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Well we’ve only been in Seward for a few days now and many other tourism business have expressed a need for a mountain bike business as there is no business here. We are very excited about it. We just need access to the Chugach National Forest and some more funding to get this thing really rolling but for now we are just trying to get some traffic. • • • Turns out washing dishes and food prep is really challenging in bear country. • • #bearcountrycamping #startupbusiness #noteasy #dreamstakework #sewardalaska #journeytoalaska #journeytoalaskaadventures
I just want to give a shout out to these Merrell shoes. I have no idea how they made these but they're doing something right. I got them on the first day of my journey and within in 6 months I have literally put over 600+ miles on them and wear them every single day. These are hands-down the best pair of shoes I've ever owned in my entire life and they were only about $50. I swear I usually go through about a half a dozen if not more pair of shoes a year because I'm so big I just wear them out. I have seriously wore these when I walked all the way across Florida, about 100 miles in Hawaii, around Washington DC, around San Francisco, all of the keys, and now literally halfway up Florida at this moment an there is still nothing wrong with them. I'm going to wear these until they fall off my feet. Let's see how far they make it across the country!!! I wouldn't be surprised at all if they lasted well over 2000 miles! #merrellshoes #hikingshoes #walking #walkingamerica #journeytoalaska #shoes
It took us a week longer than planned but we finally made it to Seward, Alaska. We set up our home in a free campground in Kenai Fjords National Park. Not a bad place to live. We can camp for 14 days but hopefully they don’t care and let us stay there for much longer. Not too excited to carry that bench in and out every two weeks for months. This place is beautiful! You could easily spend a lifetime here exploring the mountains, glaciers, ice fields, fjords, inlets, rivers, lakes and trails. Endless kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, mountaineering, glacading and whatever else you want to dream up. We are excited. Time to get this business on the ground! • • • #alaska #journeytoalaska #journeytoalaska .adventures #followyourdreams #mountainbiketours #alaskaguiding #alaskatours #sewardalaska #seward #pursueyourpassion #limitlesspotential #dream #livelifetothefullest #findyourdream #liveyourdream #mountainbikealaska #marriagegoals #startingabusiness #startup #leapoffaith #dontliveinfear #visionboard #liveintentionally #bethechange
Well we made it to mainland Alaska and had a fun time amidst working on our business and van repairs in Anchorage with cousin Jessica and Will and even got to hang out with Jeff and Randy. We need to work on our picture taking but it was very good time spent! Thanks for letting us crash Jess and Will Hill! We are heading for our final destination Seward, AK. Can’t wait to get situated and feel less like a bum and more like a homeless person 🙌 • • • #livinglife #herewecome #watchout #vanlife #sewardalaska #journeytoalaskaadventures #journeytoalaska #anchorage #alaska #costco #bearcountry #smallbusiness #buildingourlife #goforit #coolestwife #limitlesspotential #livewild
Whistler BC was extremely boring. There were clear skies, it was warm, terrible views everywhere, and really boring biking trails. I definitely don’t recommend going there 😉 • • • #whistler #mountainbiking #moving #newlife #journeytoalaska #journeytoalaskaadventures #coldwater #mywifeiscrazy #shesalsocoolerthanme #lovemylife #canada #britishcolumbia
I think they are tired! #journeytoalaska #fulltimebackpacker
Tired but determined!! #journeytoalaska #fulltimebackpacker
On the road type of life. #journeytoalaska #fulltimebackpacker
The weekend didn’t go as planned but thanks to amazing friends and family we were able to have a very good time! You made the set backs easier to handle! Thanks a million Tiffany, the Larsens and the Peterson’s!! • • @berryjam08 @hannah_pete_1 @leah.pete @levi_sam @survivingken @spennylarsen @itsabecthing #friends #journeytoalaska #journeytoalaskaadventures #washingtonstate #startups #startuplife
We’ve only made 12 hours of our 58 hour drive to Alaska and our van started stalling and needs some minor repairs. And turns out my medical record for my CDL drivers license is outdated so I can’t legally drive which we learned the hard way and now Courtney has to drive us the rest of the way to Alaska. At the beginning I wanted these social media accounts to show how “do able” it is to make a change for the better in your life. Well, frankly change isn’t easy... crap happens it’s part of living. Courtney and I have both been pushed to our limits a couple times already and it’s only been a few months in the making, but just because life doesn’t happen the way you plan it or want it to turn out doesn’t mean it can’t still be everything you wanted because sometimes it turns out even better than you could have hoped. So if you haven’t already tried creating your ‘my life story’ or your vision board I strongly recommend doing it because those are going to help you stick out the hard times and keep your mind focused on the things that matter most! Because as we’re learning when you stick to your guns good things will always come of it, especially when you have good intentions! • • • #smartcar #integrityautomotive #alaska #journeytoalaska #journeytoalaskaadventures #followyourdreams #mountainbiketours #alaskaguiding #alaskatours #sewardalaska #seward #pursueyourpassion #limitlesspotential #dream #livelifetothefullest #findyourdream #liveyourdream #mountainbikealaska #marriagegoals #startingabusiness #startup #leapoffaith #dontliveinfear #visionboard #liveintentionally #bethechange #mylifestory
Our “Journey to Alaska” began today! Thanks to making a “vision board” and our “my life story” we have been able to start our journey towards the things that we value most. For Courtney and I those things we value most are time, pursuing our limitless potential, helping people enjoy the outdoors, inspiring people to live intentionally and of course family and friends. • • • #alaska #journeytoalaska #journeytoalaskaadventures #followyourdreams #mountainbiketours #alaskaguiding #alaskatours #sewardalaska #seward #pursueyourpassion #limitlesspotential #dream #livelifetothefullest #findyourdream #liveyourdream #mountainbikealaska #marriagegoals #startingabusiness #startup #leapoffaith #dontliveinfear #visionboard #liveintentionally #bethechange
Last week was a bit of a whirlwind. It was Courtney and my last week of employment and we had a lot to do at work as well as for our preparations to start business in Alaska. Designing and welding our bike rack and throwing together a Sprint Triathlon got the best of me but they both turned out pretty dang well! To top off the week it was Courtney and my first anniversary. We have learned a ton this first year together but it wasn’t until learning a few tools that finally got us over our barriers to make this big step in our life. It has worked out well for us! Despite all the risk we feel surprisingly peaceful about our future and we know it will be worth all the work! • • • • #alaska #journeytoalaska #journeytoalaska .adventures #followyourdreams #mountainbiketours #alaskaguiding #alaskatours #sewardalaska #seward #pursueyourpassion #limitlesspotential #dream #livelifetothefullest #findyourdream #liveyourdream #mountainbikealaska #marriagegoals #startingabusiness #startup #leapoffaith #dontliveinfear #visionboard #liveintentionally #bethechange
It was great being back in Alaska! Something so majestic about this state. It was a rapid fire few days but still had time to find that self reflecting time only nature can bring. #alaska #visitalaska #journeytoalaska #explorealaska #journeywithjax #atwellinvestigations
We are quickly realizing that this journey isn’t about us! Things are falling into place for us thanks to many friends who have stepped up and gave us some tools to accomplish our goals. The most recent example is our endeavor to build a bike rack for our shuttle van. This bike rack needs to hold up to 15 bikes, kayaks and possibly River rafts. This beast is 12 foot by 7 foot of steel which we need to then secure on top of our 15 passenger van. The only person that builds these lives in Moab, UT and wants to charge $3700 for it. Well we don’t have that kind of money so thankfully I know how to weld and I have some other building skills that are helping us to make this happen for less than $1000. Steve Tidwell has let me use his welder, his metal saw, his grinder and his shop. Without him we could not be making this happen. • • • • #makeithappen #welding #vans #journeytoalaska #friends #alaska #journeytoalaska #journeytoalaska .adventures #followyourdreams #mountainbiketours #alaskaguiding #alaskatours #sewardalaska #seward #pursueyourpassion #limitlesspotential #dream #livelifetothefullest #findyourdream #liveyourdream #mountainbikealaska #marriagegoals #startingabusiness #startup #leapoffaith #dontliveinfear #visionboard #liveintentionally #bethechange
For those of you who don’t know... Courtney and I are literally dropping everything and going to start a business in Seward, Alaska. We feel pretty strongly about it and we feel like we have a unique story that we hope will inspire others who may be in a similar place that we were in. Because of this we have already created an instagram account @journeytoalaska and a Facebook page: “Journey to Alaska Adventures” so we can share with you our “Journey to Alaska”. We are extremely excited to share with you what it was that inspired us to change. It wasn’t more than 6 weeks ago that we made this decision to start a business in Alaska. But here we are now with a registered LLC in our name, a 15 passenger Ford Van we plan to do our tour guiding and shuttling business out of and lots of other unique scenarios we plan to share with you. We will share with you the tools that have helped us overcome our barriers of fear and doubt that have held us back from day one. Our goal for our business in Alaska as well as for instagram and Facebook accounts is to “Empower people to live intentionally and to pursue their limitless potential.” Join us as we make this change! • • • • • #alaska #journeytoalaska #journeytoalaska .adventures #followyourdreams #mountainbiketours #alaskaguiding #alaskatours #sewardalaska #seward #pursueyourpassion #limitlesspotential #dream #livelifetothefullest #findyourdream #liveyourdream #mountainbikealaska #marriagegoals #startingabusiness #startup #leapoffaith #dontliveinfear #visionboard #liveintentionally #bethechange
✨NEW BLOG POST✨⁣⠀ With road trip season just around the corner, we’re sharing another huge travel tool today! Our upcoming adventure to Alaska inspired us to create a comprehensive road trip checklist. From vehicle maintenance to essential skills and supplies it has everything you need to get your #vehicle ready for the ultimate #roatrip adventure. You’ll find the link in our bio.⁣⠀ •⁣⠀ •⁣⠀ •⁣⠀ #thegreatoutdoors #roadtrippin #roadtripseason ⁣⠀ #ontheroadagain #homeiswhereyouparkit #rollinghome #journeytoalaska #roadtoalaska #whenyouwander #freedomvessel #vanlifeadventures #vanlifers #thisisvanlifeing #vanlifememories #vanlifeexplorers #vanlifejournal #bigbend #texas #bigbendnps #thegreatoutdoors #bigbendnationalpark #campervan #texasbluebonnets #bluebonnets2019 #livingontheroad #roadtrippin #texastodo #igtexas ⁣⠀
As of Feb 24th literally less than 5 weeks ago it felt like a defibrillator sending a current of electricity through our heart and soul! Trent Dransfield had done something to us and we were determined to make a change. We didn’t know how or what we would do for sure so we started with what Trent invites us to do. The first thing we did when we got home from talking to Trent Dransfield was write our “My Life Story.” We found a quiet room apart from each other where we could write without distractions. This was the first time we let our hearts do the talking. As we wrote we described in detail what our dreams were and what we hoped for most in our future. We did not hold back. It was very liberating. Yes we do realize that not everything on their is going to happen but we did it with the thought that we’ve got to shoot for the stars cuz if we hit the stars then that’s awesome! But if we don’t then we will have made it much further than if we aimed for the bushes. Trent told us to read it every morning when we wake up. With the purpose to focus our minds on our dreams and our goals. I think he knew by experience that fears and doubts are the biggest barrier to people chasing their dreams. The worry of the “how tos” and the “fixed beliefs” that end up convincing you it’s not possible and you can’t do it and you’re not qualified to do it. By doing this it keeps your mind focused on your goal and helps you focus on how to make those challenging things happen instead of focusing on all the little things that aren’t working or that seem impossible. We have a heck of a lot to share with you still and we are totally stoked to share it and help you improve your quality of life even if it is already awesome we believe we all have limitless potential we just need to learn how to tap into that and I believe that it is through having a strong mind! • • #alaska #journeytoalaska #journeytoalaskaadventures #followyourdreams #mountainbiketours #alaskaguiding #alaskatours #sewardalaska #seward #pursueyourpassion #limitlesspotential #findyourdream #liveyourdream #mountainbikealaska #startingabusiness #startup #leapoffaith #dontliveinfear #visionboard #liveintentionally
✨NEW BLOG POST✨⁣ We’re thrilled to share our first big #Alaska travel planning tool with you today! It’s an extensive Alaska Trip Planning Checklist. Yes, I’m this excited about a really big list🎉🎉🎉 You know I like my lists🤓⁣ •⁣ For real though, our goal on the site is to provide information and tools that help you have a better travel experience. And a huge part of travel is the initial planning process. This guide has all the steps you need to plan an epic trip to Alaska while staying sane and organized. Aren’t you a little more excited about this list now too?⁣ •⁣ Go check it out at the link in our bio.⁣ •⁣ Also, apparently I’ve defaulted to #Glacier National Park pictures when I talk about Alaska things. No idea why, but hope you don’t mind.⁣ •⁣ •⁣ •⁣ #journeytoalaska #roadtoalaska #whenyouwander #travelplanning #traveltips #checklist #traveltools #optoutside #exploremore #glaciernationalpark #glaciernps #montana #everytrailconnects #wildflowers #rockymountains #dirtroad #homeonwheels #homeiswhereyouparkit #rollinghome #freedomvessel #vanlifeadventures #vanlifers #thisisvanlifeing #vanlifememories #vanlifeexplorers #vanlifejournal #choosemountains #thegreatoutdoors
Incase you don’t know us here is a small backstory. We, Courtney and Ryan, fell in love in the mountains. Our first date we went rock climbing/rappelling. While watching Courtney rappel from below, above her dark silhouette against the fading moonlight I saw a shooting star. I thought that was pretty noteworthy... so on Christmas Day I asked her to marry me. We have a hard time with the conventional life so to start out strong we got married April Friday the 13th. Courtney got a bachelors in recreation management at BYU-ID and a masters in landscape architecture at USU where we met. I got a bachelors in Exercise Science - Pre-PT and a masters in Human Movement Science. After graduating we both got entry level jobs, Courtney as a landscape architect with the BLM and I as a Personal Trainer/Strength and Conditioning Coach in Logan, UT. To make it brief pursuing those jobs just wasn’t cutting it for us. We tried to force it and make it work but after burning out so many times we felt like we needed to make a change. It didn’t happen right away because of yep “doubts” and “fears.” So while trying to make the most of it we happened to run into someone that changed us forever. Trent Dransfield shared some key principles that helped us get past our barriers of fear and doubt and convinced us to make the change... a real change. Here on out we will share with you what helped us to make the change. • • • #alaska #journeytoalaska #journeytoalaska .adventures #followyourdreams #mountainbiketours #alaskaguiding #alaskatours #sewardalaska #seward #pursueyourpassion #limitlesspotential #dream #livelifetothefullest #findyourdream #liveyourdream #mountainbikealaska #marriagegoals #startingabusiness #startup #leapoffaith #dontliveinfear #visionboard #liveintentionally #bethechange
As I look back on this shot, from the morning after the last post (milkey way shots), it feels like it should be Arizona or the Sanora desert. But it's that same field out in Wyoming. I stayed up late the night before shooting the night sky, but the early morning sunrise was so incredible I had to be up to capture it. It was so cold the previous night, that the GoPro I had left out for a timelapse was completely frozen in the morning (last pic). #journeytoalaska #wyoming #sunrise #landscapephotography #alwaysadventure #getoutside #getofftheroad #2ndgen4runner #toyotaoffroad #overlandrig #toyota4x4 #offroadcamping #theadventureisdotcom #theadventureis #overlandingusa #overlander
Like floating in a sea of stars, this night I slept not beneath, but rather with the stars. This lonesome spot in southern Wyoming proved to be the darkest and most star filled sky I've ever seen. I laid back on my tailgate and stared up at the stars in the icy night until the tip of my nose began to freeze. #secretbackroads #wyomingwildlife #wyomingsky #landscapephotography #astrophotography #nightsky #milkyway #journeytoalaska #overlanding4x4 #overlandingusa #overlander #mytruckandI #toyota4x4 #offroadcamping #getoutside #alwaysmoving #theadventureisdotcom #theadventureis #journeythere
✨NEW BLOG POST✨⁣ Maybe you’ve always dreamed of going to Alaska, but don’t want the typical cruise experience? Or maybe you’ve thought of driving there, but just don’t know where to start planning? We can help!⁣ •⁣ Last week we announced that we’re planning a #roadtrip to Alaska this summer and we’d love to meet up with other adventurous folks like yourself along the way. To help more people be able to fulfill their Alaska travel dreams we’ll be sharing route and timeline details, how to guides for preparing your vehicle, packing lists, and tips for a long-distance road trip.⁣ •⁣ Today we have our Alaska road trip route and timeline on the blog. Let us know if you’d like to visit any of the destinations included. Link in bio.⁣ •⁣ Also, we obviously don’t have any Alaska pics yet, so I just chose another road picture that I’ve always liked. This was a pretty rad road out in #Utah , don’t you think?⁣ •⁣ #whenyouwander #journeytoalaska #alaskaroadtrip #roadtoalaska #travelplanning #itinerary #travelguide #travelbloggers #outdoorslife #roadtrippin #canyons #nomadlife #capitolreef #discoverusa #capitolreefnps #capitolreefnationalpark #naturephotography #naturephoto #PureSW #weRutah #utahisrad #IGSouthWest #nationalparkservice #nps #usnationalparks #nationalparkusa #np10k #national_park_photography
If the locals can be trusted, this here is what's left of a section of the original Oregon Trail as it snaked across Wyoming. It felt pretty awesome to stand in the path that brought so many people to new adventures and opportunity in the West. #oregontrail #newopportunities #newadventures #montana #bigsky #journeytoalaska #landscapephotography #overlandadventure #mytruckandI #toyota4x4 #toyota4runner #2ndgen4runner #alwaysadventure #getoutside #alwaysmoving #alwayssearching #explorethecontinent #overlanding #followtheroadnorth #lifeisanadventure #makechange #yolo #soloadventures #soloexploring
This is the Tiger Hotel, a 150-room hotel originally built in 1896 as boarding rooms for miners in the region. Silver was discovered in Burke Canyon, ID in 1884 and the narrow canyon was soon developed into a functioning mining town. Since canyon is so narrow, the hotel was built to straddle the railway and creek, which both run through the lobby. An enclosed walkway was constructed above the railroad for hotel guests to move between the two halves of the hotel without worry about the train or the weather. #bebold #makemoves #ghosttown #silvermine #burkeidaho #miningtown #journeytoalaska #landscapephotography #overlandadventure #mytruckandI #toyota4x4 #toyota4runner #2ndgen4runner #alwaysadventure #getoutside #alwaysmoving #alwayssearching #explorethecontinent #overlanding #followtheroadnorth #lifeisanadventure #forcedchange #forcedgrowth #yolo #soloadventures #soloexploring
I’m Paraphrasing something I just read in a Joyce Meyer devotional. She’s funny 😄 and very plain and honest with her humor. She says one reason she couldn’t quit when life got tough was because the life she left behind wasn’t very interesting. Ha! 😀 How true! My past life was DEFINITELY easier, but it would have led me to spiritual death had a stayed in it. Was the life you left behind more interesting than the life you encountered on your spiritual journey? 🙏🏼🥰🌹#spiritualawakening #spirituality #alaskatough #journeytoalaska #follow #dontquit #keepgoing #betterlife #spiritualliving #spirituallife #followgod #gonow
I wish I could say something inspiring and rosey 🌹🌹like “the first step is the scariest” but not on my #journey they’re all freakin scary! Each step is different than the last step. Who made this staircase?!?! Oh....God. Right. Guess I’ll keep walking. Will you keep walking? #spiritualjourney #journeytoalaska #leaveitallbehind #takesteps #faithforward #martinlutherking #quotestoliveby #keepwalking #keepgoing #followjesus #followgod #followthelord #walkbyfaith #walkbyfaithnotbysight
Starting the day off right! #lovetrufusion ,#doublesunday ,#journeytoalaska
The main road through Glacier National Park was closed due to heavy snowfall, so I was forced to drive around the park. The park is over 1500 square miles mountainous and high altitude terrain. The road I found to shortcut the otherwise very long drive around the park was also closed, but I took my chances and passed around the 'road closed' signs to find a (semi) safe, empty and beautiful passage to the other side. When I got down and around to the lower west side of the park, I found the weather had drastically changed and was now clear, dry, and in the 60's. #bebold #makemoves #winterweather #december #snowscape #snowyroads #sweaterweather #redleaves #journeytoalaska #landscapephotography #glaciernationalpark #overlandadventure #mytruckandI #toyota4x4 #toyota4runner #2ndgen4runner #alwaysadventure #getoutside #alwaysmoving #alwayssearching #explorethecontinent #overlanding #followtheroadnorth #lifeisanadventure #forcedchange #forcedgrowth #yolo #soloadventures #soloexploring
Sitting a mile above sea level in the Canadian Rockies, Lake Louise provides stunning contrasts. The emerald colour of the water comes from rock flour carried into the lake by melt-water from the glaciers that overlook the lake. Though the colors show boldy in photographs, to stand on it's shores and marvel in it's wonder is truely a unique experience. #bebold #makemoves #journeytoalaska #lakelouise #banff #banffcanada #alberta #chateaulakelouise #landscapephotography #overlandadventure #mytruckandI #alwaysadventure #getoutside #alwaysmoving #alwayssearching #explorethecontinent #overlanding #followtheroadnorth #lifeisanadventure #forcedchange #forcedgrowth #yolo #soloadventures #soloexploring #pilgramsprogress #adventure_there
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