroke of midnight, to wish her a happy New Years. Last min REI pre-PCT stop I think it started when I was in my early twenties. We were discussing New Years traditions and my mom...

Merry Christmas!

Today we're lucky enough to be home in Portland Oregon celebrating Christmas with some of our children and grandchildren. We wish you the happiest of holiday seasons. Thank you for following our adventures this year! Soon we'll have lots more to share with you...we...

PCT Between the trail and reality

Noelle here: Its been over a week since Steve finished Washington. We drove down through Vancouver, WA to see family for a couple days, with the expectation that we'd visit then head to California for the rest of the trail. We had such a wonderful time. We relaxed,...

My heart of hearts

Noelle here: We're coming in on the two year anniversary of Steve's open heart surgery, as I write this. He's so skinny now that I tease him about his pacemaker popping right out of his skin soon! I'm so thankful to be able to joke with him. I'm simply thankful to...

Cardiac Failure

Cardiac failure wasn't on my mind until three years ago. Two years ago today I had open heart surgery. The surgery has impacted nearly every single aspect of our lives. Our lives today have very little semblance to our lives of two or three years ago. Cardiac failure:...

PCT: July blog posts and you!

Hi Readers! Have we said thanks for following us? Thank you! We really appreciate the time you're investing in our PCT thru-hike attempt. As Noelle mentioned in her post PCT: Building Community, you're part of our trail family. Each month we're just tickled to see...