The Fenimores

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S T A T E โ€ข 4 8 ๐ŸŒตโฃโฃ

It all started in a small town in ๐˜ˆ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ป๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข ๐ŸŒตโฃโฃ

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We both grew up in the ๐˜ด๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ฏ of Fountain Hills nestled into the the east valley of Phoenix. We met in high school when Brittani was a freshman and Adam a junior. We dated briefly in HS but it wasnโ€™t until ๐œ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ž๐ ๐ž ๐ฒ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ฌ when we really connected ๐Ÿฅฐโฃโฃ

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We saw each other at a ๐‡๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฐ๐ž๐ž๐ง party and the rest is history. Okay, well itโ€™s not that simple because no love story is...๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต? ๐Ÿ˜‚โฃโฃ

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Arizona is and will always be special to us because itโ€™s where we both ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ธ ๐˜ถ๐˜ฑ, began dating, ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ together for the first time, got engaged and ultimately left for our first โ€œ๐›๐ข๐  ๐š๐๐ฏ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐žโ€ together...โฃโฃโฃโฃโฃโฃโฃ

5 โ€ข S T A T E S โ€ข IN โ€ข 5 โ€ข Y E A R Sโฃโฃ

In ๐˜š๐˜ฆ๐˜ฑ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿท๐Ÿป, we left AZ as Brittani became a travel nurse. When we left we had no idea what places we would get to travel to, how long we would travel around for, or where (if anywhere) we would ultimately โ€œ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ด.โ€ We honestly, werenโ€™t huge travelers at this point in our lives so we thank this time for introducing us to the nomad life!โฃ

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We ended up traveling to ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž different cities during our travel nursing time. Each assignment is ๐ญ๐ก๐ซ๐ž๐ž ๐ฆ๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐ก๐ฌ meaning we picked up and moved quite often. We also made sure to always take several weeks off in between assignments to visit friends and family and to adventure around the US. โฃ

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Here is where we ended up traveling to in order from first to last!โฃ

1๏ธโƒฃ Houston, TX ๐Ÿ‚โฃ

2๏ธโƒฃ San Diego, CA ๐ŸŒŠโฃ

3๏ธโƒฃ Boston, MA ๐Ÿš‡โฃ

4๏ธโƒฃ San Fransisco, CA ๐ŸŒ‰โฃ

5๏ธโƒฃ Denver, CO ๐Ÿ”โฃ

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All of the places we got to call โ€œ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆโ€ allowed us to continue to grow our love for traveling and experiencing new places ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿปโฃ

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But our winter spent in Denver ended up keeping us around for three years! We loved the mountains and experiencing all 4 seasons. We lived in the RiNo neighborhood for most of it and enjoyed walking to eateries, breweries and Coors Field anytime we wanted! โฃ

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Itโ€™s ironic looking back now, because almost immediately after deciding to plant ourselves in Denver is when we began to ๐๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฆ about living in a van.โฃ

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It was a glorious day in May of 2017 and we were inโ€ฆ.โฃ

H O N E Y M O O N โ€ข B L I S S

โฃFor many couples a honeymoon is filled with dreams of babies ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿป , houses ๐Ÿก , puppies ๐Ÿถ but our honeymoon inspired us to continue to live a life of travel (๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ด!)โฃ

 

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Our mission while we were there was to experience ev.ery.thing we couldโ€ฆโฃโฃโฃโฃ

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We cliff dove the southern most point of the US, went ATVing where Jurrasic Park was filmed, tubed the canals of Kauai, slid down a sugar cane waterway, experienced black, green, & gold sand beaches, sailed the NaPali coast, snorkeled Molokini crater, biked downhill Haleakala after a sunrise, hiked to the lava flow at Volcanoes, drove the Road to Hana, experienced Waimea Canyon & hiked to dozens of waterfallsโฃโฃโฃโฃโฃ

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It truly felt surreal each dayโ€ฆso we began to dream about continuing to live a life that made us feel free, joyful and full of adventure ๐Ÿ˜Šโฃโฃโฃโฃโฃ

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On one of our final days, we sat at a beach watching dolphins in the distance and witnessed this group of people hanging out near a couple of vans. BOOM ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’กโฃโฃโฃโฃโฃ

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โ€œWe could do that...โ€โฃโฃโฃโฃโฃ

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*insert pause as we both pondered it* ๐Ÿค”โฃโฃโฃโฃโฃ

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โ€œ๐˜ž๐˜Œ ๐˜Š๐˜–๐˜œ๐˜“๐˜‹ ๐˜‹๐˜– ๐˜›๐˜๐˜ˆ๐˜›! ๐˜ž๐˜Œ ๐˜š๐˜๐˜–๐˜œ๐˜“๐˜‹ ๐˜‹๐˜– ๐˜›๐˜๐˜ˆ๐˜›! ๐˜๐˜–๐˜ž ๐˜‹๐˜– ๐˜ž๐˜Œ ๐˜‹๐˜– ๐˜›๐˜๐˜ˆ๐˜›?!โ€โฃโฃโฃโฃโฃ

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The seed was officially planted ๐ŸŒฑ And that seed grew & ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ธ & ๐†๐‘๐„๐—ช! ๐ŸŒด Once we returned to the mainland & the honeymoon bliss faded away, neither of us could shake the feeling that one day we would live in a van ๐Ÿš โฃโฃโฃโฃโฃ

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We both obsessively watched YouTube videos, followed others living in a van, researched how to make it happen and sustain it, scoured websites of builds and made lists of what we wanted๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿง‘๐Ÿผโ€๐Ÿ’ปโฃโฃโฃโฃโฃ

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Our ideas and thoughts changed many times over the 2.5 years it took to officially make our #vanlife dream a reality. But the thing that never, EVER changed was our drive to make it happen which is why on November 18, 2019 we finally held the keys to our vanโ€ฆ ๐Ÿ”‘โฃโฃโฃโฃโฃ

C L I F F O R D ๐Ÿš—โฃโฃโฃโฃโฃ

We wanted to share this part of our story because we know what itโ€™s like to dream for a long time and start to feel like it might not happen. We hope to remind you to stay in your own lane, keep inching towards your goal, and never give up!โฃโฃโฃโฃ

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We missed โ€œdeadlinesโ€ and failed forward. But we never gave in and gave upโฃโฃ

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In 2017, we mostly dreamt and talked about what living in a van would look like. We would randomly ask things while cooking dinner like โ€œwhat do you think...fixed bed or convertible?โ€๐Ÿค”โฃโฃโฃโฃ

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In 2018, we really bought into the idea and that we could make it happen. Did a lot more research, talked numbers and plans, etc. We also started to discuss our plan among friends and family (most of which thought we were nuts)โฃโฃโฃโฃ

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And in 2019, we planned to make it all a reality in July because our lease was ending! Spoiler alert...we missed this deadline. And it was painful ๐Ÿ˜– But missing it put fuel on the fire of our adventure seeking hearts! ๐Ÿ”ฅโฃโฃโฃโฃ

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You want to see massive change? You have to take massive action.โฃโฃโฃโฃ

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So, instead of signing another year lease on our apartment we signed for 6 months. This closely lined up with Brittaniโ€™s car lease ending. Which meant that at the end of January we would have nowhere to live and have one vehicle. Time to make sh*t happen!

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As fall began and summer faded away we were ready to buy our van! We started to search DAILY. We scoured websites constantly for something in our price range that seemed like the perfect fit. We test drove a couple and even got ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ด๐˜ด๐˜ด close to purchasing one in early October

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But on a random, wild Saturday night in November Brittani came across something. โ€œBabe did you see this red Promaster on Craigslist?!...Is it a scam??โ€ ๐Ÿš—๐Ÿงโฃโฃโฃโฃ

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It was not.โฃโฃโฃ It was Clifford!๐Ÿฅณโฃโฃโฃโฃ (Click here to see all about our van!)

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We test drove it the next day, committed to purchasing and after a messy (& emotional) week of finalizing everything...โฃโฃโฃโฃ

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We officially bought our first home/van && finally set off on our journey in February of 2020 ๐Ÿš—๐Ÿ›ฃ Follow our adventures as we seek to finish experiencing all 50 states and start to really dive into seeing all 62 National Parks on IG @fenimoresadventuremore!

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