One Year, Seven Months, and Twenty Days

It has been one year, seven months, and twenty days since we posted our last blog, and just seven months since our beautiful wedding in Damariscotta, Maine. During that year and seven months of WOLOtude interweb silence, we were riding the roller coaster that is wedding-planning and wedding-doing and post-wedding relaxing, and now, we have finally found the time to share that adventure with all of you!

Quick rewind: Almost three years ago, we hiked around Lake Tekapo (tee-kah-poo), drank too many Tuis, washed our hair in a bucket, pulled our home-on-wheels into the Lake Alexandrina overnight campervan park, drank a few more Tuis, and decided it was a good idea to get married. We followed that revelation by cooking croque-monsieurs on a camp stove and gazing up at the Milky Way winding past the Southern Cross. And the next day, we continued on our four-month, totally unforgettable, cross-country trip around New Zealand. [Note: If ever you find yourself in New Zealand (and you should) be sure to check out the Lake Tekapo region at night, as it is a designated International Dark Sky Reserve – aka no artificial light pollution for miles.]

Fast forward: We had been back in the US of A for more than a year, and still could not shake the travel bug (let’s be honest, we never will)! In just over 13 months, we had managed to WOLO in Oregon (Smith Rock SP and Crater Lake NP), Maine (Acadia NP), California (Lassen Volcanic NP), and St. John in the US Virgin Islands (Virgin Islands NP). Then, in August 2015, we found ourselves somewhere between needing to find more permanent jobs and wanting to continue the vagabond life, so we hopped a flight to Kaua’i, because why not? After a couple of weeks of Garden Isle snorkeling, sea turtles, west coast sunsets, and shore side liquid aloha (again, probably too much), we were ready for an adventure in uncharted territory: married life.

September 2015: The engagement was simple, beautiful, and private, although, that really depends who you ask (enough said). Then, there was the planning, and planning, followed by 8-months of “this is never going to end” planning!

July 2016: Our wedding weekend in mid-coast Maine was a destination for some, semi-destination for others, and a WOLO-dream for us. We had so many reasons to pick this quaint seacoast town, but we really wanted to provide an opportunity for our friends and family to go on their own adventure; some to new heights (Pemaquid Point Lighthouse), some to try new seafood dishes (Schooner’s Landing, Damariscotta and Shaw’s Fish and Lobster Wharf, New Harbor), some to a new state (Maine: The Way Life Should Be), and some to a new state of mind (ACLU). And, with a solid mix of happiness, sunshine, and love, our WOLOtude wedding weekend certainly accomplished all of that!

Wedded life is bliss (and more or less the same), and, undoubtedly, the best part of the adventure are the people we share it with near and far. In the past 600 days the love and support from family and friends has allowed us to fly that much further. Needless to say, we’re looking forward to all that 2017 has in store. We have a long list of places to see and things to do, and, of course, we’ll be back here to share those WOLO adventures with you!

Next stop: Lake Tahoe, California

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