road trip


After a five and a half hour drive, we finally reached the first big city (El Paso) since leaving Big Bend National Park.  Our destination for the evening was White Sands National Monument, New Mexico, but first we had to get Max’s phone repaired/replaced after having dropped it in the Rio Grande.

We called ahead to the Apple store and got the last appointment of the day for his phone to be repaired. Unfortunately, after taking one look at the phone, they said if it sustains any water damage they do not repair but rather will quote the cost of replacing it.  Since it was Max’s business phone, Apple suggested we take it to a Verizon dealer as they typically offer better replacement deals when linked to business accounts.  At that point, it was about 10 minutes to mall closing time, so we booked it over to the Verizon kiosk to see if they could help us.

The two guys working the kiosk were extremely courteous and got to work right away trying to figure out how to they could offer Max the best replacement deal. They spent the next hour with us, long after store closing, to see us through and send Max home with a brand new phone.

While we were waiting for them to activate the new phone, we asked about places to eat knowing El Paso has excellent Mexican food. They both highly recommended going to Taco Tote saying their families are super picky about Mexican food and they all love this restaurant.  We weren’t sure what to expect as they said it was sort of like Chipotle where you order at the counter and then choose your own place to sit, but they said it was a local favorite.

We showed up to Taco Tote close to 9PM on a Sunday night and the place was packed!  We ordered 7 tacos between the two of us and went crazy at unlimited chips and salsa bar.  So many kinds of fresh salsa and taco toppings – it was like salsa heaven! Both Max and I agreed it was the best tacos we ever had, so delicious and our bill only came to around $25 dollars for the tacos (no drinks).  They have other locations in AZ, TX and NM, so we will definitely keep our eyes peeled to find another one on round 2 as it was sooo good!

One night in early 2017, Amy and I were having dinner at home. Out of the blue I asked her, “What if we quit our jobs and traveled for a year?” Once the initial shock of my question wore off, we decided to keep discussing it. After another few weeks, we were all in.

My initial idea of traveling through multiple countries, backpack style, morphed into something closer to home…a giant road trip. We decided that as much as we loved traveling the world, there was a huge amount of the USA that we hadn’t experienced. And what better way to see the good ol’ USA than in an RV?! Over the next several months, it was almost constant planning. What to do about our jobs and income? Getting our home rented. Where to keep all our stuff? What to bring, where to go and how to enjoy the ride as much as possible. I’m not going to lie…it was stressful!

Fast forward a year and we are now three weeks into our journey. We left Minnesota February 6th, and as I type this we are boondocking on the west coast of Florida. After three weeks, we have learned a lot about living life in 200 square feet. We have already had several “learning experiences,” but we are adjusting quickly.

With 14 months on the road ahead of us, we are looking forward to new experiences, meeting new people and less time behind a desk.  Adventure Awaits!

PS…we would love to meet up with people along the way! We will be posting our whereabouts as we go, so feel free to reach out.