So this is the new year
And I have no resolutions
For self assigned penance
For problems with easy solutions
— Benjamin Gibbard

I’ve never been much for New Year’s resolutions. They seem cumbersome, overambitious, and forgotten or ignored by February. While I’m sure I’ve humoured this tradition at some point in my past, I can’t remember the last time I did, nor any of my broken self-promises. That’s why making this initial blog post feels dangerous. Am I dooming myself and my aspirations simply because of today’s date? Ridiculous, I know. But just in case, please note that the following plan is in no way a New Year’s Resolution. It’s just something I hope to spend this year doing, and coincidentally started on New Year’s Day.

It’s cold out. The high today was 4 degrees. The low tonight is predicted to be -5. I’m going to Florida. I’m going to the beach. Then, Alabama. After that, Mississippi. I’ll keep going west, chasing warmer climes to try and cheat winter. Then I’ll head back east, trying to clutch spring. In fact, I plan on visiting all of the 50 states in the U.S. before 2018 is over. Just my wife, Tara, our van, and a nation full of natural wonders, restless residents, and open roads. Here at is where we’ll tell our stories, share our thoughts, come up with preposterous lists, and have an occasional rant.

Since I’m not big on resolutions, you’ll not be surprised to find out that I’m not big on rules and restrictions. So, we don’t have much of a plan. We’ll try and align our travels with optimal weather. We’re going to try to do an act of service in each state. We’re going to visit all 50 states. Other than that, we’ll see what happens and where the proverbial and literal road take us.

We hope you’ll follow us on the blog, social media, and maybe even the occasional youtube video.

Thanks and best of luck with your New Year’s resolutions.