We are Kentucky natives. Steve originally from Owensboro in the west. Jill from Hindman in the hills of the east. We met in the middle, Lexington, at the now extinct Climb Time gym to be exact.
Both of us attended the University of Kentucky. Steve graduated with a degree in Telecommunications in 1997 and put in 11 years as a news photographer at WTVQ-TV, the ABC affiliate in Lexington. During his tenure he received numerous NPPA, Kentucky Associated Press, KNPA, regional Emmy and Edward R. Murrow awards.
Jill graduated in 1998 with a Bachelors in Agricultural Communications and then again in 2004 with a Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy. After earning her masters Jill began work at Bluegrass IMPACT, a program that provides intensive therapy to children with emotional and behavioral problems. She worked steadily toward full licensure in the field which she obtained in the fall of 2007.
After years of hanging out we finally tied the knot. For awhile we were happy to nest in Lexington but the passion for adventure and travel never diminished.
Photo: Matt Barton
The life we led in Lexington was great. It provided a cute house and enough cash for a decent vacation every year. Gradually though we grew frustrated with that kind of limited time. What can you really experience on a standard vacation? We didn’t want a bigger house, new cars or children. We wanted time to play.
We talked about moving; not wanting to spend our entire adult lives living in KY. We could never commit to moving to any one place. How would we know if we would like it there? Life was sweet in KY what with world class rock climbing and miles of trails just an hour away.
Finally after years of indecision and some major life events we decided to throw away the compass and just go. Steve built the van, AKA Norman Clyde. With nothing but time and a rolling home we traveled the continent, climbing, hiking and asking ourselves “where next?”
A few months before we left Lexington our friends Eric & Laura moved themselves and two kids to Gisborne, New Zealand. We stayed in touch and were soon lured into following them to Aotearoa, the Land of the Long White Cloud, Maori name for New Zealand. Here we are, soaking up the New Zealand sunshine, and wondering are we any closer to home.
Enjoy our blog. It is a bit travelogue, a bit lifestyle and for us a scrapbook of the past couple years.
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