Meet the Team~
Welcome to Our Next Big Adventure! We are Jim & Rhonda Delameter, 50ish, married citizens of the world on a path to rewrite what society considers normal and create a life less ordinary. Having spent 25+ years in corporate cubicles we knew this wasn’t life as we wished to lead it.
Rhonda:Jobs: Chief travel planner, organizer, navigator, head blogger, and cook. Rhonda is a freelance travel writer, inspired cook and is obsessed with seeing the world: Motto: Peace, Love, & Margaritas or Yoga & Whiskey depending on the day.
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. Quote 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: RIP handsome boy –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 squeaky toys, long walks, and hanging in the camper. Motto: Early to bed, late to rise and keep the whites clean.
Aspen – RIP sweet baby girl Jobs: Aspen took over Maddy’s duties of fetching and kissing. 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? Squirrel!
The travel bug hit us both fairly early and we traveled frequently, assisted by Rhonda’s job in the travel industry, but these jaunts were always a typical two or three 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 backpacking through over 20 countries on five continents that changed us immeasurably and irreversibly. Once home we realized the old version of “home” was not at all what we really wanted.
Thus, the planning & plotting for the Next Big Adventure began. With South America being our last unexplored continent, we headed out on an epic journey to drive the Pan American highway to the tip of the continent. The plan was to take our time, volunteer often, spend extended time in some areas, learning Spanish along the way, and working towards a location independent lifestyle. We turned our wheels south on December 26, 2015, and this time Porter & Aspen, AKA Black Dogs came along!
“Planning is valuable, tho the plan is usually useless” – Ben Horowitz
As we meandered south we fell ever more in love with Mexico and did, indeed, travel slowly, taking almost one year just to reach the border of Guatemala. Pushing that countries visa limit to the very last day we faced a decision; turn towards Playa del Carmen to set-up for a bit while Jim flew home to see his parents or return to Oregon. Both financial and family issues had come into play and our compass once again turned north.
The next plan gone awry turned out to be one of the most catalytic turning points in our life of adventure. The “plan” was for Jim to get a job in Portland for a few months while I continued my blogging and freelance writing while volunteering (read “living for free”) at LL Stub Stewart State Park. As they say “the best-laid plans”… what occurred instead was a dog walk meltdown on my part that led to a search for a plan outside of the box. One email later and we became workampers at a campground in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho At that moment we had no idea that our lives would be turned upside down.
Our mere worker job turned into a management position during the summer season with winters spent marketing and handling reservations for camp from anywhere, an ideal situation that found us back in our beloved Mexico five months per year and showed us a new lifestyle to love.
“Any arbitrary turn along the way and I would be elsewhere, I would be different” ~ Under the Tuscan Sun
Life these days has us in a semi-nomadic life, lived partly in Oregon and continuing to workamp, and partly on the road. For now, the PanAm waits but this in no way has dampened our overwhelming zest for adventure and exploration.
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, & Ryder