In spite of initial skepticism from family and friends, campsite critter invasions, roads full of potholes, limited shower opportunities, uncooperative weather, and the daily gamble to find a better place to camp than the Walmart parking lot, Cees C. (BS ’15) and Madison Carver Hofman (BS ’15) are having the time of their lives. Just three days after graduating in April, the couple climbed into their restored 1989 Toyota motor home with their cat, Vladimir Kitten, and took off on the road trip of a lifetime. To coincide with the centennial of the U.S. national parks, they decided to visit all 59 in one year. They’ve already been to more than 20—in Utah, Nevada, California, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska—hiking, biking, kayaking, and highlining all the way.
The Hofmans are documenting their adventures on their blog, Our Vie Adventures, and have more than 22,000 Instagram followers. Here are some highlights and things they’ve learned along the way: