“You live around here?” “Where do you live?” “Are you from near by?” “What’s your current address?”
Inevitably, this question is brought up every time we meet someone, and, I’m sure you have a similar experience. The difference between you and I would be our replies, because ours always starts out with, “Well, Currently….”.
Nomads, gypsys’, bohemian, line traps, storm chasers, vagabonds, we’ve been called them all and it all started in 2009.
No. Wait. In order for you to completely understand our life, I should give a little back history first. My husband, Jimme , and I started dating in 2003 and we’ve always done things a little outside the box. We moved in together with in the first 2 weeks of dating, went on a vacation outside of the country after only 3 months, bought a dog and starting building a home together in the first year and then became engaged in 2006 and married in 2008. So, to us, our out of the box life style is natural.
We did infact go through some of the normal trails of a new couple living together for the first time; learning more about each other, trying to keep our individuality, working towards our goals, paying bills, etc. I managed a well known portrait studio in our home town and J.O. was working in various occupations but never found his passion. From butcher to mailman, realtor to machinist, he tried them all, but not a one fit the bill. Then, in 2007 he discover the I.B.E.W and the apprentice program with Missouri Valley Line Constructors and it seemed right up his ally. He could work outside, see his progress, be contributing to society and everything was looking great.
For those of you that don’t know what a Journeyman Lineman is, I like to describe them as outdoor, high voltage electricians. Yes, he is the man that climbs those high poles and towers to make sure you have the power to turn on your computer to read this blog. The one down fall, he would have to travel full time while in his apprenticeship.
We basically lived apart though out our engagement and our first year marriage, trying to see each other whenever possible. Which, ended up being on average one weekend a month. As newly-weds, we should’ve been enjoying our new home, having fun together, but, there was only a lot of work and even more lonely nights. We had the white picket fence dream (literally, I hand painted that fence) and it seemed more like a night terror. It wasn’t worth it. Not us, the house wasn’t worth it. The separation. The stress and all the tears. So, after many long, late night talks, we made a decision. I quit my job. We got rid of our home and I joined my husband on the road. We chose us. <3
We’ve now been traveling full time together since 2009. There have been many memories made and there will be many more stories to tell. From living with no running water for an entire Iowan winter to learning how to fish for dungeness crab on the Pacific ocean. We have learned the art of downsizing, packing, how to deal with moving to a new state with a three hour notice, moving off the mainland and to Hawaii with 10 days notice, buying a new house, starting a rental business and, most importantly, cooking in a very small kitchen.
Join us on our journey as we travel this amazing world, photographing and exploring in different areas, learning new things and all the while making sure your power stays on (so you can read this blog).
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