Our Story

Tree and I met at a wine tasting party in Las Vegas and quickly discovered a mutual passion for each other and all things decadent, irreverent, funny, foreign, spicy and inspiring. During our first couple years, Tree spent his days rock climbing while I finished my degree in Literature at UCLA. In January of 2008, Tree had a serious climbing accident that landed him in a wheelchair for 6 months (details here). I graduated from school and landed a lucrative sales job that would soon make me miserable- that is, until I got laid-off during the recession. This was a scary and trying chapter of our life, but today we can see the blessing. It forced us to take a deep look at our values, our life path, and ourselves. Through this reflection we decided that we didn’t want to be slaves to consumerism, debt and possessions. We gave up the American Dream to pursue Our Dream. We wanted freedom, and we wanted to explore the world. We discovered that we are nomads!

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Nomad – A member of a tribe that has no permanent abode but moves about from place to place, usually seasonally and following a route according to the state of surroundings

The transformation was underway. We converted our Sprinter van into a fulltime live-in unit. Then, we gave up our apartment and sold all of our material belongings that wouldn’t fit inside the van, and we moved in! It was one of the best days of our lives.

We stretched our nomad wings by traveling to Cuba, a place we wanted to see before Castro dies. Then, we went wine tasting from Los Angeles to Canada for six months because that’s just a great idea. In the middle we took 16 days off of wine tasting to solo raft the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon where we got engaged at the bottom of Lava rapids, (remember here)!

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Our Nomad dreams got bigger when we crossed the border into Mexico and started driving south, heading ultimately through 19 countries to the tip of South America. It was at this time that we fell in love with road life and made the decision to slowly travel all the way around the world, (remember here). We also decided to make our love official and we got married on a beach in El Salvador, (remember here).

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A few countries later we were faced with a major decision when we found out we were pregnant in Peru. At first our thoughts centered around ending the adventure and returning to the United States like responsible adults. But after long consideration we decided to stay on the road and have our daughter in Lima, Peru. This was one of the most profound decisions of our lives. We wrote a complete blog post on why we made this decision. You can read it here.

Nine months later we brought Soleil into the world. Read her AMAZING birth blog post here!

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Where do we go from here? We’re not sure. All we know for certain is that we love our minimalist, modern nomadic lifestyle, and we plan to keep traveling, learning, loving, sharing, and exploring for the rest of our lives. Our daily spiritual practice is to let the state of our surroundings determine our path, to live a simple life in the state of “flow,” and to encourage loving kindness in ourselves and others.

Much love to all of you, and thank you for sharing in our experiences.

We invite you to leave comments on the blog! We love hearing from you.

-Stevie, Tree, Soleil and Kiki

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime – Mark Twain

 

Comments

  1. Ron Wilson says:

    Hey guys, received your Twitter ‘follow’ out of the blue, think what you are doing is great. I’ve travelled in my time but nowhere as adventurous as you two, good on ye.

    Ron

  2. Lilian Mayer says:

    Me siento MUY FELIZ de haberlos conocido y de ser parte de esta experiencia, aunque se via intrnet. Quizás muchos de nosotros quisieramos tener el CORAJE de tomar una decisión asi: dejar todo, viajar, compartir la vida y el mundo con todos. Bueno, algunos estan para hacer eso, otros estamos para recibir a los que lo hacen y darles nuestro amor cuando pasen. Eso está bueno también. Reciban todo mi amor, cariño y admiración. Es hermoso sentir como viven cada instante y la dedicación a Soleil y sus necesidade inmediatas, a las que ustedes siempre estan atentos para cubrir. Ella es afortunada por los padres que tiene, y ustedes han sido bendecidos con ese angelito. Aqui en Arequipa tienen un espacio siempre, por si la vida los vuelve a traer por estos lares: nuestra casa (sumando a Italo y a Francesca) y nuestro corazón es de ustedes. Nos vemos por la ruta. Besosssssssssssssss. Lilis

  3. Caroline says:

    So sweet to meet you both and Soleil at the tree house! I hope our paths cross again, here or there. With love, Caroline

  4. Hey Stevie and Tree -

    Terrific meeting you and your brood at Paul’s Friday. I’ve been checking out your site here and am filled with intrigue and envy and admiration. In a way, your adventure reminds me of our family’s year-long European camping jaunt — the one my sister Pam and I were reminiscing about. But ours was essentially a vacation — with an itinerary and end set in stone. Yours, on the other hand, is your life. Big difference.
    One important similarity, though, is the introduction of your kids to different cultures of the world. I was eleven when we took our trip and 50 years later I am still extremely grateful to my folks for exposing me to the different ways of different peoples and the lifelong curiosity and empathy that year instilled in me.

    Consider me a regular reader from now on. By the way, how the heck did you get permission to go to Cuba?

    Rusty

    • Hey Rusty,
      It was GREAT to meet you. To answer your question, we went into Cuba through Mexico. It was still illegal, but we made it in and out. We’re actually planning to go again this May with Soleil. It’s our favorite country!

      Leave us a comment anytime. Lets keep in touch.

      cheers

  5. This may be a bit personal but how can you afford traveling around the world? How do you finance your traveling?

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