The Next Adventure: February, 2016

This guy.


Wedding Photo by Andrew Bydlon

I am absolutely convinced I married the best guy in the world {No, I’m not biased or anything….} He knows me so well but even more is his ability to continually surprise me. First came the surprise visits when we were long-distance dating between San Diego and Colorado. Next was the shock of our surprise engagement trip to Paris and Iceland. And this time? He’s done it again!

We spent Christmas in San Diego with Will’s family and did the usual gifts on the morning of Christmas. Will gave me a box as my final gift, a small container that weighed next to nothing. I opened it up to find a small envelope with a letter. Of course. He probably wrote me a sweet note that was going to make me cry in front of his family!

I opened the envelope and began reading his words on the paper. I won’t go into detail about the rest of the letter, but the takeaway was this: he had requested off the entire month of February from work. And my gift? We were going on a month-long road trip!


Sadly, no van this time around. Photos by Will Rochfort

Y’all, I can’t even begin to express both my excitement and shock at the letter. The two of us have been abnormally busy over the past few months and while it is all fun events and exciting trips, it is mostly scheduled and planned for various projects or assignments. But this road trip? It’s not tied to anything. No projects. No testing requirements. No requirements of any kind, for that matter. It’s just Will, me, our trusty Subaru, and the open road!


Will is doing a great job of keeping the entire trip a secret; that man is like a bear trap! He has told me that our adventures may include Colorado, Utah, California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana or Wyoming. {So much for nailing down the details!} I’ve been told to pack both my downhill and backcountry ski gear, as well as car camping supplies, running gear, and hiking gear. I do know that we’ll be spending a week in Oregon in mid-February, thanks to a media trip that has been on the schedule for a few months. Other than that, I’ve got nothing.


I am so excited for this trip I can barely stand it! The Oregon media trip has been a point of excitement for the past few weeks, but adding in this other adventure makes my brain buzz. Based on how well Will knows me, I have some guesses as to places we may be going, but I won’t know…for another couple of weeks!




  • Reply Kelsey Frazzitta at

    OMG! I’m so excited for you! I can’t wait for all the beautiful photos and blog post about your trip! YAYAYAYA!

  • Reply Bobbye at

    And Tals??

    • Reply heather at

      Not this time. She is staying with Grandma and Grandpa (aka my parents) and their two dogs at our mountain house. She will miss us but she sure doesn’t staying at the cabin for a month. ALL THE SNOWSHOEING! 🙂

  • Reply Katie @k8tlevy at

    Cannot WAIT to see what Will has planned and to follow along with what you end up doing. Have so much fun!!

  • Reply Natalie @ Free Range Human at

    This is so cool! It’s so awesome that you both can manage vacation time like that. Can’t wait to hear all about it, and, of course, see the pictures!

    • Reply heather at

      He managed the vacation time; I’m simply in the off season for work since we close during the winter.

  • Reply Lynn at

    Wow, awesome! You better update us regularly! 😉

  • Reply Ijana at

    He’s a keeper! What an awesome job that lets him take a whole month off

  • Reply Kovas at

    It’s so great you can both take the time to do this, sounds like a trip for the ages.

  • Reply Johnie at

    Yay have so much fun! And girl, leave the gear reviews/travel guides/etc at home. Seriously, just go and enjoy yourself and have the BEST time. Well, maybe report back with SOME pictures so I can see 😉

  • Reply Christy at

    That is so freaking awesome! I need a job where I can take off a month and do something like that! Have a blast!

  • Reply Alyssa Lindsey at

    That’s amazing that he was able to take a whole month off from work! You guys will have so much fun!

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  • Reply Amiee at

    Wow that is awesome! I could use a month off right now or perhaps SEVEN of them!!! Sounds like you have quite the guy 🙂

  • Reply Jessica at

    Wow. That sounds amazing. If you have time, you should give me a heads-up when you guys are in the Seattle area. It sounds like it might be a whirlwind trip though. Have fun!

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  • Reply Hilary at

    If you’re in SLC, stop by and say hello! There is so much to see! Have fun 🙂

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