We love to hike and backpack and have been to many great places. John takes high quality photos everywhere we go and Jean writes about our adventures (among other things). We get to do this a lot as we're retired and since April 2010 we have been traveling full time in a motorhome.
John and Jean on the summit of Mt Whitney (14,505 feet) after completing the John Muir Trail
John is originally from Chicago. In 1974, after graduating from college, he spent the summer traveling throughout the western US. He began working in Louisville, Kentucky later that year. However, he always intended to relocate somewhere in the northwest US in the future. Jean is originally from Jeffersontown, Kentucky and had always dreamed of exploring the western US.
We met in Louisville. In the fall of 1977 we packed up a few belongings and left our family and friends behind and headed for Seattle.
John and Jean in Louisville, Kentucky
We have both always loved the outdoors and living in the Pacific Northwest provided us with numerous opportunities to hike and backpack.
John on a backpack trip in the Pasayten Wilderness, Washington
Family vacations with our sons, Dan and Tom, allowed us to explore the western US as well.
John, Dan and Tom on a backpack trip in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
And we have been fortunate to have opportunities to experience some of the iconic natural wonders on other continents including Tanzania ...
John and Jean on the way up Mt Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
... and Nepal.
Jean and John while trekking up the Khumbu Valley in Nepal
All have provided John, a lifelong avid photographer, opportunities to take countless photographs.
John in Canyonlands National Park, Utah
Once our sons were grown ...
Dan and Tom
In April 2010, after selling our house in Kent, Washington, we began living and traveling fulltime in our motorhome. We're modern day "Nomads"! However, unlike the stereotypical retired “fulltime RVer” we are still physically active and we love to hike and backpack. This lifestyle has enabled us to do many great trips in the western United States and Canada. You can read about our travels in chronological order or about specific adventures in Australia, Canada, Nepal, New Zealand, Peru, Tanzania and the USA.
Our 27' motor home, the one on the left, is considered to be too small for full timing and has even been called a "divorce in a can".
Our motorhome on the left compared to a "Big Rig" that some "Fulltimers" prefer
However, our "backpacker's mentality" enables us to see it as a veritable palace. We love backpacking and sleeping in our tent ...
Our camp while backpacking in Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument, Utah
... but we also thoroughly enjoy returning to the luxuries of our home; lights, heat, fresh food, a comfortable bed and especially a hot shower.
John taking it easy at home
Despite the skeptics I am happy to say that our relationship has thrived throughout our travels. Our first year on the road included a three month adventure through British Columbia ...
John and Jean at Lake O'Hara in Yoho National Park,British Columbia
John and Jean while backpacking in Tombstone Territorial Park in Yukon
... as well as Alaska.
John and Jean in Wrangell - St Elias National Park, Alaska
Our second year on the road was spent primarily in the southwest US including Utah, ...
John and Jean on Deertrap Mountain in Zion National Park, Utah
... Arizona, ...
John and Jean backpacking in the Grand Canyon National Park
... Colorado ...
John and Jean on the summit of Handies Peak (14,058 ft) in Colorado
Jean and John on Forester Pass while backpacking the John Muir Trail in Sequoia National Park, California
In early 2012 we spent three months in New Zealand. It was a trip of a lifetime! The highlight was completing seven of the nine "Great Walks" including the Routeburn Track ...
John and Jean on the Routeburn Track within Mt Aspiring National Park, New Zealand
... and the Milford Track.
John and Jean on MacKinnon Pass while hiking the Milford Track in Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
During the summer of 2012 our sons came to visit while we were in Montana.
Dan, Tom, Jean and John in Glacier National Park, Montana
We also did several backpack trips in Glacier National Park, Montana as well as Wyoming's stunning Wind River Range.
Jean and John on backpack trip in the Wind River Range, Wyoming
We are now looking forward to the 2013 "backpacking season". After spending time in Grand Canyon National Park in the spring we plan to head to Washington State for the summer. Our options are many and possibilities include the Wonderland Trail in Mt Rainier National Park, the portion of the Pacific Crest Trail that bisects the state from north to south or doing the portion of the Pacific Northwest Trail that crosses Washington State from east to west.
This lifestyle is definitely not for everyone. However, for us the reality has far exceeded our expectations. We had no trouble thinking of our motorhome as "home". Washington State is our domicile but "home" is where ever it is parked whether that is in British Columbia ...
... Alaska, ...
... Utah, ...
... Colorado ...
... or Arizona.
We originally thought we would travel for about ten years before settling down someplace. However, we have since decided that we'll just keep traveling for as long as it is fun. I'm happy to say that after three years on the road we are still having just as much fun as when we first started.
John and Jean on Redcloud Peak in Colorado
Highlights of 2013 include backpacking in Grand Canyon National Park ...
John and Jean exploring the Monument Creek slot canyon in Grand Canyon National Park
... and hiking in Washington State including with our two sons, Dan and Tom
John, Jean, Dan and Tom on the Railroad Grade in Mt Baker National Recreation Area, Washington
Highlights of 2014 include more backpacking in Grand Canyon ...
Jean and John on the Escalante Route in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
... as well as another trip of a lifetime when we went to Peru. We hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and did a high altitude trek around Mt Ausangate.
John and Jean at Machu Picchu in Peru
2015 brought our 5th anniversary of traveling. We are off to a great start for the year and we aren't planning to settle down anytime soon!
Jean and John at the Nankoweap Granary in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona