Skip to main content

We Do, and We Did!

Our first dance was to the song "Guilty" from the "Amelie" soundtrack.

Greetings loved ones! Life never seems to slow down, but we are now about T-minus 3 weeks until our departure. Things are starting to piece together, and it is maybe a tiny bit sinking in that we are about to leave on this crazy adventure...

The biggest recent accomplishment was our FREAKING WEDDING. What a huge undertaking, and the whole thing was a fabulous reward for all our hard work! Those of you who attended or sent your love and support from far away will be hearing from us directly, but we still can't thank you all enough! So here is another thank you. It was an awesome party, we could not have hoped for a better time.
LOOK AT THIS DESSERT. Photo cred @rfmcgaff

(Though you stuck us with way too many leftover chocolate frogs...)

For readers who weren't present, a sum up of the wedding looks like perfect weather for a short-and-sweet ceremony under a gorgeous willow tree overlooking Commencement Bay, followed by a dancing-heavy Harry Potter themed cocktail party. Andrew and I shut down the dance floor (as any good newlywed couple does). A few highlights we're most proud of: the wedding bands Andrew made himself, that we exchanged in front of a curly willow arbor we built together; the song/dance choices for our "special dances" that were meaningful and hilarious; the amazing dessert table that looked professionally done, but was truly a collaboration between our families and my very talented neighbor; the flowers done by my great aunt and Andrew's mom, and the killer speeches by our Best Man, Maid of Honor, and both fathers. (My grandfather's "few words" after the anniversary dance was a punch in the feels, too.) So many tears, and so much laughter throughout the whole day.

Let's throw in a plug for our friend and photographer, Riley McGaff, who has done a fantastic job! We've only received our preview images, but they are everything we hoped for. Our people are amazing, guys.

And the Wander Blobs are now legally a unit!

Now that wedding planning is over, we can focus wholeheartedly on getting ready for the trip. We are shopping for a travel-friendly laptop option, traveler's insurance, and pretty soon we'll hop onto the Google Fi phone service plan. Andrew was able to find the jacket he once loved (but has been discontinued) on REI's used gear site, and we were gifted some sweet Osprey day packs for our wedding! Taking care of health-related appointments to make sure we're in the best shape to be away is a high priority, and finishing the platform in the back of the Element for our bed.

The route and itinerary are slowly being more fleshed out as well. There's lots of wiggle room for improvising, as is necessary when relying so heavily on other people (read: family, friends, Workaway hosts...) but we've got some concrete bookings and points to make it to.

We leave in our car camper from the Seattle region the first week of October. We're hopping over the mountains to Spokane first to visit one of Andrew's good friends (a groomsman) and his partner, and then we head south along 101 to enjoy the coastal route to San Francisco. SF is home to many of our favorite people! Once we've overstayed our welcome in the city, we'll head to LA (Wizarding World of Harry Potter, anyone?), Las Vegas, and San Diego. If my name change on my passport has been all sorted out by then, we'll actually stay in Tijuana while we explore San Diego. The Grand Canyon is on our list of must-see spots, and then we've got a good chunk of the country to cross to get to Martin, Tennessee in time for Thanksgiving with Andrew's grandmother. My North Carolina family has agreed to help us sell our Element before we take a train up to New York City, which is our final U.S. destination, and where our flight to Paris leaves from on December 3rd. Whew!

Much of our Europe adventure is yet to be finalized, but we've got our flat in Paris, and last night we helped my parents select Airbnbs in Amsterdam in June, 2019! We'll get to enjoy a little family reunion at that time.

Keep following our Instagram or Facebook accounts for more frequent updates, otherwise we'll see ya for the next bit of news right here! In the meantime, enjoy some images from the #wanderblobswedding:

One of my favorites! Photo by Amy Parker

Our Best Man and Maid of Honor, skipping through the recessional. Photo by Amy Parker

Some wizarding touches to the reception... Photo by Riley McGaff
A grainy photo of our cake cutting--it was in fact a tiramisu (our fave), which we cut with a sword. The topper is a gold stag and doe, and we are wearing our wizard robes. Photo by Amy Parker

Much love to you all! Photo by Riley McGaff


  1. Love love LOVE and can't wait to follow you on your grand adventure!

  2. How are you planning to deal with the schengen rules? After a month in Paris you'll have 59 days until you must leave the schengen zone, yet you're planning to be in AMS in June, which is 5 months or, about 150ish days.

    1. Yep, we'll leave the schengen in February probably, for more than 90 days. Once you've been out for 90 days, you're allowed back in. We're thinking of exploring Croatia during that time, and returning to Scotland and England, perhaps visiting Ireland. If we can find cheap flights, we've also considered Thailand. Being in AMS will be our first return back after being gone for a while.

    2. Or, let me clarify: you can travel within the Schengen for up to 90 days in a 180 day period. We will be returning to AMS late enough in June that the 180 day period will be up.

  3. I enjoyed every minute of your wedding weekend! And now a new adventure begins. You guys are doing amazing stuff . Dave and I will be living vicariously through you during this coming year! Hope to see you at Thanksgiving at the Lyons house in North Carolina!! Love you crazy kids - Bev and Dave


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Baby's First Passage

As I sat on the edge of the cockpit, my arms wrapped around the side of the dodger (not unlike a small monkey), riding out the 6 (maybe 8) foot swells with Galapagos and blinking through the saltwater droplets on my glasses, I figured my experience in that moment was probably similar to someone with no horse experience at all going out on a long, hilly, backcountry trail ride. Our boat crew, Andrew and his parents, were clearly unconcerned; in fact, the gusts of wind that accompanied the rough seas were filling the sails and pushing us along at a speed that pleased them all very much. I have no sailing experience to go off of, so I simply must assume that the ones who know what they're doing will let me know if there's something to worry about. The terms being thrown around are completely foreign to me, but I suppose I'll learn them in time. "Reefing the sail" can't be much more complicated than fitting a horse with a running martingale, surely.


Anniversaries and Equators

Looking at the calendar is kind of a surreal experience. First of all, days of the week haven't really mattered to us since we left last fall--even Workaways rarely run on a Monday-Friday schedule. (This lack of day-of-the-week-knowledge has slapped us in the face countless times. People ask, "Oh, so you're here until Thursday?" I have no idea, I only know I leave on the seventeenth!) Second of all, it's literally September now. How did that happen?

For real. Tomorrow, September 6th, is both the two-week mark since we touched down in Ecuador, and also eleven months since we hit the road on this trip entirely. We are 11/12ths of the way to the slightly nutty (and a little bit arbitrary) goal we wildly set for ourselves way back before we were engaged. [Insert very wide-eyed emojis]

Two weeks ago, Andrew's sister Claire and her husband Dan met us at the airport in Quito. Though it was entirely unplanned, we realized once we were in the taxi cab on the way to o…

A New Home

Many things go into a planning a trip, especially one as extensive as ours, and yes, we have spent many hours looking over places to stay and sights to see... but nothing has been more pressing than readying our vehicle. Indeed, building a bed platform and camping system for our beloved 2004 Honda Element was one of the last things that we did. (Just behind getting "his and hers" travel wine glasses.)

Little did we know, getting a small car ready for an extended road trip with almost no motel stops is a real chore. All this time, it has been our intention to remove the seats from the back of the Element and build a bed/storage system enabling us to live in the car for the whole two months, minus some stops with family. Naturally, we hadn't really put much thought into this hypothetical bed platform, and our only real concept was a vague sketch, stored in my sieve-like brain, for something that may not work at all. As I've frequently been taught to expect, though, thi…