I have traveled many miles in the last month, approximately 8,000! Writing to you from the Windy city of Chicago Illinois! Working online as a project coordinator, and production assistant is a lot of fun, but still hard work. Making the most of being a digital nomad, I make myself available to travel all over the country to conferences and seminars. Thanks to my amazing mom, and her business Genealogy Gems, I have the opportunity to learn and grow in this business which has been such a blessing.
This year’s 2017 travel schedule started off with a bang. Rootstech is THE largest Genealogical Tech conference in the country. Located in the beautiful Salt Lake City Utah, RootsTech attracts over 30,000 people worldwide, hundreds of exhibitors, and a few celebrities. Nothing can really prepare you for the massiveness of this conference.
I was assigned as the booth sales manager and social media production. While I juggled these two tasks, I captured amazing footage with my GoPro Hero 4 and created this short video. Check it out:
So many memories we made in such a short amount of time. It was truly an epic Father Daughter Road trip and one that I would do again.
Coming soon: Ryan and Hannah’s weekend trip to AZ and what this seasons Stand up Paddle board race season looks like.
Thats right folks! We have finally revealed our tiny house big adventure news to you. Although we are mobile and can travel anywhere, our main residence will be in Austin Texas. Why Austin?? Austin is growing like crazy and we want to be apart of it. Our good friends from Lakeway Paddle Sports has offered us a spot to park our trailer on their 12 acre lake front property to park located on Lake Travis.
Ryan will be continuing is online personal training business as well as starting up an outdoor training bootcamp. I will be working completely online as a project coordinator for a great company which I will tell you about another time. Since I am all online now, I will be traveling with my Mom for her business, Genealogy Gems, to conferences in some of the major cities across the country.
We have worked so hard for opportunities like this and we will make the most of it. What will you see from us this coming 2017?? SUP Races, rock climbing, travleing, business and updates on what its like to live tiny and work online!
Ryan and I are excited to share with you all about our New Big Adventure!
December 10th we will be sharing with you what all we have got going on and what are plans are for 2017. Follow us both on instagram @hfullerton5 and @ryan_fullerton42 we will be posting hints daily, starting today 11/30/16, with the hashtag #TinyHouseBigAdventure , until 12/10/16. Thank you for all of your support!
By: Hannah Fullerton
The look of a man who is about to eat for a family of 4!
This was taken at the Klondike checkpoint. I had Brushed my teeth for literally an hour
2nd Day: After dropping off our dog Bella with my sister, we took off south to start our first official 4th of July adventure destination. Martindale TX at Shady Grove Campground, which is on the San Marcos River and about 45 minutes south of Austin. This was the meetup spot for our 1020 Crew.
On our Agenda:
- Check out SUPATX paddleboard shop
- Paddle on Lady Bird Lake
- Eat at a taco stand
- See the Capital Building
- Watch the Bats come out at night
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Busiek was so lively that day, that we decided to take the path least visited which ended up being the Red Trail. The Red Trail is about a 4 mile loop that normally has to begin by wading across the water. Thanks to Amanda, we found an alternative route which consisted of tree climbing. While we attempted that together, Ryan and Michael were convinced of a better way to get across.
“It’s too cold to paddle!”
“Aren’t you going to give up for the winter?”
These are just a few things that we hear when heading out for a paddle. We are still not sure if this mindset is nationwide or just regional, but either way it’s not going to slow us down. When people naively think that their comments are going to change our minds we don’t get defensive or angry; instead, we smile and talk about all of the fun they are missing out on.
Happy Bodhi Day
Merry Saint Lucias Day
Happy Saint John the Evangelist's Day
Happy New Years
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As much as we have missed being out west and the awesome friends that we have out there, that could not deter our adventurous spirit. One of our goals was to explore this area even more before we move. The last weekend in August, I (Ryan) was able to find some dive buddies and go scuba diving at Beaver Lake in Arkansas. While I was underwater exploring and chasing fish, Hannah and Bella took the SUP out to explore the lake. After a morning on and under the water we decided to go hiking on Dogwood Trail. Dogwood Trail is an awesome trail created by the Boy Scouts of America with some amazing views of the lake and the dam.
This trail was fairly well marked with and takes you around the edge of an old quarry that was used for the building of the man-made lake and dam. The trail does get a little tricky when you have to cross a two lane highway. Picking the trail back up on the other side of the road can be a little confusing, but if you find yourself on this trail just cross over the ditch and into the woods on the other side of the highway. Once you are back in the trees and no longer dodging cars like a life size game of Frogger just walk to your right and you will find the pink tape that leads you back to the trail. Further down the trail are some interesting bluffs for you to walk under. It is rumored that these bluffs were used as a hideout during the Civil War because of the remote location and shelter from the elements that they provide.
The trail gets a little confusing one last time when you must, once again, cross the highway. This time you actually have to walk about a quarter mile back towards the dam on the shoulder of the road before picking up the trail again. This was a beautiful and very clean trail; Being just a couple miles long, it is perfect for an afternoon hike. Hannah, Bella and I had no trouble at all on this trial; however, this trail might still be fairly advanced for families with small children. Overall, we had a great weekend and cannot wait for our next adventure.
Big adventures can pretty much sum up our activities since our last post. Our recent traveling began in July, when we moved to Branson, Missouri. In Branson Hannah's sixteen and under softball team (NGU) competed in the FASA World Series. NGU finished pool play seeded first going into bracket play, and finished fourth overall.
After Branson, we moved our travel trailer back to Baxter Springs, KS where we currently call home. Once the trailer was set back up we packed up our backpacks and headed to Mesa, Arizona. We were able to get free flights to Mesa thanks to the Boutwells passing on some frequent flier points (thanks again guys). The main purpose of our trip to Mesa was to attended the 1020 Desert Oasis event. This was an incredible event with some amazing people (you all know who you are). It was on this trip that we were inspired to move our home base to San Diego, California. We plan to move as soon as it is feasible for us. While in Mesa we also competed in our first SUP (Stand-up Paddleboard) race, where we finished first (Ryan) and third (Hannah) overall. One bonus about our trip to Mesa was that we were able to make a side trip and visit Hannah's grandparents Roger and Ellen as well. Thank you both for your hospitality we had a wonderful time and hope to see you soon.
Unfortunately, by the end of this event our travel funds were depleted for the time being. Now that we are back to our home base in Kansas we are planning new adventures. A trip to Baja, Mexico and move to San Diego, California are currently in our sights along with a possible side trip to see a good friend in Colorado.
While back at home we are saving money and looking to become more location independent. If anyone has any ideas or advice for us we would love to hear from you. We also wanted to give a special thank you to all of our friends and readers. We draw so much inspiration from all of you and hope that in turn we can inspire someone else.
It can be hard living in the middle part of the country with my family south in Dallas, and extended family all the way northwest in Washington and California. We live in a high tech world now, but still it seems difficult to keep in touch when I live far away from them. They 're not apart of my daily routine anymore and as time passes on, it seems like these people close to me are moving further away. I didn't feel this way or see it until recently. Its only when someone close to you is gone that you come to realize you didn't get enough time with them.
My Grandma, Patpat, on my dad's side, was a very loving and caring person in my life. Even when far she was able to make our connection to one another seem close through beautiful hand written letters. Every Christmas, birthday, and all my life changing events, I received a letter from her. Her penmanship is hardly even seen now a days with very sophisticated cursive that at times I struggled to read. I always felt embarrassed to write her back in my scribbly print hand writing. She followed my life, not through reading my facebook page or even this blog, but through mailing letters to one another. My grandmother passed away only a couple weeks ago. I wonder how it will be to not receive a letter from her next Christmas. I wish I could have visited her more often. To introduce her to my husband, or a future child of ours.
I feel confident that Ryan and I are making the right decision to live tiny and to go after our adventure. To travel, not only to see amazing places but to also see those we love. I took a long trip to go to Patpat's funeral. Nothing was going to stop me from going. While I was there with my parents before my sisters arrived the next day, I sat in this quaint fish restaurant with my mom on the water in Gig Harbor Washington. Watching the boats go by and the sun slowly fade away we found a relief from our mourning for my grandmother. Even though we were there together because of a loss in our family, we couldn't let something sad keep us from truly appreciating where we were and who we are with every day. I want to go back and relive every time I received a letter from her, and really absorb and take in every word because I'm afraid I wont remember what that felt like. Unfortunately I cant go back, but I can pass her tradition on and write to my loved ones as she did to me.
I love you grandma pat.
1. Have a Movie Day
We like to pick a television or movie series to sit down and watch for a relaxing day. Some of our favorites are Band of Brothers, Adventure Inc., Harry Potter and The Fast and Furious series.
2. Play the PS3
With Hannah being out of town for the last week its hard to play board games with Bella (our dog), I did however have the free time to play some of my favorite video games.
3. Play Guitar
Sometimes when I am feeling extremely worn down I need to unplug from technology for awhile. Whether playing our electric or acoustic I still get that unplugged and relaxed feel.
4. Read a Book
Continuing with our unplugged theme the only thing more relaxing than playing guitar is kicking back with a good book. Our regular reading list consists of anything by Jimmy Buffet, Stoked by Bob McTavish, and the Bible.
5. Culinary Experimentation
Other than not being able to use the grill, rainy days are the perfect opportunity to try out some new recipes .
Comment with your favorite rainy day activity if we did not include it in our list, maybe you have something we have not tried yet.
This lantern can be found online at Amazon.com for around $14. Since this product weighs less than 12 ounces you can easily strap it to you bike or backpack or even paddle board without feeling weighted down. For us this lantern is definitely a must have for a backup light when power goes out and for outdoor adventures.
With Hannah's birthday and Easter being the same weekend we decided to take a break from the build and take a trip to Branson. Though many of Branson's activities are not in full swing yet we still had a great time. Generally our trips to Branson focus on Silver Dollar City, this trip however we spent our time checking out shops and restaurants at the Branson landing and stayed at the Big Cedar Lodge.
Ryan built our kitchen counter in our apartment last weekend. He glued the pieces of wood together, sanded it and stained it for the final product.
We then glued the counter onto our frame for the counter in the kitchen and cut out the hole for the sink. All the plumbing is now complete and our sink looks fantastic. I love the faucet and the hose extension to make cleaning dishes easier.
All the insulation is in place and ready for the walls to be boarded up. Our hope is to be complete and ready to move in here in a couple weeks!
We have finally conquered our battle with the exterior siding! It was a long and tedious task to do. With a storm coming in earlier in the week, we managed to put our last piece securely in with only 30 minutes to spare.
Hannah painted the corner post green to match our roof and front door. We put them up first.
All metal on the trailer hitch side and two tone for the other 3 walls.
And here it is.. The Kindred Tiny house final product for the exterior siding. The two tone of metal and vinyl turned out very interesting. We would have liked to go with wood instead of vinyl to have that natural look, but our descion of having the metal be part of the design called for a more industrial look.
We have discussed that in the future, after the tiny house is complete, that painting the vinyl a darker brown would be more apealing and doable. It was fairly easy to paint the corner post green, but we're ready to get this project finished rather than be picky over the color.
I bet a lot of you are wondering what drove us to use metal in our design. Ryan works at a metal distribution company and has a lot of experience when it comes to metal. It made sense that the design of our house should really represent us. Not only that but I'm sure many of you noticed where are chimney is placed. We didn't initially design the layout of our home to fit the needs of our wood stove.
We constantly were changing the floor plan so in the end the location of our wood stove inside the tiny house is by our front door and next to the kitchen. Directly above is our cat walk that connects the two lofts. Many tiny houses do not have a bridge like this so don't have the issues of running their chimney directly above to the roof. By having our chimney come directly out to the side of the house immediately confirmed our thoughts about metal siding.
Along with the chimney, we ran into the wheel well being an issue to access between the house. Sliding down the vinyl pieces would have been extremely difficult. We feel good about the metal siding being behind this obstacle and that it will better deter rain from seeping in.
Bella says hello! She is patiently waiting for me to finish this blog post and for me to feed her breakfast.
Bella is a good helper. We layed down some beautiful blue stones on the fire proof base along with the light trim that will match the interior siding.
Ryan and I bought the chimney and vent package set for our wood burning stove at lowes.
Ryan installing and securing the chimney to the outside of the tiny house.
I stained the upstairs lofts and the stairs. We are very happy with the dark floors andl the light wall siding we will put in.
Starting on the kitchen. To finish our plumbing we need the kitchen cabinet building to start so that the sink will be accessible when we install the plumbing to the faucet.
Ryan has been studying for the electrical process for weeks. We have finally started on it and so far so good. We will have 8 lights or so and 10 switches 10 plug ins and 1 RV power inlet. Right now we have 2 lights installed and a few plug outlets in and one switch.
The electrical breaker box is in Bella's doggie area under the stairs. We didn't want anything blocking it so that it will be easily accessible. The closet area would have our clothes and putting it on the wall would be an eyesore. Bella won't always be in this doggie area and it will left pretty open since she needs space to go access it.
We love this industrial look to our lights. We wanted to do something different than you normally see in tiny homes or even average homes. The silver on the lights go nicely with our overall design.
We are Ryan and Hannah Fullerton. We built a tiny home between fall and spring of 2014-2015. We sold it in may of 2015 and moved into a travel trailer full-time. We love to explore and go on adventures with friends. Our favorite sports are Stand up paddleboarding, and rock climbing. We train hard in the gym so that our bodies are strong and ready for our outdoor activites. Follow us on our journey to live small, but have big adventures!