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Asheville

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Open fermentation at Wicked Weed Brewery

We were drawn to Asheville by it’s reputation as a great beer city, but we enjoyed so much more than that.  A friend who had lived there sent us a list of fun things to do in the area including everything from best waterfall to jump in to the best breakfast spot. At the top of the list was a phone number of potential friends to call who might be able to host. I was nervous to call and ask to impose on complete strangers, but they gladly accepted and we quickly became friends.  They let us play with their brand new pet bunny, use their shower, and wash our dishes in their sink (we are sans water in the van until we get below the frost line). They were also great ambassadors to this city.  In our eyes, Asheville is like a big eastown surrounded by mountains.  We immediately felt at home.

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Highlights of our time in Asheville included:

  • Meeting and spending time with our hosts, Ryan and Ellen
  • Wandering the halls of America’s largest house, the Biltmore Estate (think Downton Abbey)
  • Walking up the mountain to see cool houses and views
  • Burning our friends’ christmas tree at a brewery’s giant outdoor fire pit (turns out we weren’t supposed to do that)
  • Taking warm showers at Ryan and Ellen’s house.

Oh, and now we have a route map.

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The Beginning of an Adventure

Taylor and I are excited to announce that we will be spending the next 3-9 months traveling the country in a converted Sprinter van!

Our main goals are to learn new skills, experience creation, and connect with our community throughout the country.

The story starts on the first day of our honeymoon.  Not even three hours into our drive toward Canada, Taylor turned to me and said, “This might not be the best timing, but I’ve been feeling a tug at my heart to possibly move to Arizona”. Cue tears from me.

After visiting the copper state in November, however, I caught the bug and spent the plane ride home talking about how we could make it work for us.  This time, Taylor was the one taken aback!

We still haven’t officially committed to making the move.  While we would be excited to be closer to Taylor’s family and would have some interesting career possibilities, it would be hard for us to leave the great state of Michigan.  What we have committed to is taking some time away to figure it out.

We’ll be figuring it out as we travel the country in a converted Sprinter van.  All last year Taylor has been dreaming about living in one of these vans.  They are like tiny houses on wheels that get a whopping 22mpg.  It is very exciting to finally have one parked in our driveway!

When I told a friend that we had decided to go for it and actually leave on this big adventure she jumped up and down and exclaimed, “You are going to love it!  You are going to learn so much, but it’s not going to be the things you’re expecting”.  For this reason, we’re trying not to make too many plans or have too many expectations.  As stated above, our goals are to learn new skills (coding, AutoCAD, design, videography), experience God’s creation (I’m looking forward to taking time to be more deliberate in my spirituality), and connect with friends, family, and acquaintances all across the U.S.  As for the rest, we’ll take it as it comes.

First destination: Key West!