Hi and welcome to TREKKN!
We’re Todd and Julie (and kids) and that’s our RV Haully. (Do you get it? Haul…Haully. Ha! We thought it was funny when a friend suggested it.) This 30-foot travel trailer is currently our home on wheels. Where we park it, is where we call home.
Our kids jumping for joy on the Royal Gorge in Colorado
Our daughter, age 20, is currently in college and only travels with us on breaks and in the summer. She’s loving the college life and studying to be an elementary school teacher. Her future students have no idea how lucky they’ll be with her as their teacher. Her one travel request when we brought this idea up to her was ‘can we make it to Canada this summer?‘ ‘Of course!‘ we said, so we did. Her next request? New York City.
Our middle son, age 18, graduated from high school in 2017 and decided to take a gap year and travel with us. He has a love for travel, photography, and writing and has been putting those skills and passions to good use on our trip. I can’t imagine a better way for him to take a step back and decide what life looks like next. He has a deep love for the Pacific Northwest (PNW) and I imagine that’s where he’ll end up someday.
Our youngest, age 14, has been asking us to consider traveling full-time for at least a couple of years before we actually did it. I mean, when he was asked at age 5 what he wanted to be when he grew up, he replied with. ‘a tourist.’ Travel is in his bones. We (okay, Todd) is homeschooling/roadschooling him. So far his field trips have included things like touring the USS Midway (also a history lesson), hiking up a mountain in Banff National Park, Canada to a tea house and kayaking in the sea caves of La Jolla, CA. He gets an A+ for field trips.
TODD AND JULIE
We met right after high school and married two years later. I was the annoying girl in the upstairs apartment who liked to stay up late at night and be quite noisy. Todd was the boy downstairs who was pretty serious about school and liked to hit the ceiling with his broom to try to get us to be quiet. (It didn’t work.)
Needless to say, we’ve balanced each other out quite nicely. We’ve been married for 21 years (as of June 2017) and counting…
HOW TREKKN WAS STARTED
Travel has always been important to us and we’ve done what we could to make it an integral part of our lives.
We traveled Europe when we were dating. We traveled and lived in Alaska, New Mexico, California, Georgia and Texas when Todd was in the Air Force. We moved to Colorado on a whim and then to Texas, also on a whim. We’ve taken our kids to Colorado and California on vacations. Our two oldest kids went to Honduras.
But we wanted more. We needed more. It was time to shake our lives up a bit and do something out of the ordinary.
Since we both worked from home, we could take our jobs with us and work anywhere.
One day Julie was trying to come up with a way that we could travel more. Flying and paying for hotels and meals and all that jazz adds up quickly. We could only afford to do that once a year.
And then she heard about people traveling full-time via RV. That’s when a bell went off in her head.
We could do the same thing.
So we did. You can read about our 100-day transition from idea to hitting the road full-time here.
OUR NUMBER ONE GOAL IS TO GIVE YOU THE IDEAS AND TIPS YOU NEED TO MAKE YOUR TRAVEL PLANNING EASIER AND YOUR OUTDOOR FAMILY EXPERIENCES REMARKABLE. WHETHER THAT’S IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD OR ACROSS THE WORLD.
We know that traveling with teens and adult children can be challenging (we do it every day), so we hope by sharing our outdoor adventures with you, it will help give you some ideas for a vacation everyone will love and remember for years to come. There’s something about spending time outdoors, whether that’s hiking, ziplining, sailing or whatever you’re up for, that brings your family closer together.
SPEND LESS TIME RESEARCHING AND MORE TIME MAKING MEMORIES
TREKKN is where we’ll share our travel experiences with you. We’ll give you tips on what kinds of outdoor adventures to do in the destinations we’ve been to, plus where to stay – whether that’s a hotel, Airbnb or camping spot.
Julie will also share camping recipes as she’s learning the ins and outs of outdoor cooking, as well as recipes and tips for cooking in a small kitchen with minimal tools.
Here’s a break down of the topics we cover:
Travel: Tips and ideas from the places we’ve traveled to. We want to help make your vacation or weekend getaway as enjoyable as possible. We do quite a bit of research before we go somewhere (okay, Julie does but Todd deals with where we’re going to stay and when) and then get out and experience the places and activities. We’ll share our personal tips and tricks with you.
Outdoor Adventures: We realized after traveling full-time for a year, that our absolute favorite things to do are outside. From hiking to sailing to ziplining to more hiking and kayaking…these are the times we feel most alive. There’s something about accomplishing a long hike or experiencing an adrenaline rush while you’re zipping through the trees that bond you with the people you’re with.
So whether you’re an outdoor adventure junkie like we are or you’re wanting to introduce your family to some outdoor adventures (and just how fun they can actually be!), we’ll share adventures for all levels.
RV Living: We knew absolutely nothing when we moved into our RV on May 26, 2017. Nothing. But we’ve come a long way baby! We’ll share everything from RV set up tips like Todd’s favorite RV accessories to RV parks we fell in love with.
We’re also members of several RV membership services like Thousand Trails, Harvest Hosts, and Good Sam, so we’ll let you know how to get the best out of these and also memorable places to stay, like a cidery in Kelowna, B.C.
Recipes: When we first moved into the RV, cooking was, um, interesting. I (Julie) got very frustrated and frazzled trying to cook a meal for five with no counter space, a stove that you could compare to an Easy Bake Oven and a small burner area that gets cramped with just one skillet.
But a year later (as of this writing) and we haven’t starved, plus I’ve figured out how to make it an enjoyable experience. I now love (well, most days) when 5:30 rolls around and it’s time to cook dinner. I pour myself a glass of wine, sometimes turn on some music and get myself organized and prepped to cook our meal.
I’m also getting into outdoor cooking over the campfire, so I’ll bring you along on that journey.
We’re looking forward to playing a part in making memories with those you love!
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