Franz Josef Glacier, South Island, New Zealand
Road Sign, Sikkim, India
Roman Ruins, Palmyra, Syria
Road Sign, Caprivi Strip, Namibia
Doug and Steph have donated or sold all of their worldly goods and are preparing to depart for 2-3 years of global exploration.
Details of the expedition vehicle design and build project can be found by clicking here.
The vehicle is now complete and Doug and Steph are testing the rig in the American Southwest & West.
Great Wall of China.
Huangyaguan (Yellow Cliff Pass), China
Welcome to our travel web site. This site contains photos, journals and travel information related to our travels around the world. It is a work in progress, and will contain material from both our past and current trips as we get the chance to add content.
We are currently on a "sabbatical" from our work careers. We are trying to take a little “time out” at this stage of our lives, while we still have the youth, physical health, desire, time, financial ability and life circumstances to allow us to do so. We have seen too many friends and family who have reached retirement; only to lack the ability to do some of the things they had so longed for and planned to do.
We both have a love of travel. Stephanie spent a lot of time in Germany as a young girl, and traveled extensively in Europe while she grew up.
I remain driven by the unquenchable thirst for learning, knowledge, growth and discovery. I think I get it from my grandparents, Clarence and Frances Hackney. Their home was always full of National Geographic, Popular Mechanics, and other magazines. They supplied me with an endless stream of books by Jack London, Jules Verne, etc., and the farm shop was always open and available for anything I wanted to disassemble, invent, or create.
Back in 2002 I passed the milestone of a million actual flight miles (that’s miles traveled in airplanes) on United Airlines. I wrote the crew of the plane I was on when I passed the one million mile mark a little note that I gave them along with a restaurant gift certificate. I think the note encapsulates the source of my wanderlust and thirst for adventure pretty well:
“December 30, 2002
Forty years ago, on this day, at 5:12pm, I was standing next to the Rock Island Railroad tracks that ran behind my grandfather’s farm in Iowa. At exactly that time every day, the Rock Island Rocket passenger train would roar by. There I would be, waving at the engineers and peering into the windows of the cars, straining to catch sight of the passengers within. As their faces flashed by, I would wonder, “Where are they going? What adventures are they having?”
As the train disappeared into the setting sun, I would turn and walk back to the farmhouse, my gaze moving skyward. There I would see the contrails of the new jetliners lacing the sky, stretching from horizon to horizon. Still awaiting my first train ride, I could scarcely imagine the glamour and excitement of air travel, especially on a jet.
At night, long after my grandparents had gone to sleep, I would lie awake reading the stacks of National Geographic magazines and the ever present novels of adventure and discovery: Treasure Island, Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer, the collections of Jack London, Tom Swift and The Hardy Boys.
As I filled my imagination with the wonder and allure of far away places, from miles away the rotating beacon of the Newton airport would sweep across the house and paint the walls with alternating pulses of white and green. That airport beacon became the heartbeat that powered my wanderlust, my imagination, and my endless thirst for discovery and adventure.”
Thanks for sharing our adventures as we explore this wonderful world.
March 14, 2004
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