HOW DO WE STILL LIKE EACH OTHER? (not just a road trip 3)

HOW DO WE STILL LIKE EACH OTHER?  (not just a road trip 3)

It’s hard to believe any two humans could still like each other after spending as much time together as we have.  We work together, cook together, cross oceans together.  I think the only thing we don’t do together is shower.  And that’s only because our shower isn’t big enough to fit both of us.

Yet somehow, even after 10 years of spending 24/7 together, we’re still happy being together.  Sometimes we’re accused of being too happy…of being fakes…because nobody smiles that much in real life.

Oh, but we do.

Charlie Chapman’s song Smile is pretty much our mantra for life.

Smile what’s the use of crying
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile

Speaking of worthwhile, we make our way to the Waipoua Forest here in New Zealand.  It’s my favorite part of this whole road trip!  Forests in general are my happy place but the Waipoua is home to the biggest, oldest living species in New Zealand.  And there aren’t many places in the world where you can stand in front of a 2000-year-old species!  Grandiose to say the least.

Plus, we couldn’t give back the van without sharing at least one dump station experience.  You’ll never look at a teapot the same.

It was the perfect end to our anniversary road trip.  It’s been a wonderfully wild 15 years together.  But now the question is, how, where and what shall we do over the next 15 years?

I really hope it includes space exploration.

The Story of Us

If you somehow missed part 1 or 2 of this series, you should go back and catch up. Because this is part 3 and we all know how it goes with a series. The first is usually the best and it just gets confusing if you start at the end.

Meet Sadi Brooke, My sister, and the teen we raised.


Roadtrippers is a FREE app (and website) that came out right about the same time we hit the road full time in our RV circa 2011 (couldn’t have been more perfect timing).  We hit it off straight away and have been friends ever since.  It’s been our go-to road trip app for discovering weird roadside attractions (hello Cano’s Castle) and wild places to camp (Trona Pinnacles).

The free version is awesome and packed with all the important features. But, if you are a serious road tripper, or going on an extended trip, there is a paid “Plus” subscription. Plus gets rid of ads and unlocks features like live traffic and offline maps (very useful during the trip).

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