Vanessa (Mom) – Loves to read historical fiction and her boys’ YA dystopian novels. Fascinated by ancient cultures, beautiful food, and unusual phenomena. Prefers to wear rose-colored lenses.
Darren (Dad) – Can often be spotted sneaking away in the wee hours of the morning, in search of coffee, wild mushrooms, a secret fishing hole or all three. Always meets the neighbor and has entire conversations in foreign languages that he doesn’t actually know.
Jared (Big brother) – A night owl with an easy smile and a friendly nature. Looking forward to starting high school, hanging with new friends, listening to music, playing basketball, and all that goes with the new scene.
Trevor (Middle child) – A courageous spirit who prides himself on trying new foods, like crickets and fish eyeballs, but also appreciates fine cheese. A daredevil who doesn’t care when his bravery exceeds his skill. Also enjoys a warm fire and a good book.
Violet (Baby of the family) – Easy tempered and shy, but capable of directing the entire family. Loves to draw, sing, ride horses and play with worms. Goes along with just about any adventure we dream up.
Darren grew up in the San Francisco bay area. He spent his childhood fishing every shoreline, observing little creatures and racing through town (bareback) on his pony. His favorite pastime in class was making fly harnesses out of long strands of hair.
At university, he studied electronic engineering and then worked for some major computer companies. Through his work, he traveled all over the US, throughout Asia and parts of Europe. Then, in 1994 he met his future wife (me!)
I also grew up in the Bay Area, but when my city converted to tract homes and strip malls, I was aching to explore new horizons.
My first opportunity came when my college organized a study-abroad program. I spent 3 months living in Paris and traveling to neighboring countries. That trip was an eye-opening experience for me. I realized that I had been viewing life through a tiny, little lens and I knew I had a lot to learn. So, two years later I set out on a year-long journey around the world. I discovered that our amazing planet is overflowing with happy and kind people.
When I returned home I continued my studies in Sociology and began working at one of those large computer companies too. And, as I stood underneath the fluorescent lights and gazed across the sea of cubicles…I saw my future husband. How romantic 🙂
OUR LIFE TOGETHER
Yes, we ditched our corporate jobs and, yes, we chose to live a whole new lifestyle, but that was ages ago. Since then we’ve been keeping busy with lots of fun projects.
One biggy – we discovered Salt Spring Island (in British Columbia) and decided to emigrate to Canada. We have been official US expats since 2002.
I like working with families and so, over the years I volunteered with kids in foster care, supported women while they had babies (birth doula) and now I help families organize their wedding celebrations. Darren has gotten us back to the land by keeping bees, growing fruits and veggies, raising sheep and a bunch of other critters too.
Sometime, in between these projects, we also had three kids. We still live on Salt Spring Island and we love this island community, where people are kind and natural beauty surrounds us. But, we are also ready for new adventures, feeling a pressing sense that we need to savor this one life.
We have always traveled with our kids. Most of our trips have been along the US west coast and in Hawaii. We also pulled off an epic, three-month road trip throughout Mexico and spent a winter in Ecuador. Family travel feels like a necessity to us, so we want to be on the move and discover more of our great, big world with our kids.
Our children all differ in personality, temperament and general approach to life. Their excitement about the idea of travel varies, according to their age, current social scene, their situation at school, etc. Meeting all our needs is proving to be a bit of a juggling act. Some of us want to go, some of us want to stay, so now what?!
We think these journeys are some of the most valuable experiences we can share with our children. So, we have decided to start this blog by writing about our most memorable times abroad. We’ll also explore more of British Columbia and sneak in some new travel whenever possible.
We hope you join us on our journey, provide feedback and watch this project grow. More importantly, we hope to see you on the road!
Always dreaming of sunshine and big, blue, open skies-
The Sol Seekers!