Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
Not Mark Twain
This famous inspirational quote is regularly attributed to the great Mark Twain.
However, it turns out, he never said or wrote it.
Which is disappointing because if you’re going to hang your future on the back of an inspirational quote, you’d like the quote to have originated with a world renowned author. Or at least, a world renowned “someone.” That way you look a little less reckless when you give up life as you know it to go in search of once-in-a-lifetime adventures.
Alas, while we have no idea who originally said this, we still find it an appropriate quote to introduce our blog. For even if it turns out the guy who wrote it was just some dentist from Duluth, he still made a good point. More often than not, we regret the things we didn’t do more than the things we did. Couple that with the truism that ‘no one on their death bed wishes they’d spent more time at the office,’ and you get to where we are.
Since meeting each other in law school, we’ve shared a love of travel, adventure and food. In the beginning, we headed out of town often, but as time passed, our travels, unfortunately, become less and less frequent. With two demanding careers and a rather high maintenance dog, our ability to do what we really love was severely limited. At the same time, as we got older, we came to truly appreciate just how short and uncertain life can be. Taking into consideration Kevin’s long, complicated health history and embracing the simple realization that nothing is guaranteed, we decided to find a way to do what we really love while we still can.
Laura is the Director of Planning, Chief Photographer and Keeper of the Keyboard here at Chapter 3 Travels. After many years as a criminal prosecutor, she’s happy to be thinking about something other than crooks, cons, and delinquents. She’s primarily responsible for trip planning and research – figuring out where to go, what to do and how to make it happen. Building and updating this blog allows her to work on two of her favorite hobbies – writing and photography.
Kevin is the Chief Operations Officer, Director of Technology and resident BBQ, Bourbon and Beer Aficionado here at Chapter 3. While working as a partner at a large patent law firm was engaging, he’s excited to see something other than the four walls of his office. He’s responsible for putting our plans into effect, whether it be navigating our routes, maintaining the RV, or figuring out how to pay for all this. He’s most interested in learning about various types of regional cooking, location specific ingredients, craft beers, and bourbons.
Dixie is the Director of Homeland Security and Chief Surveillance Officer at C3T. Dixie is an anxious dog who suffers from idiopathic epilepsy and residual weakness in her back legs after suffering a rare spinal condition, so she’s a handful, but we wouldn’t trade her for anything. We know we are well protected day or night, and we know she’s always up for a snuggle session. Even if we did get more than we bargained for, she’s our fluff-bucket and we love her to pieces.
We’ll use this website to document our travels, discuss the ups and downs of RV living, and (hopefully) provide helpful information to others. We spent years researching this lifestyle before pulling the trigger and, to this day, we continue to read blogs that help us navigate our situation. We hope to provide the same type of helpful information and inspiration to other folks traveling in or thinking about traveling in an RV. To that end, you can find our travel maps, campground reviews, favorite RV things, and resources page along the top menu.
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