In 2006, Edwige and I met on the island of St. Martin where she grew up. We became best friends within five weeks of knowing each other and I asked her to marry me within a year of that. In 2007, we temporarily moved to Vancouver, BC while our K-1 Visa (a.k.a fiancee visa) was being processed by U.S. Immigration. We married in 2008 and in 2012, Edwige became a U.S. citizen.
In the first 2 years of our relationship, we took at least five major road trips to locations around the United States, most of those locations included National Parks. We never grew weary of the road and Edwige's passion and love for the National Parks was contagious.
In 2013, we moved into a 1967 Dodge Travco motorhome. The Travco was a great home for us but weighing 10,000 lbs + and getting only 6 miles to the gallon, it wasn't a great vehicle for moving around. We needed something more practical and with a smaller carbon footprint. So, with cost being a major factor for us we moved into our Chevy Astro Van and purchased a Barebones wall tent to live in on extended stays in State and National Parks.
Don't know anyone living in a van? Now you do ;-)
One of our missions is to volunteer our time and photography (9 months per year) to State and National Parks. Another goal of ours is to continue growing our fine art photography project titled "Un Petit Monde" (which is French for A Small World). You can learn more about that work here: unpetitmonde.net
Living the way we do allows us more freedom but with greater responsibility. It creates a greater awareness of how and what we consume, the impact of our actions on others and the environment and the things that are essential vs non-essential to our lives.
We're not professional travel writers and won't pretend to be. Most of our posts will read like a postcard to family or friends. With this blog/journal we intend to share with you some of our adventures (and misadventures) while traveling and volunteering for State and National Parks.
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