Welcome! Thanks for visiting, and nice to meet you. This is Tom, Brittany, and Indy. We love to play, travel, and adventure together in our 1989 Toyota Dolphin!
Tom and I met at Burning Man, and our partnership has grown naturally from that foundation of play and exploration. Long term, open-ended travel gives us the freedom to really explore, meet new people, and get into some adventures on the road.
When we were dreaming up this trip we immediately began researching how to bring our dog, Indy, along. He is our third musketeer, and we could not possibly leave him out of an adventure this epic!
Brittany graduated college in 2007 with a degree in Exotic Animal Training and Management. Around age 5 she’d decided she wanted to work with exotic animals, and amazingly she stuck to the plan!
Unfortunately, after following this path for a few years, Brittany had to face the fact that the exotic animal industry was fraught with abuse, neglect, and exploitation of the animals in its care. After witnessing the inhumane treatment of animals in a variety of facilities Brittany decided she ethically could not continue forward with her exotic animal training career.
At that time Brittany chose to move into the veterinary field and focus her skills on domestic animals, working in veterinary hospitals, and eventually running her own dog training business in Los Angeles.
Over the last year or so Brittany has slowly decided that it’s time to close the book on her animal career. The open road has been calling to her, and she feels that many of the skills she gained in the animal industry and running her own business will serve her well as she sets out on a quest for a location independent career centered in travel and adventure. (Brittany is the primary author and designer of The Rolling Pack).
Tom is a true adventurer at heart. He has rafted the Grand Canyon multiple times, spent winters mountaineering, and hiked the Appalachian trail by himself. At a young age Tom’s father taught him the essentials of wilderness survival, and Tom is most at home sleeping under the stars.
Tom recently retired from a 25 year career as a fireman and paramedic, and since his retirement has already completed a huge adventure! In March/April 2016 Tom walked the historic Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in Spain.
Brittany adopted Indy when he was 4 years old from a dog rescue in Katy, Texas. Now, 8 years later, Indy is a sweet senior dog who happens to be Brittany and Tom’s best friend. Whatever Tom and Brittany are doing, Indy wants to join in. So it’s no surprise that Indy will be an integral part of Tom and Brittany’s big trip.
In fact, the initial route was planned almost entirely with Indy in mind; a location that could be reached without any travel by air or water (though we hear there are dog-friendly ferries in Mexico that we may eventually check out…).
Indy loves lazy days and snuggly nights cuddling with his pack.
La Peregrina is our 1989 Toyota Dolphin, and the newest member of our pack. She joined us early in our travels, when we realized that bicycling all the way from Oregon to Mexico, with our dog in a bike trailer, might have been a TAD bit ambitious.
As soon as we saw La Peregrina we knew she was meant to be ours, and we purchased her on the spot. 8,000 miles later we are still traveling full time in our cozy La Peregrina.