We met while teaching together at the same high school. At first, we didn’t like each other all that much, but after a spilled beer into Bonnie’s purse and a somewhat coerced date, we are pretty much inseparable.
Our first trip together was a road trip to the Outer Banks over spring break back in 2009. That summer we spent 12 days road tripping to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks and were married the next summer. Those first two trips sparked our love for the National Park Service and its sites. Our goal is to visit as many as we can… at least as many as are feasible! We have presently visited nearly half of the sites and still have a long way to go.
Since getting married, we spend most every possible vacation traveling, both in the US and abroad. We recently turned 40 and bought a travel trailer. Now, we are now looking forward to spending even more time on the road. We even took our cat, Alee, along for the ride until she passed.
We really enjoy getting out on the trail. We are always on the lookout for a good hike and it is probably our favorite part of exploring a national park.
Together, we have been to more than 20 countries and all 50 states. We are working on our goal of visiting all of the units of the National Park Service and have visited more than 290 units (national monuments, historic sites, battlefields, etc.), including 47 of the 63 named National Parks.
I grew up moving all around the South, eventually settling in Georgia, my birth state, for high school. After a brief stint in the Army, I went to Kennesaw State University where I majored in Communication (Media Studies). I spent nine years, both at KSU and professionally, as a print journalist. In 2006, I changed careers, becoming an English teacher and taking a job at a local high school.
I spent six years as the drama director but returned to teaching English after having a heart attack in Croatia of all places… you can read about it here. That really changed my focus on life and was one of the main reasons we bought the camper and started the blog.
Photography has been a passion of mine since my first road trip out West in college, especially wildlife and nature photography.
I am an American and military history nut, a huge fan of craft beer and whiskey (always looking for a new brewery or distillery to visit) and a movie buff.
I grew up in Tallahassee and went to Florida State University. At FSU, I spent five seasons attending football games as a member of the Marching Chiefs while majoring in Math Education (and a couple of other things along the way).
After graduating, I moved to Georgia and have been teaching high school math since 1999. I spent eight years teaching in Savannah, before moving to the metro-Atlanta area where I met Grant. He and I have taught at the same school ever since.
While at home, my guilty pleasure is watching The Bachelor, Bachelorette or Bachelor in Paradise with my girlfriends. Grant tolerates this much better than expected while we are traveling.
Though I support Grant’s love of craft beer and whiskey, I prefer red wine, hard cider and bourbon.
Grant may be the beer lover and Literature teacher but I’m the one you’ll find at the local growler shop’s monthly book club.
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