We are Jim & Rhonda Delameter, 40ish, married Americans on a path to re-write what society considers normal and create a life less ordinary. Having spent 20 + years in corporate, cubicle America, we know this is not the life we wish to lead.
Rhonda:Jobs: Chief travel planner, organizer, navigator, head blogger and cook. Rhonda is a voracious reader, inspired cook and is obsessed with seeing the world: Motto: Peace, Love, & Margaritas.
Jim: Jobs: Chief driver, emergency mechanic, and tech fixer for his less tech-savvy partner. Jim loves traveling, fishing, and eating Rhonda’s cooking. Motto: I want to live in a Camper. by Jimmy age 7
Maddy: – RIP sweet girl – Jobs: Head of security and in charge of daily love and kisses. Maddy loves long walks, wearing a fresh bandana and hanging out with the pack. Motto: Never leave home without a tennis ball!
Porter: Jobs: New head of security and doggy love. With Maddy’s passing we adopted a new black dog to take on the tasks she left behind. Porter loves destroying his squeekie toys, long walks, and hanging in the camper. Motto: Early to bed, early to rise.
Aspen – Jobs: Aspen took over Maddy’s duties of fetching and kissing. Also pack carrier into camp. What can we say.. we do love black dogs! Our smart boy Porter was just too bored home alone while we went to work and so we welcomed another wonderful rescue into our home. A super sweet girl, she’s a mellowing influence in the house. Motto: Isn’t it meal time YET?
The travel bug hit us both fairly early and we traveled frequently, assisted by Rhonda’s job in the travel industry, but always a typical one or two week holiday. In 2002 we came across www.bootsnall.com, a website that would change the trajectory of our lives. Although our RTW trip didn’t happen until 2007, it was an epic adventure that changed us immeasurably and irreversibly. Once home we realized the old version of home wasn’t what we really wanted.
Thus, the planning & plotting for the Next Big Adventure is in full swing. With South America being our last unexplored continent, we will be driving the Pan American highway to the tip of the continent and that is just the beginning! This time we’ll take it even slower, volunteer often, spend extended time in some areas, learning Spanish along the way, and working towards a location independent lifestyle. And this time Porter & Aspen,, AKA Black Dogs come along!
We are not crazy, nor are we “running away”. We have a wonderful life, great family & friends, steady jobs and a lovely home. However, what we feel to the very core of our being is the overwhelming need to live our one precious life to the fullest extent possible. We have had close family members leave this earth too young, and we are determined to not “wait” for retirement or the perfect moment. Life is happening right NOW!
Follow us along on our wild & wonderful journey on this road called life. Hopefully we’ll meet many of you along the way and inspire everyone to step outside their comfort zone to make each day memorable!
Living The Dream: Jim, Rhonda, Porter & Aspen