Our Year in Review

The Best Things of 2017

We’re taking a minute to look back over the things that happened to us in 2017. Most of it was great, some of it was awesome and some of it was pretty awful. Luckily the positive outweighs the negative and for that we are grateful! Below, our year in review.

Tiny House Dreams Become Reality!

Right before we left for our cross country road trip we completed the building of a tiny house in West Asheville! This was easily one of the best things that happened to us this year.

Web Design Goals Were Met

Our goal was to design 12 websites in the first year. I figured it was one a month and though a lofty goal, doable if we worked hard. I am so thankful to report that we created 13 Squarespace websites, 3 of which were featured by Squarespace!

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Becoming Ambassadors!

Testing gear for Trailful and becoming ambassadors for Asheville Trails was definitely a highlight of the year!

The same is true for being named to the BLACKRAPID Ambassador team!


One thing we are most proud of is organizing and hosting 4 Instameets in Asheville. We’re excited to put on a few more in 2018! All of the events are free and open to all skill levels. The photo below is from one of our community business partners, The Dry Goods Shop, who did a giveaway for one of our events.


Teaching an adventure photography class at REI.


Writing and photographing for one of the top travel blogs in the world, Local Adventurer as well as dapperQ, the most widely read style and empowerment website specifically for masculine presenting women and trans-identified individuals! Click here to see some of our most recent work!

Cooking up fresh, live lobster in Maine on our own private FREE piece of coast and waking up to the sound of the lobster boats making their rounds checking traps.

Lobster in a pot at a campsite
One pot lobster – how to cook it at a campsite
Edisto Island palm frond
Exploring the beach on Edisto Island near Charleston, South Carolina

One of the best memories we have is camping together for the first time in a little campground on Edisto Island, South Carolina.

Trying New Things

Playing pickelball for the first time with Erin’s parents in Delaware!

Going on a Segway for the first time!

big cactus in the background and people riding Segways in the desert
Off-roading with Segways near Phoenix, Arizona
A photo of a Segway in the desert
Riding Segways in the desert near Phoenix with Fort McDowell Adventures

Visiting the RV Museum in Amarillo, Texas

Meeting tons of new people and making a bunch of new friends!

Best of the Year

Getting married!

Our Worst Things of 2017

Continued discrimination against LGBTQ people and the heartache it creates.

Breaking down more times than we can count and eventually having to give up on our vintage motor home, The Chinook.

A certain hotel in San Francisco. Ask us for details if you dare haha.

Losing our pup, Yiddel.

photo of a yellow lab in Asheville, North Carolina
Our dog Yiddel

Our Year in Review

Just writing this out makes us realize how very lucky we are. It’s been overall a really great year and though we’ve had some ups and downs, it’s been nothing short of an incredible year. We’re so thankful for those of you that have supported us in our adventure. It’s meant more to us than you could even imagine.

Will you join us on our journey?!

Published by Erin McGrady

Erin McGrady is a filmmaker, photographer, and writer exploring Asheville and beyond. My work focuses on sharing about LGBTQ safe spaces, camper van life, and the outdoors.

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