All posts tagged: roadtrip

4 1/2 months in 11 minutes

Words cannot describe what happened in 4 1/2 months of life on the road, traveling across America in the middle winter, oh and with 2 cats. While I (Ceci) was editing this video I wished I had filmed more, but I’m so thankful for what we did capture. It only represents the tip of the iceberg of our trip. We didn’t film us getting lost, or arguing over directions, or the glamorous life of not having a bathroom near by. So please, know that this was a beautiful time in our marriage and lives and if you are thinking of doing the same in some form of way, I totally encourage it, but…it will have low points too, some major ones possibly (if you choose to live in a vintage trailer). I thought living small and unplanned would be pretty carefree. But the dream, had stresses of its own. We still had some bills to keep up on, and unpredictable tire problems, and weather that damaged the trailer. Taking a big adventure and leaving everything behind, …

Whimsical Whidbey

When: Early February Day Trip Location: Whidbey Island, about 30 miles north of Seattle Vibe: Whimiscal, just like the tittle of this blog. The landscape mixed with the fog was very PNW. The parts we drove to on the Island had charming small town vibes, with cute small streets for shopping and eating. Tips: It’s the PNW so definitely be prepared for it to rain and then shine. I had a rain jacket and I’m so glad I brought it! We drove with our Washington friends to the island but you can also take a ferry! It was a very quick trip so we didn’t go. Visited: Deception Pass Bridge, we hiked down under the bridge and had a great view of the water and the bridge!  

  When: February 5th-10th Location: Seattle, WA Vibe: When tackling Seattle, be prepared to have a hard time choosing. There are just so many quality options, which is fun, but it’s so hard to decide! The city is huge, with many different districts that offer their own quirks and styles. Always have a rain jacket handy, and walking shoes. Most people use public transportation to get around so I’d recommend looking into that. There’s plenty to do in the city as well as the outdoors! One of the things I love about Seattle is that it is Vegetarian friendly! Tips: Carry Cash, use public transportation, always carry a rain jacket, always wear comfy shoes, eat a lot, and drink a lot of coffee. Stayed: Trailer Inns RV Park, Bellevue WA. If you’re traveling with a trailer it’s tricky finding a decent priced place to camp, as well as avoiding Seattle traffic. This was a great location, only about 30 minuets from Seattle. If you’re going to this RV Park, you’re not going for the nature …

Joyward Farewell

It’s been a little over a week since Joyward has officially ended. But the lifestyle of moving forward in joy will continue. (I’m getting emotional just writing this). Joyward has accomplished what we set out for it to be. Writing that sentence makes my heart flutter with thankfulness for what we’ve had the opportunity to do and for what the Lord has done in our lives. Individually and jointly, Kyle and I have had some refining moments. When we set out for life on the road, we did it for our marriage. Our goal: to acknowledge the wrong and the wounds, heal, and create shared memories. The first three years of “I Do” were not the honeymoon phase. We’ve had great moments, don’t get me wrong, but we also had experienced our ugly, prideful, and sinful selves. During our second year of marriage we professionally reached out for guidance, which was like a humble and convicting mirror to hold. After some months of that, and gaining some stable ground we decided Joyward was a lifestyle …

Update #4

  We didn’t win the lottery you guys. Well, we didn’t exactly try either. We really really thought about it but it was coffee or a lottery ticket. The bottom line is, as of now, Joyward is sadly wrapping up in about three weeks. Last time we wrote an update we were heading to Joshua Tree National Park. Now, what feels like a hundred bug bites later, we write to you from West Palm Beach, Florida! Kyle, how do you feel about Joyward wrapping up? “In one word: Bummed. In more than one word: Our original plan for 4 months seemed like a long time at first and I was worried that we may be biting off more than we could chew. Now I feel like I could do 4 more (at least). Don’t get me wrong, the trip has been full of it’s struggles and road blocks, but it seems like we’ve really just hit our stride and we’re just getting started. Then again, that’s exactly what I do feel like. The trip may …

Update #3

We’ve been in Socal for four weeks, which means: sunshine, consistent showers, and laundry! Last time we updated you guys we were on the coast of Oregon heading to Portland (loved it). Now, I’m sitting at my dad’s, on a couch (I’ve missed you) with my dad’s new Mini Aussie chewing my blanket. It’s a good thing you’re cute! Since our last update, we had gotten really overwhelmed by the damage wet weather was doing to Joy. Since it was non-stop rain in Oregon and mostly Washington, we weren’t getting a break and the damage kept piling up. At one point we emptied out our belongings and mattress and stayed in a friends house so that the trailer could air out and the mold could dry out. We bought a tarp in hopes of stopping further damage, and then we bought some styrofoam insulation and covered our rear window thinking that would help condensation. I apologize to anyone in Oregon who we crossed paths with, because we were learning to have Joy despite our circumstances …

Colorado Photos

Enjoy some pictures of Colorado! It was such a beautiful state! We experienced lots of cold weather including -2 degrees. Even though the temperatures were chilly, the got a good amount of sunshine! Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs   Driving to Salida Mule deer, Colorado Springs Somewhere Colorado Bethwith Barn   Trinidad