The van is parked in Michigan and listed on Craigslist. We haven’t wanted to part with the Voyager but there is no point of it sitting around while we cross the sea to try vanlife in Germany. We have big plans and it’s time for Chapter 2. There’s still 10 episodes leading up to Michigan that Troy has been working on. The colors of autumn are beautiful but he doesn’t leave my room unless I force him to. He has been an editing machine! And that’s his primary focus until we pack up at the beginning of next year. We can’t wait for you to see everything else we release and also where the universe is taking us. ✈️
Life is one massive unknown. You never know what's around the corner. Something wonderful, something devastating. It can be scary, most definitely. We can get lost in distractions and details, absolutely. Yet in the end, the only thing you truly have is your presence in the moment, and your capacity to fill oneself with overflowing love and joy no matter the circumstance. Otherwise....well there is no otherwise. Simply, less. 🧭
Wardrobe design: @freeborn_designs 📸: @joshhartmanphotography
We're on this long long road, to nowhere. We've got this whole wide world, to see. One boundless route, to anywhere. The only thing unchanging, is you right next to me. 📸: @joshhartmanphotography
We're on a mission to touch ground in all the places that don't seem real. Will you join us? 🚀🌌
We listen to stories the sky tells us as the day just floats on by...
Land of the White Devil's Tower... This monument was known as the Ursine's Monolith (not originally in English) for thousands of years until invaders from far away lands renamed it something entirely different. The new name stuck because of the brutal and forcefully changed power dynamics in these foothills. Yet it stands the same as it always has, resolute and indifferent, otherworldly as it points to the heavens.
Here, at the edge of the world, we sat. Pondering over everything, latching onto nothing. Peering over it was this chasm; endless, magnificent, terrifying. Looking above was this sky of palpable wonder, just out of reach, entirely unattainable with our limited human hands. And beyond? The unfathomable abyss, empty space smattered with glittering beacons of worlds infinitum. Our gaze reached past the heavens, further and further and further until we were at the source of creation - a dance of neutrinos weaving a single thread parallel to trillions.
Our next destination: Minneapolis! We are sitting tight finishing up more and more work here in Michigan, but in roughly two weeks we'll be boarding a bus to go back to this incredible city for a bit of freelance work and a whole lot of adventure with two of our best friends @gabriel_quinn & @haileysummer ...it's hilarious to try and fathom just how close four total strangers became within a few hours of knowing each other. These two not only made this upcoming trip a financial reality by helping us book clients out there, but more importantly contribute such an infectious passion for life to the Earth Story series (a reflection of our own penchant for adventure). Their pace, knowledge, and planning of anything they do was so admirable Nicole and I often found ourselves saying "Let's channel our inner Gabe and Hailey today." The content of our first adventure in Minneapolis has yet to be seen, and I can't even imagine what this 2nd time around will look like. Long story short, I'm just unbelievably grateful for these two, in addition to the rest of the Minneapolis crew we are so very lucky to know. So, what brought us all together then? Really, really good beer. Stay tuned.
I am spending my very last day here in Las Vegas, living the fast lane in my own head. This trip has been wildly successful: I witnessed the marriage of a friend since diapers, booked and shot a paying gig with Toyota, and spent a good amount of time with friends and family. -
The next few months will consist of realtively little traveling as we hunker down for some serious self-development. As we work to establish a network of clients across the US, we are also deeply focused on our self-education. Between countless hours at our computers editing, we will also be signing up for a year of @masterclass ! This isn't a sponsored post, I am just infinitely excited that technology has gotten this far where we can learn from over two dozen masters in their respective fields for a fraction of the cost of a single college course. Whether we are trekking across the country or locked in a room learning for a week straight, life has seriously never been more exciting than it is now!
Where are we now? At an undisclosed location in Las Vegas, Nevada where I am recovering from a cold and working on a mountain of different video projects. This ranges from a wedding we just filmed in Seattle, to another Earth Story episode for you all which should be released shortly! The Voyager One is currently sitting pretty in Michigan until I get back on the 14th. The aim is to knock out a significant amount of editing and build our Patreon page into something incredible. We have a lot of fun and engaging things planned for our patrons (of which there are 2 for now) and cannot wait to give back to people who are willing to support this entire project so that financial struggles no longer get in the way of creation. There's that mountain of work ahead of us, but we have buckled down and are tackling it like you would any summit: one step at a time!
We're putting plans into motion for our next big move, which involves a crossing of the Atlantic Ocean to achieve our dream of creating a global network to live and thrive in. A new rolling base is definitely on the horizon. As we manifest infinite resources for our future, our currently limited means has made us consider the natural step of selling our current van. .. But we don't want to in the slightest. Money means nothing to us when the Universe is the one providing, right? We believe in our abundance and think keeping our beautiful & priceless Voyager One is worth way more than any numerical figure. Our hearts say keep it and put some special friends in the van so they too can experience life on the road -- it would bring us one step closer to our dream of a 21st century cyber-gypsy caravan. It's a fine line between dreams and reality, but we'll be doing everything in our power to blur it just a little bit more...
Live update: We have made it to Nicole's family home in Michigan for some much needed R&R. Last night I didn't do shit and watched YouTube videos all night. Today we were supposed to buckle down and edit videos for the next episode until passing out but somehow got roped into an all-day kayak adventure down the Jordan river, not that I'm complaining because it was insanely awesome. We have about a week of straight work to do between the channel, the Patreon, and mailing out a bunch of stickers and notes for the rad humans who entered the giveaway. Then we fly out to Seattle to film a wedding, then Vegas to attend a wedding where we'll be hanging out until like September 10th (I haven't bought my return ticket yet). Things feel pretty chaotic with the amount of footage I have yet to edit in addition to the upcoming shoots, which is why I am incredibly grateful for this home base to knock out one project after the other -- here we go.
Last day for the hammock giveaway on our YouTube channel! When we filmed the video we had just hit 1000 subscribers, a feat we were unbelievably thrilled to achieve. We had been filming episodes for close to a year and a half at this point. So imagine our surprise when Troy opened his computer at a brewery to upload the finished video and we were at 1700! Now, we are approaching 7000 and it shows no indication of slowing down. We are just blown away at the response to our travels and are so excited to continue creating content for you all! Cheers to infinite adventures! And good luck!
We got to watch the bloodmoon rise as we drove to this spot. I never imagined that was a thing but what a treat! Life is full of magic.
PS. This campsite was free.
We are completely blown away with the channel and all the people who have messaged us to tell us they binge watched the series like Netflix or how we inspired them in some way. Thank you so much to those of you who have supported us from the beginning and the new ones who stumbled across us now. We're excited to be doing what we love no matter what and we can't wait to bring you with us. 🧡
A flash of lightning makes the trees dance, their jagged branches reach out to grab. Another burst of light, a boom and roar echoes over the mountain top. Wind and water whistle through the air, droplets sting our arms and before long hail pelts bare skin. A vicious gust rips the windshield wiper from the van. And then... the sun emerges magnificently from behind the towering grey cloud stacks. The flash storm passes in an instant as an eagle pierces the gloom with a glorious cry. In a single utterance it tells the tale of time in these lands: that no stone stands still. Every moment may hold the change from which there is no turning back. Only the silently ticking seconds leading up to the next barrage.
The Voyager surprises us every day. We were told we probably wouldn't make it driving the windey roads through the mountains but we did. We took a picture to prove it. Independence pass: 0
The simple things bring us so much joy. A sunset, cup of hot tea, and a safe place to park our home on wheels are all we need to be ecstatic about life at this moment. Wow life is incredible when you appreciate everything in front of you.