We have not posted a whole lot on our blog these past few months. We have been poorly behaved bloggers. Things in America have kept us busy and stressed. Politics and policy became more important than fun and cultural enrichment. Travel, for us, took a backseat.
The 2016 holiday gift giving season is upon us! We’ve been busy little bees setting up our new Ramblin’ HQ in San Antonio, TX. With that in mind we’ve decided to shake things up and do something a little different this year! We’ve got two sections of our Gift Guide for the Travel Lover this year! One for great gifts that your travel loving friends and family will enjoy while exploring the world, and the other for lovely travel inspired gifts for the travelers’ home! Enjoy!
Celebrating four years of being nomadic this month seems so surreal to me. For those of you that don’t know, or haven’t read our manifesto, Kenin and I both came from a retail work background and left our jobs after breaking down and nearly divorcing. We were working crazy hours and making great money, but we hardly ever saw each other. To make matters worse, when we did get time together, we spent it being exhausted and cranky. Neither of us ever planned on having a life full of money and status, but we worked hard and climbed that corporate ladder like there was a fire chasing us upward.
Eventually we found that we were utterly miserable and at a breaking point, so we made the choice to just walk away from it all. We embarked on a 30-day road trip to save our marriage and our sanity and we just couldn’t bring ourselves to go back to the back-breaking retail world and the consumerism that peddled it. Our marriage was more important to the both of us than the amount of money in our bank account. It became time for a major change.
We’ve been through quite a bit of ups and downs in our lives, and that’s still the most shining example of us “Dufresning it”.
When Kenin refers to getting out of any sticky situation in life he likes to refer to it as “Andy Dufresning” it. This is a reference to the main character, Andy Dufresne, from the Shawshank Redemption. When he escaped from Shawshank prison, Andy swam through a river of shit and came out “clean” on the other end, hence the coining of one of our favorite terms, “Defresning It”.
After spending some time in Colorado in the Spring of 2016, Kenin and I almost immediately started the plans of a return trip for the following year. Then our friends threw out the idea of taking a trip to Colorado with us, so it seems that Colorado may become an annual meeting spot for us and some of our closest friends. There’s just something about the breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains that seem to keep drawing us back to Colorado. With that in mind, we decided to use it as a meet up location for several of our friends from across the world. In doing some research we decided that renting out a villa with Colorado Vacation Rentals seems to be an excellent choice for group get-togethers. We would all be able to chill out under one roof and spend quality time playing in the mountains and taking in some of the best that Colorado has to offer.
Kenin and I just spent a glorious week in Denver on an actual vacation. We didn’t have any intentions of taking photographs or talking about it on social media and I definitely had zero plans to write about our time off. Then I realized I was part of a large problem. We planned our vacation in Denver to see what the Colorado legalized marijuana scene was all about. We aren’t everyday or regular smokers, but we are huge supporters of legalization nationwide. It is after all, just a plant. Not talking about our vacation would lend to the stigma that we were ashamed or secretive for a reason.
Well, loud and proud, I stand with legalization. First of all, for medical reasons, but secondly, because there is no good reason for it to be illegal. Pot was made illegal for nefarious reasons and kept illegal for reasons just as bad.